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Columbia University Associate Director, Student Life in New York, New York

  • Requisition no: 518302

  • Work Type: Full Time

  • Location: Campus|Morningside

  • School/Department: null

  • Categories: Other,Stdnt Affairs/Educational Admn,General Administration

  • Job Type: Officer of Administration

  • Bargaining Unit:

  • Regular/Temporary: Regular

  • End Date if Temporary:

  • Hours Per Week: 35

  • Salary Range:

Position Summary

The Associate Director contributes to the overarching mission and vision of Student Life by focusing on programmatic implementation, departmental assessment, and marketing and communications. The Associate Director is responsible for the strategic vision, decision-making, marketing outreach and communication strategy, event assessment, and overall design of SPS Cornerstone Events including but not limited to New Student Orientation, Graduation, End of Year Reception, SPS Homecoming Tailgate, and various other major campus events. In addition, the Associate Director is the point person for all activities related to Diversity and Inclusion within Student Affairs. The Associate Director provides leadership and supports all efforts at SPS to foster a dynamic, caring community through a diverse and invested School community that promotes inclusion and mutual respect. The Associate Director works closely with faculty and staff to create programming, resources, and strategic initiatives that facilitate a sense of belonging among students.

The School serves 8,000 students enrolled in numerous programs ranging from Master's degrees to Post-baccalaureate Studies, summer high school students, to visiting undergrads, to visiting international English language students enrolled in the American Language Program, to professionals pursuing certificates or executive Master's degrees.


Major Campus Events Support

  • Responsible for the strategic vision, decision-making, and overall management of major student-facing events including all planning; logistics budget oversight; communications; and assessment/evaluation

  • Allocate and manage the annual budget for major campus events totaling $1 million

  • Provides strategic financial planning and forecasting to the departmental leadership by capturing and analyzing data to use to inform financial decisions related to major campus events; advises financial approach and performs budgetary analysis and modeling to forecast future financial needs/resources

  • Develop, implement, and manage the communication program for all deposited students and graduating students using various communications conduits (web/online, multimedia, emails, bulletins, articles, update reports, print materials and presentations)

Diversity & Inclusion Support

  • Represent Student Affairs as a member of the SPS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

  • Serve as subject matter expert in diversity & inclusion, unconscious bias, talent development, and organizational development within a global environment

  • Design, plan and coordinate training for retreats, educational programs, and initiatives to develop diversity awareness and intergroup communication and engagement

  • Conduct student social justice training with a strong diversity component, in collaboration with campus departments across divisions; develop training and workshops to facilitate student understanding of issues related to diversity and intergroup relations; develop restorative educational practices for implementation; and create opportunities for students

  • Develop and implement initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for both majority and underrepresented students

  • Meet the unique DEI needs of the Department by overseeing ongoing training, workshops, and departmental counsel that enhances education and knowledge for students and student-facing staff

General Services

  • Lead and collaborate with various members of the departments’ leadership team to create communication campaigns that deliver targeted information to the School’s diverse group of constituents

  • Develop and execute the communication strategy for Student Life including communication with incoming, continuing, and graduating students; utilize departmental tools to partner with various departments on stakeholder integration

  • Lead efforts for tracking analytics and impact metrics in order to promote data-driven decision-making. Utilize student feedback themes to implement change to improve the student experience

  • Serve as a liaison to SPS campus partners including but not limited to the President’s Office Events team, SPS Events Management, University Events Management, Facilities, SPS Finance, and many others

  • Develop a cross-departmental calendar which outlines the timeline for student-facing programs on a semesterly basis. Troubleshoot and create partnerships for departments where there is opportunity for collaboration

  • Guide various team members on student-facing events and programs. Serves as the overall point person for University partnerships with event liaisons

  • Represent the Office of Student Life by participating in School-wide committees and events and in cross-functional projects as an advocate of the student body; represent the Director, Student Life in their absence and contributes to the day-to-day oversight of the department

  • Attend evening and weekend events as required

Staff Management

  • Manage a cross-functional team supporting desired outcomes as indicated

  • Provide direction and support, serves as an advocate for team initiatives, and creates a cohesive team to ensure goals and objectives are achieved

  • Convey information and ideas clearly and concisely to individuals or groups in a manner that helps them understand and retain the message; listening actively to others

  • Identify and leverage opportunities to accelerate results and build capability by assigning tasks and decision-making responsibilities to individuals or teams with clear boundaries, expectations, support, and follow-up

  • Provides clear expectations, objectives and goals, delivers both positive and negative feedback to employees, and holds staff accountable for results and deliverables. Works with staff to continue improving

Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree desirable

  • 4 years of related experience required, preferably in higher education, student affairs, or business

  • A resume and cover letter must be submitted for applicants to be considered for the position

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree or equivalent

  • Demonstrated understanding of, and support for, key precepts in diversity and inclusion including critical race theory, feminism, queer theory, privilege, protected classes, micro-aggressions, cognitive empathy, nonviolent communications etc.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work in an office environment that is diverse by race, gender, sexuality, religion, etc.

  • Administrative experience in client-centered environments, along with some experience in the provision of student services and/or program administration strongly preferred

  • Experience working with international student populations

  • Proven ability to plan and successfully execute events

  • Knowledge of SIS database management or similar mainframe relational database systems strongly preferred

Other Requirements

  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholder groups, in a fast-paced collaborative environment; ability to take initiative and manage a variety of tasks and projects simultaneously, with impeccable attention to detail

  • Effective writing, editing, proofreading and presentation skills; ability to write evidence-based correspondence and reports

  • Ability to manage budgets

  • Knowledge of advanced functions of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint)

  • Occasional evening and weekend work required

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