David Schachter

Associate Dean: Admissions and Student Affairs

(212) 998-7475
295 Lafayette Street, Room 2112
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David Schachter

David Schachter is the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at NYU Wagner. Focusing on the totality of the student experience, he oversees recruitment, student services and advisement, career services, and alumni relations. He teaches Wagner's Composing Your Career workshop and 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 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. 

He ran the training program at the Support Center for Nonprofit Management, one of New York’s largest providers of leadership and management technical assistance to the nonprofit sector. And he is a former AIDS community organizer and actor, having co-starred in the 1985 film “Buddies,” the first dramatic film about AIDS.

David received a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and his Master's Degree in Public Administration from NYU Wagner.



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.



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.


Schachter, D.. 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.