Murphy Institute Seeks Assistant for Worker Education (College Assistant)

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) provides online and on campus degree and certificate programs that meet the needs of adults who are looking for a seamless way to finish or transition into a bachelor’s degree, earn a master’s degree or certificate in a specialized field, advance in the workplace, or change careers. Affirming its role as a leader in online education, CUNY SPS was ranked in the top 5% of U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 2016 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs, forging ahead from its top 15% position in 2015.  Of the institutions listed, CUNY SPS ranks 1st in New York State and 11th in the nation.

CUNY SPS is also the home of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, which offers higher education programs for working adults and union members, and serves as a nationally-recognized center for scholarship and resources for labor, academic, and community leaders seeking a deeper understanding of labor and urban issues

The Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies is a collaboration between the University and New York City labor unions, for the purpose of serving the educational, policy and research needs of unions and their members.  The Institute is comprised of two centers.

The mission of the Center for Worker Education is to: 1) offer undergraduate and graduate programs to working adult students and union members, 2) expand access to colleges throughout the CUNY system, and 3) partner with labor unions and employers to address training and education needs of union members.  The Center for Labor, Community, and Policy Studies conducts research, offers leadership development programs, hosts forums and national conferences, publishes articles, books and a national labor journal to promote debate on issues critical to labor’s future and its policy role.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The part-time Assistant for Worker Education will provide administrative support to the Associate Director for Worker Education. Specifically, s/he will:

  • Manage the Associate Director’s calendar.
  • Assist Associate Director in preparing data reports from CUNYfirst, other databases and Excel files.
  • Maintain accurate up-to-date calendars for various programs and activities.
  • Arrange and assist with meetings, special events, ceremonies, and conferences, including possible travel to other sites; handle VIP attendees.
  • Prepare reports and professional documents, including correspondence and grant applications as directed.
  • Handle mailings, Xeroxing and maintain files.
  • Proofread or edit documents, correspondence, and reports created by others.
  • Review outgoing documents for completeness and accuracy.
  • Coordinate travel schedules and arrangements.
  • Draft, proof, and assist with production of brochures and other program materials
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree.
  • Advanced computer skills– MS Office (Word, Excel) and Internet searches.
  • Excellent phone etiquette and professional demeanor.
  • Two years practical clerical experience in an office environment.
  • Good writing skills.
  • Knowledge of CUNY administrative systems (e.g., CUNYfirst).

Salary Range:  $16.55 per hour

Hours: 20 hours per week.

Please send resume and cover letter along with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of 3 business references to:

CUNY SPS/JSMI College Assistant/Assistant for Worker Education Search

c/o Nelly Benavides, Assistant to the Associate Director For Worker Education, JSMI

Email address:

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/IRCA/Americans with Disabilities Act Employer:

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Selected applicants must pay fingerprint and filing fees (full-time CUNY students are excluded from fingerprint fee)

All prospective candidates must be able to be certified as eligible to work under the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

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