Research Programs Director 


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. To complement these core activities, Centro sponsors a year-round program of educational and cultural activities.

About the Position: The Director of Research Programs reports directly to the Center Director. This position will play a key role in reimagining Centro’s existing research programming and developing and fundraising for new initiatives.

• The director will supervise a team of scholars and interns in the development of research products across the humanities and social sciences. The Director will be charged with leading Centro’s Data Hub and emerging Public Humanities Lab, as well as coordinating sponsored projects. In addition, the Director of Research Programs will work in partnership with other units in the creation of multimedia content and public programs and workshops.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Oversee all aspects of Centro’ s research programs.

• Participate in staff meetings.

• Develop content and programming that highlights research being conducted at Centro.

• Manage research related to sponsored programs.

• Work closely with CENTRO Journal editor and Data Hub Coordinator to align research programming and agendas.

• Develop and implement innovative strategies for fundraising with foundations and government funding agencies.

• Revamp and relaunch CENTRO’s public and digital humanities platforms.


Bachelor’s degree and eight years’ related experience required, as well as a thorough knowledge of governmental regulations and compliance requirements and grant and contract management.

Ideal candidates have experience in developing and coordinating large-scale research projects, proven writing and editing skills, and experience in scholarly publishing, and working with faculty and mentoring students at both undergraduate and graduate level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in in the humanities or the humanistic social sciences
  • Knowledge and passion for Puerto Rican Diaspora History
  • Fundraising and Grant writing and management experience
  • Experience developing and managing long term projects and programming initiatives
  • Supervision experience
  • Effective in written communication
  • Analytical and Creative
  • Ability to put together informative works into presentations.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills to create and nurture partnerships with other educators, institutions, and authors.
  • Able to collaborate with multiple individuals at varying levels.
  • Experience in Microsoft and Google applications


Provides campus-wide leadership and administrative support in the development and administration of grants and contracts.

  • Manages grants, research projects and proposals, and pre- and post-award activities
  • Participates in short- and long-term planning of research programs that meet academic and institutional priorities
  • Identifies and analyzes potential funding sources
  • Oversees grant development activities, policies, and procedures
  • Reports on the advancement and completion of research projects to senior management and outside organizations
  • Provides fiscal oversight related to research programs
  • Oversees compliance with internal and external policies and regulations
  • Directs professional development, information sharing, and collaborative communications related to research campus-wide
  • Manages the unit’s staff
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


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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 27987

Click on the “APPLY NOW” button and follow the application instructions. Current users of the site should access their established accounts;. New users should follow the instructions to set up an account.

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 and/ or Statement of scholarly interests
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • Names and contact information of 3 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 25, 2024. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if the position/s remain open after initial round.


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