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Assistant Director, Advising and Academic Success in the Office of Student Affairs

  • Requisition no: 523499
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Manhattanville
  • School/Department: Columbia Business School
  • Grade: Grade 11
  • Categories: Stdnt Affairs/Educational Admn
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Position Summary

The Office of Student Affairs at Columbia Business School supports the academic and community experience for 1600 full-time MBA students. The Office of Student Affairs is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all students feel a sense of belonging, agency and partnership.

The Assistant Director is responsible for providing academic management and academic success services to MBA students and will serve as the point person for the Peer Tutoring Program, and Knight Bagehot Fellow’s program on the Academics Team. The Academic Advisor also works directly to manage projects with the Academics Team, the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), and conducts special projects as needed.


  1. In partnership with the Associate Director of Advising and Academic Success, works to ensure an effective academic advising program for over 1600 MBA and dual degree students. Refers students to additional tutoring, workshops, exemption exams, and resources tailored to individual student needs, using independent judgement and strategic thinking.
  2. Provides counseling and advisement regarding academic performance, course selection, registration, and degree requirements. Refers inquiries to appropriate team members, departments or information source matching requests.
  3. Attends academic Orientation sessions to provide an introduction to academic services. Participate in information sessions and tabling for current and prospective students. 
  4. Manage peer and English Language tutoring programs. Manages the recruiting and paying of tutors and assistants for Excel program workshops, working in partnership with Human Resources.
  5. Works closely with the Knight Bagehot Fellow students and Columbia School of Journalism to manage scheduling and advising the Knight Bagehot Fellow student cohort.
  6. Oversees Case Competition Grant including awarding student teams funding to participate in Case Competitions. Responsible for coordinating with participating students and overseeing their reimbursement process. Collaborates with Administrative Operations Coordinator on financial processes. Manages payments to vendors, consultants and instructors, working in partnership with the Financial Planning Office.
  7. Develop and maintain strong partnership with Admissions, Centers and Programs, Career Management, and the Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence to share information on student trends and program changes that could impact student advisement and academic success.
  8. Performs other projects as assigned by the Associate Director and/or Director of Academics.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and/or its equivalent required.   2-4 years’ experience required, preferably in higher education advising or administration.

Applicants must have strong interpersonal skills, fluency in Microsoft Office and absolute attention to detail is required. Candidate must be pro-active and have excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities and projects in a high volume service-oriented environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are also necessary. The ability to exercise discretion and judgment in confidential matters is required. The candidate must be a proven team player, able to work cooperatively in small groups or independently with minimal supervision required; demonstrates ability to build and establish relationships with a diverse student body, faculty, and administrators.  Openness to feedback while maintaining a growth, learning, and change-positive mindset is a must.

Evenings, weekends and early morning hours are sometimes required.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree desired. Background in Counseling, Advisement, Higher Education Administration, and/or MBA programs strongly preferred. Knowledge of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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