Director of Science Forward (Academic Program Director) - Macaulay Honors College

New York, NY
May 14, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Inaugurated in the Fall of 2001 as the CUNY Honors College, the William E. Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York (MHC) is dedicated to providing outstanding educational opportunities for academically gifted students from the five boroughs of New York City and beyond. The Macaulay program includes generous financial support for students who are designated University Scholars upon admission. In addition, the Honors College offers its students unique interdisciplinary seminars focusing on New York City, access to instructional technology, dedicated mentors and advisors, internships, study abroad experiences and a Cultural Passport that provides entre to the vast cultural resources of New York City. The Honors College operates in consortium on eight CUNY campuses: Baruch College, Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, John Jay College, Lehman College, Queens College, and the College of Staten Island. Currently, the Honors College has over 2,000 University Scholars enrolled on all eight campuses.

Reporting to the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) of the William E. Macaulay Honors College, the Director of Science Forward is responsible for the development and implementation of STEM programming that advances scientific thinking and learning through our core science curriculum and through Macaulay-wide events, as well as for faculty development and CUNY-wide leadership in the sciences and STEM career preparation. The Director will serve in a leadership role to actively encourage and support the use of the Science Forward curriculum and other scientific innovations on our Macaulay campuses and throughout CUNY.

The Director serves as the principal science resource to the University Dean and CAO in academic planning of STEM initiatives, including the Macaulay Critical Thinking Seminar, Science Forward. Given that a majority of our students major in STEM fields, Macaulay Honors College is committed to supporting innovative and pedagogically sound STEM instruction and experiences. Incorporating best pedagogical practices, the Director of Science Forward will lead faculty in incorporating scientific literacy and the Science Forward Open Educational Resource into their courses. The Director will also supervise large-scale STEM events at Macaulay including the BioBlitz (a 24-hour species diversity survey conducted by Macaulay sophomores), the science poster conference that concludes the science seminar, STEM research symposia, STEM faculty development programs and retreats, and similar events.

The Director will also be responsible for creating new STEM opportunities for our students and seeking funding for such programs. As a laboratory for new approaches to teaching and learning throughout CUNY, Macaulay is the locus for CUNY-wide experiments and innovations in science teaching and learning, and the Director will initiate and supervise these efforts.

The Director will also assist in the supervision of the Macaulay Instructional Technology Fellows (for STEM initiatives), and in directing the efforts of Macaulay staff and supervising college assistants and interns for Macaulay STEM events.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provides leadership in the development, management, and deployment of the Science Forward Open Educational Resource; this includes creating custom videos, lesson plans, and activities to promote scientific thinking and skills training.
  • Supervises assessment of Macaulay's STEM programming including student attitude surveys, pre/post-tests, focus groups, etc., and disseminates this information and provides recommendations for actions.
  • Investigates and implements new tools and resources for STEM instruction, including online resources and simulations as well as Citizen Science initiatives.
  • Expands the reach of Science Forward within CUNY and beyond as a model for undergraduate science education. This is achieved through holding workshops, conferences, departmental meetings, etc. and presenting and publishing in national and international venues.
  • Leads the scientific side of the BioBlitz including recruiting scientist taxon leaders and supplying them with equipment, managing data collection, etc., as well as site selection, planning, and preparation.
  • Develops new ideas for STEM opportunities at Macaulay and seeks funding for such projects through grant proposals and proposals to potential private funders.


Bachelor's Degree and eight years' relevant experience required.

A preferred candidate should have:

  • Ph.D. degree
  • Knowledge of the current literature on scientific and STEM pedagogical best practices
  • Demonstrated success in the creation of STEM programming and multimedia resources
  • Experience incorporating undergraduate students into research projects
  • Experience teaching undergraduate science courses and designing new interdisciplinary courses to be offered at the undergraduate level
  • Experience with the particular needs and techniques involved in teaching honors students
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines, and stay within budget
  • Ability to work as a collegial team member; ability to build good working relationships with a wide group of people (students, faculty, staff), both individually and as part of a team
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and written and oral skills
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Teaching skills in the area of instructional technologies and information resources with demonstrated ability to effectively train in their use
  • Demonstrated initiative with developing short and long-term plans and translating programmatic issues into projects
  • Ability to take initiative and to work autonomously
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload, prioritize tasks, and use good judgment in providing services based on established goals
  • Experience with grant proposals (particularly in science education)
  • Strong analytical abilities and creative problem-solving skills
  • Expertise in designing and implementing surveys
  • Ability to plan and analyze survey and experimental data using quantitative tools for statistical analysis and through qualitative approaches such as focus groups
  • Experience with communicating complex statistical/data concepts


Directs curriculum development and operations of a College's specialized academic program under executive oversight.

  • Designs, implements and monitors a comprehensive academic program development plan
  • Administers all curricular, administrative, and financial aspects of the program
  • Oversees program evaluation efforts and creates strategic plan to further develop program offerings
  • Manages annual budget; develops proposals and other initiatives for expanded program support
  • Cultivates and maintains strategic partnerships; serves as primary liaison to faculty and administrators to plan and execute programming activities
  • May participate in faculty recruitment efforts
  • Manages professional and clerical staff
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Academic Program Director


Higher Education Officer




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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June 11, 2017


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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Location: Graduate Center

Job Title: Director of Science Forward (Academic Program Director) - Macaulay Honors College

Job ID: 16655

Regular/Temporary: Regular


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