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CUNY Research Assistant in New York, New York

Job Title: Research Assistant

Job ID: 22112

Location: John Jay College

Regular/Temporary: Temporary


Supports research projects and activities in connection with CUNY programs

  • May assist faculty research groups by configuring and testing equipment, collecting and organizing data, and preparing documentation.

  • Performs direct research tasks under supervision.

  • May develop or utilize computer-based systems to collect and analyze data.

  • May assist in preparing reports of research findings.


Research Assistant





John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) and an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice. Led by President Karol V. Mason, John Jay is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, it is ranked third in the nation in Black student success, and it is a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility. John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body of 15,000 students that includes nearly fifty percent students who are first in their family to attend college as well as students who are immigrants, from low-income families, or from other historically underrepresented groups.

The College participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in traditional criminal justice-related fields of study as well as in a robust portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs that highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. John Jay College seeks staff and faculty members who thrive in multicultural academic environments and are committed to access and excellence in higher education.


Research Assistant: Humanities Transfer Pathway Project. The Research Assistant will coordinate activities for the newly formed CUNY Justice Academy (CJA) Humanities Transfer Pathway Project at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and will report to the Director of General Education and Educational Partnerships.

The Humanities Transfer Pathway project is a two-year initiative to develop a sustainable transfer student pathway for humanities majors at John Jay College to engage in justice-focused learning and employment goals through the intentional alignment of curricula, redesign of experiential learning opportunities, and contextualized career and advising supports, from pre-matriculation to degree completion and employment preparation.

The program offers students the opportunity to study justice as a set of principles from which they can examine the world and its phenomenon. Undergraduate transfers will apply the "humanistic lens" developed in coursework at John Jay to professional settings and/or real-world problems, via experiential learning and internship courses. The development of links to organizations and opportunities outside the classroom will further invigorate the justice focus in our humanities curricula. Increasing representation of underrepresented groups majoring in the humanities will help to develop future members of the workforce and the academy who can probe design, technology, education, healthcare, and policy issues with a humanistic lens that reflects a wider range of histories, experiences, beliefs, and socioeconomic strata.

Working in collaboration with the leadership team in Undergraduate Studies at John Jay College, and with faculty and staff from across the CUNY system, the Research Assistant will:

  • Research and coordinate the development and implementation of articulation agreements for transfer of liberal arts and humanities majors from CUNY community colleges to John Jay College;

  • Document and support the activities of the Humanities Transfer Pathways Council;

  • Support faculty in research related to course development and implementation activities;

  • Support staff in the development of advising, recruitment and student transitions materials and activities;

  • Create and maintain a project webpage in collaboration with other campus-based humanities initiatives;

  • Contribute to assessment and project documentation activities for internal and external reporting; and

  • Support professional development activity design and implementation for student leaders, faculty and staff as needed.

The start date for this temporary/grant funded position is January 4, 2021 and will continue until July 31, 2022.


Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience relevant to the research being performed.


  • Master’s degree in education, humanities, instructional design, or related field.

  • Two to three years of work experience in higher education.

  • One year teaching, curriculum development or instructional design experience in higher education.

  • Understanding of student-centered philosophies of teaching and learning.

  • Proficiency with Wordpress or other web publishing platforms.

  • Experience with highly collaborative project management with diverse stakeholders.

  • Work or research experiences related to transfer student academic and professional success.

  • Proficiency with full suite of basic workplace software, including: Microsoft 365, Google Suite, Dropbox, and Outlook or similar email client.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


$54,957 plus benefits.


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


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Review of resumes to begin November 21, 2020.

Posting closes on December 11, 2020.


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