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Senior Program Associate

  • Requisition no: 508416
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Manhattanville
  • School/Department: Columbia World Projects
  • Grade: Grade 11
  • Categories: General Administration
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours Per Week: 35      


Position Summary

Columbia World Projects (“CWP”) is an initiative intended to better connect Columbia University with the world at large where laws and policies are made, actions taken, and norms and attitudes are shaped. CWP will facilitate the application of academic work in the context of a broader, global discussion to address fundamental challenges in our home city, around the nation, and across the globe.

Columbia World Projects seeks a Senior Program Associate to support the activities and development of its Convenings and Scholarly Relations team. The Senior Program Associate will serve as a key member of the staff in advancing and administering work and convenings on large-scale problems such as the future of democracy, the character of cities, and project implementation, as well as initiatives geared to understand how best to enact policy ideas. The incumbent will work independently and collaboratively on matters of research, analysis, coordination, and administration, working closely with, and reporting to, senior staff at CWP. The role reports to the Director of Convenings and Scholarly Relations at CWP.


• Develops and manages engagement activities (i.e., workshops, conferences, public events, reports) related to the team’s democratic renewal program. The renewal program explores what sustains and ails liberal democracies (both domestically and around the world) and identifies new choices that encourage effective problem-solving, strengthen democratic institutions, and promote civic participation;

• Conducts literature reviews related to focus areas within the democratic renewal program; compiles and summarizes notes from meetings and other convenings;

•Responsible for managing all communications including drafting and editing reports, memoranda, convening agendas, and other related documents;

• Creates and administers processes and procedures for the planning, delivery, and logistics of lectures, workshops, and other convenings;

• Serves as the point person for the planning and managing of public events, workshops, and other convenings;

• Liaises with convening participants (including high-profile scholars, organization leaders, and government officials) and serves as primary communication resource to address questions, issues or concerns;

• Engages faculty to solicit input into meeting design and participants related to all meetings on democracy issues;

• Provides program/event budgetary oversight of up to $5,000. Tracks, monitors, approves, and submits invoices and expenses for payment;

• Works with communications staff to advance the digital and analog presence; and

• Participates in the overall development and management of all Convening and Scholarly engagement efforts of CWP.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent, ideally in a field in the social sciences. 2-4 years of related experience required.
  • **Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume/CV**                                                                                                                                

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree preferred.                                                                                                                                      

Other Requirements

• Keen interest in working in a university setting at the intersection of thinking and doing;

• Demonstrated experience in programming in higher education or the social sector;

• Ability to effectively synthesize research and analysis into written reports and documents;

• Ability to use software platforms and applications, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Google Drive;

• Proficiency with research, data collection, review, analysis, and documentation;

• Organizational and communications skills;

• Ability to work successfully in a multifaceted, team-oriented environment;

• Excellent interpersonal and time management skills,

• Ability to juggle multiple projects at once;

• Confidence to propose ideas and strategy as work unfolds.

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