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HEO Series

Administrative Officers – Guidelines for Recruitment and Appointment to Higher Education Officer Series Position

HEO Position Definitions

Title

Position Definition

Qualifications

Assistant to Higher Education Officer
(aHEO)

An assistant to higher education officer shall, generally under the supervision of a higher education officer or university dean or college dean, perform such administrative duties as may be assigned to him/her.

For appointment as assistant to higher education officer, a candidate must have demonstrated satisfactory qualities of personality and character and ability to work with others for the good of the institution. He/she must show potential for significant achievement and growth. He/she must possess a baccalaureate degree.

Higher Education Assistant(HEa)

The duties of a higher education assistant are generally to serve as an assistant to one of the major educational officers of a college or the university with responsibility for a limited area of planning, research or professional and/or administrative duties as may be assigned.

For appointment as HEa, the candidate must have the qualifications, skills, and abilities of an aHEO. He/she must have had at least four years of experience in one or more related areas and be sufficiently adaptable to apply such experience to the field in which his/her responsibility will lie. An appropriate combination of education above the baccalaureate degree and demonstrable skills and/or years of experience may be substituted for the four years of experience in determining qualifications for the position of HEa

Higher Education Associate(HEA)

The duties of a higher education associate are:

  1. To serve as deputy for a higher education officer or
  2. To assume administrative responsibility, in most instances under the general supervision of a university or college dean for some major area of university or college activity, such as institutional research, campus planning and development, coordination of relations with community and civic groups, supervision and coordination of all educational data processing, coordination of applications to federal, state, and private foundations for educational grants, direction of specific specialized campus activities or
  3. To function as executive assistant to the chancellor or president or

To develop some major aspect of new programs.

For appointment as HEA, a candidate must have the qualifications, skills, and abilities of a HEa. He/she must have had at least six years of experience. He/she must be sufficiently well versed in the overall functions of the university to be able to serve as deputy for a higher education officer, or to carry full responsibility, in most instances under the general supervision of a university or college dean for some major area of university or college activity. An advanced degree above the baccalaureate degree may be required as appropriate to perform the duties of a particular position. An appropriate combination of education above the baccalaureate degree and demonstrable skills and/or years of experience may be substituted for the six years of experience in determining qualifications for the position of HEA.

Higher Education Officer
(HEO)

The duties of a higher education officer are:

  1. To assume full administrative responsibility for some major area of university or college activity, such as institutional research, campus planning and development, coordination of relations with community and civic groups, supervision and coordination of all educational data processing, coordination of applications to federal, state, and private foundations for educational grants, direction of specific specialized campus activities or
  2. To function as executive assistant to the chancellor or president or

To develop some major aspect of new programs.

For appointment as higher education officer, the candidate must have the qualifications, skills, and abilities of a HEO. He/she must have had at least eight years of related experience. He/she must be sufficiently well versed in the overall functions of a university to be able to assume full responsibility, answerable as a general rule to his/her college president (or to the chancellor, deputy chancellor or vice chancellor if he/she is assigned to a university position) for some major area of university or college activity. An appropriate combination of education above the baccalaureate degree and demonstrable skills and/or years of experience may be substituted for the eight years of experience in determining qualifications for the position of higher education officer.

*Excerpted from the Agreement between the City University of New York and the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY February 1, 996 - July 31, 2000

Last modified: Oct 13, 2011

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