Reporting to the Senior Associate Director of Student Life and Engagement, the Assistant Director of Global Awareness and Inclusion at Columbia Business School (CBS), plays a critical role in supporting the academic and community experience for international students. As a member of the Office of Student Affairs, the Assistant Director supports 1500 full-time MBA students by contributing to various student programs and serving as an advisor for student leaders. The Assistant Director is a key collaborator and works closely with stakeholders across the CBS, including Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Management Center, the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), and The Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business.
Collaborate with the leadership team in the Office of Student Affairs to develop a best-in-class international student engagement strategy. Conduct needs assessments and provides recommendations for enhancements and support. Serve as an international student advocate, work with students to understand their concerns and obtain feedback.
Benchmark and share trends and best practices to engage and expand the reach to the international student community.
Liaise with the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) on all matters around immigration policies, visa procedures, and data reporting to support CBS students through these processes.
Manage a wide range of student engagement programming, including but not limited to pre-enrollment information, globally focused sessions during New Student Orientation, Citizenship initiatives, international student advising, leadership development, and retention activities.
Manage and advise a portfolio of international clubs along with global citizenship and inclusion student leadership positions. Serve on various school-wide committees and advisory boards. Guide student leaders on policies, procedures, and best practices to support and enhance the community.
Lead all administrative and event planning processes and advise clubs hosting school-wide events collaborating closely with students and campus offices.
Collaborate with Academic Affairs and Student Life teams to support signature programs and initiatives, including new student orientation, graduation, exams, and other academic requirements for degree completion.
Manage the Community Engagement Grant application and decision process. Oversee the distribution of grant funds to student organizations.
Serve as the primary liaison to the Columbia University Global Travel office to ensure OSA remains up to date on all policies, procedures, and best practices in student travel. Disseminate travel information to the student body and collect relevant data accordingly.
Partner with the Dean of Students, and the Senior Associate Director to support all student-facing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives. Work on various strategic projects and other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent and 2-4 years related experience required.
Strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, fluency in Microsoft Office, experience in project management and leading teams. Absolute attention to detail is required. Evenings, weekends, and early morning hours are sometimes necessary.
Working knowledge of student and work visa regulations and other nuances for employment in the US. Cultural competency, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to manage competing priorities and projects in a high volume service-oriented environment is essential for a successful Assistant Director.
Ability to exercise discretion and judgment in confidential matters is required. The incumbent must be a proven team player, able to work cooperatively in small groups or independently with minimal supervision; demonstrated ability to build and establish relationships with a diverse student body, faculty, and administration. Openness to feedback while maintaining a growth, learning, and change-positive mindset is a must.
Master's Degree and/or its equivalent is preferred. Minimum of 4 years' experience in higher education advising or administration. Background in international student services, advising, Higher Education Administration, and/or MBA programs.
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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.