Advertised Summary Job Description: In July 2018, Columbia University and IBM announced the Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency, a new cross-disciplinary center aimed at advancing innovation in blockchain and data transparency, as well as addressing key issues related to the policy, trust, sharing and consumption of digital data when using blockchain and other privacy-preserving technologies.
Blockchain technology represents the next generation of secured, transparent transactions, enabling permissioned parties to access data and/or transactions in real time. It opens up new ways to exchange value through the digital representation of assets. Blockchain and similar technologies enable organizations and individuals to share data in a privacy-preserving and highly secure manner and hold the promise to transform business on a global scale by reducing the need for trusted third-party verifications.
Columbia University's Data Science Institute and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science are seeking to fill the Center's Operations Manager position to report to the Director of Strategy & Operations and assist with oversight of the Center's day-to-day operations. In this role, s/he will provide operational and administrative support to include, but not limited to: Assist in the establishment of processes related to soliciting proposals for research, education, and translation tracks from both Columbia and IBM; Manage the Director's calendar, to include but not limited to: Meetings, Campus, Regional Ongoing and Annual Events; Coordinate and schedule Steering Committee and Task Lead meetings; manage the Center's back office systems; and manage student employees, interns and volunteers. The Operations Manager will work with The Director of Strategy & Operations to formulate a communications plan to encourage broad engagement with clients, donors, and with constituencies at Columbia, IBM and abroad. This will include website content, social media and other outreach. Under the instruction of the supervisor the incumbent will also assist with the release and coordination of a formal request for proposals process which will be funded by the Center, to further accelerate the creation of curriculum development, business initiatives and research programs to advance needed skills, talent and innovation in blockchain and data transparency in various relevant fields and industries.
General Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree or equivalent is required, although an advanced degree is preferred, in addition to a minimum of two to four years of related or equivalent experience. The incumbent should have minimum 2 years experience in managing complex projects following the full life cycle methodology from inception to transition to production, post-implementation and evaluation. Strong organizational skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, including excellent attention to detail and proofreading; demonstrated ability to manage projects independently, to work collaboratively as a member of a team and to lead on project specific assignments; ability to work on multiple projects, under pressure on competing responsibilities with resilience, discretion, and diplomacy; ability to take initiative and manage progress on projects that involve multiple contributors is required; ability to work successfully in a dynamic, ambiguous environment; ability to meet tight deadlines and prioritize workloads; work handling multiple tasks with deadlines in a fast paced environment; ability to develop new ideas and creative solutions; demonstrated ability to handle sensitive issues and maintain confidentiality. Successful candidates should have a background and/or understanding of blockchain and related technology.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications:
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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