Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development & Upward Mobility

State University of New York - System   Albany, NY   Full-time     Education
Posted on June 20, 2024
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Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development & Upward Mobility

About The State University of New York :

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY's 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the state's only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2022, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

Under the leadership of SUNY Chancellor John B. King Jr. and the SUNY Board of Trustees, SUNY has established four priority pillars: student success; research and scholarship; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and economic development and upward mobility.

Job Description:

The Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development & Upward Mobility will be responsible for providing strategic vision and leadership in developing workforce development initiatives, forging impactful external partnerships, and ensuring seamless coordination across SUNY System Administration and the entire 64 campus SUNY System. The Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development & Upward Mobility will be a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive Workforce Development Strategy by cultivating a deep understanding of SUNY campuses' expertise and capabilities, and identifying needs in current and emerging high-demand fields to create or expand high-priority programs by developing objectives and metrics, spearheading funding proposals, building partnerships, supporting implementation, amplifying impact, and tracking key performance outcomes to ensure that goals and timelines are met.
  • Lead the coordination and acceleration of current workforce development efforts across SUNY System Administration, including the Office of the Chancellor; Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development; Office of the Provost; Office of Community Colleges & the Education Pipeline; Office of Academic Health & Hospital Affairs; Office of Operations and Management; and Office of Sustainability & Climate Action to drive alignment as a System.
  • Identify, pursue, and expand collaboration opportunities and develop, coordinate, and implement strategic partnerships with key industry and government entities such as:
    • State agency partners (e.g., Empire State Development, NYS Department of Labor)
    • Employer partners and umbrella organizations
    • Labor partners and umbrella organizations
    • Other relevant public- and private-sector and non-profit entities.
  • Lead implementation of SUNY's goal to achieve an internship or other high-impact experiential learning opportunity for every undergraduate student.
  • Working with the SUNY Impact Foundation, Government Relations, the GROW Support Unit, and other internal and external partners, create and advance grant and funding proposals to expand, strengthen, and sustain SUNY workforce development initiatives, including through State and Federal funding sources.
  • Establish and lead SUNY workgroups and represent SUNY System Administration as the Chancellor's primary designee in workforce development initiatives across the System and with partners. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree strongly preferred.
  • 10 to 15 years of experience in workforce development, economic development, and/or related experience, demonstrating increasing leadership roles.
  • Content knowledge in labor market trends and workforce development curriculum.
  • Significant experience with workforce data, including data analysis and data synthesis/presentation.
  • Proven experience building cross-sector partnerships between higher education and employers and/or labor.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with and coordinate activities among diverse groups of faculty and administrators.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with proven experience in promoting an engaging and positive organizational culture.
  • Ability to be flexible, positive, take initiative, and demonstrate good judgment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills.

Additional Information:

  • Salary is dependent on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, experience, education, training, and certifications. The range for this position is $175,000-$230,000.
  • Excellent Benefit Package which includes: NYS health insurance, free dental and vision coverage, competitive retirement options, tuition assistance, parental leave at full pay, and generous vacation, sick, and holiday time.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.
  • This position will be based in Albany or New York City.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates are invited to apply online at;jsessionid=08CDF9A9530174C5FA65C8EDA0032EEC?JOBID=177855. Please submit a cover letter, resume and four professional references when applying. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

State University of New York System Administration is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, or retaliation.

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