Assistant Director of Student Life (Student Life Specialist)

  • By Newmark J-School Staff


As the profession continues to reinvent itself for the digital age, the Newmark J-School is at the forefront of equipping the next generation of journalists with the reporting, writing, visual, audio, data, technological, and entrepreneurial skills they need to find stories and tell them effectively. The school offers a Master of Arts in Journalism, a unique bilingual M.A. in Journalism for students fluent in English and Spanish, and the nation’s first M.A. in Engagement Journalism.

The Assistant Director of Student Life at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY will report to the Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Success. The Assistant Director will provide students with support and programming to assist in their success and completion of the program. In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, duties include but are not limited to:

  • Works with the advisor to the registered student clubs and Graduate Student Council (GSC), including advising on policies and procedures, oversight of the annual GSC elections process, and monitoring council activities and funds;
  • Provides ongoing guidance and advice to faculty-student club advisors about university rules;
  • Assists in developing programs, workshops, activities, and services to support general student affairs goals and develop and conduct related assessments and research’
  • Assists with implementing and coordinating student success events, including but not limited to orientation, commencement, registration, annual World Mental Health Day, annual de-stressor programming, and wellness activities such as yoga, meditation, and anxiety and stress management workshops.
  • Coordinates initiatives that promote student engagement, community development, and celebration of diversity within J-School.
  • Attends, as needed, the college liaison to university council meetings (Council on Student Disability Issues- COSDI, and Council of Student Life Directors – CCSLD);
  • Collaborates with campus partners to provide counseling, wellness programs, and workshops addressing issues such as stress management, work-life balance, and resilience;
  • Collaborates with the Office of Academic Affairs to guide and support students in selecting courses, navigating academic requirements, and developing individualized academic plans (e.g., students on academic warning, probation, etc.).
  • Collaborates with the Assistant Dean to develop and manage the budget (e.g., student programming, training and development funding, etc.);
  • Assists with providing academic support services, including ADA 504 accommodations, referrals to J-School coaches, and CUNY resources to enhance the student learning experience;
  • Assists in developing and implementing initiatives to support students’ emotional and mental well-being; refers students to GC-WC or an outside provider for treatment and support;
  • Maintains effective support systems, resources, and referrals to the Graduate Center Wellness Center and external agencies to assist students in overcoming challenges and achieving their goals;
  • Assists in assessing and reporting student outcomes, satisfaction, and success data to inform program improvement and decision-making processes.
  • Assists with the Newmark Grocery to address food insecurity issues within the campus.
  • Serves on various committees and task forces related to student support and success and contribute to strategic decision-making (e.g., campus life and facilities, diversity committee, etc.).
  • Works with the Finance team in processing vendor payments for Student Affairs related purchases.

Until further notice, this is a hybrid position, eligible to work remotely and work on-site in the office.


Bachelor’s degree and four years’ related experience required.

A preferred candidate should have:

  • Master’s degree in student personnel administration, higher education, or related field preferred.
  • A minimum of four (4) years relevant experience in an urban higher education setting preferred. Two or more years of student involvement in student activities or student development work. Such experience can include but is not limited to student activities and student groups.
  • Experience with current higher education practice, theory, and research preferred.
  • Knowledge of best practices in student success program implementation, emphasizing assessment and data-informed decision-making.
  • Ability to work independently and be able to carry out complex assignments.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, as well as professional leadership and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed.

Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Sponsorship will not be offered for this position.


  • Develops and implements programming, services, and learning opportunities for students, promoting the personal development of a diverse student population.
  • Administers one or more student affairs programs, providing program management, assistance with policy development, supervision and training of all professional and support staff, budget monitoring, and report preparation
  • Serves as a resource to student groups and/or populations as a consultant and advocate for their concerns
  • Researches and stays current on higher education programs, trends, and issues with student impact
  • Produces workshops and materials to support student programs; manages on-line communities; develops on-line social networking activities, and develops and maintains multimedia content on program web sites
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Higher Education Assistant




$72,667 – $75,465. 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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February 27, 2024.


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional



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