Director of BMCC Learning Academy

New York, NY
Jun 04, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Community College


Borough of Manhattan Community College seeks an innovative and collaborative leader as Director of the BMCC Learning Academy, a unit of the Office of Academic Affairs. BLA is a cohort-based academic success program designed to support students in timely degree completion and successful transfer. Key program components for students include intrusive advisement, student success seminars, peer mentors, individualized tutoring, access to special scholarship opportunities, access to business and industry sites connected to major interests, and transfer assistance. BLA is a hub for faculty development related to high impact practices. All faculty who teach in BLA participate in related professional development and incorporate high impact practices in their classes, with a focus on experiential learning.

The Director of BLA reports directly to the Senior Vice President/Provost and will lead program expansion efforts to improve student success, retention, and degree completion through implementation of evidence-based programming. The Director is responsible for significant expansion, ensuring the integrity of the BLA model, and maintaining outstanding student outcomes. The Director will be responsible for leadership of a growing BLA team and working collaboratively across departments to ensure effective programming.

Located in dynamic downtown Manhattan, BMCC is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY), enrolling more than 26,000 students in degree programs. BMCC is both an Hispanic-serving institution and a minority-serving institution. More than 160 countries from around the world are represented in its student body. BMCC students obtain associate degrees in nearly 50 majors. BMCC is a vibrant, pluralistic learning community committed to the intellectual and personal growth of its students, a college alive with innovation aimed at improving student success.

The Director of BLA, reporting directly to the Senior Vice President/Provost, will lead program expansion and efforts to improve student success. Responsibilities include the following:

  • Oversee and manage the BLA budget, including management of a five-year $2.6 million Title V grant to support expansion and compliance with all grant and other reporting requirements;
  • Develop, implement and organize all operational and instructional materials aligned with BMCC's strategic priorities and in compliance with College and University standards, policies, and procedures;
  • Implement an plan coaching and training for staff performance improvement and development;
  • Manage daily operations of the office and provide leadership to establish a culture of excellence that results in exemplary student outcomes;
  • Create and collaborate with faculty to expand the program and improve student outcomes, including through the implementation of professional development activities;
  • Collaborate with Student Affairs and Enrollment Management to ensure comprehensive student support services and effective recruitment;
  • Partner with Academic Advisement and Transfer Center to streamline the advisement process and maintain consistent advising protocol among all advising units on campus;
  • Ensure the ongoing success of the program through effective planning, program assessment, and budget management;
  • Establish goals and objective and develops strategic and operational plans for the program;
  • Represent the Senior Vice President/Provost at College, CUNY, and other external programs and University events/meetings, as needed and;
  • Assume other duties as assigned by the Senior Vice President/Provost.


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

Master's or Doctoral degree in student personnel administration, higher education, or related field highly preferred, with at least five (5) years in a managerial role in the higher education setting working with a diverse student population. Experience securing and managing grants preferred.


  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills and an ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Collegial style of leadership that will support and retain staff in their efforts to provide and excellent academic environment.
  • Administrative and supervisory experience with a record of increasing responsibility in higher education.
  • Knowledge of best practices in student success program implementation with an emphasis on assessment and data driven decision making.


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 $75,971- $101,043

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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CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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.

Location: Borough of Manhattan CC

Job Title: Director of BMCC Learning Academy

Job ID: 16900

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


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