Job Title: Senior Project Associate
PVN ID: VA-2204-004735
Category: Administrative Services

Job Description

General Description


Children need to spend their most critical years with dedicated, educated, trained, and well-compensated individuals in order to thrive. The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute leads the work to establish and implement an early childhood workforce system to ensure funding, standards and competencies, career development resources, qualifications and credentials, professional development (training and strengths-based coaching), and program quality assurance and improvement for individuals who work with young children throughout New York. Housed at the City University of New York, the Institute is a fast-paced, dynamic public/private partnership that is committed to the early childhood workforce across New York State.

The Institute is the implementing agency for QUALITYstarsNY. QUALITYstarsNY is New York's early childhood quality rating and improvement system. Since its inception, QUALITYstarsNY has focused its evidence-based practices on closing the achievement gap and ensuring high quality educational opportunities for all of New York's youngest learners. Through a combination of assessment, coaching, professional development, and a wide range of resources, QUALITYstarsNY supports early childhood programs to provide the best possible care for children from birth to age five.



The Senior Projects Associate reports directly to the Senior Director and Director of Systems and Administration of QUALITYstarsNY. QUALITYstarsNY is expanding its work across the state to offer more educational and professional development opportunities to staff in participating early childhood programs. The Senior Projects Associate position is responsible for coordinating and managing the processing of vendor contracts and processing and tracking scholarship awards across multiple funding streams with various internal and external stakeholders. This is a new position on the QUALITYstarsNY team and will require a detail-oriented, organized, creative thinker to develop the role and the work. As a member of the administrative team, the Senior Projects Associate is a key position that helps develop and maintain communication and relationships within the QUALITYstarsNY team, the Institute, and with external vendors.



Contract Management and Monitoring

  • Become familiar with all professional development and higher education systems that we are partnering with to ensure policies and procedures are developed and maintained
  • Process and track contracts with vendors and business office across multiple funding accounts
  • Maintain budget tracking and monitoring system for each contract
  • Report status of assigned budgets to Director of Systems and Administration on a regular basis and collaborate with central office staff to analyze expenditures to inform project planning
  • Communicate regularly with partners about necessary paperwork, expectations of the contracting process, timelines, and invoices
  • Track and process vendor invoices to ensure timely payment
  • Submit and track payment of invoices to college partners for student scholarships
  • Communicate regularly with colleagues at the Institute to track the successful completion of college courses and reconcile invoices


Purchasing and Administrative Support

  • Receive, place, process, and track purchase and reimbursement requests
  • Work with CUNY Central colleagues to manage account reconciliations
  • Update or create procedural manuals as needed
  • Monitor processes and systems for accuracy and workflow consistency
  • Maintain electronic documents, files, and records to provide current and/or historical reference to assist with project management

Other Duties

  • Support the coordination of logistics for meetings, events, and conferences
  • Support the organization and shipment of resources as requested
  • Collaborate with other central office staff to coordinate and streamline processes
  • Attend staff meetings and trainings as required
  • Perform special projects and other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field
  • 3+ years of related experience in a fast-paced, high volume, office setting
  • Meticulous attention to detail and ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse constituencies; ability to explain complex concepts to staff and colleagues
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal communication skills with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to manage and prioritize a high volume of invoices and communications to completion
  • Strong critical and analytical thinking skills
  • Desire to contribute to project planning and effectively communicate priorities
  • Strong ability to use technological tools and platforms to effectively manage complex data systems, including Microsoft Office (intermediate skill level using Excel)
  • Innovative approach to work


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with contracts and invoices within the CUNY or RFCUNY system, or other higher education settings


Physical Requirements

  • This position operates in a professional office environment located in Brooklyn, NY, and is currently hybrid, working 70% in the office. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, laptops, tablets, smart phone, photocopiers, filing cabinets and other presentation equipment.
  • While performing these duties, the employee is required to perform physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting items (up to 20 pounds), bending, reaching, sitting for prolonged periods of time. Reasonable accommodations will be made for employees with disabilities or other needs per RFCUNY policies.
  • Ability to travel to other CUNY sites and QUALITYstarsNY locations as needed.
  • As of May 27, 2022, all candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law and criteria. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as two weeks after a final dose in primary series of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine (example: two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine such as Moderna or Pfizer, or two weeks after a single dose vaccine such as Johnson and Johnson). Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.  Newly hired employees will be sent an email with instructions on how to upload their vaccine information on the Research Foundation portal.


How to Apply

Provide a resume and cover letter specifying your qualifications, experience, and interest relevant to this position.



We are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people of all race, color, religion, gender, gender identities or expressions, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disabilities, age, or protected veteran status to apply. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Americans with disabilities act/E-Verify employer.

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

Full Time
Annual Salary Range
$55,000.00 - $60,000.00
Closing Date
Jul 14, 2022 (Or Until Filled)
Bargaining Unit