The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture - Dean

The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture (SSA) at The City College of New York (CCNY) seeks an experienced, creative leader and collegial partner to serve as Dean, the administrative and academic head of the school, including programs in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and sustainability in the urban environment, and our applied research center, the J. Max Bond Center for Urban Futures. The Dean will work with students, faculty, and administrative staff to articulate a clear, sustaining vision for furthering all aspects of the school including sound and transparent operations, cogent and imaginative pedagogy, and a respectful, collaborative atmosphere that values difference and champions diversity. The Dean reports to the college Provost and through the Provost to the President. The Dean has a portfolio including but not limited to the following major responsibilities:

  • Providing academic leadership and direction to the School.

  • Leading SSA’s strategic planning efforts; enhancing its research productivity; working with the department Chair, program directors, and faculty to develop curriculum for all academic programs through shared governance; supervising professional staff in accordance with union contracts; and instituting processes for assessing results.

  • Effectively planning budgets; managing resource allocations and the endowment; and strengthening donor relations while pursuing a vigorous development program and leveraging new and existing resources to improve the school's finances and facilities.

  • Building relationships to promote and advocate for SSA and its mission, current and future operations, faculty, students, and staff. Communicating strategically through various platforms and media.

  • Forging and reinforcing connections between SSA and external communities and partners including donors, employers, practitioners, professional organizations for faculty, students, and alumni.

  • Cultivating and supporting new spaces for design, social responsibility and research practices that transcend disciplinary boundaries.

  • Representing SSA within CCNY and CUNY and engaging collaboratively with other Deans and Administrators at City College to formulate, evaluate, and administer College policy and advance the School’s and the College’s strategic priorities.

The School:

The Spitzer School of Architecture at City College, now fifty years old, is the flagship public school of architecture in New York City. The SSA educates students to become engaged professionals through focusing on innovative design technologies, research skills supported by critical thinking, and interdisciplinary collaborative academic programs. The SSA faculty comprises architects, landscape architects, urban designers, engineers, and architectural and urban historians, and holds an abiding commitment to design and practice approaches that transcend disciplines, to creating a just, sustainable, and imaginative future for a rapidly urbanizing planet, and to public education of the highest quality. The nearly 500 students at the SSA come from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and are enrolled in accredited first professional degree programs in architecture and landscape architecture (B Arch, M Arch, MLA) and postgraduate programs in architecture, urban design, and sustainability in the urban environment (MS Arch, MUP in UD, MS Sus). The school's emphasis on urbanism—the social, cultural, and environmental systems of the city—has created a unique environment for exploring transdisciplinary design in theory and in practice that will be essential to meet this century’s formidable challenges. The SSA is one of eight schools and divisions at CCNY; our faculty and students are competitive in regional, national and international design competitions, publish award-winning journals and books, and carry forth the mission of the school as professionals in a multitude of public and private sector roles.

The College:

Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. It is ranked #1 by The Chronicle of Higher Education out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. In addition, the Center for world University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.2% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight professional schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. Outstanding programs in architecture, engineering, education, and the liberal arts and sciences prepare our students for the future, and produce outstanding leaders in every field. Our students come from around the corner and world, representing more than 150 nationalities.

The University:

The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation’s largest urban public university. It comprises 25 community colleges, senior colleges, and graduate and professional schools serving nearly 275,000 degree-seeking students.


This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Master's degree and professional license in area(s) of expertise, PhD, or other appropriate qualifications.

  • Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively with faculty and staff colleagues in an academic leadership position at the level of Department Chair, Associate Dean, Dean, or equivalent.

  • A record of productive research and experience in teaching, practice in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, policy-making, or other related professional areas, preferably at the rank of or equivalent to full Professor.

  • A willingness to build on the rich history of CCNY and of the SSA, and a compelling, supportive vision for the school’s future.

  • A deep commitment to the fundamental principles of a public institution of higher education with a highly diverse student body.

  • A demonstrable record for commitment to and successful action on diversity, inclusion, equality, and anti-racism within the academy and the design professions.

  • A record of successful and inspiring academic administration within complex bureaucracies.

  • An understanding of the value of external organizations such as ACSA, CELA, AIA, ASLA and NOMA and their student chapters.

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