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CUNY Director of Student Life (HEO) in New York, New York

Director of Student Life (HEO)

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Guttman Community College

Full/Part Time





The Stella and Charles Guttman Community College is a beacon of innovation and knowledge creation in higher education, a two-year college where evidence-based high-impact practices in curriculum design and delivery permeate the educational model and have yielded graduation rates that are the highest in CUNY’s community college sector and above the national average. Located in midtown Manhattan, Guttman draws a culturally diverse student body from across New York City and is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution.

The College is committed to using a range of innovative approaches to achieve its goals and to improve student persistence, retention, completion, and transfer. The centerpiece of Guttman’s educational model is an integrated first-year core curriculum, where students examine current world issues and use New York City as a living text and laboratory. Thus, connecting information and concepts across multiple disciplines, contexts, and perspectives. This immersive approach equips Guttman students with the foundation of knowledge and skills essential to their intellectual, social, civic, and professional endeavors in and beyond the classroom. The College admitted its first cohort of 300 students in August 2012 and has established an enrolment target of 5,000 students in the coming years. Before applying, candidates are strongly encouraged to visit the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College website ( to learn more about the institution.

Stella and Charles Guttman Community College at CUNY seeks a Director of Student Life to increase awareness of institutional and community resources and services for students, and to build a comprehensive program that enhances student leadership and skills that consistently attract a high achieving student body poised to lead and positively impact their communities. This program will include new curricular and co-curricular offerings with a focus on the development and implementation of a leadership certificate program. Create programming that will continue to foster an environment that encourages the knowledge of, and respect for, those of other backgrounds, cultures, and experiences in line with the College’s identity an HSI and MSI institution. Reporting to the Dean of Student Affairs, the Director of Student Life is a senior member of the Student Affairs team at Guttman Community College who will provide visionary direction for the institutional student leadership program and campus life initiatives. The Director oversees the Student Government Association, serves as the Student Association advisor, and supervises the functional areas of Peer Mentoring, Student Conduct & Community Standards and Alumni & Campus Events within the Division of Student Affairs. The College is seeking an energetic individual grounded by student development, leadership and learning theories and practice, and experienced in leadership program coordination and direction.

Additional key responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop a comprehensive leadership program which incorporates experiential learning opportunities for emerging and experienced student leaders.

  • In collaboration with other Guttman offices, recruit, train, and coordinate a Leadership Advisory Board that will assist in the development and facilitation of the Student Leadership Program.

  • Provide oversight and assist in planning and executing student activities and College-wide events and special projects including coordination of the annual leadership awards ceremony, off-site leadership retreat, and holding orientation workshops for student organization officers.

  • Provide strategic support and promote student leadership and organizational excellence.

  • Oversee the development and management of recreation, intramural and athletic programming.

  • Oversee the creation, implementation, and measurement of learning outcomes and effectiveness of Student Life programming and activities.

  • Directly facilitate and manage all co-curricular student activity programs and events to include registering student organizations, assisting with the creation of new student organizations, meeting on a regular basis with student organizations to coordinate or co-sponsor campus events, and oversight of the campus game room.

  • Collaborate with faculty and staff who are designated as student organization advisors to provide guidance pertaining to college and university rules and regulations.

  • Direct the management and processing of all event applications for on-campus and off-campus activities of student organizations; serve as on-site administrator for all student-sponsored programs including after-hours events; and accompany students to off-campus trips as necessary.

  • Participate in and support all Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) meetings and activities.

  • Provide oversight and assistance with the planning and execution of all commencement and convocation activities.

  • Coordinate, oversee, attend and participate in student-based conferences and workshops on the local, regional, and national level.


  • Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.

  • Until further notice, this is a hybrid position, eligible to work remotely and work in the office.


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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least eight years' experience in student affairs, activities, orientation, recruitment and admissions student leadership, student government, campus recreation or community service.

  • Substantial leadership and direct coordination of major complex events on a college campus.

  • Experience with the supervision of employees and students.

  • Outstanding organization and communication in both written and verbal skills and the ability to work collaboratively and strategically with multiple administrative units throughout campus.

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting inclusiveness and cultural competence; experience working with underrepresented students.

  • Experience and understanding of current issues and developments in judicial affairs and, services for students with disabilities.

  • An understanding of student development theory and assessment, including risk management practices and procedures, and a comprehensive approach to student life.

  • Candidate must be flexible as position requires evening and/or weekend hours and some travel.


Directs planning, program development, and administration to support access, retention, multicultural, and other student affairs objectives.

  • Develops plans for, and leads a student development services unit which comprises a variety of services and programs

  • Collaborates with academic affairs professionals and other in supporting retention and building a comprehensive learning environment that fosters the intellectual, psychological, social, leadership and recreational development of a diverse student population

  • Assists senior management in providing leadership, developing policy, conducting strategic planning, and representing student affairs in various professional activities

  • Evaluates the effectiveness of the portfolio of student services in supporting divisional and College-wide goals; oversees data collection, tracking, and reporting systems

  • Manages fiscal and human resources; may oversee grant management activities for selected programs

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Student Life Director


Higher Education Officer




Salary commensurate with education and experience up to $113,072

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 asked to visit the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College “Why Work at Guttman – Model Guttman Employee” website ( to learn about the many attributes of the model employee for Guttman.

Visit, access the employment page, log in or create a new user account, and search for this vacancy using the Job ID (23727) or Title (Director of Student Life). Select "Apply Now" and provide the requested information.

In order to be considered for the position, candidates must upload as one document, by the closing date:

  • A cover letter that highlights your education and experience and what would make you a Model Guttman Employee

  • An application for this position must include an equity statement. For more information about the questions that must be addressed please visit:

  • Resume/CV

  • Contact information for 3 professional references.


July 6, 2022


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.