CUNY Projects Specialist - Department of Public Programming in New York, New York


The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) was established in 2018 as the 25th institution and the seventh professional school of The City University of New York. The new School builds upon and expands the work of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute, which has served the educational needs of working adults for nearly 35 years. The mission of SLU is to: 1) offer undergraduate and graduate programs in Labor and Urban studies to a diverse constituency, including adult learners and traditional-age students; 2) collaborate with other units of the University to expand higher educational opportunities to working adults while meeting the workforce development needs of New York City and State, and 3) serve the labor and broader community by conducting research, offering leadership development programs, hosting public forums and national conferences, and publishing a national journal to promote debate on issues critical to labor and working-class communities.

Reporting to the Director of the Murphy Institute’s Center for Labor, Community & Policy Studies, the Projects Specialist will oversee the Center’s public programming. Primary duties include:

  • Research issues impacting the labor movement, workers, and urban communities locally, nationally and globally;

  • Develop annual public programming plans, including annual conferences and monthly forums, plus facilitated meetings and workshops, in consultation with faculty, staff, and Institute partners ;

  • Design and carry out outreach and audience development plans;

  • Develop and nurture strategic partnerships with labor and allied organizations;

  • Plan and oversee the dissemination of public programming in written and recorded forms;

  • Implement and evaluate all public programming;

  • Assist with overseeing and setting guidelines for the use of Institute space by partner organizations; and

  • Coordinate logistics to accommodate partnering organizations granted the use of SLU space.


Minimum: Bachelor's Degree and four years' relevant experience required.


  • Advanced degree in related field preferred.

  • Broad knowledge of the U.S. labor and/or allied movements along with the interest to remain abreast of upcoming industry trends.

  • Conference planning and coordinating experience.

  • Excellent written, interpersonal, organizational, and presentation skills preferred.

  • Proven ability to work effectively with outside partners and clients preferred.

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a demanding work environment, carry out complex assignments and adapt to changing situations and priorities preferred.

  • Strong computer and social media skills preferred.


Provides administrative and program support to an administrative or academic department.

  • Oversees department operations and assists management in planning department activities, creating schedules, assigning staff and preparing and delivering department communications.

  • Works with appropriate offices related to personnel recruitment, expediting search activities

  • Research coordinates and organizes materials for key events such as promotion and tenure reviews.

  • Supervises and trains support staff and student workers.

  • Manages budget and coordinates purchasing, accounting, and payroll.

  • Provides instructions and basic advice to students, faculty, and others seeking information on department activities, policies, and schedules.

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Administrative Specialist


Higher Education Assistant




Salary commensurate with qualifications, 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.


For full consideration, submit a cover letter and resume online via CUNY's web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined. The direct link to the job opening from external sources is:;=A&JobOpeningId;=20333&SiteId;=1&PostingSeq;=1


April 30, 2019


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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Job Title: Projects Specialist - Department of Public Programming

Job ID: 20333

Location: Sch. of Labor & Urban Studies

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular