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Program Coordinator I

  • Requisition no: 516850
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Medical Center
  • School/Department: Mailman School of Public Health Administration
  • Grade: Grade 104
  • Categories: Other, General Administration, Administrative Support
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Position Summary

The Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health seeks a full-time Program Coordinator to assist with a range of programmatic, research, and communications activities focused on addressing the puberty and menstrual health and hygiene
needs of low-income populations around the world. The Program Coordinator will play a key role in supporting the GATE (Gender, Adolescent Transitions, and the Environment) Program’s puberty portfolio of work, including the development and dissemination of puberty education books, coordinating new research activities, and the development of communications materials, social media outputs, and research articles.

The Program Coordinator’s roles and responsibilities include assisting the Principal Investigator and project team with a range of key activities including:

• Research Coordination: Support the GATE team with developing research tools and protocols, coordinating data collection activities, analyzing data, and managing Institutional Review Board (IRB) procedures. The program coordinator will also support the write-up and editing of manuscripts and the development of other knowledge translation products (e.g. policy briefs, op-eds).

• Support Country-based Puberty Book Development Process: Support the creation of new puberty books which includes working with teams of global research assistants, Columbia graduate students, local stakeholders, illustrators, and other actors for the development of contextualized puberty books.

• Marketing and Dissemination of Puberty Books: Support the development of new models for disseminating existing puberty books in the USA and low-income countries, including exploring new approaches for disseminating puberty content, working with local partners to develop new channels for dissemination, and supporting the documentation of the dissemination process.

• Advocacy and Communications: Support the project team with generating new communications content and documentation for websites, fact sheets, social media, and other relevant mediums.

• Operations and Administrative Support: Play a pivotal role in supporting the project team with a range of administrative tasks including scheduling and coordination of meetings, working on grant reports, proposal development/fundraising, support with travel/visa requirements, the recruitment and management of student workers/contractors and other general administrative activities as needed.


  • Support the development and dissemination of global puberty books, including supporting in-country book development processes, managing research assistants and local staff, coordinating with government stakeholders and non-profit partners, and collaborating with local illustrators and publishers. – 40%

  • Coordinate puberty and menstruation-related research activities, develop research protocols, manage IRC procedures, support data collection and the writing of manuscripts, briefs, op-eds, and help submit journal articles and conference abstracts. -20%

  • Provide high-level administrative support including scheduling and coordinating local and global level meetings, supporting financial tasks, procurement of visas, helping write grant reports and assist with the recruitment (and oversight) of student workers. – 15%

  • Develop web content and maintain web pages and social media platforms. -10%

  • Develop new knowledge management products including fact sheets, infographics, and other communication materials. – 5%

  • Support fundraising and proposal development efforts. - 5%

  • Perform other duties, as assigned. - 5%

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus three years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters of Public Health or related master-level degree (e.g. social work, development studies) Experience conducting public health-related research or projects in development or humanitarian emergencies in low- and middle-income countries.

    Experience conducting qualitative research with girls and women on health-related topics. Graphic design and social media analytics experience. Proficiency in a second language is ideal (e.g. French, Spanish, other)

Other Requirements

  • Prior work and/or living experience in low- and/or middle-income countries. Familiarity with adolescent/pubertal health, menstruation, and related topics. Enthusiasm to collaborate within a dynamic network of global partners. Strong writing and editorial skills.
  • Social media and communications expertise Ability to work independently and as a team player Willingness to spend 50% time overseas conducting project-related research and activities (Note: travel will be dependent on COVID safety regulations and university guidelines and thus may be subject to change)

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