Advertised Summary Job Description: The Center for Educational Access is a newly-launched unit of Columbia University's School of Professional Studies (SPS). Focusing on the three pillars of Educational Programs, Research, and Advocacy, the Center's work will target populations (including women, underrepresented minorities, and those who have been involved with the justice system, among others) who have traditionally been underserved by, and had limited access to, higher education. Specifically, in its early stages the Center will be a home for?and seek to advance?several existing SPS initiatives in this area, as well as incubate new ones. For example, now in its third year, the Columbia University Girls in STEM Initiative is a Center program in four cities across the country that engages young women and men in high school from underrepresented backgrounds through hands-on instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math?while developing their leadership and communication skills. The HBCU Fellowship, another core CEA initiative that was launched last fall, offers scholarships for graduates of the top Historically Black Colleges and Universities to study at SPS in select disciplines, while pairing fellows with mentoring and internship opportunities. Additional Center initiatives to provide educational opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated citizens, as well as to advance women in technology-related careers, are also planned.
Reporting directly to the Executive Director of CEA and based in New York City, the Operations Manager will oversee the day-to-day operations and administration of the Center. Specifically, the Operations Manager manages all CEA staff and consultants, as well as the Center's budget, space, and other resource needs.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Oversee CEA's day to-day operations. Hire and manage staff, contractors, and consultants. Ensure that space/facilities, human resources, technology, and other resource needs are met in partnership with the SPS Administrative Affairs team. - In conjunction with the Executive Director, develop and manage the Center's budget. Liaise with SPS Finance Team on all financial matters. - Partnering with SPS' Public Relations team, the University Office of Communications, and other stakeholders as appropriate, manage all communications for the Center. Ensure Center website pages and promotional materials are cutting edge and reflect current activities. Develop an engagement/influencer strategy to facilitate ongoing publicity for Center activities on the local and national levels. - With guidance from the Executive Director, manage the provision of existing (i.e. Girls in STEM and HBCU Fellowship) CEA initiatives. Oversee operation of Girls in STEM programs in four cities in conjunction with nonprofit host organization and corporate sponsors. Support Student Affairs team in administration of HBCU Fellowship and help to ensure that its activities are consistent with the Center's and School's strategic priorities. - At the direction of the Executive Director, develop and launch other programs and initiatives to serve populations that have traditionally been underserved by higher education?consistent with the Center's priorities and strategic plan. - Serve as staff lead on and manage Center events, including symposia, conferences, convenings, and receptions - Perform other duties as assigned
This position is contingent upon funding availability. An appointment will be made for an initial term ending on December 31, 2019 and may be renewed thereafter if funding allows.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or equivalent required. Minimum five years of related experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: - Outstanding leadership, organizational, and project management skills; - Experience with building partnerships and/or conducting outreach initiatives; - Strong research and writing skills; - Entrepreneurial nature and comfort with ambiguity; - Zeal for continuous learning and appetite for creative thinking; - Ability to work independently with limited supervision and in teams, as well as to meet tight deadlines; - Track record of handling sensitive information with highest level of professionalism and confidentiality; - Strong interpersonal and presentation skills; proven capacity to communicate and present information in front of varied audiences at a sophisticated level; - Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite of programs (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio); - Capacity to adapt quickly to changing circumstances; - Occasional evening and weekend work may be required; and - Occasional travel within New York City and across the country may be required, including to SPS' center in San Francisco as well as to cities where CEA's programs (including Girls in STEM) and partners are based.
Preferred Qualifications: - Advanced degree in a field of study offered at SPS, or related to the work of the Center - Experience in higher education and/or with lobbying and advocacy - Experience with budgeting - Familiarity with educational access initiatives and programs
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_170943
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