Advertised Summary Job Description: The Director, Project Management will be responsible for directing an office that oversees the implementation of all CWP projects within an established budget and consistent with CWP specifications, including an agreed upon timeline and in accordance with CWP policies and procedures. The Director will manage one or more project staff, who will be responsible for a subset of the CWP projects that are being implemented and as such, the incumbent will be responsible for managing a multi-million-dollar project budget. In addition, the Director will oversee projects with teams that include professors working in multiple schools across Columbia University. He or she will report to Columbia World Project's Deputy Director and will provide status reports to the Director, CWP.
1.Oversee the thorough review of each new and approved project under CWP, which will include faculty from across the university, to ensure alignment with content and budgetary parameters received from CWP leadership and the negotiation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the implementation leads inside and outside of Columbia to guide development of each new project. Each MoU is expected to include, among other things, a robust monitoring and evaluation plan and a budget.
2.Responsible for building of a team for each project's management, including a project manager and ensuring that each project's objectives, scope, and parameters are in concert with the guidance received from CWP leadership, including all CWP policies and procedures.
3.Oversee the communication to project leads, including professors, any appropriate requirements in areas as procurement, disbursement, and environmental and social safeguards.
4.Execute the development of a comprehensive set of measurement and assessment criteria to ensure consistent monitoring and evaluation of all CWP projects. Report to the CWP leadership the status of all CWP projects on a periodic basis.
5.Drawing from work done by the CWP project development team, recommends changes and oversees the development and implementation of a detailed work-plan that includes the use of performance indicators to ensure effective project monitoring, evaluation, and disclosure.
6.Oversee the establishment of a plan for the scheduled receipt of funds during the course of the project. Identify milestones for the successful disbursement of condition-based funds.
7.Effectively manage the life cycle of each project. Evaluate progress against objectives, work-plan targets, and performance indicators. Monitor the procurement process and the disbursement of funds; review audited financial statements; and ensure that data regarding the project that is relevant to the academic and policymaking community is made available to both, as possible and appropriate.
8.Evaluate progress and established targets and indicators to recommend changes to a project, its implementation, or the monitoring approach needed. Develop an escalation process in consultation with the Deputy Director, CWP to determine when higher-level approvals are needed for adjustments to the original plan.
9.Upon project completion, create and submit to the CWP leadership a comprehensive Implementation Completion Report that measures the project's success in meeting its objectives.
10.Build and maintain strong working relationships with the Deputy Director, CWP for academic work associated with implementation in order to ensure a feedback loop is created across CWP, where our experience implementing projects enriches scholarship, and scholarship in turn enriches future implementation.
11.Additional duties as assigned.
General Minimum Qualifications: Graduate degree required. Minimum 9 years related experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: The incumbent must have outstanding organizational and time management skills and be extremely detail-oriented in a high-volume, high-pressure entrepreneurial environment. Demonstrated ability to track projects over time at varying degrees of detail and adhere to project deadlines. Ability to build a network of contacts and interact effectively with people at varying organizational levels. Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to write media collateral, emails, and other communications quickly and effectively. Demonstrated experience in coordinating events in diverse, complex environments. Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are required. Domestic and international travel may be required for the management of each project.
Preferred Qualifications: The incumbent should be a self-starter able to envision a development pathway for the program and execute upon that vision without supervision. The incumbent should be people-oriented, with demonstrated evidence of highly collaborative communication skills, and strong interpersonal skills. Committed and open to working with diverse communities and organizations.
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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