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Columbia University Senior Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs in New York, New York

  • Requisition no: 521631

  • Work Type: Full Time

  • Location: Campus|Morningside

  • School/Department: null

  • Categories: General Administration

Position Summary

The Columbia University School of General Studies (GS) is the finest liberal arts college in the United States dedicated to making Ivy League education accessible to nontraditional students. GS was founded in 1947 on the mission of expanding access to elite higher education, and it remains the most diverse college in the Ivy League, with many transfer, first-generation, and international students. GS students are fully integrated with Columbia’s broader undergraduate population and are taught by Columbia’s celebrated faculty. The Senior Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs has a significant role in key sectors of GS Academic Affairs, working with faculty and students to support and extend the excellence of undergraduate education at Columbia.


The Senior Assistant Dean’s responsibilities will focus on three key areas:

Leads the GS Office of Undergraduate Research and build programs to make academic research experiences available to diverse and nontraditional undergraduate students, including summer research programs, partnerships with the Columbia Libraries, and more.

Collaborates with faculty on GS’s innovative dual degree partnerships with international institutions. Help develop program curricula that bridge academic experiences across two countries and two campuses.

Directs the GS Graduate School program supporting nontraditional students in preparing for graduate education. The dean will partner with Columbia’s graduate and professional schools and help to build pathways for students from underrepresented groups to advanced degrees.

Minimum Qualifications

  • This role has a minimum requirement of a bachelor’s degree, though candidates with advanced academic degrees are most desirable. Candidates must have a minimum of four years of related experience and/or graduate education. We seek a candidate who is experienced with the culture of higher education and motivated to help make its resources accessible to nontraditional undergraduate students. The candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to work under pressure in a dynamic environment with changing deadlines and priorities. Initiative, discretion, ability to work in teams, sound independent judgment and commitment to diversity in higher education are essential. Teaching opportunities are possible for qualified candidates.

  • Due to current circumstances, remote work may be required, and GS is piloting options for hybrid work environments going forward.

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