Baruch College — Director of Honors Program

Job Description:

About Honors
Founded in 1978, the Honors Program at Baruch College (Honors) serves the mission of CUNY, by offering students access to excellent educational opportunities. The program emphasizes five key experiences: academic engagement; leadership and service; global experiences; arts and cultural engagement; and research and creative inquiry. An incubator of high-impact learning opportunities, the program comprises Macaulay Honors College at Baruch, local Honors programs, and Baruch’s National and Prestigious Fellowships office. The Honors program attracts outstanding students and offers them an intellectually challenging and culturally enriched education.

The Director oversees the holistic Honors student experience from prospect to alumni status, including recruitment, admission, orientation, advisement, academic and co-curricular programming, and support. The ideal candidate has experience in academic affairs, program- and team-building, and creative problem-solving in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.


  • Supervise staff, currently comprising seven full-time employees, including three Macaulay advisors (who formally report through Macaulay Honors College at the Graduate Center), two Associate Directors, a Program coordinator, plus student workers such as Graduate Assistants and Work Study students.
  • Collaborate with Deans, Chairs, and faculty to create and offer Honors courses. Regularly consult with the Honors’ faculty advisory committee and Honors Faculty Director. As Director, serve on Macaulay Directors’ Council with Directors from seven other Macaulay campuses.
  • Lead holistic advisement of students in Macaulay Honors College at Baruch, local Honors programs, and National and Prestigious Fellowships, implementing best practices in advising, student support, and high-impact learning.
  • Collaborate to support students with offices across campus, including Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Life, wellness services, crisis management teams, Study Abroad, Enrollment Management, Alumni Relations & Volunteer Engagement, Advisement & Orientation, opportunity program (SEEK), Macaulay Honors College, and others.
  • Build an engaging, student-centered Honors student experience and a robust slate of programming, including orientation, workshops, activities, faculty lunches, and field trips. Collaborate on college-wide events for Honors participation, including Convocation, Commencement and the Research and Creative Inquiry Expo. Oversee four peer leadership opportunities: Honors Program Ambassadors; First Year Seminar Peer Mentors; Orientation Leaders; and student groups, the Honors Student Council and Macaulay Scholars Council.
  • Partner with faculty, the Undergraduate Committee on Honors, the Provost’s office, and other campus partners to promote undergraduate opportunities for research and creative inquiry, such as writing a thesis. As the original founder of Research and Creative Inquiry Day/Expo, Honors continues to support undergraduate research initiatives.
  • Strategic planning and assessment of Honors Programs at Baruch. Manage budget and operations, including tax levy and private funding. Work with Development on donor relations.
  • Lead recruitment and admission of Honors students, including highschool students, transfer students, and current Baruch students. Ensure that the student selection of first-year students is a faculty driven process, committed to access and excellence.
  • Create a strong alumni presence, such as an alumni advisory board.
  • Oversee Honors’ digital presence, including Instagram, LinkedIn, webpage, and weekly newsletter.
  • Supervise seven sections of Honors First-Year Seminar.
  • Support student access to high-impact learning activities, such as study abroad, internships, civic engagement, undergraduate research/creative inquiry, and arts and cultural engagement. Amplify liberal arts initiatives at Baruch and CUNY, e.g., Writer-in-Residence, Feit Interdisciplinary Seminars, student research and creative inquiry, and individualized majors, including Baruch’s Ad Hoc “create your own major” program and the CUNY BA.
  • Oversee curricular exceptions, academic integrity, and student awards. Collaborate on Academic Affairs events, such as new faculty orientation, and other committees.

Compensation and Benefits:
$119,995-$132,987; 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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Health Plan Coverage for Employees Hired on or after October 1, 2022 City of New York employees and employees of Participating Employers and their eligible dependents hired on or after October 1, 2022 will only be eligible to enroll in the Emblem Health HIP HMO Preferred Plan and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment.

After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period. If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day. Only after the 365th day can the employee participate in any Annual Fall Transfer Period. An employee who needs to request an exemption from the required enrollment in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan can do so by submitting a HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form to Emblem Health. An employee, or eligible dependent, must meet certain criteria and the request must be approved by Emblem Health before the exemption is granted. The HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form and HIP service area are available on the Emblem Health website

Bachelor’s Degree and eight years’ relevant experience required; a terminal degree from an accredited college/university is strongly preferred.

Other Qualifications:

  • Minimum 6 years’ experience in academic support functions in an institution of higher education as a faculty or academic staff member
  • Experience working with multicultural and multilingual student populations
  • Experience supporting students in crisis
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trauma-informed approaches to student success
  • Experience with student systems, such as Peoplesoft (e.g., CUNYfirst), EAB (e.g., Navigate) and webpage development
  • Experience fund-raising and grant writing
  • Experience with special student populations
  • Experience with high impact teaching practices

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Closing Date:
This position will be open until filled. *Applications will be reviewed beginning April 15 (updated).

EEO Statement:
CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.