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CUNY CUNY Start Math Program Specialist (Academic Student Support Program Specialist) in New York, New York

Job Title: CUNY Start Math Program Specialist (Academic Student Support Program Specialist)

Job ID: 22177

Location: Central Office

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


CUNY Start is an intensive program for incoming college students who have earned either a high school or high school equivalency diploma and need to increase their academic proficiency in reading, writing, or mathematics prior to enrollment in college credit classes. Math Start enrolls students who have been accepted to CUNY but have not met CUNY proficiency standards in mathematics and whose significant math needs indicate that they may have to take multiple semesters of developmental math before taking credit-bearing courses. Math Start operates semester-long programs as well as varying 8-10 week cycles during the year, including summer and during the evenings.

The CUNY Office of Academic Affairs, the University's community colleges, New York City College of Technology and the College of Staten Island work collaboratively to provide students with an innovative approach to developmental education. Both CUNY Start and Math Start are recognized for their carefully designed curriculum and pedagogy, as well as ongoing professional development.

CUNY Start delivers instruction in multiple formats: in-person, online or as hybrid classes that are both online and in-person. Online instruction is a combination of synchronous and asynchronous teaching that is determined at the discretion of program management. Online work entails instruction on platforms such as Blackboard, Zoom, WebEx, and other remote instructional tools that are available and approved by the University and which support the goals and practices of the program. During periods of remote teaching, the Math Program Specialist is responsible for work as delineated below in online or hybrid learning environments.

The CUNY Start Program seeks a specialist in mathematics to provide content-related support for its math curriculum and related instructional methods, and to provide professional development activities for teachers and tutors. The CUNY Start Math Specialist supports the on and off-campus training needs of new instructors to ensure that program goals are met and students remain well served. Essential duties of this position are to participate in campus-based math instructional teams working closely with CUNY faculty and administrators to train teachers and tutors on utilizing effective math skills development strategies and instructional delivery methods, as well as accurately assessing students' competencies for college readiness; and to collaborate with other math professional development team members, other instructional teams and curriculum developers, including advisement and reading/writing, to ensure proper integration of the math curriculum into the program's educational model and alignment with lead, core and cooperating teacher training. At times, the Math Specialist may be assigned to support lead/cooperating math teachers and teams and orient, train, observe and co-evaluate classroom performance. The position reports to the CUNY Start/Math Start Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Other duties include but will not be limited to the following:

  • Develop and conduct training workshops for math teachers and provide campus-based and/or online support to math teams, including teacher observations and feedback meetings.

  • Co-evaluate and monitor math teachers to successfully implement the curriculum.

  • Review formal math curriculum assessments and modify training approaches accordingly.

  • Review current practices and changes to CUNY's proficiency standards and criteria for academic placement, draft pertinent revisions to the curriculum and related components and advise teachers and program administrators on implementation.

  • Work with program administrators to discuss training and mentoring approaches, evaluate the impact of ongoing training and create progress reports.

  • Assist with evaluating the curriculum delivery of math instructional team members.

  • Assist with training math teachers at CUNY Start campuses and at other CUNY locations, including training math teachers online as appropriate.

  • Present the math curriculum and educational model to internal and external audiences.


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

Other Qualifications

  • Four years' experience developing math curricula and conducting training in a pre-college, college preparation/transition, adult education or developmental program.

  • Knowledge of pedagogical and adult learning and development theories and methods.

  • Strong quantitative, analytical, research, evaluation and assessment skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to use sound judgment to draw conclusions and make recommendations.

  • Detail oriented and accurate with strong organizational skills to establish plans, manage multiple assignments, conflicting priorities and meet deadlines in an evolving student-focused office.

  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills with strong consultation, presentation, and group facilitation skills.

  • Work effectively as an individual and collaborative team member with a diverse urban community of learners and educators.

  • Proficiency using academic and administrative computer programs, systems, and databases.

  • Flexibility to work occasional evening hours and/or weekends as needed.

  • Ability to travel to CUNY campuses across five boroughs.


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 is commensurate with qualifications, 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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Health Plan Coverage for Employees Hired on or after July 1, 2019

City of New York employees and employees of Participating Employers and their eligible dependents hired on or after July 1, 2019 will only be eligible to enroll in the EmblemHealth HIP HMO Preferred Plan and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment.

After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period. If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day.

Only after the 365th day can the employee participate in any Annual Fall Transfer Period.

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For full consideration, submit a cover letter and resume online via CUNY's web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined.

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January 27, 2021


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