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CUNY Director of Curriculum & First Year Experience (HEO) – CUNY Employees Only in New York, New York

Job Title: Director of Curriculum & First Year Experience (HEO) – CUNY Employees Only

Job ID: 21941

Location: Guttman Community College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Position Open to CUNY Employees Only.

Guttman Community College at CUNY is seeking a Director of Curriculum & First Year Experience (FYE) to direct a broad range of academic projects and initiatives relevant to the academic operation of Guttman’s First-Year Experience (FYE) program. Reporting to the Dean of Faculty & Academic Affairs, the Director plans and directs FYE activities in collaboration with the Faculty Program & Area Coordinators of the FYE and under the direction of the Dean. The Director also oversees curricular planning, design, and approval processes, and manages a range of academic operational matters. This position will lead and participate in task forces and councils as assigned by the Dean of Faculty & Academic Affairs to improve performance on pre-freshman and first year targets. They will work closely with campus leaders to ensure that services to students support retention and graduation and are carefully planned and implemented. The Director represents the Dean of Faculty & Academic Affairs at College, University, and other external programs as needed, and will serve on appropriate college and university committees and task forces.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Oversees the annual development, delivery, and assessment of pre- and post-matriculation student success programs, including developmental skills immersion programming.

  • Directs the planning, delivery, and assessment of all academic operations in the First Year Experience (FYE) program, including:

  • Overseeing and coordinating the work of FYE instructional teams. Guiding teams in planning

and delivering effective Learning Community strategies.

  • Monitoring the work of faculty and area coordinators for FYE courses (City Seminar,

Ethnographies of Work, Arts in the City) and developmental skills areas (Math and English).

  • Collaborating with the Center for College Effectiveness to develop program-level

assessments of the FYE courses that will contribute to college-wide self-assessment


  • Recruiting and scheduling part-time faculty for FYE, and supervising part-time staff

supporting FYE.

  • In collaboration and consultation with faculty, directs the development of new and modified curriculum proposals.

  • Works in concert with the Dean to plan, design and deliver professional development activities to build effective FYE teaching and learning strategies for faculty in the First Year Experience through the Center for Practice, Technology, and Innovation (CPTI).

  • In collaboration with Office of Student Engagement leadership, oversees annual development, delivery, and assessment of the Summer Bridge program.

  • Oversees official communications for the FYE, including website, social media, and all published materials.

  • Oversees preparation of proposals for campus governance approvals and submission to the University.

  • Manages College Bulletin revisions and liaises with University on Pathways curricular matters.

  • Collaborates with Office of Student Engagement (OSE) staff to manage Guttman’s Academic Momentum initiatives on credit accumulation and corequisite developmental education strategies.

  • Develops grant proposals and other initiatives for expanded program support.

  • Manages grant-funded budgets as assigned and performs grant report writing as needed.

  • Works on special projects and initiatives and assumes other related duties as assigned by the Dean of Faculty & Academic Affairs.

The Stella and Charles Guttman Community College is the City University of New York’s newest community college in 40 years. As a very young institution, Guttman Community College requires flexibility and a broad range of skills and competencies from candidates in every position. Located in midtown Manhattan, Guttman was established with the goal of significantly improving student learning, retention and graduation, by rethinking community college education and practice. Guttman Community College is a federally-designated Hispanic Serving Institution with a culturally diverse student body drawn from across New York City. A majority of our students enroll directly out of high school. The College is committed to using a range of innovative approaches in order to achieve its goals and to improve student persistence and completion. The centerpiece of Guttman’s educational model is an integrated first-year core curriculum that builds the academic, linguistic and affective skills necessary for success in college and career. Additional features of the model include using New York City as a context for learning in and out of the classroom, the integration of academic and student support services, and the use of ePortfolios. Guttman currently offers five majors: business administration, information technology, human services, liberal arts and sciences, and urban studies, and will offer additional programs in the future. The College admitted its first cohort of 300 students in August 2012. At full capacity, Guttman will enroll 3,000 to 5,000 students. Before applying, candidates are strongly encouraged to visit the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College website ( to learn more about the new institution.


Bachelor’s degree and eight years’ related experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in a relevant field, such as higher education administration or equivalent.

  • Experience building curriculum and leading education initiatives to enhance student retention.

  • Extensive experience working with CUNYfirst (or similar system) and prior enrollment management experience (inclusive of Admissions and Registrar) strongly preferred.

  • Experience working with budgets and budget reporting systems.


Directs curriculum development and operations of a College's specialized academic program under executive oversight.

  • Designs, implements and monitors a comprehensive academic program development plan

  • Administers all curricular, administrative, and financial aspects of the program

  • Oversees program evaluation efforts and creates strategic plan to further develop program offerings

  • Manages annual budget; develops proposals and other initiatives for expanded program support

  • Cultivates and maintains strategic partnerships; serves as primary liaison to faculty and administrators to plan and execute programming activities

  • May participate in faculty recruitment efforts

  • Manages professional and clerical staff

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Academic Program Director


Higher Education Officer




$79,040 - $94,542

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.


Before applying, candidates are strongly encouraged to visit the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College website ( to learn more about the new institution.

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April 3, 2020


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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