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CUNY University Executive Director for Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) (University Assista in New York, New York

Job Title: University Executive Director for Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) (University Assistant Administrator)

Job ID: 20667

Location: Central Office

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The University Executive Director for Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and will be responsible for all day-to-day operations and administration of the nationally recognized ASAP program, which will serve 25,000 students across nine CUNY partner colleges in FY20. The ASAP University Executive Director will serve as a senior member of the Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Academic Affairs’ (AA) leadership team and will oversee ASAP’s work related to serving foster care youth, a new part-time community college initiative modeled on ASAP, and continued development of ASAP’s baccalaureate model, Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (ACE) at John Jay College and Lehman College.

ASAP is a comprehensive full-time degree pathway program for associate-degree seeking students. Founded in 2007 at nine CUNY colleges, ASAP is committed to graduating at least 50% of students within three years through provision of comprehensive support services and financial resources that remove barriers to full-time study, build student resiliency, and facilitate timely degree completion. Key program components include full-time enrollment, block scheduled first-year courses, cohort course taking, financial support, intrusive and mandatory advisement, a student-success seminar, career services, and tutoring. Thanks to a major infusion of new funding from the City and State of New York and continuous success, ASAP will expand to 25,000 associate-seeking students in 2018/19, has been adapted in CUNY baccalaureate settings, and is being replicated in four states.

Key Duties:

  • Oversee and manage all aspects of day to day program administration for ASAP, which serves 25k students across nine CUNY partner colleges and ASAP program-wide resources and services (ie: textbooks, Metrocards, staff training and professional development, student leadership and scholarship opportunities).

  • Provide strategic fiscal management of the ASAP budget to ensure funding is used as planned across partner colleges and CUNY Office of Academic Affairs (OAA).

  • Oversee and supervise an internal CUNY OAA ASAP staff of 26, who support the work of more than 300 ASAP program staff across CUNY.

  • Establish and monitor ASAP policies and practices across partner colleges and CUNY OAA to ensure continued high levels of program quality.

  • Oversee ASAP’s citywide outreach and communication efforts to ensure steady enrollment and increase awareness of ASAP across a broad range of stakeholders and cultivate new partnerships to support program development and capacity building.

  • Supervise ASAP’s comprehensive research and evaluation agenda and data management systems to measure program efficacy, support effective program management and oversee internal and external ASAP reporting and communications to a broad array of stakeholders including funders, University leadership, researchers, policy makers, and media.

  • Collaborate with campus faculty and administrators to plan and develop successful strategies for continued implementation and evaluation of Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (ACE), a baccalaureate model of ASAP currently at John Jay College and Lehman College supported by City and private funding sources.

  • Lead ASAP’s national replication efforts in dialogue with the AVC for Academic Affairs, present on ASAP at local and national conferences and supervise implementation of CUNY’s new part-time community college initiative modeled on ASAP and funded by the Office of the Mayor.

  • Oversee CUNY initiatives serving foster care youth.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree and eight years' relevant experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience administering education initiatives.

  • Outstanding managerial, supervision, strategic planning, and problem-solving skills.

  • Strong entrepreneurial skills that demonstrate ability to marshal resources and guide multiple stakeholders to meet program goals.

  • Ability to clearly communicate project goals and work effectively with internal and external stakeholders at various levels.

  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to work independently and to lead a cross-functional team.

  • Demonstrated ability to meet ambitious deadlines and program goals within a fast-paced, complex administrative setting.

  • Excellent written, oral, and inter-personal skills.

  • Strong computer skills (Word and Excel required).

  • Deep understanding of the organization and policies of public higher education systems and the needs of low-income urban college students.


University Assistant Administrator


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.


For full consideration, submit a position focused cover letter and resume with your online application. Your cover letter should clearly explain how your experience and credentials fulfill the duties and qualifications outlined.

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July 2, 2019


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