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Director of Administration, Communication, and Strategic Initiatives
Fordham University in New York, New York
Date Posted 05/14/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Director of Administration, Communication,

and Strategic Initiatives

Fordham College at Lincoln Center

Fordham University

Fordham University has an excellent reputation as a dynamic institution located in New York City. Founded in 1841, Fordham enrolls more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its 9 Colleges and Schools.


The Director is the principal aide to the Dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center, coordinating the Dean’s office operations and advancing strategic initiatives in support of institutional priorities. The Director works in a fast-paced environment, serving as a trusted advisor and performing a broad range of duties on behalf of the Dean. The Director is a strategic thinker and collaborative leader with a sound understanding of higher education who possesses exceptional written and verbal communication skills, sound judgment, and an ability to maintain discretion regarding disclosure and dissemination of sensitive information. The Director must be able to act independently, effectively, and diplomatically in an academic environment, and be committed to furthering the goals of Jesuit education by building trusting relationships with a broad range of individuals within the College, across the University, and beyond.


Strategic Initiatives:

  • Coordinates or contributes to the development and implementation of strategic initiatives across multiple areas within the College and University, collaborating with colleagues at all levels of the University and with a growing list of external partners.
  • Leads or contributes to a continuous process of reviewing policies, processes, and practices and makes recommendations for improvements as appropriate.
  • Leads implementation and change management efforts to advance strategic objectives, partnering with appropriate leaders and serves staff to achieve goals.
  • Researches, analyzes, and studies information affecting the College and makes recommendations when appropriate.
  • Provides the Dean with excellent guidance based on an understanding of the University’s mission and objectives.

Board and Council Management:

  • Serves as primary point of contact for College Advisory Board, currently being formed, collaborating with the Dean and with the University Development Office to coordinate meetings, agendas, communications, etc.
  • Serves as primary point of contact for Student Advisory Board, currently being formed, coordinating meetings, agendas, communications, etc.
  • Serves as primary point of contact for College Council, meetings, agendas, communications, etc.

Administrative Leadership:

  • Oversees the Dean’s Office budgets.
  • Provides leadership and supervision for clerical staff throughout the College.
  • Develops, oversees, and helps troubleshoot administrative systems.
  • Serves as Dean’s Office point person for matters related to space, facilities, equipment, and software platforms.
  • Facilitates information flow throughout the College and with offices throughout the University.
  • Serves as a liaison or represents the Dean’s Office on University committees and other key administrative groups as assigned by the Dean.
  • Prepares community-wide emails, coordinates annual and interim reports, and creates a range of internal and external communications on behalf of the Dean.
  • Develops strong relationships with key stakeholders across the University to promote the effective attainment of University goals.
  • Facilitates meetings with Dean’s Office staff; prepares agendas, schedules guests, circulates pertinent information, and follows up on necessary matters to support completion.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred
  • 5-7 years of professional experience demonstrating increasing responsibility required; experience in higher ed preferred
  • Familiarity with New York State Education Department (NYSED), Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and US Department of Education (DOE) guidelines preferred
  • Expert proficiency with standard office equipment and software (i.e., Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Google Suite, Adobe) required
  • Experience with software including Tableau, Banner, Concur, and other common office and higher education applications preferred
  • Highly organized and able to work independently and proactively with limited supervision
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to work well under pressure while prioritizing daily workflow of multiple, shifting, high, and competing priorities
  • Excellent judgment, problem-solving, verbal and written skills to effectively communicate with the University community and beyond
  • Ability to collaborate with stakeholders at all levels of the University, both internal and external
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism
  • Commitment to advancing and sustaining a workplace culture that values Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Qualifications



SEND LETTER AND RESUME TO: fclcdean@fordham.edu


Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 16,000 students in its 9 colleges and schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United Kingdom.

Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds.

Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories

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