Program Director – Master’s in Engagement Journalism

  • By Newmark J-School Staff


The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, founded in 2006, has become nationally recognized for its innovative programs. It prepares students from diverse economic, racial, and cultural backgrounds to produce high-quality journalism. As the profession rapidly reinvents itself the Newmark J-School is at the forefront of equipping the next generation of journalists with the tools to find stories and tell them effectively. The school offers two master’s degree.

Our unique Engagement Journalism M.A. has helped shape the news industry in meaningful ways. Now, we are looking for someone to direct the program to serve the needs of the future. We believe that skills and approaches around audience, community, product, and entrepreneurship are crucial elements to build a sustainable news business, and we aim to position the program even more strongly as we teach those skills.

The ideal candidate will provide thought leadership in community-engaged journalism and the opportunity it provides to rebuild trust in independent journalism. They will bring professional experience in audience development, product management and/or journalism entrepreneurship, with a proven track record as a collaborative and solutions-oriented manager of people and ideas. This position reports to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversees the curriculum for Engagement Program; works with faculty to establish and ensure course outcomes, updating courses and adding new ones on an ongoing basis to ensure the curriculum reflects the latest trends in the industry;
  • Establishes partnerships between the School and external outlets, works with colleagues to enhance the reach of student work through the NYCity News Service and other outlets;
  • Recruits and supports a knowledgeable, diverse group of professors to teach courses; ensuring that students’ learning experience is of the highest quality;
  • Conceives and hosts timely and high-profile public events in support of the program;
  • Works closely with the Founding Director of the program, as well as with the Admissions team to promote the Engagement program with prospective and current students;
  • Provides strong professional mentoring – including course and career advisement – to students; developing contacts with employers to assist the Career Services office in identifying relevant internship and employment opportunities;
  • Maintains close contact with alumni from the program, and using these connections to enhance the student experience and career opportunities, as well as the profile and quality of the program;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Associate Dean.

All full-time and part-time CUNY staff are expected to work in-person at their campus office 70% of their work time. For full-time staff, this is equivalent to 7 out of 10 days of in-person work in a two-week period (e.g., 7 days in-person, 3 days remote). Remote days must be pre-approved by the direct supervisor. This hybrid work schedule is subject to change.


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

A preferred candidate should have:

  • A minimum of eight years’ experience in journalism experience — with significant experience in community engagement, audience development, product or journalism entrepreneurship.
  • Skills in product management, product design, news entrepreneurship.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the digital landscape and emerging platforms.
  • Experience in serving diverse communities, civic engagement and/or civic participation.
  • Demonstrated experience working with newsroom data and analytics.
  • Demonstrated record of team leadership, cultural competency and working effectively with diverse communities and professional stakeholders.

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


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


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$124,656 – $141,858. 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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Open until filled with review of applications to begin on February 26, 2024.


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional



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