Associate Director – Worker Education & Labor Studies (Academic Program Manager) – Joseph S. Murphy Institute

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Since its inception in 2003, the School of Professional Studies of the City University of New York (CUNY SPS) has launched fourteen degrees – eight bachelor’s degrees open to students with 24 or more college credits who wish to complete their undergraduate studies and six master’s degrees – and more programs are currently in development. CUNY SPS leads the University in developing and operating online degree programs, and trains faculty throughout CUNY in online instruction. CUNY SPS is also the home of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, which offers higher education programs for working adults and union members, and serves as a nationally-recognized center for scholarship and resources for labor, academic, and community leaders seeking a deeper understanding of labor and urban issues.

The Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies is a collaboration between the University and New York City labor unions, for the purpose of serving the educational, policy, and research needs of unions and their members. The mission of the Institute is to:  1) offer undergraduate and graduate programs to labor and urban studies; 2) expand working adult student access to colleges throughout the CUNY system; 3) partner with labor unions and employers to address training and education needs of union members; and 4) serve the labor and broader community by conducting research, offering leadership development programs, hosting forums and national conferences, and publishing articles, books, and a national labor journal to promote debate on issues critical to labor’s future and its policy role.

Reporting to the Director of the Murphy Institute, the Associate Director for Worker Education and Labor Studies will:

  • Act as a Deputy to the Director regarding management of the administrative aspects of the Institute’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Labor Studies and Urban Studies.
  • Manage the special initiatives of the Institute’s Workforce Development Initiatives
  • Manage special certificate programs, including but not limited to Labor Relations and Public Administration and Public Policy.
  • Manage other special academic programs, including but not limited to Union Semester and Urban Leadership programs.
  • Oversee administrative staff assignments and deadlines, academic issues, student/faculty concerns, etc.
  • Oversee student recruitment, student enrollments, academic progress of students, and student interactions.
  • Manage communications with Institute faculty as well as with administrative and academic departments at other CUNY units with regard to curriculum, new program development, and the appointment of adjunct faculty.
  • Schedule undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • Manage professional and support staff.

General Duties Manages curriculum development and operations of a College’s specialized academic program under the direction of a senior administrator.

  • Implements and monitors a comprehensive academic program development plan; makes recommendations to improve department policies and procedures
  • Assists Director with outcome assessment and strategic planning to further develop program offerings
  • Prepares analytical and statistical reports for management
  • Serves as resource expert regarding program policies and procedures – May manage professional and/or clerical staff
  • May act on behalf of Director in his/her absence
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree and six years’ relevant experience required.

Other Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree preferred
  • A minimum of three years’ experience directly related to the development of adult and/or worker education programs preferred
  • Experience with higher education policies, practices, and administration
  • Experience with labor, community, and non-profit institutions
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Evidence of effective team-building preferred
  • Evidence of ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Competence in a range of computer applications (e.g. internet research, MS Office, social media, and student registration systems) preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and external partners preferred
  • Project management skills desirable

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Salary Range

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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