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Columbia University Resident Director in New York, New York

  • Requisition no: 524540

  • Work Type: Full Time

  • Location: Campus|Morningside

  • School/Department: null

  • Categories: Other

  • Job Type: Officer of Administration

  • Bargaining Unit:

  • Regular/Temporary: Regular

  • End Date if Temporary:

  • Hours Per Week: 35

  • Salary Range:

Position Summary

Established in 1989, KCJS is a consortium of 13 universities that offers academic year and summer programs. Working closely with the KCJS Board of Delegates, Columbia University, and Doshisha University, the RD is responsible for the continued development and oversight of the academic programs, student affairs, and administrative and financial management. The RD reports to a senior administrator at the administering institution, currently the Associate Dean at the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement at Columbia. The RD supervises a team of full-time administrative staff who assist in all areas of program management in addition to a team of Japanese language instructors. The RD is charged with nourishing an intellectual and social environment that is supportive of excellence and high academic standards.

The full time Resident Director position begins on July 1, 2023 and is engaged through an entrustment agreement. If a candidate can start earlier in a full or part time capacity, please also apply to the Interim Resident Director position which begins in July/August 2022.


  • Academic

  • Oversee the academic year and summer language programs.

  • Create and implement distinct curricula in coordination with the KCJS Board of Delegates and UGE to meet the needs of today’s students; develop innovative courses that make use of the unique opportunities in Kyoto.

  • Identify and hire local faculty to teach courses or direct independent study projects. Provide guidance to assure that courses meet KCJS academic standards and policies.

  • Provide academic advising, coordinate and supervise independent studies, and enable student and faculty use of local libraries and other scholarly resources.

  • Actively develop and strengthen connections with local academic communities, government agencies in the U.S. and Japan, alumni and donors in order to provide a broad range of opportunities for KCJS students.

  • Teach one course per term.

  • Student Life

  • Maintain a regular on-site presence to provide students with support related to academic, professional and personal goals. As needed, consult with the relevant parties and/or refer students to other resources to help them meet their goals and/or resolve any issues.

  • Supervise the organization of student homestay and residential apartment programs.

  • Plan and lead comprehensive orientation programs for incoming students.

  • Curate specialized co-curricular and extracurricular activities that support student learning.

  • Facilitate student involvement in community activities and cultural opportunities.

  • Participate in risk management by developing onsite emergency protocols and handling emergencies in partnership with Columbia UGE, home schools, local security, and medical resources. Maintain the basic standards of student conduct and where necessary, works with home institutions to educate students regarding these policies.

  • Administration/ Budget/Technology

  • Supervise and manage an administrative team of full-time employees, language instructors, and adjunct instructors including hiring, training, motivating, evaluating performance and setting salaries.

  • Work directly with Columbia UGE to prepare annual budget; manage all fiscal activities for a $2 million budget.

  • Manage facilities and property and arrange for service contracts and legal services as needed.

  • Manage the technological infrastructure for academic and administrative purposes, in coordination with Columbia UGE.

  • Work with local organizations to ensure compliance with local laws and regulations.

  • Outreach and Relationship Management

  • Manage relations with Doshisha University, other local institutions, and program partners.

  • Work in close contact with all administrative staff of Columbia UGE and the KCJS Board of Delegates. Understand the unique needs of the consortium members.

  • Facilitate ongoing dialogue with the KCJS Board throughout the year including preparing and setting the agenda for the annual KCJS Board meeting. Participate in the Board meeting.

  • Foster active communication with institutions that send visiting students. Make campus visits and organize information sessions.

  • Host visitors and maintain contact with advocates for the program including alumni, donors, and government officials.

  • Other related responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or equivalent related experience required

  • Minimum 3 years of related experience

  • Relevant administrative experience such as global program management, student affairs, marketing and outreach, assessment and planning, and budgetary oversight

  • Language fluency in English and Japanese

  • Strong understanding of Japanese culture and business practices

  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and lead a team effectively

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a broad range of constituents

  • Strong interpersonal/intercultural skills and ability to problem solve

  • Capacity to represent the KCJS in Japan and overseas in the U.S. or internationally

  • Ability to undertake international travel as required

  • Legally authorized to work in Japan or ability to secure appropriate work visa

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or equivalent experience with advanced degree preferred

  • Preferred undergraduate teaching experience

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.