| Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director oversees and manages the execution of programs under Summer Sessions and Inter-Terms for Columbia University, as well as the Visiting Student and Post-Baccalaureate programs for Columbia's School of Professional Studies (SPS). The Director is the primary liaison with academic and administrative departments and partner organizations, building relationships with faculty, departments, and administrative units that are critical to the success of the programs. Additionally, the Director manages all related administrative and course planning activities within these portions of the SPS portfolio.|
Programs Oversight (60%)
- Work within a shared services model with the Summer, Inter-Terms, Visiting Students, and Post-Baccalaureate working group (generally consisting of Academic Affairs, Program Operations, Faculty Affairs, Marketing, and Finance/Strategy) to drive Program outcomes
- Provide oversight to the entire Summer Sessions, Inter-Terms, Visiting Students, Post-Baccalaureate programs portfolio
- Oversee the day-to-day management of the portfolio of programs, under minimal supervision from the Executive Director
- Allocate staff and financial resources based on defined programmatic and growth trajectory
- Define programmatic goals and ensure their proper implementation, autonomously and in collaboration with appropriate stakeholders, within broadly defined strategic goals for: Admissions, Student Affairs, Academic Support Programming, Operations and Student Services, Enrollment Management, Institutional Advancement, Alumni Affairs, Marketing, and Business / Partner Relations
- Manage stakeholder relationships internal and external to the University
- Oversee all curricula for the portfolio of programs
Program Design and Strategic Support (30%)
- Propose and design new programs carrying out the strategic aims of the University, SPS, and the strategic vision of the Executive Director and Senior Leadership, in collaboration with the Executive Director
- Provide extensive high-level support in program development and strategic decision-making-- to the Executive Director, SPS Leadership, and the University as needed-- across all non-curricular functions of the unit
- Research national and international trends, prepare executive summaries and policy/whitepapers as needed, make strategic recommendations for existing and new programs
- Research, write, and propose policy, protocols, and guidance for new and existing programs within the unit, both autonomously and in collaboration with appropriate stakeholders
-Serve as the primary advisor in new program growth within the unit
Additional Responsibilities as requested or assigned (10%)
General Minimum Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree required.
- Five years of related experience, with progressively higher management responsibility including responsibility for managing the work of other professionals and support staff, particularly those with programmatic responsibilities required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: - Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication and organizational skills required.
- Demonstrated ability to lead a team under tight timelines and changing priorities.
- Exceptional attention to detail and the ability to perform non-routine work with changing priorities and collaborating parties.
- Some weekend and evening work required.
- Domestic and International travel required.
- Excellent judgment and decisiveness, high integrity, enthusiasm, diplomacy, and tact.
- A collaborative leader who engages and empowers an organized team of event planning professionals, fostering a strong, cohesive team environment.
- Demonstrated competency in budget management.
Preferred Qualifications: - Advanced degree preferred.
- Demonstrated success in leading programs serving visiting student populations (especially undergraduate or high school) making the transition to an elite university classroom.
- A strong track record of implementing new programs and new programmatic strategies, with robust outcomes (in quality, academic outcomes, growth, and revenue).
- Demonstrated history in creating innovative programmatic strategies and successful implementation and collaborations.
- Experience handling, prioritizing and executing multiple projects accurately and provide high-quality results while maintaining a high level of customer service, professionalism, and team morale in a fast-paced environment with rapidly changing priorities.
- Familiarity with the following areas of higher education a plus: Summer programs, First Year or Transfer-Student programming, International Student Affairs and Study Abroad, Admissions and Financial Aid, Student Services, and/or Access- and First-Generation Programming.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.