CUNY Assistant Director for Writing in Public and International Affairs in New York, New York


Baruch College’s Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute and the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs (MSPIA) invite applications for the position of Assistant Director for Writing in Public and International Affairs. The Assistant Director reports to the Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute and works exclusively with MSPIA’s graduate students and faculty under the leadership of MSPIA’s Associate Dean for Academic Programs.

In close partnership with faculty and colleagues in academic support programs, the Schwartz Communication Institute cultivates learning environments in which students become strategic, thoughtful communicators and creators. The Institute develops and supports Communication Intensive Courses, guides pedagogical reflection, and fosters the teaching and learning of written, oral, visual, and digital literacies across the College.

MSPIA’s mission is to enhance the performance of governmental and nonprofit institutions in the interest of effective and equitable public service and public policy in a diverse society. At the graduate level, it offers the Master of Public Administration, the Master of International Affairs, and the Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Administration and K-12 Educational Leadership.

In developing and coordinating a portfolio of programmatic support for academic writing in public and international affairs, the Assistant Director will:

  • Collaborate with MSPIA faculty to assess and document writing needs, inventory curricula, and serve as an institutional specialist for writing across the School’s graduate program.

  • Design, develop and implement a comprehensive faculty development program of workshops, seminars, and consultation to improve student writing.

  • For select core courses, including the graduate capstone, implement contextualized, course-embedded support in order to develop students into independent, effective writers.

  • Foster student success by providing traditional writing support services, such as one-to-one consultation, small-group workshops, and summer bridge programming.

  • Develop and share resources for faculty that ensure their access to current writing pedagogy and practice.

  • Participate in the School’s ongoing learning assessment of writing competencies in its graduate programs.

  • Create external reporting, both oral and written, that communicates with a large community of diverse stakeholders, such as the MSPIA faculty, on the status of writing initiatives.

  • Support the development of an ongoing, faculty-led Writing Across the Curriculum initiative at MSPIA by building relationships, liaising, and providing expertise.

  • Contribute to a culture of engagement, curiosity, and collaboration at the Schwartz Communication Institute.

  • Participate in meetings of MSPIA’s Learning Assessment and Curriculum Committees.


Must hold a Bachelor’s degree and have four years of relevant experience, or the equivalent combination of advanced degree and years of experience.

A terminal degree, or significant progress to completion, in English, Communication Studies, Writing, Rhetoric and Composition, the scholarship of teaching and learning, or a closely related field is strongly preferred.

Additional preferred qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated excellence as a teacher, in both classroom settings and more intimate learning environments such as Writing Centers

  • Curriculum development and instructional design experience

  • Knowledge of WAC/WID programming and writing in the social sciences

  • Organizational and planning skills

  • Ability to lead educators in professional and pedagogical development


Provides educational development activities supporting a targeted academic program.

  • Assists in developing and preparing program offerings, curricula, guidelines, and related communications

  • Promotes program and advises students and College stakeholders on services, policies, and procedures

  • Advises faculty, counselors, tutors, administrators and others on program goals, activities, and best practices

  • Provides student services such as workshops, seminars, and advising sessions

  • Coordinates efforts of faculty, staff, and other service providers to monitor and assess utilization, student progress, and program effectiveness

  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Higher Education Assistant




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

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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March 4, 2017


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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.

Location: Baruch College

Job Title: Assistant Director for Writing in Public and International Affairs

Job ID: 16339

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular