Assistant Director for Writing in Public Affairs-Baruch College


The mission of Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs and its degree programs is to enhance the performance of governmental and nonprofit institutions in New York and the nation in the interest of effective and equitable public service and public policy in a diverse society. Using insights from theory, research, and practice, we are a multidisciplinary community of scholars engaged in teaching, research, and outreach to achieve this mission. We place special emphasis on educating responsive and accountable leaders who combine managerial expertise, creative and critical thinking, and rigorous analysis in the formation and execution of public policy. The School also serves as a site for debate and reflection on issues of public importance to New York and the world beyond.

In close partnership with faculty and our colleagues in academic support programs, the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute cultivates learning environments in which students become strategic, thoughtful communicators and creators. We develop and support Communication Intensive Courses, guide pedagogical reflection, and foster the teaching of written, oral, visual, and digital literacies across the College.

Reporting to the Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, the Assistant Director for Writing in Public Affairs is also guided by a unique partnership with the School of Public Affairs and the Writing Center. In close collaboration with SPA faculty and the School’s advisement team, the Assistant Director for Writing in Public Affairs develops and coordinates a portfolio of programmatic support for academic writing. Directly serving both faculty and graduate students in six degree-granting programs, the Assistant Director for Writing in Public Affairs will:
– Collaborate with School of Public Affairs faculty to assess and document writing needs, inventory curricula, and serve as an institutional specialist for writing across the School’s graduate programs.
– Design, develop and implement a comprehensive faculty development program of workshops, seminars, and consultation to improve student writing.
– For select core courses, including the graduate capstone, provide contextualized, course-embedded support in order to develop students into independent, effective writers.
– Foster student success, often in the context of the Writing Center’s programming, by providing traditional writing support services, including one-to-one consultations, small-group workshops, and summer bridge programming.
– Develop and share resources for faculty that ensure their access to current writing pedagogy and practice.
– Participate in the School’s ongoing learning assessment of writing competencies in its graduate programs.
– Create external reporting that communicates with a large community of diverse stakeholders.
– Support the development of an ongoing, faculty-led Writing Across the Curriculum initiative at the School of Public Affairs by building relationships, liaising, and providing expertise.
– Contribute to a culture of engagement, curiosity, collaboration, and happiness at the Communication Institute.


The Assistant Director for Writing in Public Affairs must hold a Bachelor’s degree and have four years of relevant experience, or the equivalent combination of advanced degree and years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications
A terminal degree, or significant progress to completion, in English, Communications, Writing, Rhetoric and Composition, the scholarship of teaching and learning, or a closely related field strongly preferred.

Additional preferred qualifications include:
– Demonstrated excellence as a teacher, in both classroom settings and more intimate learning environments such as Writing Centers
– Curriculum development and instructional design experience
– Knowledge of WAC/WID programming and writing in the social sciences
– Organizational and planning skills
– The ability to lead educators in professional and pedagogical development

We especially welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.


Provides educational development activities supporting a targeted academic program.

– Assists in developing and preparing program offerings, curricula, guidelines, and related communications

– Promotes program and advises students and College stakeholders on services, policies, and procedures

– Advises faculty, counselors, tutors, administrators and others on program goals, activities, and best practices

– Provides student services such as workshops, seminars, and advising sessions

– Coordinates efforts of faculty, staff, and other service providers to monitor and assess utilization, student progress, and program effectiveness

– Performs related duties as assigned.


Higher Education Assistant




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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December 19, 2015


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional