CUNY Chair/Director - SEEK Department (Associate or Full Professor) in New York, New York


The Chair/Director is responsible for the overall administration of the SEEK Department and provides academic leadership to the faculty, staff and students. Performs teaching, research and guidance duties in area(s) of expertise as noted below.

The City College of New York invites applications for the position of Chair of the SEEK Department and Director of the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program. This is a permanent, full-time, tenured position, which combines both chair and program director responsibilities. The director reports to the Provost and coordinates with the CUNY Office of Special Programs.

Through the provision of counseling, tutoring, supplemental instruction, and additional financial aid, the Percy Ellis Department of SEEK Counseling and Student Support Services at City College supports students in their efforts to persist and ultimately earn a college degree. At the core of the Department’s mission is a social justice framework with the goal of creating a path for greater social and economic mobility. Located in historic Harlem, The City College of New York has the distinction of having established the first SEEK Program, and the first higher educational opportunity program in the nation. The City College SEEK department has 7 full time faculty who are active in college governance and committee service. It is a vibrant and successful academic department, yielding two consecutive college Salutatorians, with a successful series of programs including the SEEK Research Fellowship, SEEK Peer Mentoring program, and a record number of students studying abroad. In the past ten years, student graduation and retention rates have steadily increased.


  • Overseeing major program components: Counseling/Advising Tutoring/Supplemental Instruction Summer Program Freshman Learning Communities

  • Mentoring and supervising program faculty and staff to promote professional growth and development.

  • Compiling data and conducting needs assessment to evaluate and improve program initiatives.

  • Working with administrators, faculty, and directors of student services offices to address the needs of SEEK students.

  • Administration of annual program/departmental budget.

  • Preparing mandated program reports for CUNY Office of Special Programs.

  • Hiring, training, and evaluation of counseling faculty, director of supplemental instruction, and administrative staff.

  • Coordinating the tenure and promotion review process for departmental faculty.

  • Planning and managing the admissions process for SEEK freshmen.

  • Representing the department on various administrative, college, and CUNY-wide committees.

  • Assessing and intervening with students of concern.

  • Meeting with state legislators to advocate for SEEK funding.


Candidate must hold a doctorate degree with a record of scholarship and experience in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Education, or other related field. Successful candidate should have tenure or a record of scholarship commensurate with qualifications for tenure at the associate professor level. At least six years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications: The individual will have a comprehensive understanding of opportunity programs and be committed to working with urban and diverse college students. The preferred candidate will have a background in counseling, student support services, and program administration. The candidate must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and have the ability to act as an effective advocate and liaison to the college community. Experience with outcomes assessment, program monitoring, budget management, grant writing, and data-driven decision-making. A strong interest in mentoring, supervising, and team building within a dynamic staff and faculty is essential.


CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


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May 10, 2018


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Job Title: Chair/Director - SEEK Department (Associate or Full Professor)

Job ID: 18553

Location: City College of New York

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular