Director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute

Director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute

CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies


Job ID-26110




The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Labor and Urban Studies that are designed to meet the needs of working adults as well as traditional-age college students who seek to learn more about the challenges confronting poor and working-class populations in the workplace and in the community. It also collaborates with other units of CUNY to offer a range of college-credit programs designed to give workers the academic and technical skills they need for professional advancement. SLU faculty includes distinguished scholars in the social sciences as well as expert practitioners in government, labor, social justice advocacy, and public service.


The School’s Joseph S. Murphy Institute is a collaboration between the University and New York City labor unions, for the purpose of serving the educational, policy, and research needs of unions, allied organizations, and their members. To fulfill this mission, the Institute conducts applied research, offers leadership development programs, hosts monthly forums and annual national conferences, and publishes articles, books, and a national labor journal to promote debate on issues critical to the future of organized labor and working-class communities.


The Director will report to the Dean; serve as a member of the Institute's senior staff; and:

  • Direct the Murphy Institute’s Worker Education Initiative to strengthen the educational and professional opportunities for union workers
  • Oversee ongoing Institute projects and develop new collaborations within school, unions, and other partnerships that support the mission of SLU
  • Direct all aspects of the Institute’s journal, New Labor Forum
  • In collaboration with faculty, direct the Institute’s public programming, which includes monthly forums, annual conferences, a T.V. show, and a podcast
  • Develop, direct, and assess non-credit programming and training for social justice advocates and leaders
  • Direct strategic planning, evaluation, and budgetary oversight of Institute projects and programs
  • Carry out various Institute-wide projects as assigned by the Dean
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  1. Until further notice, this is a hybrid position, eligible to work both remotely and in the office.
  2. 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. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.



Bachelor's Degree and eight years' relevant experience required.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in the Social Sciences
  • Broad knowledge of the U.S. and international labor movements
  • Knowledge of racial and economic justice organizations and campaigns
  • Executive editorial experience
  • Knowledge of popular education methodology and noncredit curriculum development
  • Design and management of public programming
  • Ability to work effectively with internal and external partners
  • Excellent presentation, written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computer skills



  • Directs a specialized academic and/or research center.
  • Designs, implements and monitors curriculum for programs sponsored by the Institute
  • Oversees the design and delivery of courses and workshops; assesses learning outcomes
  • Develops and manages Institute’s budget and operations
  • Implements ongoing faculty and/or student development activities
  • Plans, develops, and initiates strategies for generating resources and/or revenues
  • May seek and acquire grant funding to further advance Institute initiatives
  • Manages professional and clerical staff
  • Performs related duties as assigned



Higher Education Officer






Annual salary between $111,560 - $141,858, commensurate with education, credentials 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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