David Schachter

David Schachter
Assistant Dean and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration

David Schachter is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at NYU Wagner. Focusing on the totality of the student experience, he oversees student and program services, career services, alumni relations, and the Capstone program. He teaches Wagner's Composing Your Career workshop, and he has offered training, consulting, and facilitation nationally in the areas of leadership, staff development, supervision, team building, training of the trainer, and career planning. David received the 2006 NACE/Chevron Outstanding Achievement Award for Innovative Programs in Career Services for his partnership with Action Without Borders/Idealist.org on the creation of the Institute on Public Service Careers, a series of conferences designed to educate college career services professionals from across the country on how to increase the visibility and accessibility of public service careers to their students. He has served on the Idealist.org advisory board and contributed to The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers and The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for Sector Switchers. David received his Master's Degree in Public Administration from NYU Wagner and a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Semester Course
Fall 2014 NONCR-GP.108.001 Composing Your Career

Throughout this four-session workshop, students will use their experiences and education as the context for a series of career-related analyses based on the following four lenses: Issue, System, Organization, and Role. All discussions will be brought back to Composing Your Career (CYC), a framework for maximizing one’s time at Wagner based on the SEER strategy: Smart, Experienced, Engaged, and Reflective. All of this will lead to an action plan to maximize one’s time at Wagner in the pursuit of a successful public service career.

NOTE: For students who plan to take this workshop, it should be taken AFTER your first semester, and BEFORE your last semester in order to maximize the benefit.


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Spring 2014 NONCR-GP.108.001 Composing Your Career

Throughout this four-session workshop, students will use their experiences and education as the context for a series of career-related analyses based on the following four lenses: Issue, System, Organization, and Role. All discussions will be brought back to Composing Your Career (CYC), a framework for maximizing one’s time at Wagner based on the SEER strategy: Smart, Experienced, Engaged, and Reflective. All of this will lead to an action plan to maximize one’s time at Wagner in the pursuit of a successful public service career.

NOTE: For students who plan to take this workshop, it should be taken AFTER your first semester, and BEFORE your last semester in order to maximize the benefit.


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Spring 2014 NONCR-GP.108.002 Composing Your Career

Throughout this four-session workshop, students will use their experiences and education as the context for a series of career-related analyses based on the following four lenses: Issue, System, Organization, and Role. All discussions will be brought back to Composing Your Career (CYC), a framework for maximizing one’s time at Wagner based on the SEER strategy: Smart, Experienced, Engaged, and Reflective. All of this will lead to an action plan to maximize one’s time at Wagner in the pursuit of a successful public service career.

NOTE: For students who plan to take this workshop, it should be taken AFTER your first semester, and BEFORE your last semester in order to maximize the benefit.


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Spring 2013 NONCR-GP.108. Composing Your Career

Throughout this four-session workshop, students will use their experiences and education as the context for a series of career-related analyses based on the following four lenses: Issue, System, Organization, and Role. All discussions will be brought back to Composing Your Career (CYC), a framework for maximizing one’s time at Wagner based on the SEER strategy: Smart, Experienced, Engaged, and Reflective. All of this will lead to an action plan to maximize one’s time at Wagner in the pursuit of a successful public service career.

NOTE: For students who plan to take this workshop, it should be taken AFTER your first semester, and BEFORE your last semester in order to maximize the benefit.


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Fall 2012 NONCR-GP.108. Composing Your Career

Throughout this four-session workshop, students will use their experiences and education as the context for a series of career-related analyses based on the following four lenses: Issue, System, Organization, and Role. All discussions will be brought back to Composing Your Career (CYC), a framework for maximizing one’s time at Wagner based on the SEER strategy: Smart, Experienced, Engaged, and Reflective. All of this will lead to an action plan to maximize one’s time at Wagner in the pursuit of a successful public service career.

NOTE: For students who plan to take this workshop, it should be taken AFTER your first semester, and BEFORE your last semester in order to maximize the benefit.


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Summer 2012 NONCR-GP.108. Composing Your Career

Throughout this four-session workshop, students will use their experiences and education as the context for a series of career-related analyses based on the following four lenses: Issue, System, Organization, and Role. All discussions will be brought back to Composing Your Career (CYC), a framework for maximizing one’s time at Wagner based on the SEER strategy: Smart, Experienced, Engaged, and Reflective. All of this will lead to an action plan to maximize one’s time at Wagner in the pursuit of a successful public service career.

NOTE: For students who plan to take this workshop, it should be taken AFTER your first semester, and BEFORE your last semester in order to maximize the benefit.


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Spring 2012 NONCR-GP.108. Composing Your Career

Throughout this four-session workshop, students will use their experiences and education as the context for a series of career-related analyses based on the following four lenses: Issue, System, Organization, and Role. All discussions will be brought back to Composing Your Career (CYC), a framework for maximizing one’s time at Wagner based on the SEER strategy: Smart, Experienced, Engaged, and Reflective. All of this will lead to an action plan to maximize one’s time at Wagner in the pursuit of a successful public service career.

NOTE: For students who plan to take this workshop, it should be taken AFTER your first semester, and BEFORE your last semester in order to maximize the benefit.


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Fall 2011 NONCR-GP.108. Composing Your Career

Throughout this four-session workshop, students will use their experiences and education as the context for a series of career-related analyses based on the following four lenses: Issue, System, Organization, and Role. All discussions will be brought back to Composing Your Career (CYC), a framework for maximizing one’s time at Wagner based on the SEER strategy: Smart, Experienced, Engaged, and Reflective. All of this will lead to an action plan to maximize one’s time at Wagner in the pursuit of a successful public service career.

NOTE: For students who plan to take this workshop, it should be taken AFTER your first semester, and BEFORE your last semester in order to maximize the benefit.


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Fall 2010 NONCR-GP.108. Composing Your Career

Throughout this four-session workshop, students will use their experiences and education as the context for a series of career-related analyses based on the following four lenses: Issue, System, Organization, and Role. All discussions will be brought back to Composing Your Career (CYC), a framework for maximizing one’s time at Wagner based on the SEER strategy: Smart, Experienced, Engaged, and Reflective. All of this will lead to an action plan to maximize one’s time at Wagner in the pursuit of a successful public service career.

NOTE: For students who plan to take this workshop, it should be taken AFTER your first semester, and BEFORE your last semester in order to maximize the benefit.


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Summer 2010 NONCR-GP.108. Composing Your Career

Throughout this four-session workshop, students will use their experiences and education as the context for a series of career-related analyses based on the following four lenses: Issue, System, Organization, and Role. All discussions will be brought back to Composing Your Career (CYC), a framework for maximizing one’s time at Wagner based on the SEER strategy: Smart, Experienced, Engaged, and Reflective. All of this will lead to an action plan to maximize one’s time at Wagner in the pursuit of a successful public service career.

NOTE: For students who plan to take this workshop, it should be taken AFTER your first semester, and BEFORE your last semester in order to maximize the benefit.


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Spring 2010 NONCR-GP.108. Composing Your Career

Throughout this four-session workshop, students will use their experiences and education as the context for a series of career-related analyses based on the following four lenses: Issue, System, Organization, and Role. All discussions will be brought back to Composing Your Career (CYC), a framework for maximizing one’s time at Wagner based on the SEER strategy: Smart, Experienced, Engaged, and Reflective. All of this will lead to an action plan to maximize one’s time at Wagner in the pursuit of a successful public service career.

NOTE: For students who plan to take this workshop, it should be taken AFTER your first semester, and BEFORE your last semester in order to maximize the benefit.


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Fall 2009 NONCR-GP.108. Composing Your Career

Throughout this four-session workshop, students will use their experiences and education as the context for a series of career-related analyses based on the following four lenses: Issue, System, Organization, and Role. All discussions will be brought back to Composing Your Career (CYC), a framework for maximizing one’s time at Wagner based on the SEER strategy: Smart, Experienced, Engaged, and Reflective. All of this will lead to an action plan to maximize one’s time at Wagner in the pursuit of a successful public service career.

NOTE: For students who plan to take this workshop, it should be taken AFTER your first semester, and BEFORE your last semester in order to maximize the benefit.


Download Syllabus
Summer 2009 NONCR-GP.108. Composing Your Career

Throughout this four-session workshop, students will use their experiences and education as the context for a series of career-related analyses based on the following four lenses: Issue, System, Organization, and Role. All discussions will be brought back to Composing Your Career (CYC), a framework for maximizing one’s time at Wagner based on the SEER strategy: Smart, Experienced, Engaged, and Reflective. All of this will lead to an action plan to maximize one’s time at Wagner in the pursuit of a successful public service career.

NOTE: For students who plan to take this workshop, it should be taken AFTER your first semester, and BEFORE your last semester in order to maximize the benefit.


Download Syllabus
Spring 2009 NONCR-GP.108. Composing Your Career

Throughout this four-session workshop, students will use their experiences and education as the context for a series of career-related analyses based on the following four lenses: Issue, System, Organization, and Role. All discussions will be brought back to Composing Your Career (CYC), a framework for maximizing one’s time at Wagner based on the SEER strategy: Smart, Experienced, Engaged, and Reflective. All of this will lead to an action plan to maximize one’s time at Wagner in the pursuit of a successful public service career.

NOTE: For students who plan to take this workshop, it should be taken AFTER your first semester, and BEFORE your last semester in order to maximize the benefit.


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Date Publication/Paper
2014

Glied, Sherry and Schachter, D.R. 2014. Three-Part Harmony Public Administration Review. Volume 74 (January/February 2014) pp 112-113. doi: 10.1111/puar.12167
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Abstract

This is a commentary to an article in Public Administration Review about Danish public service employee motivation. The piece that we commented on noted that there are two dimensions for how Danish public service employees can choose to do their work, and that these motivations can shift over time: the author identified public service work being done either through direct service production/delivery or through service regulation/policy. Almost all possible public service jobs in Denmark are in governmental agencies.

2009

Schachter, D. & Schwartz, D. 2009. The Value of Capstone Projects to Participating Client Agencies Journal of Public Affairs Education (JPAE)  15(4): 445–461
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Abstract

Many schools have experiential learning projects, often termed “capstones,” where
students combine theory and practice for the benefit of an outside agency. New
York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (NYU
Wagner) has devoted a great deal of thought and effort to strengthening and
sustaining its Capstone program from the students’ perspective, and it has seen
significant improvement. But we knew less about whether the project work our
students performed was helpful to participating Capstone client organizations, as well as what factors made certain projects more successful from the clients’ point of view. In an effort to assess and understand this perspective, we undertook a post-project survey of recent Capstone clients. The results indicate very strongly that the services offered and tools created by our Capstone teams are useful to these outside agencies, and the feedback offers indications of how to increase the
value of these projects going forward.

2008

Schachter, D. 2008. Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for First-time Job Seekers. Contributor to Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for First-time Job Seekers. By M. Busse and S. Pascal-Joiner. Action Without Borders.  

Schachter, D. 2008. Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for Sector Switchers Contributor to Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for Sector Switchers. By S. Pascal-Joiner and M. Busse. Action Without Borders.