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Senior University Director of Academic Programming

CUNY Central Office
New York City, New York (US)
$115,333 – $141,858, commensurate with qualifications, education and experience
Date posted
May 6, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


Senior University Director of Academic Programming


Position Details

The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation’s largest urban public university and serves 215,000 degree- seeking students and 153,000 non-degree students across 25 campuses. 77% are students of color. CUNY's core mandate is to provide a high-quality, affordable education to all New Yorkers. A springboard of economic mobility, CUNY has lifted more individuals from the lowest economic quintile to the highest economic quintile than the Ivy League, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, and MIT combined.

Reporting to the University Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Senior University Director of Academic Affairs for Academic Programming assumes a pivotal role as a primary thought partner in shaping academic policies, program development, and University governance.  As a key member of the Senior University Dean's Cabinet for Graduate and Undergraduate Programming, this position collaborates extensively with administrators and faculty across the University system and Central Office to provide administrative expertise, regulatory insights, and consultation on new academic program development and faculty personnel actions.

In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, key duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Administer new academic program development and management of academic program actions, while ensuring alignment with University standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Provides expert counsel to key University leaders including the Senior University Dean, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Faculty Affairs, and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and University Provost to address and resolve programmatic concerns from campuses.
  • Review specified faculty personnel actions and campus organizational matters requiring approval from the Board of Trustees (BoT), collaborating closely with campus provosts, deans, and their respective staff.
  • Draft, review, and finalize Board of Trustees (BoT) resolutions concerning academic matters.
  • Work with Central Office’s graduate and undergraduate programming administrators, campus administrators, and faculty to finalize submission of new program proposals to the CUNY BoT and New York State Education Department (NYSED).
  • Serve as an internal consultant on academic policies and procedures to Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) staff.
  • Serve as primary liaison to campuses for academic program development and related actions.
  • Act as a primary liaison to NYSED for academic programs and organizational matters.
  • Lead special initiatives of the OAA as assigned.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

Note: This position requires on-site presence five days a week at our midtown headquarters located at 205 East 42nd Street.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree and eight years' related experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree and minimum of seven years of experience in a higher educational institution.
  • Familiarity with higher education policies and procedures, regulations, standards, and best practices in academic governance and compliance.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, with the ability to listen, understand and represent needs while articulating complex ideas and concepts effectively to diverse stakeholders.
  • Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, deadlines, and priorities effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively within teams, fostering an inclusive work environment.
  • Strong critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting workplace diversity, accountability, and transparency.
  • Proven adaptability to new technologies and software, adeptly utilizing them for maximum effectiveness.

Closing Date

Open until filled.


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.

How To Apply

To be considered a candidate, please apply directly to Job ID #28425 via link below:

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The City University of New York (CUNY) is an EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.


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