Director of Educational Programs

ABOUT CENTRO: The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, is a university-based research institute whose mission is to produce, facilitate, and disseminate interdisciplinary research about the experiences of Puerto Ricans in the U.S. and to collect, preserve, and provide access to archival and library resources documenting the history and culture of Puerto Ricans.

About the Position: This position will play a key role in reimagining Centro’s existing Educational Programming and in developing and fundraising for new initiatives. The director will supervise a team of scholars and interns in the development of curricular material, study guides, and learning resources for students and adult learners. The Director will be charged with reimagining Centro’s existing educational offerings and work directly with K-12, Higher Education, and professional school systems to create content, curriculum, and other tools that advance national understanding of Puerto Rican and Diasporican history, culture, economy, and more. In addition, the director of Educational Programs will work in partnership with other units in the creation of multimedia content and public programs and workshops with teachers. Ideal candidates will have experience in fundraising, advocacy, and collaboration with government agencies and representatives. The Director of Educational Programs reports directly to the Center Director.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all aspects of Centro’s educational programs.
  • Participate in staff meetings.
  • Develop content that is engaging and grasps the attention of viewers.
  • Create presentations for a variety of educational subjects relevant to Centro’s focus and events.
  • Use diverse methods, resources, and teaching strategies to reach young and adult learners to build on the cultural and linguistic diversity of Puerto Ricans in the diaspora.
  • Promote critical communication activities for interactive classroom management to empower authentic and high-quality lifelong learning experiences.
  • Restructure and coordinatethePuerto Rican Heritage Cultural Ambassador Program
  • Develop procedures and materials for teachers to implement curriculum.


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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in Education
  • Knowledge and passion for Puerto Rican Diaspora History
  • Fundraising and Grant writing experience
  • Supervision experience
  • Experience in educational/curriculum development
  • Effective in written communication
  • Analytical and Creative
  • Ability to put together informative works into presentations.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills in order to create and nurture partnerships with other educators, institutions, and authors.
  • Able to collaborate with multiple individuals at varying levels.
  • Knowledge of NY state education standards
  • Knowledge of trends in instructional methods and educational technology
  • Experience in Microsoft and Google applications


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 commensurate with education and experience ($100,329-$129,310)

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 must be submitted online by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website To search for this vacancy, click on SEARCH ALL POSTINGS and in SEARCH JOBS field, enter the Job Opening ID number 27989

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Please have your documents available to attach into the application before you begin. Note, the required material must be uploaded as ONE document under CV/ Resume (do not upload individual files for a cover letter, references, etc.). The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10) characters – also DO NOT USE SYMBOLS (such as accents (é, è, (â, î or ô), ñ, ü, ï , –, _ or ç)).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please include:

  • Cover letter describing related qualifications, experience, and proposed research activities.
  • Current CV
  • Writing sample related to the position (25-30 double spaced pages)
  • Contact information for 3 professional references.

Upload all documents as ONE single file– PDF format preferred


The search will remain open until the position is filled. The committee will begin reviewing complete applications on March 29, 2024. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if the position/s remain open after initial round.


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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