Job Opportunity: Deputy Director, Humanities Alliance (GC/LAGCC)

Position Title:             Deputy Director (Administrative Executive Associate) – Humanities Alliance
Job ID:                           14027
Compensation:           Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Closing Date:              December 30, 2015

Position Details:

The Graduate Center (GC) defines the standard of contemporary graduate education: rigorous academic training and globally significant research. It is recognized for outstanding scholarship and teaching across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and is integral to the intellectual and cultural vitality of New York City. Through its extensive public programs, The Graduate Center hosts a wide range of events – lectures, conferences, book discussions, art exhibits, concerts, and dance and theater that enrich and inform.

With generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Center and LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY) will establish the Humanities Teaching and Learning Alliance, an ambitious new partnership dedicated to training Ph.D. students in innovative methods to teach humanities to a predominantly immigrant, low-income, urban, undergraduate population. The goal of the alliance is to support graduate students in mastering the most successful methods for teaching undergraduate general education humanities courses to increasingly diverse student populations while simultaneously broadening and strengthening access to and opportunity in the humanities for those undergraduates.

Based in the Provost’s Office and reporting to the Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Affairs, the Deputy Director will join an institution with strong support for teaching and the humanities and will be part of an enthusiastic and collaborative community of faculty members, graduate students, and staff working together to equip the next generation of students and scholars. This position is funded by a grant and will end on June 30, 2020.

Duties include but are not limited to:
– Manages all aspects of the grant supporting the project, including financial tracking and regular reporting as stipulated by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation;
–  Monitors expenditures and assures that expenditures support the grant objectives and is consistent with the grant application;
– Responsible for grant closeout, which includes assuring that all purchases are paid within the grant ending period and assuring that all expenditures (services and/or goods) were received within the grant award period;
– Masters complex systems, including multiple financial systems, grant administration, university administration, multiple campus environments;
– Oversees, administers, and contributes to development of an online community spanning undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff at multiple institutions;
– Coordinates, supervises, mentors, and builds community among Mellon Teaching Fellows;
– Fosters collaboration between the grant’s participating offices: The Graduate Center’s Provost’s Office, LaGuardia Community College’s Academic Affairs Office, Futures Initiative, the Center for Teaching and Learning at LaGuardia Community College, and The Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center;
– Contributes to planning at least two major professional development events at GC per semester for the duration of the grant, some in collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Center and other units;
– Contributes to organizing a major academic conference on humanities education during the 2018-2019 academic year;
– Convenes regular meetings of the Steering Committee of the Mellon Humanities Alliance;
– Manages assessment process and oversees consultant in the development of various evaluative instruments to study the impact of the grant;
– Cultivates a strong media presence (social media and traditional media) for grant-related activities;
– Represents the work of the grant in relevant online and print scholarly publications and encourages the Fellows and Postdocs to publish about the outcomes of the grant;
– Ensures that all work of the grant exemplifies principles of equity and diversity;
– Seeks funding opportunities and writes grant proposals to build upon and expand the work of the Mellon Humanities Alliance.

CUNY Title Overview:

Supports a Campus or University Executive in a variety of activities and initiatives as a key team member.

– Organizes and manages projects involving different areas of the Campus or University community, with responsibility for project outcomes.
– Represents the Executive’s unit in Campus or University-wide activities, including committees, special initiatives, and implementation of new processes or technology.
– Independently carries out a portfolio of responsibilities under the Executive’s purview, such as approvals, student interactions, and monitoring of key activities.  Manages communications within and outside the unit related to areas of responsibility.
– May serve as Manager of a large Executive Office.
– Performs related duties as assigned.


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

Other Qualifications:
A preferred candidate should have:
– Extensive experience working in higher education
– Extensive project management experience
– Graduate or professional degree in area(s) within the humanities, social sciences, or related area
– Past success working collaboratively in diverse and interdisciplinary environments
– Experience working with and commitment to diverse communities
– Interest in working with and supporting underserved student populations
– Experience building and engaging communities around digital projects
– Familiarity with administering a WordPress installation
– Experience with grant management including financial and activity reporting
– Ability to monitor grants, budget, and expenditures to ensure that targets are met
– Supervisory experience including personnel and recruitment actions
– Experience organizing academic events or conferences
– Familiarity with academic assessment
– Undergraduate teaching or mentoring experience, including community college
– Experience working with graduate students
– A commitment to public education and the humanities
– Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.

How to Apply:

1. Please apply using the link below:

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The Futures Initiative
The Graduate Center, CUNY
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New York, NY 10016-4309