CUNY Dean - The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture in New York, New York


The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture (SSA) at the City College of New York (CCNY) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, the academic and administrative leader of the school and its urban research and advocacy center, the J. Max Bond Center. The SSA seeks an inspirational leader, ambitious entrepreneur, and collegial partner who will articulate a clear vision for the school that translates into a sound operational plan, engages a critical, cogent, and imaginative pedagogy, and enhances the school's impressive diversity. Managing the current endowment and pursuing a vigorous development program to expand the school's resources to improve its finances and facilities will be central to the Dean's responsibilities. The Dean is responsible for strategic planning, enhancing research productivity, working with faculty to develop curriculum for all academic programs, budget development and management, and assessment. The Dean, an ambassador and educator, needs to use an array of media to articulate, promote and advocate for the SSA, and its mission, faculty, students, and staff. The Dean represents the SSA in CCNY and City University of New York and engages collaboratively with other deans in campus-wide initiatives and activities.

The SSA faculty, comprised of architects, landscape architects, urban designers, city planners, and architectural and urban historians, holds an abiding commitment to transdisciplinary design and practice, to creating a just, sustainable, and imaginative future for a rapidly urbanizing planet, and to public education of the highest quality. The more than 400 students at the SSA come from diverse backgrounds and are enrolled in accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs in architecture, an accredited graduate degree program in landscape architecture, and graduate programs in urban design and sustainability in the urban environment. The school's emphasis on urbanism, the social, cultural, and environmental systems of the city, has created a unique environment for exploring transdisciplinary design in theory and in practice that will be essential to meet the challenges of twenty-first-century cities. SSA faculty and students are competitive in regional, national and international design competitions, publish award-winning journals and books, and carry forth the mission of the school as professionals in a multitude of public and private sector roles.

CCNY's mission is access to excellence in public education, and its graduates contribute to the cultural, social, and economic vitality of the city, the nation, and the world. As the oldest public architecture school in New York City, the SSA acts in the spirit of the college's historic Ephebic Oath: "To transmit the city, not only not less, but greater, better, and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us." The SSA educates students to become engaged professionals through focusing on innovative design technologies, research skills supported by critical thinking, and interdisciplinary collaborative academic programs. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes rank City College among the leading colleges and universities in the United States. City College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the 2017 Princeton Review which also rates City College as one of the Northeast's best colleges, one of the country's greenest colleges, and one of the "colleges that pay you back." City College also excels at promoting social mobility among its graduates. Forbes listed CCNY among America's top colleges. CCNY was also ranked in the top 1.2 % of institutions worldwide by the 2016 Center for World University Rankings.


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:

  • Master's degree and professional license in area(s) of expertise, PhD., or other appropriate qualifications

  • A record of productive research and experience in teaching, administration, and practice in architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, design, policy-making, or other related professional areas

  • A clear vision for the future of SSA

  • A deep commitment to the fundamental principles of public education




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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Open until filled with review of applications to begin on June 15, 2018. (Revised)


CUNY Job Posting: Executive


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Job Title: Dean - The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture

Job ID: 18736

Location: City College of New York

Regular/Temporary: Regular