Food Access Initiative Assistant/College Assistant

Position: Food Access Initiative Assistant/College Assistant

Internal Posting

Support Staff 

PVN #: 0055

Closing Date: Open until filled

Department: CUNY School of Professional Studies

Location: Temporarily Remote 


The CUNY School of Professional Studies:

For over 15 years, the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) has been leading online education in New York. Notable for offering the most online bachelor’s and master’s degree options at the City University of New York, and for serving transfer students as the University system’s only undergraduate all-transfer college, CUNY SPS meets the needs of adults who wish to finish a bachelor’s degree, progress from an associate’s degree, earn a master’s degree or certificate in a specialized field, and advance in the workplace or change careers.

The School’s growth has been remarkable, with twenty-four degrees launched since 2006. Enrollment has risen by more than 30% in the last four years to over 4,000 students in the credit-bearing programs. Thousands more are enrolled in non-degree and grant-funded workplace learning programs. In addition, the School has an active alumni network and has established the CUNY SPS Foundation, which offers multiple scholarship opportunities to current students.

CUNY SPS has consistently been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s top online institutions. This year, the School was ranked in the top 2% in the nation on the publisher’s list of the 2021 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs.

In 2021, The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) Food Access Initiative provides support to eligible students experiencing food insecurity. Students are eligible to request micro-grants every 30 days as long as they are enrolled in the current semester and provide proof of purchase of groceries from a previous grant.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Enrollment Bursar Director, the Food Access Initiative Assistant will:

  • Assist with issuing awards to students via vendor website
  • Assist with providing high level customer service to students via all methods of communication
  • Assist in review of award eligibility in collaboration with the Offices of Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Assist with maintaining accurate reports using Microsoft Excel to track awards
  • Assist with providing improvements to processes and procedures
  • Utilize CUNYfirst and Microsoft Office for managing data
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with some experience in financial operations or customer service oriented position preferred
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong organization skills, with attention to detail
  • Some knowledge of PeopleSoft (CUNYfirst)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (with emphasis in Excel skills)
  • Ability to prioritize, establish and meet goals
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team based, and customer service oriented environment

Note: While the Food Access Initiative Assistant/College Assistant position is currently remote, the selected finalist is expected to have access to a laptop/computer, internet and phone access to perform most job duties and responsibilities. Upon return to normal campus operations, this position will transition to our physical office located at 119 W 31st Street, New York, NY 10001.

Salary Range: $16.88 per hour

Hours: 20 hours per week 

Please send resume, cover letter and contact information of three (3) professional references to:

CUNY SPS Food Access Initiative Assistant Search 
Leah Chajeczkis, Enrollment Bursar Director

CUNY SPS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/IRCA/Americans with Disabilities Act Employer:

The CUNY School of Professional Studies complies with the Clery Act and copies of its annual report on security policies and statistics are available in its Security Office.

Selected applicants must pay fingerprint and filing fees (full-time CUNY students are excluded from fingerprint fee).

All prospective candidates must be able to be certified as eligible to work under the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

The CUNY School of Professional Studies verifies education and experience statements.