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Executive Director for Human Resources

CUNY School of Professional Studies
New York City, New York (US)
Commensurate with experience
Date posted
May 3, 2024

Executive Director for Human Resources

Job ID 28399

Location: School of Professional Studies

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


As a leading online school in New York since 2006, the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) offers the most online bachelor's and master's degree options at the City University of New York, and serves as the University's first undergraduate all-transfer college. With 26 degrees and numerous other non-degree and grant-funded workplace learning programs, CUNY SPS meets the needs of adults who wish to finish a bachelor's degree, progress from an associate's degree, earn a master's degree or certificate in a specialized field, and advance in the workplace or change careers. Consistently ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report for its online offerings, CUNY SPS has emerged as a nationwide leader in online education. The School's renowned and affordable online programs ensure that busy working adults may fulfill their educational goals on their own time and schedule. As CUNY SPS moves beyond its’ 20th year, we dedicate ourselves to engendering an innovative and transformative student-centered experience.

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Administration and Finance and to the Dean, the Executive Director's areas of responsibility include but are not limited to: recruitment and retention, benefits, compensation, time and leave, professional development and training, human resource information systems, performance management, employee engagement, employee immigration and visa matters.

The Executive Director is directly responsible for the following:

  • Participating in the School’s strategic and operational planning process by prioritizing and executing strategic HR goals and objectives and conducting research relevant to human resources regarding short- and long- term forecasting for staffing, attrition and succession planning.
  • Executing on goals and objectives for the School as set by the Dean and the CUNY SPS Strategic Plan, including helping implement an RTO work culture, raising levels of innovation and high performance through skilled supervision and evaluation practices, addressing post-pandemic workplace morale issues, etc.
  • Maintaining current knowledge of and interpreting, implementing and complying with federal, state and local laws that affect the HR functions of the School including mandatory training requirements.
  • Directing and implementing all School and University initiatives and projects associated with the comprehensive administration and operation of human resources functions.
  • Overseeing the implementation and enforcement of School and University policies, rules, regulations, and contractual agreements, including the knowledge and application of Civil Service Regulations, in collaboration with the Executive Counsel.
  • Developing organizational strategies by identifying and researching human resources issues, contributing information, analyses, and recommendations toward organizational strategic thinking and direction, and establishing human resources objectives in line with organizational objectives.
  • Implementing human resources strategies by establishing campus-wide departmental and unit accountabilities, including talent acquisition, staffing, employment processing, compensation, health and welfare benefits, training and development, retention, records management, succession planning, and employee engagement.
  • Developing and implementing metrics and best practices in the human resources operations by training staff, leading to innovative strategies for data integrity, productivity and quality customer-service.
  • Working with the Business Office to develop staffing strategies by estimating, forecasting, and anticipating requirements, trends, and variances; aligning monetary resources; developing action plans; measuring and analyzing results; initiating corrective actions; and minimizing the impact of variances.
  • Overseeing the labor relations process for the staff in the classified titles, including the grievance process.
  • Supporting organizational goals and objectives by providing human resources advice and counsel based on data analyses and information.
  • Enhancing communication by providing web-based information on policies, procedures, and guidelines in collaboration with the University.
  • Identifying and leading special projects on relevant issues and priorities and coordinating, communicating and evaluating accomplishments.
  • Other projects as assigned.


  • Until further notice, work will be performed in a hybrid manner with 70% onsite presence.
  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.


This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience.

Preferred experience and attributes will include:

  • Advanced degree and progressive and significant experience in developing, interpreting, and implementing HR policies, procedures and regulations in a multi-cultural and Diverse higher education institution.
  • Extensive experience working in a unionized environment.
  • Superior change management, technology and communication skills.
  • Solid experience with HRIS systems, preferably Oracle/PeopleSoft.
  • Ability to align HR practices with HRIS systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in organizing, developing, and implementing operational systems in a university setting and managing a high-volume workflow office.
  • Excellent leadership skills and ability to communicate diplomatically across broad constituencies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles and processes for delivering class-leading customer service levels.
  • Commitment to continuous improvement, innovation, and the integration of excellence in all endeavors.
  • Commitment to the University and campus values of equity, diversity and inclusion.


Assistant Administrator


Salary commensurate with education and experience between $145,000 - $155,000.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.


June 2, 2024


CUNY Job Posting: Executive


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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