Queensborough Community College invites applications from individuals interested in assuming a leadership position as College Discovery Director. College Discovery (CD) is a higher education opportunity program established to provide academic and counseling support for eligible students at the City University of New York (CUNY) Community Colleges.
Queensborough Community College is one of 24 institutions, including seven community colleges, within The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation???s largest urban public university. The College, established in 1958, confers the Associate in Arts, the Associate in Science and the Associate in Applied Science degrees, and offers Certificate Programs in various career areas. It offers over 40 programs in Liberal Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering Technologies, Arts & Humanities, Health Related Sciences, and Education and has an enrollment of over 12,000 students.
Queensborough Community College is dedicated to equity and to academic excellence and rigor and to providing an affordable, high-quality education to pre-college, college, and lifelong learners. Our faculty and staff are committed to the holistic development of today???s students in a nurturing and diverse environment that prepares them to be successful in a dynamic workforce. The College affirms its open admissions policy and its strong support of critical thinking, intellectual inquiry, global awareness, civic responsibility, and cultural and artistic appreciation.
Queensborough is home to the Kupferberg Holocaust Center, QPAC: Performing Arts Center and QCC Art Gallery.QCC is also proud to have been selected by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to host a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center. The TRHT Campus Center initiative is a nation-wide effort to provide a platform for facilitated dialogues that challenge limiting narratives about race and strengthen understanding of our shared humanity.
The CD Director will be part of a dynamic team within the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. They will oversee the programs operations; designs, implements, and monitors a comprehensive program of academic and counseling services for College Discovery's target student population ranging between 200 and 300 students per year;develops and implements academic interventions and other new initiatives to improve students' academic performance; and administers intensive academic support assessments and interventions for probation and at-risk students. The Director will also manage the 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; and manage a staff that consists of 3 advisors, 1 instructional staff, and support staff.
A key goal of the college is to provide an academic environment that strengthens our students??? commitment to their own education, thus making it possible for them to graduate and complete their academic or professional goals in a timely manner. The College Discovery (CD) Program is a NYS Opportunity Program which has been providing counseling, comprehensive academic, and financial support to selected students for well-over 50 years. The CD program at QCC also offers mandatory freshmen enrichment classes which help students with adjusting to college life, the work environment, financial independence and management, as well as general life-coping skills. Many of our graduates attend senior colleges in the CUNY, SUNY or private college in NY State where they continue to receive similar opportunity program services.
CUNY is an equal opportunity employer, is committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce and is dedicated to recruiting and retaining professionals who share the College???s commitment to equity. It welcomes nominations of, and applications from members of protected groups including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as others who would bring additional perspectives to the university???s mission. Candidates with demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness through their research, teaching and/or service are also encouraged to apply. One of Queensborough Community College???s greatest strengths, and a necessary element of excellence, is the diversity of our community. We strive to attract and nurture a talented and diverse faculty and staff that proudly reflect the unique character of the local Queens community, the most diverse county in the United States.
Reporting to the Dean of Enrollment Management, the successful candidate will be responsible for general oversight of the College Discovery Program. The Director develops and implements strategies to improve recruitment and retention of College Discovery Students in collaboration with the counselors, prepares annual evaluations, conducts monthly program meetings, attends monthly meetings at the Office of Special Programs/ CUNY central, and represents the program at a number of campus-based meetings including the Enrollment Management Operations and Advisement Council.
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, plans the offerings for the program???s mandatory annual ???summer experience??? for newly admitted first-time students
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 program staff
Evening and weekend hours as needed
Bachelor's Degree and eight years' relevant experience required.
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
Experience working within an opportunity program or special program at a college or university
Demonstrated management and supervisory skills as well as budget oversight and planning experience
Strong understanding of the needs and challenges facing students from diverse urban backgrounds
Experience designing, implementing and monitoring a comprehensive program of academic, counseling and tutoring student support services
Experience developing and implementing interventions to improve academic performance for at-risk students
Must be an innovative thinker with a focus on strategy and the ability to smoothly implement new initiatives
A demonstrated record and evidence of success in leading a team
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team, within the department and with faculty and other administrators and demonstration of a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Experience using an integrated student information system (PeopleSoft/CUNYFirst), degree audit system (Degree Works), CRM tool (Hobsons Connect), Blackboard and Starfish preferred
Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.
CUNY TITLE OVERVIEW
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
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
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.
HOW TO APPLY
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Candidates must provide a resume and cover letter.
Will remain open until filled.
Review of resumes to begin immediately.
JOB SEARCH CATEGORY
CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
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.
Queensborough Community College is located on a lush 37-acre campus in Bayside, Queens, New York. Queensborough offers a rich liberal arts and science curriculum as well as career and pre-professional courses. Comprising one of the most diverse populations of any college in the U.S., over 16,000 students pursue associate degrees or certificate programs. The College’s transfer programs are designed for students who plan to continue their studies at a four-year institution. Career programs provide the academic foundation and training for students who plan to begin or advance in a great career. Queensborough Community College is accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The Nursing program is registered by the New York State Education Department and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The Computer Engineering Technology programs are accredited by Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.