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Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Student Success

CUNY School of Professional Studies
New York City, New York (US)
$140,000 - $150,000
Date posted
May 22, 2024

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Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Student Success

Job ID 28516

Location School of Professional Studies 


The School of Professional Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY SPS) seeks an Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Student Success to provide leadership that ensures the delivery of an exceptional and transformative online student experience and supports retention and degree attainment across all programs. The Assistant Dean will lead the student experience and engagement strategy, academic support and advising, stakeholder engagement, assessment and reporting, and the development of the Student Affairs team.

CUNY SPS is a leading school in both professional education and online learning. With 26 degrees and numerous workplace learning programs, CUNY SPS meets the needs of adults who wish to finish a bachelor's degree, progress from an associate degree, earn a master's degree or certificate in a specialized field, advance in the workplace, or change careers. As CUNY SPS moves beyond its 20th year, we are dedicated to continued innovation and transformative student experiences.

The Assistant Dean demonstrates visionary leadership and strategic planning. They serve as the primary advocate, directly addressing online student needs and providing resources to assist them during the course of their education. The Assistant Dean will have the opportunity to implement holistic, state-of-the-art practices tailored to support SPS students. They will serve as a senior member of the leadership team at CUNY SPS, reporting directly to the Dean.

They will provide leadership encompassing:

  • Leading the day-to-day activities of the online student experience including advisement, retention, cocurricular student activities, and other student services at the School, creating a comprehensive and cohesive student experience and success plan.
  • Overseeing academic advisement along an operating model of reinvigoration goals, objectives and student support levels.
  • Develop and implement a best-in-class student online advisement and services model to set new standards in educational support including high-impact strategies designed to enhance the online student experience along the entire student life cycle, from enrollment to graduation, providing scalable and personalized support.
  • Evaluate student metrics, including student feedback, to fine-tune existing programs and develop new approaches.
  • Develop ongoing communication plans with online students across a variety of channels to assure students are well-informed of the services available to them.
  • Partner and collaborate with the enrollment team on engagement strategies for adult online students. Oversee student success outcomes assessment to significantly improve rates of adult student persistence and retention.
  • Develop practices to identify and immediately address student issues and complaints captured through polls, questionnaires, focus groups, evaluations, and meetings. Integrate and utilize such tools as predictive analytics to track online student challenges and design prompt responses to and resolutions for them.
  • Lead the Student Services team, which provide services in the areas of counseling, disability support, student life, career services, student conduct, and military and veteran services.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to ensure excellence in all online student support systems throughout the School and speedy resolution of student issues and complaints in compliance with School and University policies and procedures.


  • 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.


The preferred candidate will have a strategic mindset and demonstrated ability to lead and inspire high-performing teams. They will demonstrate the ability to navigate complex organizational structures to drive innovation. They will be able to deliver on innovative projects to enhance online student success.

They will demonstrate:

  • Master's degree from an accredited university in a related field
  • Leadership in online student success, advisement and services functions with executive-level experience in a comparable institution and a record of achievement and innovation in the higher education student experience field
  • Experience with an online adult student population
  • Experience in designing and delivering services utilizing advanced student-facing technologies, with an understanding of trends and best practices in online education
  • Ability to analyze and design highly effective operational systems to support a high-volume support function that is customer-service focused
  • A minimum of seven years of experience in advisement or student services administration in higher education at a senior level
  • Proven expertise in implementing cutting-edge customer service principles and processes, with a commitment to continuous improvement, innovation, and excellence in all online student support endeavors
  • Excellent leadership, staff supervision and mentorship skills
  • Demonstrable communication skills to reach broad constituencies
  • Commitment to the University and campus values of equity, diversity, and inclusion


Professional School Assistant Dean


Salary commensurate with education and experience between $140,000 and $150,000.

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 should provide a resume and cover letter.
  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.


June 7, 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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