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LaGuardia Community College
Vice President of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE)
LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, Queens, educates more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate and continuing education programs. Our guiding principle, “Dare To Do More”, reflects our belief in the transformative power of education—not just for individuals, but for our community and our country—creating pathways for achievement and safeguarding the middle class. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all US college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education. We invite you to join us in imagining what our students, our community and our country can become. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.
LaGuardia Community College is
seeking a senior leader who can advance and improve the College’s ability to
help adult learners gain the education and skills to build their careers, and
help businesses and organizations develop the talent they need. The Vice
President of Adult and Continuing Education creates and manages employer
partnerships, and works with funders, industry experts, faculty, unions, civic
organizations, and others to create occupational training programs that prepare
students for employment and career advancement and fulfill the workforce
development mission of the college.
Reporting to the president and as a member of the President’s Cabinet, The Vice
President of Adult and Continuing Education provides visionary, results-oriented
leadership in delivering quality adult education and workforce training
programs. The Vice President has primary responsibility for providing strategic
leadership, fundraising, direction and management for all efforts related to
non-credit workforce education and training. The Vice President takes a
leadership role at the college in establishing and managing employer relations
and creating innovative programs – often in cooperation with faculty and the
Division of Academic Affairs – that serve our constituents through publicly and
privately supported as well as tuition-based training and education. The
division serves between 30,000 and 35,000 individuals annually, and secures
between $10 million and $15 million annually from foundations, government contracts,
and employer payments and other sources.
The Vice President oversees a broad array of programs focused on adult career
advancement, including one of the largest English as a Second Language programs
in the Northeast and a comprehensive set of programs for adult basic education
and high school equivalency certification; as well as a diverse array of
corporate and business services, including the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small
Businesses program, the NY Designs small business incubator, and a range of career
skills training that includes Technology; Healthcare; Advanced Industrial &
Manufacturing; Construction, Building Management & Sustainability; Business
& Finance; American Sign Language - English Interpretation, and more.
The Vice President oversees a robust system of program management, assessment,
and communication to provide for effective functioning of a large and complex
division. The Vice President is responsible for ensuring that the division
generates the revenue necessary to support its operation through grants,
contracts, fee-for service-courses, and related revenue generating strategies.
He/she is a member of the college President’s Cabinet and provides
executive-level support in policymaking and the overall operation of the
College. The Vice President uses the creative flexibility of the division to
field-test new programs and strategies that lead to new academic programs, new
lines of business services, and centers of innovation.
The preferred candidate will be an entrepreneurial, creative, strategic thinker
with exceptional organizational, managerial, fundraising, and leadership
skills. The new Vice President should be an accomplished, entrepreneurial
leader with a high level of political acumen. Experience in the community
college sector is a plus. The Vice President should be a sophisticated,
experienced negotiator and builder of partnerships who can maneuver within a
complex landscape including various city, state, and national initiatives.
The Vice President will also have the following responsibilities:
• Provide overall vision and supervision for the development and maintenance of
quality educational programs that respond to workforce, economic, academic and
• Lead the fundraising and revenue generating efforts of the division to meet
agreed-upon revenue and net operating profit goals.
• Collaborate with the Division of Academic Affairs to foster the development
of non-credit to credit pathways.
Create robust partnerships with business, organizations, and funders to advance
the economic and workforce development needs of the local community.
• Represent the College and the Division with CUNY, state, and city officials
with regard to major Continuing Education issues.
• Work with all College areas to ensure full integration of Continuing
Education into college policy and planning.
• Set policy and make decisions regarding major program, staff and fiscal
issues and delegate operational follow-up, as appropriate.
• Stimulate and provide ongoing support for short and long-term fiscal and
administrative planning for all areas of the Division that both responds to and
anticipates community’s organizational, economic and service educational needs.
• Spearhead new program development across Divisional areas, create strong linkages
within all programs and with credit areas, and assist in finding necessary
• Identify local economic and labor market trends to enable the Division to
design market-driven programs.
• Chair Divisional Personnel & Budget committees.
• Serve on various external committees, task forces, panels at local, state,
and national levels to advance issues and perspectives related to adult and
• Other duties as assigned.
until filled. Review of resumes will begin on 10/12/2020.
This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience.
Candidates must attach a resume,
cover letter, and three professional references (name, title, organization, and
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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.