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Job Opportunity: Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

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Job ID: 25453


The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY (SOJ) is inviting applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The Associate Dean is the chief academic officer for the SOJ and leads the school in attracting, supporting and retaining diverse faculty, staff and students. Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean promotes collaboration among departments and programs to fulfill the school’s commitment to support students’ paths to graduation and launching successful careers in journalism.

The Associate Dean enthusiastically encourages the rigor and breadth of the intellectual life of the SOJ and must be approachable as a colleague and a leader in a community in which kindness, inclusion and creativity are prized. With a broad understanding of industry trends, the Associate Dean gathers the wisdom of academic administration, faculty and staff to shape policy and advocate for innovation, as well as fostering student-centered approaches to retention, growth and success. The Associate Dean engages with all stakeholders, contributing to a culture in which individuals feel valued, respected, inspired and free to think creatively and critically about School efforts, instilling a spirit of teamwork, honest information sharing and transparency in decision making. The new Associate Dean must champion an atmosphere in which faculty achievements are recognized, development is supported and instructors are held to high professional expectations. This includes support for scholarship, research and pedagogical innovations. The Associate Dean must also be financially astute, capable of identifying new sources of revenue and streamlining administrative processes.


This position is in CUNY’s Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and eight years’ related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Significant experience and accomplishment in the modern news industry, within news organizations or as an independent journalist.
  • Impactful teaching, mentorship and leadership in professional, educational or affinity-group settings.
  • A record of strategically furthering Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI).

Desired Qualifications

  • Understanding of higher education and best practices related to teaching, learning and career advisement.
  • A future-focused mindset and recognition as a thought leader in the journalism industry or in journalism education.
  • Experience working in an inclusive multicultural, multiracial and multiethnic environment and the demonstrated ability to build bridges and interact successfully with diverse constituent groups.
  • Participation in developing and implementing a strategic enrollment and retention plan or a similar professional initiative.
  • Ability to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and a demonstrated commitment to individuals’ professional growth and development.
  • Ability to create results within a collaborative, shared-governance system.
  • Strong relationships with journalistic affinity groups and innovative professional associations.
  • A career marked by integrity, trustworthiness and resourcefulness.
  • Demonstrated ability to create sustainability through strategically focused innovation and act as an adaptive leader in a dynamic environment.
  • Experience partnering with Admissions and Student Affairs to create a comprehensive success plan that empowers students at every step.
  • Excellent listening skills.
  • Demonstrated experience serving individuals from underrepresented communities.
  • Experience in productively connecting with a range of communities within the city and in building effective relationships with CUNY partners, higher-education institutions, journalistic enterprises and financial supporters.
  • Excellent communicator with ability to speak to different campus stakeholders
  • Values transparency and skilled at managing day-to-day issues of academia while also understanding distinct role of graduate school in training journalists.
  • Serve as an advocate for faculty.
  • Ability to facilitate professional opportunities for students in support of launching student careers.
  • Work experience in an urban setting.


Professional School Associate Dean


$195,000 – $220,000. 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.


Applications and Nominations

The search is being assisted by Academic Search. For additional information about this opportunity, please review the position profile, which includes a full list of required and desired characteristics for the Associate Dean under the “Open Searches” tab.

For questions about the search or to arrange a confidential conversation about this position, please contact either Senior Consultant, Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins, at, or Associate Consultant, Dr. Christy Scott at

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The position is open until filled.


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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.