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CUNY Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (Professional School Senior Associate Dean) – Macaulay Honors College in New York, New York

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (Professional School Senior Associate Dean) – Macaulay Honors College

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Since 1847, The City University of New York has provided a path to success for generations of New Yorkers. In this rich tradition, Macaulay Honors College was established in 2001 as a consortial college linked with eight CUNY partners—Baruch College, Brooklyn College, City College of New York, College of Staten Island, Hunter College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Lehman College, and Queens College—to integrate the vast resources of the City University with New York’s cultural, scientific, and business communities. As a top Honors college in the nation, Macaulay offers a first-rate experiential education to high achieving students—especially those who are first generation and low income—along with access to the immersive opportunities that help them achieve big, bold dreams. Under the leadership of its new Dean, Dr. Dara N. Byrne, Macaulay Honors College is on distinct mission to reimagine equity, excellence, and access.

Macaulay Honors College at CUNY is inviting applications and nominations for the position of Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to help lead the college through a critical time of change as we leverage new and existing resources to improve students' experiences, elevate the profile of the College, and carry out the College and University's strategic priorities. Reporting to the Dean, the Senior Associate Dean is the college’s chief academic officer, representing the college on the CUNY Academic Council, and is responsible for shepherding Macaulay’s intellectually challenging academic program of interdisciplinary seminars; personalized advisement; and experiential learning. The Senior Associate Dean is a champion of the college’s academic mission, a key thought partner of the Dean, and plays a vital role in nurturing partnerships within the college, across the university, and with external constituencies that are essential for bolstering Macaulay’s consortial position in the CUNY system and for realizing the college’s academic vision.

The ideal candidate for this position has a broad understanding of trends and best practices in honors education, and is equally adept at academic administration and community building among students, faculty, and staff. They enthusiastically promote environments where diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging thrive. They have a deep appreciation of shared governance, celebrate faculty achievements, support student-faculty research collaboration, and nurture pedagogical innovation. They are a collaborative leader with the credentials and record of accomplishments that demonstrate a strong commitment to academic excellence. This includes a history of progressive responsibility as an academic administrator at the Associate Dean level or above with demonstrated success in the areas described.

Duties included but are not limited to:

  • Serves as the Chief Academic Officer for Macaulay Honors College, setting academic policies and directing academic procedures for Macaulay in cooperation with the CUNY Academic Council and the consortial colleges;

  • Serves as liaison between Macaulay Honors College and the eight consortial colleges, including Macaulay Directors and campus Provosts;

  • Manages the curriculum with more than 60 honors faculty and other members of the Macaulay Honors College learning community and oversee assessment of the college’s academic programs;

  • Directs and manages Academic Affairs staff in ensuring the quality of Macaulay’s curriculum, teaching, and academic support throughout the consortium;

  • Recruits, develops, and supervises Macaulay faculty, especially those who teach the four Macaulay seminars and oversee the development of a program of ongoing faculty development across the consortium;

  • Works closely with other members of the Macaulay Honors College senior staff to support student success and equity;

  • Works closely with the Director of Academic Affairs in overseeing the Teaching and Learning Collaboratory Fellows (TLCs) program;

  • Develops and reviews student academic standards and policies;

  • Works closely with senior staff and Macaulay Directors to ensure compliance with college and university academic policies and procedures including those pertaining to University Scholarships, fellowships, alumni affairs, study abroad programs, study grants, internships, the Opportunities Fund, and community service;

  • Serves as the final decision-maker for student appeals of dismissals and other academic actions;

  • Serves on the Macaulay College Council and its Curriculum and Appointments committees;

  • Represents Macaulay Honors College to various constituencies, both within CUNY and externally;

  • Oversees the planning and implementation of academic technology;

  • In consultation with the Dean, develop strategies to advance Macaulay Honors College and its mission with University groups and funders, and in external communications;

  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Dean.

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.


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.

A preferred candidate will have:

  • Ph.D. with demonstrated record of scholarship or creative achievement, academic leadership, and an innovative, entrepreneurial approach to curriculum and pedagogy.

  • At least 10 years of academic leadership in complex public higher education settings or in institutions of comparable scope, with demonstrated strengths in strategic planning and implementation, program development, outcomes assessment, program evaluation, grant writing, curriculum development, advising, and other aspects of academic affairs.

  • Strong experience in a diverse higher education setting, preferably with honors or other high achieving students; the ability and desire to bring together diverse stakeholders to make a positive impact; and comfort working with staff at all levels and across departments to achieve strategic goals.

  • Demonstrated leadership in developing quality academic programs, attracting and supporting a distinguished faculty, and using assessment data to identify academic priorities and drive improvement.

  • Understanding of the CUNY context, policies, and practices that impact implementation of programs and initiatives.

  • Commitment to enhancing the quality of student life and strengthening the delivery of educational and support services in an honors college.

  • Experience with technological innovation in an academic setting.

  • Commitment to the twin goals of access and excellence in public higher education and a demonstrated commitment to furthering access and success for underrepresented students.

  • Exceptional writing and communication skills including the ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

  • A deep interest in issues in higher education, staying current on research, emerging issues, and best practices and a commitment to ongoing professional development of faculty and academic administrators.


Professional School Senior Associate Dean


$150,000 - $175,000. 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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE : Health Plan Coverage for Employees Hired on or after October 1, 2022 City of New York employees and employees of Participating Employers and their eligible dependents hired on or after October 1, 2022 will only be eligible to enroll in the EmblemHealth HIP HMO Preferred Plan and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment.

After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period.

If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day.

Only after the 365th day can the employee participate in any Annual Fall Transfer Period. An employee who needs to request an exemption from the required enrollment in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan can do so by submitting a HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form to EmblemHealth. An employee, or eligible dependent, must meet certain criteria and the request must be approved by EmblemHealth before the exemption is granted. The HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form and HIP service area are available on the EmblemHealth website.


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Applicants should include, cover letter and a CV or resume and a statement of commitment to diversity. Please upload all documents in Word or PDF format as one document.


The position is open until filled, however, applications received by March 1, 2023 will be assured full consideration.


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