Advertised Summary Job Description: The Pulitzer Prize Board annually awards twenty-one highly distinguished prizes in journalism, arts, and letters. In addition, the Pulitzer Prize Board provides study fellowships to young journalists and hosts seminars on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism to broaden and deepen public understanding of journalistic excellence.
The Pulitzer Prize Administrator supports the Pulitzer Prize Board in its awarding of the Prizes and safeguards and enhances the integrity of the Prizes through oversight of all stages of the Prize process. The Administrator supports the Board's ongoing effort to identify significant trends and issues that might prompt changes in the Plan of Award or other rules, guidelines, or procedures. The Administrator oversees ongoing efforts to keep the website (Pulitzer.org) dynamic and to capture Pulitzer history in a user-friendly archive. Serving as the spokesperson for the Board, the Administrator reflects the mission of the Pulitzer Prizes and executes the overall strategic plan as directed by the Board.
The Administrator reports to the Board Chair and to the President of Columbia University.
Manage the jury system -Compile lists of nominating jurors for all categories -Work with the Board and additional advisory committees as needed to secure high-quality jury pools -Supervise the work of the letters, music and drama -Supervise the journalism jury meetings, guiding use of the digital judging system and assuring timely Board access to entries by finalists -Obtain jury reports
Serve as the steward of core Pulitzer Prize policies -Rule on eligibility of entries with guidance from the Board -Propose possible changes in policies or guidelines to the Board
Handle public relations -Serve as the Board's spokesperson, answering inquiries about policies and practices from the press and public -Oversee annual announcement of the awards and preside at press conference -Oversee Pulitzer seminars by journalism prizewinners -Oversee any ongoing relationships with Pulitzer centennial partners -Make other speaking appearances on behalf of the Prizes
Supervise preparation of annual budget and financial reports -Propose office improvements -Propose changes in compensation
Manage staff, including hiring, supervising and collaborating, to carry out all further responsibilities of the Pulitzer Prize office, which include:
Supervision of the entry process for journalism, letters, music and drama entries -Monitor the digital entry system and propose improvements as needed
Organization of the twice-yearly Board meetings -Prepare agenda in consultation with chair and work with staff to set up meetings -Prepare and submit Administrator's Report -Record and circulate minutes -Arrange special Board dinners and committee meetings -Arrange access to Drama Prize possibilities (theater tickets and Lincoln Center viewing)
Organization of the annual award luncheon and other Programming -Oversee invitations and prepare seating charts -Preside at luncheon, assisting in distribution of Prizes
Coordination of the work of standing and ad hoc Board committees -Conduct research and prepare background memos -Serve as clearinghouse for committee activity -Organize conference calls and special meetings for committees
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and a minimum of eight years of related experience required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a vigorous advocate for the Pulitzer Prizes. Candidates must demonstrate keen understanding of journalistic excellence and be highly attuned to the shifting media landscape. Candidates will also have genuine interest in, meaningful exposure to and experience with contemporary arts and letters. In addition, the successful candidate will have proven success as a leader with administrative responsibility. Extraordinary communication and interpersonal skills are critical. Evidence of sound judgment and even temperament in a highly sensitive environment required.
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.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It... seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.