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CUNY Academic College Discovery Director in Queens, New York

Job Title: Academic College Discovery Director

Job ID: 20785

Location: LaGuardia Community College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, Queens, educates more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Our guiding principle Dare To Do More reflects our belief in the transformative power of education—not just for individuals, but for our community and our country—creating pathways for achievement and safeguarding the middle class. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all US college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education. We invite you to join us in imagining what our students, our community, and our country can become. Visit to learn more.

Reporting to the Associate Dean of Progress & Completion, The Director is responsible for general oversight of the College Discovery Program. The Director develops and implements strategies to improve retention of College Discovery Students in collaboration with the counselors, prepares annual evaluations, conducts monthly program meetings, attends monthly meetings at the University Central Office, and represents the Counseling Department Chairperson at meetings needed. In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, the Director's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing the day-to-day operations of the College Discovery program;

  • Developing and monitoring a comprehensive program of academic (tutoring), counseling and financial aid services for a specific student population;

  • Implementing academic interventions and other new initiatives to improve students' academic performance and retention;

  • Evaluating intensive academic support assessments and interventions for probation and at-risk students; makes recommendations to improve offerings;

  • Overseeing program's budget and daily administration, including scheduling and timely delivery of services;

  • Preparing reports for management; may write grant proposals to support the development of new offerings and services.

  • Supervise and train staff

This position is open to LaGuardia Community College employees only.


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


Master's Degree, a minimum of three years of experience in a leadership position preferred.

Demonstrated experience in supervision of professional staff and peer advisors. Strong leadership, program development, collaboration and teamwork skills.

  • Outstanding communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent multi-tasking ability and responsiveness to time-sensitive requests

  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently on multiple related projects

  • Strong computer skills (Word and Excel required)

  • Understanding of evaluation and data needs of education programs

  • Strong fiscal management skills

  • Familiarity with fiscal requirements and budgets of sponsored projects

  • Understanding of the organization of public higher education systems

  • Familiarity with issues faced by community college students, especially in urban settings


Directs campus College Discovery program operations. College Discovery is a higher education opportunity program established to provide academic and counseling support for eligible students at CUNY's Community Colleges.

  • Designs, implements and monitors a comprehensive program of academic and counseling services for College Discovery's target student population

  • Develops and implements academic interventions and other new initiatives to improve students' academic performance

  • Administers intensive academic support assessments and interventions for probation and at-risk students

  • Manages program budget; writes grant proposals and acquires funding to support the development of new offerings and services

  • Conducts ongoing assessment of the main program functions to improve upon service delivery

  • Manages counseling, instructional and clerical staff

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Academic College Discovery Director


Higher Education Officer




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.


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This position is open to LaGuardia Community College employees only.




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.