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CUNY Student Life Specialist - Office of Prestigious Awards in Bronx, New York

Job Title: Student Life Specialist - Office of Prestigious Awards

Job ID: 22845

Location: Lehman College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The Lehman College campus is located in Bronx, New York and is a Senior College within the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Lehman is CUNY's only four-year public college in the Bronx and is recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution. The college serves mainly undergraduate students preparing them for employment, the professions and further study.

The Office of Prestigious Awards prepares and advises students competing for nationally competitive awards. The office supports and guides Lehman College students and alumni through all stages of the awards’ application and selection processes. Students are able to curate stronger educational goals as a consequence of the inquiry, reflection, and challenge that naturally takes place throughout the application and selection process and are thus better prepared to be successful Lehman Graduates.

Reporting to the Director of the Office of Prestigious Awards at Lehman College, the Assistant Director (HEa) provides advising, mentoring and application support to current Lehman students and Lehman alumnae in their applications for competitive national and international fellowships, as well as graduate school funding opportunities. The Assistant Director will manage a large portfolio of prestigious awards and will actively recruit and educate Lehman students about these resources, and expand knowledge and access to award applications with internal stakeholders and campus partners. The Assistant Director will coordinate internal award panel reviews with Lehman Faculty and Staff as part of the nomination process for major prestigious awards.

The Assistant Director (HEa) under supervision of the Director of the Office of Prestigious Awards will:

• Provide one-on-one advising to diverse student populations across all majors and academic levels regarding fellowships, undergraduate research opportunities, internships, graduate school applications, and other related programs; run workshops and create presentations on best practices to support students in building competitive applications.

• Establish and support on-going collaborative relationships with campus partners and campus stakeholders including school deans, department chairs, program directors, faculty, staff, student clubs and programs, to identify students interested in fellowships; promote fellowship advising and support the creation of scholar communities; and manage communication and participation of campus partners for the Prestigious Awards Campus Committee.

• Develop fellowship programming with a focus on creating an inclusive culture of fellowship applications that supports students from diverse and underrepresented student populations and aligns with Lehman College’s commitment to educate, empower, and engage students to participate in a global society and meet workforce needs.

• Develop assessment projects and manage data collection to assess effectiveness of office programming including, but not limited to, student scholar action plan and award tracking, winter boot camp and summer scholar program participation and award outcomes, fellowship advising, scholar communities, internal panel review committees.

• Coordinate the internal campus panel review and nomination process for domestic, national, and international prestigious fellowships and awards every fall and spring term.

• Collaborate and establish new partnerships with offices and departments across campus, including scholar communities, to create new initiatives, engage and support students applying to awards.

• Plan and manage the coordination for major events such as Prestigious Awards Day, weekly student scholar development workshops and speaker series, alumni networking events, winter scholar boot camp, summer scholar boot camp, and internal award panels.

• Manage administrative duties for the Office of Prestigious awards including budgeting, electronic personnel action forms, procurement and purchasing orders through the CUNYfirst system, and funding proposals.

• Supervise, manage, and schedule part-time office personnel; oversee part-time personnel projects including marketing campaigns, digital education projects, writing support assistance, and student outreach initiatives.

• Maintain and develop external partnerships with organizations to support scholar internship placements and research opportunities for the Emerging Scholar Summer Fellowship program.


Bachelor's degree and four years' related experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Minimum of four years working with national and international awards with a record of student success especially within underrepresented, first generation, and diverse student populations.

• Four years of supervisory and management experience

• Experience building and cultivating relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders

• Experience with assessment and data collection


  • Develops and implements programming, services, and learning opportunities for students, promoting the personal development of a diverse student population.

  • Administers one or more student affairs programs, providing program management, assistance with policy development, supervision and training of all professional and support staff, budget monitoring, and report preparation

  • Serves as a resource to student groups and/or populations as a consultant and advocate for their concerns

  • Researches and stays current on higher education programs, trends, and issues with student impact

  • Produces workshops and materials to support student programs; manages on-line communities; develops on-line social networking activities, and develops and maintains multimedia content on program web sites

  • 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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November 4, 2021


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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