CUNY Academic Program Specialist - Early College Program in Queens, New York


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.

The CUNY Early College Initiative builds on a successful partnership between New York City public schools and the colleges within the CUNY system. Currently LaGuardia has two successful partnerships with Middle College High School and International High School. Beginning September 2013, a third Early College partnership began with the opening of Energy Tech High School in Long Island City. The Early College Initiative is supported by the Central Office administration at CUNY.

Reporting to the Dean and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, the Academic Program Specialist works with Liberal Arts programs to support student advisement, incoming new student advisement, course scheduling, recruitment of students for enrollment in a learning community, support Liberal Arts advising team, monitor Academic Program websites, and other duties as assigned.

In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, the Academic Program Specialist duties will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Assist with all activities related to college course-taking by high school students, including but not limited to registration, course withdrawal, and submission of final course grades and their dissemination to students, their parents, and to high school administrators in a timely fashion;

  • Assist with the development and implementation of guidelines, standards and criteria related to the student's eligibility for enrollment in different types of college courses;

  • Assist with biannual orientation programs for students and parents, outlining expectations, procedures, policies and criteria for the students' successful completion of the college coursework;

  • Conduct parent outreach as it pertains to the college and career model and goals, which includes conferencing with parents when students are identified at "academic risk", and/or have been recommended for formal withdrawal from a college course;

  • Create and maintain student files, which include updated contact information, registration materials, student transcripts, state test results, and signed copies of student contracts;

  • Assist students' targeted intervention needs between the college partner and the high school staff's academic and social support systems by directing the students to resources including tutoring, counseling, and mentoring;

  • Participate in regular school planning committee meetings with college and school staff and the Industry Liaison that focus primarily on the ongoing development of the scope and sequence of the school, the development of college partnership activities, and curriculum development;

  • Increase awareness of early college partnership at the college in order to garner support and recruit faulty members to participate in activities such as the school planning committee, professional development, and collaborative curriculum development;

  • Communicate with the college's instructional staff with regards to student performance and early identification of students at academic risk, beginning as early as the end of the fifth week of college classes during an academic semester. All student data will be summarized at the end of each semester and annually to the school, college partner and key administrators.;

  • Participate in School Leadership Team meetings at the high school to help shape school policies and decisions.


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


  • A Master's degree in Education, Social Work or a related field, a minimum of one year experience with academic advisement at a college level, strongly preferred.

  • Ability to demonstrate organizational skills, strong social skills and the ability to demonstrate leadership are preferred.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) preferred.


Participates in the daily coordination of academic and administrative activities of a College's specialized academic program under management direction.

  • Supports program development, student service delivery, outcome evaluation and instructor/student recruitment, enrollment, and retention.

  • Recommends, implements and evaluates strategies to expand program offerings

  • Prepares analytical and statistical reports for management

  • Develops and maintains relationships with various College offices to improve student and faculty services

  • Serves as resource expert regarding program policies and procedures

  • Oversees office recordkeeping; manages updates of program web and print materials

  • May supervise office operations and/or department budget

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Academic Program Specialist


Higher Education Assistant




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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December 20, 2018


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: Academic Program Specialist - Early College Program

Job ID: 19725

Location: LaGuardia Community College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular