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Murphy Institute Seeks Urban Studies Program Manager

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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 educational 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 nation labor journal to promote debate on issues critical to labor’s future and its policy role.

Reporting to the Associate Director for Worker Education, the Academic Program Manager for Urban Studies will manage all administrative aspects of the Institute’s Urban Studies program. He/she will working collaboration with the faculty overseeing these programs to ensure administrative adherence to academic policies and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities:
– Manages recruitment, admissions, registration, internship placement, and graduation reviews for undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs
– Consults with faculty and Institute leadership on curricular and other academic matters
– Supervises Urban Studies team, including program coordinators and clerical assistants
– Oversees outreach to the community
– Manages in consultation with Academic Director all departmental course scheduling
– Assists Director and Associate Director with strategic planning to expand the program
– Conducts various research and data collection assignments in support of the Director
– Manages regular and ongoing coordination between administrative offices

QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s Degree and six years’ relevant experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:
– Advanced degree
– Higher education administrative experience
– Experience within CUNY
– Knowledge of the academic fields of Urban Studies, Community Studies, and/or Public Administration
– Practical knowledge of urban institutions and grass roots community organizations
– Familiarity with public policy and the policy making process
– Experience with non-profit organizations
– Experience with curriculum management
– Strong writing and oral communication skills
– Experience with student recruitment and enrollment management
– Ability to examine, evaluate and re-design administrative operations and procedures
– Ability to analyze and solve problems
– Ability to use independent judgment and maintain records containing confidential student information
– Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a faced-paced, demanding, and complex work environment.

Salary Range: $61,394 to $106,700

CUNY TITLE OVERVIEW

Manages curriculum development and operations of a College’s specialized academic program under the direction of a senior administrator.
– Implements and monitors a comprehensive academic program development plan; makes recommendations to improve department policies and procedures
– Assists Director with outcome assessment and strategic planning to further develop program offerings
– Prepares analytical and statistical reports for management
– Serves as resource expert regarding program policies and procedures
– May manage professional and/or clerical staff
– May act on behalf of Director in his/her absence
– Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Academic Program Manager

CUNY TITLE
Higher Education Associate

FLSA
Exempt

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

Visit www.cuny.edu, access the employment page, log in or create a new user account, and search for this vacancy using the Job ID or Title. Select “Apply Now” and provide the requested information.

Candidates must attach a resume, cover letter and three professional references (name, title, organization, and contact information).

CLOSING DATE
September 16, 2017.

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.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/IRCA/Americans with Disabilities Act Employer:
https://sps.cuny.edu/about/dean/policies

The CUNY School of Professional Studies complies with the Clery Act and copies of its annual report on security policies and statistics are available in its Security Office.

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.

The CUNY School of Professional Studies verifies education and experience statements.

Birth of a Nation and Culturally Responsive Education

Last week at the Murphy Institute, I had the pleasure of meeting Erika Ewing, an Educational Engagement Strategist who works with the CUNY Creative Arts Team. She had just finished running a workshop which engaged high school students in rigorous conversation about the film “Birth of a Nation” following an arranged screening of the film for them at an AMC theater. 

In the piece below, Ewing discusses the responsibility of educators to be open and honest with youth about American history, the ways in which non-traditional approaches to education challenges young people to think constructively and critically and how promoting more open discussion of films like Parker’s “Birth of Nation” plays a seminal role.

— Zenzile Greene, Arts and Culture Editor


“Don’t let your past define your future.” It’s a quote we’ve all heard some version of before. But when we’re confronted with our own dark pasts, how easy is it to take this advice? Continue reading Birth of a Nation and Culturally Responsive Education

Worker/Artists at The 32BJ Art Show

This weekend, the 9th annual 32BJ Art show displayed a variety of artwork from its 32BJ and 1199 members, including city and office building workers alike. The work featured paintings, sketches and a live show, which included singing, poetry and performance art.

Read more about this amazing event, which connected worker/artists with a supportive platform. This display of art in various mediums emphasizes the importance of labor/arts events such as this one: they open up possibilities and lift up cultural production in the lives of city and office workers.

Artists-in-Residence: SPS Workers Share Their Photography, Inspiration

By Zenzile Greene-Daniel

In December of last year, I was honored to be invited to participate in a special Brown Bag lunch at SPS in which I and three of my colleagues gave individual presentations on our use of the medium of photography. I was very excited to take part — and especially to learn more about the creative projects of my fellow workers.

Continue reading Artists-in-Residence: SPS Workers Share Their Photography, Inspiration

Michael J. Fortner on Criminal Justice – Roots & Reform

By Cher Mullings
Recording by Zenzile Greene

Why would members of the Harlem community consciously support policies that endorse incarceration of their brothers and sisters?

Dr. Michael J. Fortner’s latest book Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and The Politics of Punishment examines how black-on-black crime influenced a chasmic class division within Harlem from the 1940s – 1960s.

Continue reading Michael J. Fortner on Criminal Justice – Roots & Reform

Creative Arts Night Featured Panelist: Agunda Okeyo

On June 12th, 2015, the Murphy Institute Blog Arts & Culture Editors hosted the first ever Creative Arts Night at the Murphy Institute. In the coming weeks, we’ll be posting some footage from our esteemed panelists and performers.

Here, activist, filmmaker and writer Agunda Okeyo discusses her unique role in the world of art, social justice and the imagination. Agunda was also featured in this month’s issue of Time Out NYC in a section featuring Best Comedy Shows run by females.