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Director - Global Programming

Columbia Global Centers

Director - Global Programming

  • 531256
  • Manhattanville
  • Columbia Global Centers
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Nov 21 2022
  • Grade 15
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $150,000 - $165,000

Position Summary

Columbia Global (CG) is a groundbreaking new initiative that aims to establish a unifying and strategic platform to promote and facilitate impactful engagement of the University’s faculty, students, and alumni with the world, to enhance understanding, address global challenges, and advance knowledge and its exchange. Columbia Global aligns some of the University’s key global initiatives, including the Columbia Global Centers, Columbia World Projects, and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination. 

Columbia Global seeks a Director of Global Programming who will advance the global and country-specific programs within the Columbia Global Centers. The incumbent will play an active role, with CG leadership, to develop a program plan as well as monitor its implementation and execution. The Director will oversee aspects of program design and implementation, and ensure quality control of programs and written products on behalf of the CG portfolio. The Director will serve as a member of the management team with primary responsibility for initiating and managing program development and implementation, on a wide range of intellectual, scholarly, research, educational, student engagement and alumni programs throughout the global center platform. Critical to successful program planning is establishing close working relationships with the Global Center Directors and their senior programming staff.


  • Oversee program planning and architecture, including managing complex program designs, varied stakeholder interests, and priorities. Develop and package program products such as case studies, program blueprints and impact briefs for use in engaging University faculty and leadership as well as external partners
  • Ensure the effective and efficient execution of established program work plans across the Global Center portfolio, including planned actions, outcomes, and deadlines. Monitor progress, troubleshoot problems and barriers and make recommendations to leadership for necessary adjustments to ensure successful, quality outcomes.
  • Implement a system and process for program design, management, quality improvement, reporting, start-up and close-out across all Global Centers.
  • Facilitate collaboration across Global Centers, other CG programs and University partners (faculty, departments, centers and schools) to identify, design and implement programmatic activities and priorities, inform program innovations, assess fund development potential including the development of program concepts and content for proposals, ensuring alignment with broader CG strategies and approaches, and expand and deepen programming within and across the Global Centers.
  • Assist with the planning, management and submission of grant applications as well as post-award grant administration.
  • Support revenue-generating activities, such as fund and grant development, and executive education initiatives
  • Scope, manage, and create new campus and globally-focused strategic initiatives and manage ongoing special projects for the Global Centers portfolio.
  • Collaborating with CG’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning unit, develop program specific and cross-program M&E frameworks and plans that allow for the identification of drivers of program performance and impact, creation and management of KPIs, identification of key trends and gaps, and reporting of such data.
  • Partner with CG Communications team to produce a strategic communications plan and collaterals, such as website content, newsletters, and graphics.
  • Work with CG’s Operations team to drive the processes to identify, codify and digitize documents and ensure application to programs, support knowledge management and mapping of all Global Center program activities, and use relevant technology to support program operations.
  • Contribute to organization of Global Center events, such as hosting strategic visitors, center director activity in NY, Global Center related events, workshop and development opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Seven to nine years of related experience developing programs and managing complex projects, in a higher education environment, preferably Columbia University.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills to foster a cohesive team and promote a positive work environment. A commitment to a diverse, inclusive, equitable, and accessible work environment.
  • Ability to effectively engage with a wide range of diverse internal and external stakeholders, using strong interpersonal skills, persuasive presentation, and public speaking skills;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills with proven ability to translate complex concepts into succinct, clear, accessible language for multiple audiences;
  • Superior supervisory skills with evidence of progressively responsible leadership within organizations;
  • Strong ability to react to time-sensitive matters, as well as manage longer term initiatives.

Other Requirements

  • Must have experience in supporting research, teaching, projects and scholarly programs.
  • Must have experience working with a wide range of disciplines from social science to medical science.
  • Must have global education experience and/or global work experience.

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