Resources for Finding Job Openings
CUNY and other area schools often hire Graduate Center students who are looking to build their CVs and to help cover living costs. These institutions also sometimes offer more long-term opportunities for students who are nearing graduation, or who already have a degree in hand.
One option is working as an adjunct instructor: while not highly paid, these positions do add teaching experience to your CV (they might also allow you to qualify for NYSHIP health insurance and tuition remission). Adjunct positions are independent from GC financial aid, and so students apply directly to the institution at which they wish to teach.
Where to look:
If you are considering applying for administrative or adjunct jobs, the following resources are good starting places to learn about open positions.
- The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) website offers an extensive database of higher education and related jobs, and is searchable by zipcode.
- Jobs are also listed on more general aggregation websites (see our list here). For example, students in the English department might search by location for “adjunct faculty English” to find area jobs on Indeed.com.
The following sites allow you to search for current employment opportunities specifically at the 23 different CUNY colleges and schools:
Other area institutions include:
- Berkeley College
- College of Mount St. Vincent
- Columbia University
- The Fashion Institute of Technology
- The New School
- Pace University
- Pratt Institute
Note that while some of these schools pay adjuncts higher than CUNY does, the positions may or may not come with health insurance benefits.
For a full list of of U.S. colleges and universities list by state, see this site maintained by the University of Texas at Austin.
Some departments rely largely on word-of-mouth to fill adjunct positions (for example, your GC colleagues might send job announcements through an department email listserve). If you’re interested in teaching at a specific school, you might send your CV, as well as details about courses you’re able to to teach, directly to the department chair at that institution. You should be able to find contact details for chairs on their department websites.
Note: These sites can be a great resource during your job search, but you should be aware that you might also encounter some misleading posts. See our blog for for tips on how to identify and avoid fake job posts and job scams.
- American Alliance of Museums
- American Association for State and Local History
- Archaeological Institute of America
- American Library Association
- College Music Society (membership required)
- New York Foundation for the Arts
- PreserveNet (jobs postings for preservationists, maintained by Cornell University):
- Rare Book and Manuscript Section of the American Library Association
If you’re considering a career in secondary education, the following online resources might be helpful as you search for open positions:
- ABC Teaching Jobs
- Education America
- The National Association of Independent Schools
- School Spring
Many graduate students begin teaching at private institutions that – unlike public schools – do not require teaching certification. The Chronicle has a helpful breakdown of “Online Resources on Teaching in Private Schools.” For example, the following recruiting agencies work with graduate students who are looking for jobs at private or boarding schools:
- Carney Sandoe (nationwide)
- Southern Teachers Association (southeast)
- Cal West Educators (California and the West)
However, there are also several organizations that provide quick temporary teaching certification should you prefer to work in public education:
- The New York City Teaching Fellows Program prepares qualified individuals to teach in NYC public schools, and provides temporary certification to recruits within a few months of joining the program. Fellows then enroll in a subsidized master’s degree program in education.
- Teach for America places recruits who have completed a 5-week summer training program in public and charter schools nationwide. Corps members then receive “alternative” certificates or licenses, and must complete coursework toward the next level of certification during their two-year teaching commitment.
- Math for America sponsors a five-year program for individuals who make a commitment to teach mathematics in public secondary schools. Fellows spend one year earning a master’s degree in education, and four years teaching math and participating in MƒA corps activities and professional development
- Environmental Job Sites (Courtesy of the Yale School of Forestry)
- The Scientist
- USA Jobs
- American Chemical Society: Chemistry Jobs, Careers, and Professional Development
- American Mathematical Society
- American Psychological Association jobs listing
- Nature jobs
- Science Alliance: Professional Development from the New York Academy of Sciences
- Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
- Tech Career “Hub” and search engine
- PhD Jobs