Columbia World Projects ("CWP") is an initiative intended to better connect Columbia University with the world at large where laws and policies are made, actions are taken, and norms and attitudes are shaped. CWP will facilitate the application of academic work in the context of a broader, global discussion to address fundamental challenges in our home city, around the nation, and across the globe.
Reporting to the Director, Finance and Administration, the Business Manager is responsible for overseeing CWP initiatives that advances project goals and facilitates smooth operational functioning. Initiatives will vary depending on organizational needs and can include developing new protocols and internal policies, enhancing or developing new services that function to support project and academic initiatives, and supporting talent management initiatives.
Oversee the process of establishing academic appointments that support project and academic initiatives. This will include working closely with the Offices of the Associate Provost for Academic Appointments and Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action to ensure that all academic appointments (i.e., Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Scholars/Scientists, Staff Associates, Research Assistants, etc.) are properly on-boarded and ready to support CWP initiatives;
Manage and support CWP leadership on developing/enhancing proposed CWP initiatives (i.e., CWP Fellowship Program, CWP student engagement, federal work-study program, strategic planning processes, volunteer support, etc.);
Manage the maintenance and execution of employee-related programs including the performance management process for CWP. This includes facilitating employee participation in training and development activities to build capacity and boost productivity and developing and initiating effective programs for workforce retention and promotion;
Ensure effective employee relations. This may include partnering with Central Human Resources on employee relations matters.
Serve as the primary contact for legal counsel on employee relations matters. This may include developing or assessing current internal policies to determine if they align with university policies and procedures while still meeting organizational needs and providing necessary training on new policies developed to ensure compliance.
Support the Assistant Director, Human Resources and Administration, as needed, in managing HR processes and initiatives;
Attend meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences that contribute to skill building and capacity;
Other administrative duties as necessary.
Bachelor's degree required. Minimum five years of demonstrated experience in program management/program development, academic affairs, or human resources is required. Experience in developing and launching best practices for start-up programs and initiatives highly desirable. **Applicants must submit cover letter and resume**
Prior experience supporting an executive level office or position is preferred. Knowledge of CU systems such as PAC, ARC, RAPS and TalentLink. Experience training and developing workforce.
Knowledge of modern office practices. Tact and good judgement in confidential situations and experience interacting with senior management. The ability to coordinate multiple projects with competing priorities as well as perform daily tasks with confidentiality and discretion is required. Must have excellent customer service skills as well as superior verbal and written communication skills. Must be detail-oriented and work as a team player in a fast-paced environment. Highly proficient Microsoft Office skills with advanced computer skills, including ability to create complex spreadsheets, manage databases and generate reports as necessary.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Internal Number: 504757
About Columbia University
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.