Director of the Center for Graduate Studies: The College at Brockport

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Director of the Center for Graduate Studies


Campus Title: Director of the Center for Graduate Studies

Budget Title: Director of Admissions

Salary Level: SL5

Minimum Salary: $83,000

The College at Brockport, State University of New York, is accepting applications for a Director of the Center for Graduate Studies. The division seeks a visionary and collaborative leader who will guide the university in fostering a renowned graduate learning community that is holistic in its commitment to intellectual, professional, and personal development.


The College at Brockport is striving to be as well-known for the quality of its student experience as it is for the excellence of its academic enterprise. Graduate students choose Brockport because of abundant, accessible opportunities to pursue inquiry, discovery, and creative expression. Embracing The College at Brockport’s core value of strong shared governance, the Director of the Center for Graduate Studies will assist academic units in developing curricula and online education programs that will inspire adaptive and creative leaders adept at working across disciplines, and ensure that Brockport graduate students have the tools and guidance needed to support their thoughtful progression through each stage of their academic career.

The Director of the Center for Graduate Studies will leverage past successful work in diversity, equity, and inclusion to promote a campus culture that embodies our principles of community. Our goal is to provide The College at Brockport students with the training, mentorship, and financial support needed to become pioneers in the discovery of new knowledge and leaders in a broad range of settings, and to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and networks to enable lifetimes of accomplishment, leadership, and service.

In the next few years, the academic community at Brockport will undertake a re-examination of graduate studies. There are growing numbers of masters and professional degree students at Brockport. The Director of the Center for Graduate Studies will be tasked with leading a broad and inclusive discussion of the changing needs of graduate students, and helping develop a vision, strategy, and plan for the thriving graduate education environment at Brockport in the coming years. Informed by an understanding of best practices and evolving issues in graduate education, the Director of the Center for Graduate Studies provides leadership in all areas of graduate education to ensure academic excellence, and equity and fairness across the different disciplines.

The Director of the Center for Graduate Studies maintains uniform policies and practices and serves as an advocate for graduate education and research, both at Brockport and with external stakeholders at SUNY system wide, state, and federal levels. In consultation and collaboration with the Graduate Council and other academic leaders, the Director coordinates long-term planning, development of new programs, academic review of graduate degree programs, and integration of graduate education across departments and schools. The Director is also responsible for developing and enforcing campus-wide degree equivalency policies, and for analyzing and establishing programs to facilitate progress to degree within discipline-based normative time criteria. The Director develops and oversees funding programs for graduate student support across campus, and engages in external fundraising. The Director is also charged, in partnership with other campus leaders, with monitoring and enhancing graduate student welfare in areas such as housing, health care, and student services, and promoting initiatives that enrich the diversity of the graduate student population.

Major Responsibilities

•In consultation with other academic leaders, and graduate program chairs coordinate long-term graduate education planning, the development of new programs, and the integration of graduate education across departments and schools.

•Provide leadership in enhancing and supporting graduate student recruitment efforts – attending to the financial support, progress, and welfare of all graduate students, including working with departments and programs to assist them in recruitment and retention of disabled students and those from traditionally underrepresented groups.

•Oversee graduate admissions, assessment of academic progress, graduate student financial support, student affairs, and the granting of higher degrees.

•Oversee programs that provide graduate students with the professional skills needed for a diverse range of careers.

•Oversee the development of useful information about graduate education at Brockport, and its appropriate distribution on campus and to external constituents – including state and federal agencies.

•Serve ex officio as a voting member on the Graduate Council to administer its policies, procedures, requirements, and standards for graduate study, including identifying when updates may be warranted. Chair the Graduate Council’s Administrative Committee, whose major responsibility is to hear graduate academic appeals. Participate in research into master’s and doctoral education at Brockport and nationally.

•Develop and oversee graduate student support funding programs with overall fiscal and audit accountability in student financial support.

•Create and champion development efforts to increase funding available for graduate student fellowships and programmatic support across all campus units.

•Partner with the Chief Diversity Officer for Equity and Inclusion on initiatives that will actively promote a campus culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

•Represent Brockport at the AAU Association of Graduate Schools, the Council of Graduate Schools, and other and national forums Serve as a statewide and national advocate for graduate education. Represents the Graduate School and provides information at graduate workshops, open houses, and other events applicable to graduate education.

Required Qualifications

•Master's degree by time of appointment from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized college or university.

•Minimum of five years of increasing responsibility in a management position in higher education or related field.

•Experience in higher education administration and collaborative leadership.

•Knowledge of issues in graduate education nationally and regionally.

•Demonstrated knowledge in student welfare.

•Experience in strategic planning, fundraising, and fiscal matters.

•Demonstrated support in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion goals within an academic environment.

Preferred Qualifications

•Experience in the areas such as graduate marketing, recruitment, admissions, or retention.

•Experience with crisis management situations and handling emergencies; developing action plans.

•Experience writing and reviewing contracts and Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs).

•Experience with intercultural communication and competencies.

•Experience in higher education recruitment and/or marketing.

•Experience with program accreditation and development and measurement of student learning outcomes.

Department Description

The Center for Graduate Studies facilitates graduate and professional education by ensuring standards of excellence, promoting programs, and recruiting, retaining, and graduating quality students. Working closely with academic units, CGS guides and assists students from the moment of admission, through the various milestones of their progress, to the completion of their degree requirements. CGS provides academic, personal, and professional support services that are vital to the everyday well-being and success of the College at Brockport’s master, professional, and doctoral students. As the authoritative resource and chief advocate for graduate education, CGS ensures the equitable administration of policies governing graduate studies across the college’s three schools.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Director of the CGS provides leadership for all graduate level activities at The College at Brockport. The Director will develop and implement a growth plan for the Graduate Studies including creating new programs and ensuring the continuation of high quality graduate programs. The director will be responsible for increasing the breadth and depth of graduate programs, increasing graduate enrollment and revenue consistent with the University's strategic plans.

The College

The College at Brockport, State University of New York, serves a diverse student body of over 7,100 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students enrolled in 50 undergraduate majors and more than 50 masters’ programs, teacher certification programs and advanced graduate certificates supported by more than 750 instructional faculty and professional staff. The College is an inclusive learning community that inspires excellence through growth, engagement, and transformation. Located in western New York, the College benefits from a small town atmosphere located near major metropolitan cities; 16 miles west of Rochester, 45 miles east of Buffalo, and 140 miles from Toronto.

Application Instructions

This position is subject to the Brockport Professional Promotion Program Policy. Priority 1 internal applicants are given first preference and Priority 2 internal applicants are given second preference. Internal application materials will be accepted until 11:55pm on 8/14/19. To apply, please visit and input requisition number 494370 in the Search field to access the position. For consideration, please complete the application and include your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

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The College at Brockport, State University of New York is an AA/EEO/ADA employer. The College actively seeks applications from women, veterans, individuals with a disability, members of underrepresented groups or anyone that would enrich the diversity of the College.



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