Reporting to the Senior Associate Director of Student Life and Engagement, the Assistant Director of Student Life, Inclusion and Global Awareness plays a critical role in supporting the academic and community experience for 1500 full-time MBA students. As a member of the Office of Student Affairs, this role contributes to various student programs, serves as an advisor for student leaders, supports diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts and supports the international student community. The Assistant Director of Student Life, Inclusion and Global Awareness is a key collaborator for the office, working closely with stakeholders across Columbia Business School and Columbia University, including, but not limited to: Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Management, the DEI Initiative, The Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business, the Columbia University International Students and Scholars Office, Columbia Global Centers, Columbia Global Travel and the Office of University Life.
Collaborate with the leadership team in the Office of Student Affairs to develop a best-in-class student engagement strategy focused on the well-being of students through the lens of good citizenship and community values, as a member of the Student Life and Engagement team. Conduct needs assessments, and provide recommendations for enhancements and support. Serve as a student advocate through understanding student concerns while obtaining feedback.
Advise student cohorts, a portfolio of international clubs, DEI, and Global Citizenship student leadership positions. Serve on various school wide committees and advisory boards. Guide student leaders on policies, procedures, and best practices in order to cultivate and enhance the community.
Partner with the Dean of Students and the Director to support student-facing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives. Work on various strategic projects and other duties as assigned. Support students that hold roles focused on DEI. Assist with DEI trainings.
Collaborate with the leadership team in the Office of Student Affairs to develop a best-in-class international student engagement strategy, as a member of the Student Life and Engagement team. Serve as an international student advocate through understanding student concerns while obtaining feedback. Serve as a liaison to various University Offices to provide resources that speak to the international student experience, global travel, and global awareness. Benchmark and share trends and best practices for engaging and expanding the reach to the international student community.
Manage a wide range of student engagement programming, including: pre-enrollment information, globally focused and DEI sessions during New Student Orientation, Global Citizenship initiatives, leadership development, and retention activities. Support student groups in planning school-wide events.
Collaborate with Academic Affairs and Student Life teams to support signature programs and initiatives, including: Orientation, Graduation, exams, and other academic requirements for degree completion.
Work on various strategic projects and other duties as assigned.
Bachelor???s degree and/or its equivalent required. Minimum of 2-4 years??? experience required, preferably in higher education advising or administration.
Applicant must have strong interpersonal 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.
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.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are also necessary. The ability to exercise discretion and judgment in confidential matters is required. The candidate must be a proven team player, able to work cooperatively in small groups or independently with minimal supervision; demonstrates 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. Background in international student services, advising, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Social Justice Education, Higher Education Administration, and/or MBA programs.
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