CUNY University Director of Language & Literacy Programs in New York, New York


The Office of Academic Affairs at The City University of New York is seeking an experienced professional in academic instruction, program development, and management to lead its multi-campus CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP) and Adult Literacy Program. The University Director of Language and Literacy Programs oversees the 14-campus Adult Literacy Program, the 9-campus CLIP Program, the We Speak NYC TV Series and related web and print materials, and a professional development/curriculum development infrastructure to support these areas. The Director is responsible for the overall functioning of the language and literacy programs, including spearheading curricular and pedagogical innovations, analyzing and using data to ensure program effectiveness, developing and managing a large and complex budget, and overseeing the successful academic and non-academic integration of students into the University. The Director will cultivate internal and external relationships and partnerships to enhance the social integration of non­traditional learners at CUNY. The position reports to the University Assistant Dean for Pre-Matriculation Programs and Program Assessment.

Other key duties include but will not be limited to the following:

  • Lead the University's efforts to expand the quantity of services that support the City's adult learners to advance along a career pathway and improve the quality of the educational experience of the adult learner population.

  • Participate in faculty development and curriculum development initiatives, including cross-campus planning and collaboration.

  • Implement and monitor budget distribution and utilization for CLIP and the Adult Literacy Program at college campuses and centrally.

  • Oversee data collection and management, and monitor the quality of data reporting to internal University offices and the NY State Education Department.

  • Establish a relationship with the Office of Research, Evaluation and Program Support (REPS) to promote a culture of data-informed program management.

  • Participate in key meetings and events for relevant University-wide councils and programs; serve on committees and task forces that support University priority areas; represent the Language and Literacy area internally and externally.

About the CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP) and the Adult Literacy Program CLIP is an established intensive academic English language program for immigrant students accepted to CUNY who have significant English language needs. CLIP, which serves over 4,000 students a year, is a full-time twelve-month program that provides six levels of English language instruction and helps students to successfully transition to college-level studies. The Adult Literacy Program serves the city's adult and out-of-school youth, helping them to read, write, and do math with greater facility, and to prepare for high school credentialing through the High School Equivalency exam.


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

  • Advanced degree in a directly related discipline strongly preferred

  • Eight years’ related administrative or instructional design experience in an education institution working with adult learners or English language acquisition for higher education academic purposes

  • Professionally active in the field of adult literacy and/or ESL, including engagement and leadership within relevant professional organizations

  • Strategic thinker with ability to establish short- and long-term programmatic goals and outcome measures

  • Experience managing complex budgets, leading multi-site programs, and facilitating cross-functional groups

  • Strong leadership and staff management skills with ability to manage diverse teams, delegate duties and evaluate work timely

  • Strong program assessment and critical analysis skills to evaluate data from multiple sources

  • Strong interpersonal communication, writing, presentation, negotiation and group facilitation skills

  • Strong organizational and follow-through skills to devise and execute work plans, prioritize work, manage multiple projects and meet deadlines

  • Proactive, flexible, and customer focused to work effectively, both independently and as a team member, with diverse members of the university community, including campus program directors and program instructors, and external partners

  • Computer proficiency using academic, administrative, and financial programs, systems or databases, plus online survey systems, project management and social media tools

  • Familiarity with education research methods, data management and/or relational databases (i.e. MS Access, SQL, SPSS) a plus.


Directs selected University-wide academic programs and operations under executive oversight.

  • Develops and implements program proposals and strategic plans

  • Administers all curricular, administrative, and fiscal aspects of programs and oversees support efforts

  • Cultivates and maintains strategic partnerships with external parties and collaborates with faculty, administrators and staff across the University to achieve program goals

  • Monitors program activities; evaluates and reports on effectiveness and outcomes

  • May manage program-related and support staff

  • Performs related duties as assigned.


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COMPENSATION Salary is commensurate with qualifications, education and experience, up to $108,683.

BENEFITS 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.


For full consideration, submit a cover letter and resume online via CUNY's web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined. The direct link to the job opening from external sources is:;=A&JobOpeningId;=20144&SiteId;=1&PostingSeq;=1


March 7, 2019


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.

Job Title: University Director of Language & Literacy Programs

Job ID: 20144

Location: Central Office

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular