Columbia World Projects ("CWP") is an initiative intended to better connect Columbia University with the world at-large where laws and policies are made, actions taken, and norms and attitudes shaped. As part of this work, CWP generates, designs and implements projects that mobilize the university's researchers and scholars to work with governments, organizations, businesses and communities to tackle global challenges.
The Associate Director, Project Development will serve as a key member of CWP's Projects Team, managing a range of programmatic and administrative activities, and working with senior staff across CWP and faculty from schools and departments across the University in order to facilitate the development of the projects that come under the auspices of CWP. The incumbent will report to the Director, Project Development, and work closely with the Project Officer, Project Development, to support project teams of faculty and external partners in designing projects that can achieve measurable impact on people's lives.
The work of CWP covers a range of subject areas and academic disciplines and methodologies; the incumbent should have broad intellectual curiosity and thrive in a setting where a diversity of issues is explored. CWP projects are co-created with academic and practitioner partners, and relationship management is a critical aspect of project development work. The incumbent will be expected to engage with key CWP partners from government, the private sector, and nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations, and, to that end, demonstrated experience in managing communications across sectors is an important attribute.
Serves as the key point of contact for a subset of CWP projects in development, meeting regularly and working closely with individual project teams to: develops partnerships; articulates the project's theory of change; develops the scope of the project; clarifies the project's goals and potential impacts; analyzes stakeholders; details project activities; develops a work plan and timeline; develops a project budget and budget narrative; and identifies and assesses risks, constraints, and assumptions.
Builds and maintains strong working relationships with key CWP staff and stakeholders across Columbia University and beyond. Meets regularly with project teams, including key faculty and practitioner partners.
Working closely with project teams, oversees the production of project design reports by providing guidance on project scope and design, as well as the thorough review, editing, and, as needed, drafting of materials.
Supervises consultants and casual employees, including graduate students, engaged to work on development of individual projects, as well as to enhance project development broadly. Identifies additional part-time / casual support for project development, as needed.
Develops and refines processes and procedures for project development, including the further development of templates and forms to be used in project development, and the further articulation of guidance for project teams.
Evaluates, assesses, and/or troubleshoots project development progress and makes recommendations to accommodate changing circumstances.
Manages the development of a series of workshops to strengthen the development of projects on topics including: financial modeling, public policy (translational research), community development and engagement, strategic communications, and data science.
Additional duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree required. 5-7 years related experience required.
**Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume.**
Master or other graduate degree preferred
Experience working with global projects and/or in a university setting preferred
Project development experience preferred
The incumbent should be a self-starter with a strategic vision and the capacity to execute upon that vision without significant supervision. They should be people-oriented, with demonstrated evidence of collaborative communication skills and strong interpersonal skills. The incumbent should be committed and open to working with diverse communities and organizations. It would be beneficial to have prior experience working at a university or on university-based research programs. Given that a number of CWP projects are set in international settings, previous work experience outside of the United States would also be beneficial.
The incumbent must have outstanding organizational and time management skills and be extremely detail- oriented in a high-volume entrepreneurial environment. Demonstrated ability to track projects over time at varying degrees of detail and adhere to project deadlines. Keen interest in working in a university setting at the intersection of thinking and doing. Ability to build a network of contacts and interact effectively with people at varying organizational levels. Exceptional oral and written communication skills. Ability to quickly and effectively write media collateral, emails, and other communications. Demonstrated experience in working in diverse, complex environments. Experience supervising the work and assignments of full- time personnel.
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