The Executive Director of Community Impact (CI) is appointed by the CI Board of Directors in collaboration with University Life, Columbia University (CU), serves as the chief executive officer of the corporation, with responsibility for the general management of the affairs of the corporation, and carries out the resolutions of the Board of Directors. The Executive Director has a joint reporting structure, and reports to the CU Vice President for Student Affairs and the CI Board of Directors, as described below. The Executive Director serves as a member of the Vice President for Student Affairs' leadership team, within University Life, Columbia University.
Serving upper Manhattan communities surrounding the University, including Morningside Heights, Harlem, and Washington Heights, Community Impact is a public charity as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Community Impact is a key institution at Columbia University that strives to advance the public good and instills the importance of life-long service by providing quality community service programs for Columbia students, staff, and faculty to engage in. The Executive Director of Community Impact is responsible for all areas within the scope of Community Impact, including overseeing organizational and program development, risk management, site development, fiscal operations, supervision and professional development, delivery of services, and fundraising for and managing the budget, including income, grants, contracts, and gifts. The Executive Director oversees a staff that is comprised of 12 University employees and 20 student workers, and over 900 student and community volunteers.
The Executive Director serves as a campus and community resource for public service, community partnerships and civic engagement and uses their expertise to develop and carry out Community Impact’s vision for the growth and development of all students and to meaningfully address the needs of diverse communities, both locally and nationally. In addition, the Executive Director serves as a campus liaison with local community partners, including elected officials, government agencies, community-based organizations, and funders.
Community Impact is part of University Life, which is a central division at the University focused on enhancing the student experience across Columbia’s 17 schools and colleges. University Life programs and initiatives are informed by three core values: inclusion & belonging, student well-being and sexual respect. The University Life division consists of four departments: Student Life, Student Conduct and Community Standards, Religious Life and Community Impact.
A. Program Management
B. Fiscal & Fundraising Management
C. Community Outreach Partnership Management and Campus Representation
D. Administrative Department Management and Supervision
E. Professional Development and Projects as Assigned
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