The Associate Director will report to the Associate Dean of Alumni Relations & Communications to support programming, communications and community building activities connected to the Core Curriculum, the cornerstone curriculum of a Columbia College undergraduate education. As Columbia College prepares to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Contemporary Civilization, the formative pillar of the Core Curriculum, this individual will support event planning and execution, writing and content creation, and campaign management in order to energize students, alumni, faculty and parents about this fundamental aspect of the academic experience. The role will encompass project management, research, writing, events logistics and extensive partnership and coordination with faculty, administration and alumni. The Core Curriculum is a foundational component of Columbia College, which asserts the primary role of liberal arts in the academic experience of all College students and the College is one of the few institutions in the nation that continues to support this type of academic endeavor.
THIS IS A TEMPORARY, PART-TIME (VARIABLE HOURS OFFICER) ROLE WORKING APPROXIMATELY 15-20 HOURS PER WEEK. THE DURATION OF THE POSITION IS ONE YEAR.
Research and Writing: The incumbent will be an active partner in curating and creating content for the Centennial year and for the Core Curriculum, doing historical and basic scholarly research to gather useful content about the Core and its impact, history and purpose. Research will involve exploring the Humanities at large in higher education, the Core Curriculum and its specific evolution and teaching approach, speaking with faculty and students, and investigating the Columbia University archives and more. The Associate Director creates comprehensive documentation, creates written records and compilations of researched information and thinks through effective communication strategies to use content in marketing content or program development.
Program Planning and Implementation: In partnership with Associate Dean and a collaborative working team, this individual helps develop a clear program calendar of events and activities to celebrate the Core Curriculum and invite student, faculty and alumni participation in programs such as lecture series, conferences, essay contests, podcasts, social media campaigns and more. The incumbent helps develop program themes and format, partnering with faculty and public intellectuals, as well as manage event logistics and execution. This can include researching appropriate venues, strategizing on program design and approaches to marketing, in collaboration with the marketing team. This will include supporting several major celebrations throughout the Centennial year and beyond.
Community Building and Communications: In partnership with the Associate Dean, the Center of the Core Curriculum, Marketing, faculty liaisons and other key partners, this individual will manage and think through the deployment of a content plan that presents an array of unique and original content to celebrate the best of the Core's history and its ongoing relevance in society and higher education, demonstrating the impact it has had at Columbia but also asserting its influence as a model for learning in society at large. S/he will support a campaign to engage the community in reflecting on the Core, including the marketing strategy and the creation of a visual gallery that showcases memories, perspectives, reflections and more. They will also participate in planning and execution of additional multi-media activities, including audio or podcast production, videos, illustrations and other relevant media ideas.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree or its equivalent required.
A minimum of three years of related experience required, particularly in in program development or events management.
Candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills and demonstrate the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
The ideal applicant will be self-motivated, creative and work well in a group setting.
Experience with Microsoft Office suite is required.
*Position will require some flexible hours, including evenings and weekend assignments. Some travel may be required.*
**Applications received without a resume and cover letter will not be considered.**
Experience with InDesign, Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver is preferred.
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Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
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