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Columbia University Associate Director, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics in New York, New York

Position Summary

The Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics serves as a forum for thought leadership around teaching at and research at on the ethics and governance challenges confronting current and next-generation business leaders. The Bernstein Faculty Leaders at and the Student Leadership and Ethics Board at shape the curriculum, organize speaker events, experiential learning activities, and other sessions in topics surrounding leadership, ethics, and governance.

Reporting to the Director, the Associate Director is responsible for the development and coordination of the Center’s high-level events including the planning, management, and execution of the Center’s annual endowed speaker series, including the Botwinick Prize for Business Ethics, the Klion Forum, the annual leadership conference and others at the discretion of the Director.

Additionally, the Associate Director is responsible for creating, developing, and managing the Center’s communications strategy to increase visibility and outreach initiatives to internal and external stakeholders. The Associate Director will also have the opportunity to work with other departments within the Business School, such as Strategic Communications and Public Relations, to promote our thought leadership and programming across a variety of outlets.


  1. Co-creates content ideas, designs and delivers all high-level event management. Responsible for the budget development and management of all events, conducts speaker research, outreach, and manages communications. Performs marketing activities, crafts participant experiences provides on-site management and leads the follow-up to debrief of event. Writes and develops post-event reports related to specific donor-sponsored events in collaboration with External Relations.

  2. Leads the development and successful delivery of the Center’s annual leadership conference. Provides administrative support for faculty leads; processes invitations for the keynote, panelists, and guests. Serves as the on-site point of contact for all events, tracks attendance, arranges catering, set-up, prepares all pertinent materials for the event and communicates with panelists, and is responsible for follow-up and debrief after the event.

  3. Designs and implements the communications strategy to further develop the Center’s presence on digital and print media platforms in collaboration with Assistant Director and Strategic Communications. Develops and curates the Center’s digital presence (website, email campaigns, social media platforms); and oversees the development of the Center’s seasonal newsletter and monthly insights email campaigns.

  4. With guidance from the Director, oversees events that help cultivate the Bernstein Center Advisory Board, including the execution of the semi-annual meetings and the development of promotional materials and correspondence.

  5. Designs, manages and maintains the Center’s website. Monitors and tracks and interprets website analytics to implement improvements in traffic and performance, including ways to enhance usability.

  6. Creates, develops and produces seasonal newsletters and monthly insights email campaigns for external and internal stakeholders featuring Center thought leadership and research. Manages the Center’s staff writer to develop content pieces to highlight programming, thought leadership, and research for Center’s digital presence.

  7. Directs the work of the Assistant Director, who manages the distribution of digital content, produces video assets and schedules video interviews with guests. With support from the Assistant Director, manages social media platforms to expand reach in alignment with the Center's communications strategy. Creates lively, engaging content that drives target audiences to the Center’s website. Enhances awareness and attendance for Center events, including advance publicity, live coverage during the event, and post-event follow-up.

  8. Assists on special projects, and initiatives, as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and/or its equivalent required. 4-6 years related experience required.

Must be a proven team player, able to work cooperatively in small groups as well as independently with changing priorities and multiple responsibilities. Must have previous experience in high-level event planning and execution. Proficiency in utilizing major social media channels, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Must be pro-active with excellent written, organizational, and communication skills, paying close attention to detail. Must exercise tact and discretion when interacting with faculty, administrators, leaders in academia and business, and with students. Cultural sensitivity required.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s Degree and/or its equivalent preferred. Experience in higher education, as well as 5-7 years related experience preferred. Proficiency in HTML and Photoshop strongly preferred.

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