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CUNY Assistant Dean for Business Services - Adult and Continuing Education in Queens, New York

Job Title: Assistant Dean for Business Services - Adult and Continuing Education

Job ID: 20822

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.

LaGuardia Community College's Division of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) is one of the largest continuing education enterprises in the region and offers innovative education, training and economic development programs and services to over 35,000 individuals and businesses.

The Assistant Dean, under the direction of the Vice President for Adult and Continuing Education, provides strategic and operational leadership in the development, assessment and delivery of high-quality, innovative business services and entrepreneurship programs that serve the needs of the local community and employers. LaGuardia's Division of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) is a national leader in community college business services programs and has expanded its business services offerings to include a suite of programs and services (the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, NYDesigns, two procurement centers, and the Small Business Development Center). The Assistant Dean will be responsible for maintaining and growing existing initiatives, including the Youth Workforce initiatives, and developing new programs that respond to the needs of local small businesses across various sectors. S/he will identify opportunities for the Division to serve local residents and businesses, design programs that will position students for success as they pursue entrepreneurship activities, connect graduates of LaGuardia’s education and training programs to jobs created by small businesses serviced, identify and attract funding opportunities to support these initiatives, and ensure these programs are successfully implemented.

Essential functions include:


  • Act as a key member of the division's leadership team, advising on the division's direction and representing the division to internal and external stakeholders.

Strategic planning:

  • Direct the preparation of short- and long-range plans for small business programs in support of the college's goals and objectives, and deploy resources to successfully implement these plans.

Program design:

  • Develop new programs that are responsive to community and business needs.

  • Monitor trends affecting small businesses, analyze economic and labor market data, and interact with community and local industry representatives and outside agencies to determine needs for existing and additional programs.

Program implementation:

  • Oversee small business and entrepreneurship initiatives within the division, ensuring they meet service delivery targets.

  • Responsible for formative assessment and evaluation and all outcomes.

Partnership development:

  • (Internal) Collaborate with ACE and academic departments to develop initiatives that can strengthen students' capacity to succeed in workforce development and credit degree programs and become prepared for entrepreneurship opportunities and to connect initiatives to local employers and labor market information.

  • (External) Build coalitions with service providers, industry associations, businesses and elected officials so that small business programs can leverage available expertise and resources.

Grant writing, development and management:

  • Identify and cultivate funding sources that meet the needs of the division, secure external funding to support small business and entrepreneurship programs, provide labor market information and connections to small businesses in support of workforce and pre-college grant submissions, and manage stakeholder relationships, including outcomes reporting to funders.

Financial Management:

  • Plan, direct, and monitor all fiscal resources within area of direct responsibility. Liaise with Director of Finance on a quarterly basis for routine management and issue resolution.

  • Ensure sufficient resources to support program needs as well as divisional infrastructure.

  • Identify, develop, and implement strategic plans for long term revenue growth across programs.

  • Ensure proactive management of all awarded budgets and compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations


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.


Master's degree highly preferred. A minimum of eight years of senior-level leadership. Proven accomplishment and leadership in business services and entrepreneurship-related activities, including a track record of successfully innovative programs. Proven track record of grant awards, experience in successful proposal writing, including identifying potential funding opportunities, leading the grant development process and managing staff to successfully write grants. Excellent ability to work with the private sector, governmental agencies, community and civic organizations. Exceptional interpersonal skills combined with the self-confidence and sensitivity needed to build consensus for policy and operational changes. Superior written and verbal communications skills. Proven experience in managing and directing a diversified work staff, at all levels of the organization and faculty in credit and non-credit programs, in addition to students and other customers.


Assistant Dean


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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Open until filled. Review of Resumes will begin August 7th, 2019.


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