The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia/SIPA seeks a Special Assistant to provide a wide range of duties in support of the Center Director. The Special Assistant will work independently and with guidance to support the Director in the following areas: fact-checking, memo writing, and presentation development; meeting preparation and follow-up; high-level correspondence with senior level stakeholders within SIPA, across the University and with the external community; and other duties as required.
The Special Assistant position requires excellent interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills as well as the exercise of discretion, independent judgment, political acumen, and trusted handling of confidential information. Interest in the mission of the Center and Columbia/SIPA is key. The position will report to the Chief of Staff to the Director.
This position requires the use of independent judgment and initiative across a suite of responsibilities:
Preparing background research and briefing memos in preparation for internal and external meetings.
Providing administrative support for highly confidential and complex items, including stakeholder meetings, report production and coordination of logistics for special events such as high level engagements and conferences.
Interacting, liaising with and advising middle and senior level members of not only Columbia University, but external organizations as well, answering questions and providing information without frequent oversight.
Working with the Director's Senior Executive Assistant and Executive Assistant in managing an extensive calendar, including detailed travel arrangements, for the Director.
Creating and updating a database of priority action items to ensure prompt and professional execution.
Conducting basic background research for articles and interviews.
Responsible for all additional assignments deemed appropriate by the Center Director and Chief of Staff to the Director.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience; At least one year of directly related professional experience, ideally for an organization focused on energy, climate change and/or geopolitics. Accuracy, strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Excellent communication, interpersonal and writing skills. Ability to exercise discretion and handle confidential information. Ability to work under pressure on competing responsibilities with resilience, discretion, and diplomacy. Ability to comfortably and discretely work with senior level people from government, industry, and NGO sectors. Capable of working on projects independently as well as working well as part of a team. Travel will be required with this position.
3+ years of directly related professional experience, ideally for an organization focused on energy, climate change and/or geopolitics. Interest in energy, climate change, geopolitics and public policy.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
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