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CUNY Director of the Center for Career Preparation & Partnerships in New York, New York

Job Title: Director of the Center for Career Preparation & Partnerships

Job ID: 22556

Location: Guttman Community College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


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, 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 scholars with the foundation of knowledge and skills essential to their intellectual, social, civic, and professional endeavors in and beyond the classroom. 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.

The Center for Career Preparation and Partnerships (CCPP) leads Guttman’s innovative and proactive model for building industry partnerships, embedding equitable and inclusive career preparation into the curriculum and co-curriculum, and ensuring students successfully transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions and plan for economic advancement and fulfilling careers. The CCPP works with community partners to support a variety of experiential opportunities focused on career preparation, including community-based internships, fieldwork, research, service-learning, and employment, that further students' academic and career preparation. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, the Director will be responsible for carrying out the College’s broader vision for future career and workforce development programs.

The Director represents and advocates for CCPP initiatives and goals with campus leadership under the guidance of the Associate Dean to ensure alignment of area initiatives with institutional goals and mission. They will also support and promote student career exploration and development across the college's curriculum, co-curriculum, and future continuing education programs and fosters collaboration with city and university entities. The Director will work with faculty and staff of Academic Affairs and Student Engagement to support student experiences by identifying and cultivating substantive experiential learning opportunities; recruiting, cultivating, assessing and recognizing multi-sector partner relationships that promote student learning according to Guttman’s strategic plan and growth metrics.

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

  • Oversees the development, implementation and ongoing improvement of Guttman’s Career Readiness Roadmap, including the development of aligned services and support programming for career development benchmarks, as well as monitoring of benchmark achievements.

  • Ensures consistency among the various programs that prepare students for internships, careers, and transfer.

-Builds upon best practices in career exploration, development, and preparation to develop and monitor training of any CCPP staff who offer direct student support.

  • Creates partnership development plan and implements necessary professional development for CCPP area to significantly increase active pool of partners to respond to student needs, and oversees partnership engagement and maintenance efforts to ensure the academic and pre-professional needs of students are met.

-Fulfill the College’s development of its future continuing education programs to align with Labor Market needs, industry partnerships, faculty expertise, and best practices in adult and continuing education programming.

  • Manages the development of communications used to meet the goals of the office and communicates and markets its assets to all stakeholders – including CCPP webpage, web-based resources, and printed materials for employers, faculty, staff, students, and industry partners.

  • Initiates and collaborates in institutional grant activities involving student-oriented partnerships and career development.

  • Implements a comprehensive assessment plan for CCPP with annual measures and reporting of key projects and programs related to the CCPP mission.

  • Disseminates CCPP successes through presentations at local and national conferences to promote Guttman’s unique models of work-based learning in higher education.

  • Hires, trains, and manages full- and part-time staff as well as student interns.

  • Other duties as assigned.


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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Eight years of progressively responsible experience working in a college or university setting, preferably within a related area.

  • Master's degree in a relevant area.

  • Experience working with under-prepared high school or college students from diverse cultures/backgrounds with sensitivity to their unique personal, economic and social needs.

  • Experience building industry partnerships in higher education settings.

  • Strong detail orientation with analytical and writing skills.

  • Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills to work and interact effectively and collaboratively with a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff in a large, centralized, public university system.

  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours as needed.


Develops, implements, and directs partnerships between College and external sponsors (such as public agengies, private business, philanthropic, and community organizations) to enhance academic programs and student success.

  • Identifies, cultivates and oversees the acquisition of potential partners; builds relationships and develops partnership concepts

  • Collaborates with faculty, administrators, and external partners to design, implement, evaluate and enhance partnerships

  • Coordinates efforts within College and University to promote and integrate partnerships into academic and service learning programs (through internships/externships, mentoring, scholarships, and related activities)

  • Creates case statements and proposals to solicit and secure funding

  • Collects data for, reviews, and reports on the success and impact of partnership programs

  • Manages an office of professional and/or administrative staff

  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Higher Education Officer




$94,542 - $117,466

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 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 (22556) or Title (Director of the Center for Career Preparation & Partnerships). 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 equity Statement of approximately 500 words; for more information about that questions that must be addressed please visit:

  • Resume/CV

  • Contact information for 3 professional references.


August 9, 2021


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.