Director of Adult Basic Skills & Bridge to College and Careers

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


Director of Adult Basic Skills & Bridge to College and Careers 

Job ID: 19265 

Location: LaGuardia Community College 

Full/Part Time: Full-Time 

Regular/Temporary: Regular 


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 to learn more.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Pre-College Academic Programs for the Adult Continuing Education Division, the Director of Adult Basics Skills (ABS) and Bridge to College and Careers is responsible for the development and management of grant funded and tuition fee based programs that provide Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency preparation, assessment, and college and career readiness for non-traditional adult students.

These programs change the financial health trajectory and lifelong outcomes of those that are served, including nontraditional students; working class families; English language learners and First Generation College going students. LaGuardia’s Adult Basic Education and Pre-College Academic Program also serves individuals seeking to earn their high school diploma; providing instructional services and assessment in the five academic areas of the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC exam, formerly the GED).

The Director oversees the merging of LaGuardia’s largest and most comprehensive High School Equivalency Preparation services for adults over 19 years in the Adult and Continuing Education Division, under one programmatic area. The coordination and effective management of the two distinct High School Equivalency Programs, including cross-college access initiatives for non-traditional learners, will come under the auspices of the Director. The Director will also develop and implement instructional programs and activities for a large and diverse array of non-credit adult basic education, pre-high school equivalency, high school equivalency preparation (HSE) programs and the TASC testing site

In addition to directing the Adult Education Programs, the Director successfully performs the following responsibilities:

· Oversee the PCAP and ABS programs’ fiscal operations with anticipatory departmental budget of approximately $2M and pending funding applications of WIOA/City and Literacy Zone initiatives;

· Direct the management of departmental grants and executed contracts

· Supervision of existing Bridge managers and ABS managers

· Direct the hiring of full and part time administrative and instructional staff

· Observe classes, analyze student evaluations and perform faculty evaluations

· Direct the coordination of teaching schedules and provide professional development

· Liaise with Academic Affairs on cross-college sponsor funded initiatives (FITW, STEM-Connect, Project Avanzar)

· Liaise between the Continuing Education office and other internal and external units on co-operative and co-sponsored programs.

· Direct the management of external partnership and bridge contract service inquiries

· Develop and write grant proposals

· Direct student-facing service delivery across all program areas (ABS, Bridge, Tuition) for a projected total annual enrollment of 3,000 plus students

· Embed Pre-college & career advisement services across all program areas with all students to include an education and employment plan, career exploration, in addition to completing a next step transition plan prior to program exit; develop a CUNY Start like holistic model which partners advisement and instructional staff working with students

· Continue the trajectory of increasing the number of students successfully pursuing post-secondary education as per our first in the World Grant

· Design and make recommendations to the Assistant Dean for outreach, instructional programming and transition to post- secondary education and training. 


Bachelor's Degree and eight years' related experience.


• Master’s Degree in an appropriate field of study from an accredited institution preferred

• A minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience administering related adult basic education (ABE) and high school equivalency (HSE) programs

• Two (2) years in a managerial or supervisory capacity OR an equivalent professional record of successfully creating, leading, and administering related adult instructional programs, conducting needs analysis, designing curricula, or administrative systems and/or working with diverse adult populations.

• Significant experience authoring successful grant applications and managing all aspects of grant-funded programs and the capability to manage fee based courses. 


- Oversees a broad range of fiscal and program responsibilities for Continuing Education and related external programs 

- Provides leadership for the development and implementation of new programs of study and ensures the coordination and implementation of program components. 

- Plans, markets and implements College programs in Continuing Education, developing overall programs and overseeing development of content, budgets, and marketing strategies. 

- Develops funding proposals; solicits grant information and provides leadership and guidance in partnering with community and governmental agencies. 

- Provide fiscal oversight and evaluation; develops strategic and operating plans; reports progress and results to management. 

- Oversees a comprehensive marketing and public information program. 

- Manages staff of the Continuing Education office. 

- Represents Continuing Education within the College community and externally. 

- Performs related duties as assigned. 


Higher Education Officer 




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. 


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Professional Level

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Minimum Education Required

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