The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
Columbia University???s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) seeks an Assistant Director to play a key role in managing the MPA in Global Leadership (MPA-GL), a graduate degree for senior leaders in global policy and management that will matriculate its first class in August 2023. The 10-month MPA-GL is designed for outstanding individuals with preferably 10???15 years of progressively senior experience who seek to deepen their knowledge of specific global policy issues, strengthen their analytical and management capabilities, and expand their professional networks. Reporting to the MPA-GL Director, the Assistant Director will collaborate with other SIPA and University offices to set up and help implement all aspects of the highly selective new program, including marketing, recruitment, admissions, student advising, curriculum support, financial administration, and alumni relations.
At SIPA???the world???s leading school of global policy???we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We work to cultivate these values in our practices, programs, and policies. We aim to create a workplace that is welcoming and celebrates the unique lived experiences of all our staff, students, and faculty. We are particularly interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the School. Applicants are encouraged to include information in their cover letter about how they will further this goal.
Under the supervision of the MPA-GL Director and working with relevant SIPA offices, the Assistant Director is responsible for the following:
Marketing and Outreach, Student Recruitment and Admissions
In collaboration with SIPA???s communications office, creates and implements communications and processes to recruit outstanding students, including digital marketing, social media, and email
Promotes the program to external organizations, particularly those that fund graduate degrees for employees
In collaboration with SIPA admissions office, manages all aspects of admissions, including communications with applicants, provision of in-person and virtual recruitment events, support for SLATE (SIPA???s online application system), coordination of faculty review of applications, and follow-up with admitted students about housing, visas, financial aid, and other issues
Oversees and regularly updates the program???s web pages
Student Academic Advising and Support
In collaboration with the SIPA student affairs office, provides academic advising and other support for students, including new student orientation (on both academic and student life issues)
Supports student-initiated activities, such as panels and lectures
Assists students with University resources, such as the course registration system and health services
Curricular and Co-curricular Programming
In collaboration with the SIPA academic affairs office, assists the Director with development and implementation of the Summer Program, seminars and workshops, including recruitment and orientation of adjunct faculty and guest speakers and posting of materials in University???s course management systems
In collaboration with student affairs and academic affairs, tracks and analyzes data helpful in developing and refining the curriculum, including enrollment statistics, student surveys and alumni feedback
Working with student employees, supports faculty with resources for teaching
Financial and Program Administration
Manages the program budget and serves as liaison with the SIPA business office, including oversight of spending and financial aid, reconciliation of financial transactions and provision of budget updates to the MPA-GL Director
Working with student employees, provides financial and administrative assistance to MPA-GL Director, adjunct faculty and guest speakers
Acts as liaison with outside vendors
Supervises one student program assistant and other part-time casual employees as needed
In collaboration with the SIPA alumni office, builds the program???s alumni engagement program, including maintenance of current employment and contact information for alumni and organization of alumni-student-faculty events
Performs related tasks as assigned or requested.
Bachelor's degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience
At least three years of related experience, including experience in educational program management or comparable activities
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
Experience in academic course development, event planning or comparable activities
Proficiency with office computer programs and apps, including spreadsheets, word processing and document sharing
Demonstrated proficiency in multitasking and working under multiple simultaneous deadlines
Strong customer service orientation with a deep commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
Graduate degree in relevant field
Additional years of related experience highly preferred
Experience with mid-career or advanced career education programs
Experience conducting outreach or cultivating external relations
Familiarity with digital marketing and website content development
Education or professional background in a global policy area
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.