Academic Program Specialist – Disability Studies

spsSince 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 Academic Program Specialist in Disability Studies will report to the Academic Director and assist in the day-to-day operations, academic planning, and coordination of the program. The Academic Program Specialist will also:

  • Assist with course planning and scheduling.
  • Provide academic advisement to students.
  • Assist with development of new programs/initiatives.
  • Manage the application and interview process.
  • Oversee course logistics.
  • Plan special events for the Disability Studies program.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining relationships with outside organizations and entities.
  • Attend recruitment events.
  • Coordinate with other offices and departments as needed.


  • Participates in the daily coordination of academic and administrative activities of a College’s specialized academic program under management direction.
  • Supports program development, student service delivery, outcome evaluation and instructor/student recruitment, enrollment, and retention.
  • Recommends, implements and evaluates strategies to expand program offerings
  • Prepares analytical and statistical reports for management
  • Develops and maintains relationships with various College offices to improve student and faculty services
  • Serves as resource expert regarding program policies and procedures
  • Oversees office recordkeeping; manages updates of program web and print materials
  • May supervise office operations and/or department budget
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


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


  • Master’s degree in disability studies, rehabilitation counseling, education, counseling, social work, or a related field highly preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental/behavioral health, or physical disabilities fields
  • Working knowledge of laws related to disability issues
  • Experience in student database systems
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications, Nuance, and web enabled communications
  • Some experience advising students in a higher education setting preferred
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong written/oral communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent customer service orientation and personable nature
  • Ability to communicate effectively and act as a member of a team
  • Must be well organized and patient with a blend of technical and analytical skills, initiative, and independence
  • Ability to prioritize, establish, and meet goals and milestones, including the ability to make judgment calls and respond tactfully in all situations
  • Ability to follow up, detail-oriented with ability to deal with many concurrent issues


Please apply using the link below.  Make sure to upload a cover letter and resume (as ONE document) with the contact information of 3 professional references by May 14, 2014.