Job Title: Director of Career Development
PVN ID: VA-2205-004819
Category: Managerial and Professional

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 created the Career Development Center to provide career and higher education advising services to those looking to enter or advance within the early childhood field. Originally established in New York City, the Career Development Center model has now expanded across the state, with nine satellite sites. The ten Centers provide a comprehensive set of services, including individually tailored career advising, creation of a career planning map, scholarship and financial aid advising and assistance, and job search and placement assistance. The Centers carry out the work of the Early Childhood Leadership Initiative to provide professional and career development to current and future directors and leaders. The Centers also administer the statewide CUNY/SUNY Early Childhood Workforce Scholarship, to support educators working in early childhood centers and child care homes while they pursue the degrees, certifications, and credentials that they need to advance in their career. The Director of Career Development will lead the work of the NYC Career Development Center and provide strategic direction to the nine Career Centers throughout the state. The Institute’s Director of Career Development will work closely with and supervise Institute Career Advisors, Regional Coordinators, and Leadership Initiative Coordinators. The Director reports to the Senior Director of Career Development and Higher Education.



Leadership and Project Development

  • Supervise a team of 10+ Career Advisors and Leadership Initiative Coordinators
  • Lead the NYC Career Development Center
  • Collaborate with the Senior Director to create, develop and implement new initiatives
  • Identify client needs and develop content/programming responsive to those needs
  • Ensure that activities performed by the team fulfill funding requirements and deliverables
  • Collaborate with the Senior Director to recruit and hire new staff; on-board, train, and supervise new staff
  • Recruit participants, programs, and organizations to new initiatives
  • Manage communications systems and campaigns (Zendesk, Mailchimp, Symplicity, Blogs, mailings)

Recruitment and Support

  • In collaboration with Leadership Initiative Coordinators, create a recruitment plan, activities, and incentives to expand the Leadership Initiative outreach and membership
  • Provide academic and career advisement to clients
  • Develop outreach materials with other Institute team members

Data Tracking and Reporting

  • Write/produce reports as needed or required for funders and stakeholders. Create and administer participant surveys; work with Data Analyst on data compilation and reporting.
  • Review the Center’s data tracking system inputs from the team to ensure data is up-to-date and accurate. Collaborate with data system administrators to troubleshoot and develop new functionality as needed.
  • Work with communication and website staff to keep website content up-to-date and accurate.

Other Duties

  • Lead Team meetings and support team communications
  • Attend staff meetings and trainings as required.
  • Represent the Institute at local and statewide meetings supporting workforce development
  • Perform special projects and other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Early Childhood Education or a relevant field of study, including career counseling, Human Resources, or Social Work.
  • 5-8 years of experience in the field of early childhood education, or supporting early childhood educators in other settings, including college career centers, employment offices, workforce development offices or programs, or other recruitment initiatives
  • Demonstrated skill in project management with excellent analytical, organizational and management skills
  • Strong knowledge base in adult development and learning
  • Strong interest in and passion for advancing policy for high-quality early care and education
  • Experience developing and sustaining successful collaborative partnerships
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to use or learn an online ticketing communication system
  • Proven work experience in a supervisory role


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in non-profit or higher education settings
  • Experience developing and launching new initiatives and projects
  • Knowledge of Child Development Associate Credential, the NYS Child Program Administration Credential, the processes for various NYS teacher certifications and higher education structures


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 phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and 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, and 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 sites 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.


EEO Info

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
$90,000.00 - $95,000.00
Closing Date
Dec 16, 2022 (Or Until Filled)
Bargaining Unit