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Columbia University Programming and Pro Bono Coordinator in New York, New York

  • Requisition no: 515762

  • Work Type: Full Time

  • Location: Campus|Morningside

  • School/Department: null

  • Categories: Other,General Administration,Administrative Support

  • Job Type: Support Staff - Union

  • Bargaining Unit: Local 2110

  • Regular/Temporary: Regular

  • End Date if Temporary:

  • Hours Per Week: 35

  • Salary Range:

Position Summary

The Programming and Pro Bono Coordinator provides administrative and logistical support for programs housed in the Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) office. These programs are the cornerstones of SJI’s integrated offerings which aim to inspire, prepare and assist Columbia students and graduates to pursue public service opportunities, whether full-time or pro bono in the United States or abroad. Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Pro Bono and Summer Programs the incumbent will also support the Law School’s Pro Bono Program, including the pro bono graduation requirement and spring break caravans (the Law School’s alternative spring break program). The incumbent provides administrative support to SJI and is an important point of access for students, the Law School community and outside organizations that seek information about these matters. The Programming and Pro Bono Coordinator reports to the Assistant Director of Operations for SJI.




  1. Oversee the administration and maintenance of the SJI calendar of programs and events. Coordinate with SJI staff and other internal departments to ensure smooth implementation of SJI programs and events. [15%]

  2. Provide logistical support for departmental programs and events, including booking rooms and arranging catering and A/V needs and providing tech support. [20%]

Pro bono:


  1. Track individual JD student compliance with Columbia’s mandatory pro bono graduation requirement including but not limited to responsibility for the online communications and database system, communications with students and coordination with relevant supervisors at host organizations, Columbia administrators and others. [20%]

  2. Assist Columbia Law School student groups to administer student-directed pro bono projects. Approve Spring Break Pro Bono Caravans and in-house pro bono projects that meet the CLS and NYS Pro Bono Requirement, and administer payment and other administrative functions. [10%]

  3. Advise students of existing pro bono opportunities and answer student questions. Update publications and assist with pro bono programming. [10%]

Other functions:


  1. Provide administrative support to the department and students, including processing of expense and travel reports in Concur and invoices, booking travel, and managing contacts. Coordinate the process and calculate the amount for donations to and reimbursement of spring break pro bono caravans in conjunction with the Law School’s Business Office. [15%]

  2. Act as first point-of-contact for visitors to the department and direct guests as needed; respond to inquiries by students and others regarding SJI’s programs and resources, including public interest and government career advising, pro bono, and summer funding. [5%]

  3. Perform additional responsibilities as assigned or requested. [5%]

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or its equivalent required plus a minimum of three years of related experience, preferably as a program coordinator, administrative assistant, or office manager with responsibility for public interest, not-for-profit or educationally related programs, or the equivalent combination of education and experience required. College degree preferred. Outstanding data management, administrative, organizational, and interpersonal skills required. Excellent computer skills and experience including word processing, Internet, desktop publishing, PowerPoint, Excel and computer database management required. Knowledge of Salesforce a plus. Must be willing to learn and implement new technologies to enhance task performance. Excellent English oral and written communication skills required. Demonstrated interest and participation in public interest issues and activities is desirable. Ability to initiate and follow-through with minimal supervision as well as meet deadlines, work under pressure, adapt to changing priorities, be part of a collegial team and balance competing assignments as necessary. Must have good judgment and be able to maintain confidentiality. Availability for some evening and weekend work required.

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