CUNY Assistant Dean for Student Engagement - Student Affairs in Queens, New York


LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, Queens, educates more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Our guiding principle Dare to Do More reflects our belief in the transformative power of education—not just for individuals, but for our community and our country—creating pathways for achievement and safeguarding the middle class. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all US college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education. We invite you to join us in imagining what our students, our community, and our country can become. Visit to learn more.

Reporting to the Vice President of Student Affairs/Associate Provost, the Assistant Dean for Student Engagement is responsible for strategic planning, leadership and management of a comprehensive out of the classroom student experience plan that fosters an environment that supports both students' academic success as well as personal and professional growth. An exceptional student advocate, the assistant dean must facilitate and enhance communication between students and administration beginning with orientation through the completion of the student’s course of study leading to transfer or career opportunities with labor market value. This includes facilitating access to academic and non-academic support services, ensuring students have meaningful and rewarding paraprofessional experiences that enrich their academic education and supporting students through their educational journey to life post-LaGuardia with sophisticated intentionality. The Assistant Dean for Student Engagement will demonstrate the ability to see beyond the immediate solution to potential process improvements and show how innovative, elegant solutions are aligned with the college’s vision, mission and credit student success approach.

The Assistant Dean will also be responsible for the following:

  • Provide guidance through all points of the career development continuum – awareness, preparation and exploration by providing assessment, programming and delivery of activities related to the career preparation of students.

  • Collaborate with other campus areas to develop and coordinate programs and services for all students, with a specific focus on developing programs and activities that provide employability skills training for students.

  • Promote career development/career management and experiential education opportunities through innovative programming in collaboration with the Academic Affairs Experiential Learning Coordinator.

  • Build interdepartmental relationships and partnerships with faculty, academic affairs, administration and other student support services areas to promote and enhance student engagement and completion.

  • Provide leadership, support and assistance for campus-wide, signature events such as My First Day Orientation, Red Hawk Welcome Week, My Campus Events, and Graduation, other or future LaGuardia Signature events.

  • Provide oversight and coordination of student affairs policies, procedures, and emergency protocol involving students. Advise other staff and faculty on appropriate actions to ensure student safety in collaboration with Public Safety.

  • Ensure compliance with National Junior College Athletic Association and other applicable rules and regulations in the operation of the intercollegiate athletic program.

  • Provide leadership and direct oversight of Career Services, Campus Life, Childcare and all Health and Wellness Services.

  • Serve on college committees as assigned and perform other similar duties as required.


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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS At a minimum, the successful candidate will have:

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution and a strong record of demonstrated leadership in student affairs

  • Demonstrated commitment to, and experience with, programs in support of student development.

  • Evidence of a strong commitment to a multicultural student body and service to the urban community

  • Excellent skills in oral, written, and interpersonal communication

In addition, the following attributes are strongly preferred:

  • Collaborative leadership style and a record of building consensus and supporting productive participatory decision-making

  • Demonstrated skills in data analysis in support of program improvement.


Assistant Dean


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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Location: LaGuardia Community College

Job Title: Assistant Dean for Student Engagement - Student Affairs

Job ID: 15911

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular