Project Officer, Global Programming

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Columbia Global, Columbia University

Position description

About Columbia Global
Established in July 2022, Columbia Global (CG) brings together major initiatives from across the university to advance knowledge and foster global engagement to address complex global challenges. Through interdisciplinary research, education, collaboration, and directed action, Columbia Global fosters groundbreaking scholarship, facilitates leadership development, advances cutting-edge thinking, and implements projects designed for social impact.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Global Programming, the Project Officer for Global Programming (PO) plays a key role in advancing programs within the Columbia Global Centers. The Global Centers are Columbia University’s global presences in 11 cities around the world, providing opportunities for students to become global citizens, for CU research to connect with local social impact needs and expertise, and for local communities and alumni to engage with CU through a variety of public and educational programs. The PO will work with the Director to support annual programmatic work plans for the Columbia Global Centers, as well as monitor and track program implementation and execution. The PO will support the development of individual project work plans, timelines, and budgets and budget narratives. The PO will also provide technical support to cross-network initiatives such as fellows programs and faculty grant research opportunities offered in collaboration with the Centers. Critical to successful project planning is establishing close working relationships with the Global Center programming staff.


Network coordination

  • Coordinate key work planning and program development meetings (virtual and in-person) across the Global Center network between Columbia Global program and Global Center staff, other programs, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Support the organization of internal annual/semi-annual, in-person program meetings during Global Center staff visits to New York, collaborating with the Columbia Global administration team to ensure all requirements for successful and smooth program-related meetings are met (logistics, travel, venue identification, catering, etc.).
  • Coordinate with Global Center staff to implement NY-based events in a timely and efficient way.

Project coordination

  • Actively support the full life cycle of select projects implemented through collaboration between CU faculty and the Global Centers. Coordinate stakeholders and support the Global Programming Director and Global Center staff to develop feasibility assessments; define goals and objectives; create theories of change; and generate thoughtful and innovative approaches to activities.
  • Coordinate projects that are centrally managed for the Global Centers network, such as calls for proposals and calls for fellows/scholars for cross-network initiatives, with a focus on the annual grants of the President’s Global Innovation Fund and a variety of other fellowship and scholarly programs that are run through the Columbia Global Centers.
  • Coordinate between the Centers and key CU stakeholders such as Undergraduate Global Education (UGE) to support educational opportunities at the Columbia Global Centers for students from Columbia-affiliated schools.
  • Provide support to fundraising and revenue-generating activities and proposal development.
  • Assist in budget development for new proposals and ongoing programs.
  • Coordinate the development or editing of annual, quarterly and/or monthly program and progress reports.
  • Facilitate collaboration and maintain effective relationships across the Global Centers, other Columbia Global programs, and university partners.

Systems Coordination

  • Collaborate with key Columbia Global teams (i.e., Operations, MEL, etc.) to ensure timely provision of information for learning and operational needs.
  • Act as the key point of contact in New York for inquiries and requests for help, and ensuring routing to the most relevant individual or entity for follow up.

Other programmatic tasks as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and two (2) to four (4) years of related experience such as developing international programs and managing complex projects, ideally in a higher education environment.

Preferred Qualifications

Work effectively with diverse populations and cultures demonstrating and contributing to a DEI professional environment.

  • Advanced degree.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Superior organizational and planning skills.
  • Ability to effectively engage with a wide range of diverse internal and external stakeholders, using strong interpersonal skills, persuasive presentation, and public speaking skills.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills with proven ability to translate complex concepts into succinct, clear, accessible language for multiple audiences.
  • Strong ability to react to time-sensitive matters, as well as manage longer term initiatives.

Salary Range: $70,000 – $80,000 USD

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Application instructions

Please apply via Careers at Columbia using the link provided.

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