Job Title: Project Director
PVN ID: LE-1604-001110
Category: Managerial and Professional

Job Description

General Description

The Lehman College Adult Learning Center has been offering high-quality instruction in English for Speakers of Other Languages, Adult Basic Education, and High School Equivalency preparation for adults from local communities since 1988.  As a direct-service program of the Institute for Literacy Studies (ILS), a research and professional-development organization based at Lehman College, The City University of New York (CUNY), the ALC combines thoughtful pedagogy with a deep commitment to supporting teachers and students.  The ALC is part of a network of adult education programs based at campuses throughout CUNY, and is highly regarded for its innovative, collaborative approaches to instruction, curriculum development, staff development, and program management.

The Project Director oversees all aspects of the Adult Learning Center: management of a $900,000  budget; instructional leadership for and supervision of a 30-person staff; oversight of daily program operations and data management; coordination of a core team of experienced teacher-administrators; ongoing communication with a variety of partners, other Lehman College programs, offices and departments; CUNY administrators and staff developers; New York City and State agencies; and the broader adult-literacy community. In addition, the Project Director contributes to ILS long-range planning and policy development; collaborates with staff to develop new initiatives and support existing ones; and coordinates the writing of grant requests and reports.

Other Duties


Candidates should have:

  • A strong background in adult and/or young adult literacy education in both classroom instruction and program management (minimum of five years’ combined experience).
  • Expertise and extensive experience in at least three of the following areas: adult literacy pedagogy and theory; staff development; program and fund development; financial management; staff supervision; administrative and office system oversight.
  • Familiarity with local and national issues in literacy education and policy.
  • Strong communication, organizational, and technology skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse populations and honoring student and teacher strengths and voices.
  • Commitment to and experience with working in collaborative work and classroom environments.
  • Advanced degree preferred – master’s or higher.

 For information about the Institute for Literacy Studies, see




About the Research Foundation

The Research Foundation of The City University of New York (RFCUNY) was established as a not-for-profit educational corporation chartered by the State of New York in 1963. RFCUNY supports CUNY faculty and staff in identifying and obtaining external support (pre-award) from government and private sponsors and is responsible for the administration of all such funded programs (post-award).

RFCUNY stands between CUNY’s principal investigators (PIs) and the sponsors who support them and strives to fulfill its essential responsibilities to both groups. Working closely with individual PIs and Grants Officers on the campuses, RFCUNY oversees employment, accounting, audit, reporting, purchasing, and special responsibilities that include management of a planned giving program; liaison with governmental agencies and foundations; negotiation of agreements; facility construction and renovation; protection and commercialization of intellectual property; and compliance with applicable standards in research involving human subjects, animal care, environmental and radiological safety, and conflicts of interest.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities Act/E-Verify Employer. It is the policy of the Research Foundation of CUNY to provide equal employment opportunities free of discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record, criminal conviction history, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Key Features

Institute for Literacy Studies
Full Time
Annual Salary Range
$55,000.00 - $60,000.00
Closing Date
Dec 12, 2016 (Or Until Filled)