Director, OASIS Programs

Pace University

Posted: 12/2/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Administration/Operations

Primary domain: Higher Education

City: New York

Postal code: 10038

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


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Mission statement:

Pace University is a dynamic multi-campus institution which, in keeping with its motto, "Opportunitas", educates a diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success. Pace’s program, that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences, prepares its students for leadership in their professions, their lives, and their communities.   

In the century since its founding, Pace University has grown into one of the largest universities in New York State. With a newly-renovated campus in the heart of lower-Manhattan, and two campuses in Westchester County, Pace serves 13,000 students offering an undergraduate liberal arts curriculum and post-graduate studies in wide-ranging fields from business and law, to sciences, health and the humanities. Recognized as the nation’s leading private university for upward economic mobility of students, Pace emphasizes teaching from both a practical and theoretical perspective so that its graduates are prepared to meet the challenges of professional leadership in the 21st Century.  

Pace University’s OASIS (Ongoing Academic Social Instructional Support) program provides services for students with high-functioning autism and others with learning challenges, to give them the support they need to fulfill their dream of furthering their education. Among the comprehensive services offered are one-on-one academic coaching, educational guidance for registration and curriculum, housing support to help students navigate residential life, and social coaching to provide ‘social literacy’ and emotional support. Located at the Tara Center (Center for Teaching and Research in Autism) on Pace’s Manhattan campus, students benefit from the support of dedicated mentors, workshops, and internships that furthers their education and prepares them for employment readiness.  

Position Details:

Job Description:

The Position:

Pace University is seeking a highly skilled and experienced leader to be the new Director of OASIS Programs (“Director”). The Director will guide the mission and development of services that are offered to eligible students who are diagnosed on the Autism spectrum. This position will supervise two campus-based co-directors for program delivery, as well as focus on fundraising efforts. The Director will lead the development of innovative programs and activities that cross disciplines and schools, and support inclusive practice in higher education and Pace University, and in the field through research, publications and professional development programs. The Director will work to expand opportunities for funded research and innovation of best practice inclusion for persons on the autism spectrum. The Director will lead a team to manage funded programs, including outreach, recruitment, and support of OASIS scholars and related projects.

Strategic thinking and a commitment to working collaboratively with University leadership, faculty and staff is essential. The ideal candidate will be results-oriented with a high level of energy and drive, and possess sound judgement and integrity.

Principal Responsibilities:

·         Develop and disseminate written policies and procedures for all aspects of the OASIS program, including outreach and  recruitment, orientation, facilitation of scheduling based on degree requirements and student interests, and appropriate individualized support systems designed to enhance student learning outcomes

·         Manage funded projects to improve services for students with autism and related disabilities, including management of grant-funded personnel

·         With prior approval from the Dean of Students, prepare and submit grant proposals to public and private agencies

·         Develop best fundraising practices with staff

·         Explore and develop revenue opportunities that support OASIS’s initiatives and align with the University’s strategic plan

·         Enter into affiliation agreements and collaborative projects with public and private schools, K-12 educational programs, and other organizations to support students on the autism spectrum through professional development for teachers, as well as provide training and information to parents and caregivers

·         Direct and manage operations of the Tara Center, including semi-annual written status reports and the development and implementation of a procedural manual addressing all aspects of admission, expectations, support systems, crisis management, support to faculty, and more

·         Provide leadership, direction, and management of staff, including supervision and hiring of campus-based co-directors

·         Facilitate training and professional development opportunities for program staff on trends and best practices in ASD education and programming

·         Manage OASIS Employment Ready Workshop and provide parent informational workshops

·         Lead summer training for all new and returning coaches

·         Recruit new students through attendance at high schools and college fairs

·         Assess student progress through comparative measurement at the beginning and end of each semester

·         Conduct weekly staff meetings to discuss programmatic and department issues relating to student academics and social/emotional wellbeing 

Additional Program Development Responsibilities:

·         Assess current program offerings and projected needs

·         Develop a plan to strengthen and ‘tier’ the NYC OASIS program to be implemented Fall 2020

·         Develop a plan to offer less intensive services to students in Pleasantville to be implemented Fall 2021

·         Collaborate with other units, including Student Accessibility Services, in designing program offerings

·         Collaborate with the University President, Development and other Pace personnel in seeking external funding and donors to support OASIS students and programs

·         Work with the Office of Research and others in identifying and completing grant applications

·         Collaborate with units handling recruitment and  marketing to disseminate information about OASIS programs


·         Master’s degree in education/special education, psychology or related field with strong research experience, Ph.D. preferred

·         Extensive knowledge of the field of autism, current research, and best practices for inclusive settings

·         Experience in writing and managing grants from public and private funding sources

·         Extensive program and managerial experience

·         Experience in building, mentoring and motivating a dedicated staff able to collaborate, problem-solve, and achieve program goals

·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills

·         Strong organizational skills with proven ability to focus, prioritize and implement

·         Skilled at keeping multiple projects moving forward simultaneously

·         Strategic, innovative, and analytical

·         Commitment to the mission and vision of OASIS to provide the highest quality services and programs to students 

Compensation commensurate with experience; benefits are competitive.

Pace University is committed to enhancing its diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  

For more information about the Pace University please visit their website at


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Commensurate with Experience

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How to Apply:

Pace University has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:   

Jane Herzog, Director of Educational Leadership

Harris Rand Lusk

122 East 42nd St. Suite 3605

New York, NY  10168

[email protected] 

Please put ‘OASIS Director’ in the subject line of your emailed application.


Posted By: Harris Rand Lusk


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