Program Manager

Columbia University

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted August 6, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

After an initial two year start-up phase, SIPA's Center on Global Economic Governance (CGEG) is entering a phase of development. CGEG will continue to mount highly visible and relevant events throughout the year, focusing on high-level academic and policy-oriented themes exploring economic governance. At the same time, CGEG has embarked upon several major multi-year research projects, and continues to develop, apply for grant funding, and implement new research projects to further the Center's mission.

We are seeking a Program Manager who will play a major role in the development and implementation of these projects, as well as on the dissemination of their findings. At the same time, the Program Manager will carry-out the day-to-day operations of the Center and, working closely with the Director and Associate Director, strategize, plan and implement a portfolio of approximately 10-20 major events per semester.

Key Responsibilities:

In coordination with the Director and Associate Director, develops major event and research strategies; duties include proposing themes, researching participants and suggesting partners.

Manages CGEG's project implementation software, Smartsheet.

Manages CGEG's event, travel and research calendars.

Drafts formal grant agreements between CGEG and its research associates.

Oversees, with the assistance of the Associate Director when needed, progress on the research projects and completion of stated benchmarks by CGEG's research associates.

Develops CGEG's working paper and policy brief series, as well as eventual compilations and major publications.

Develops, in coordination with the Director and Associate Director, agreements with publishing companies on CGEG's research publications.

Manages the Center's daily financial transactions, including purchase orders, travel reimbursements, invoices and other ARC transactions as needed. Formulates and reconciles an annual budget of over $1M.

Manages the communication leading up to Center events, involving extensive oral and written communication with high-level academic visitors. Coordinates the logistics for smooth implementation of high-level events from inception to post-production.

Manages the Center's contact database and e-mail marketing system, Mailchimp. Develops event announcements, post-event stories, Center newsletters and other promotional electronic communications.

Manages the production of professional brochures, flyers, annual reports and other print publications designed to promote the Center.

Manages the Center's website, including developing new content, overseeing updates, and coordinating a broader social media strategy to further promote the Center's research and activities.

Works closely with the Director and Associate Director on CGEG's application for, implementation of and reporting on research grants from governments, foundations and other donors.

Acts as a resource person for students, faculty and visitors associated with the Center.

Trains, schedules and supervises a student staff of four, overseeing all aspects of their work for the Center.

Schedules meetings, makes travel arrangements, and maintains office supplies and office organization, among other office administrative duties.

Performs related duties as assigned.

N.B. Expected to work late evenings and weekends when implementing events or completing research proposals.         

Minimum Qualifications for Grade
Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant:


Bachelor's degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience required. Three years of related professional experience required.                       


Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications
Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant:


Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills are essential for this position. Event planning an execution skills essential. Experience multitasking and working under multiple simultaneous deadlines. Significant exposure to the fields related to the Center's mission, including but not limited to financial regulation, international trade, economic development, and macroeconomic and microeconomic policy. Experience supervising administrative staff and/or students. Fluency with MS Office, including Excel, Powerpoint and other related systems. Experience with Drupal or similar web content management platforms.


Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree in public administration or related field. Related professional experience in an academic setting. Experience reporting on events, using social media and managing academic populations. Familiarity with Columbia University's financial systems, or similar systems.  




Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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