Advertised Summary Job Description: Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE) is a 10-year program designed to support dynamic change-makers dedicated to dismantling anti-black racism in the U.S. and South Africa. AFRE will enable visionary activists, authors and artists, among others, to enhance their understanding of anti-black racism and strengthen their strategic capacity, individual skills and professional networks to lead successful movements for racial equity. The program is one of six Fellows programs created by The Atlantic Philanthropies to support new generations of visionary leaders who will improve lives and advance fairer, healthier and more inclusive societies around the world.
AFRE was conceived, designed, and created in partnership with six leading organizations in the U.S. and South Africa: BOLD, Center for Community Change, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC-Berkeley, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Columbia University. AFRE is seeking a Program Manager for the Fellows Program, providing support for program implementation in the US and South Africa.
Key Responsibilities: Reporting to the AFRE Program Director at Columbia University in New York City, with a dotted line to the AFRE-South Africa director at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, the program manager is responsible for managing the day-to-day administration and program budget to ensure an effective fellowship program.
The program manager acts as a primary liaison and is available to program participants in various time zones to problem solve or provide information. She or he assists with the program's financial management, monitors the budget and makes recommendations on spending; oversees the tracking and processing of financial transactions related to travel, scholarships and reimbursements; trouble shoots to ensure compliance with applicable policies. The program manager manages the visa process for fellows and works in tandem with ISSO and other immigration agencies to problem solve issues and ensure compliance. Responsible for maintaining required program records.
The incumbent oversees and manages the planning and implementation of events in the US and South Africa for the fellowship program. The program manager helps recommend and create enriching experiences for fellowship program participants and is responsible for managing all administrative aspects of program events including fellowship learning sessions and field-tours, program partner assemblies and Governing Board meetings plans. The program manager is responsible for creating an overall outreach strategy; using program curriculum, events and other program components to regularly write and disseminate relevant content to fellows, partners and other AFRE stakeholders. The incumbent will develop content to maintain AFRE social media strategy.
The program manager provides insight into creating the fellowship admissions process and is responsible for implementing the process. The program manager acts as a primary contact fielding questions for applicants and addresses their needs on an on-going basis during the stages of the admissions process. Based on research, best practices and feedback, the incumbent develops and creates forms and other admissions materials along with timelines and writes content for program communications materials. The program manager collects and analyzes data from various sources and presents summary and recommends improvements on the selection process to AFRE leadership.
General Minimum Qualifications: -2-4 years of related experience -Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: -Strong computer and technical skills, especially Outlook, Word, Excel -Strong attention to detail and organizational skills -Excellent written and oral communications skills -Ability to absorb new information quickly, multi-task, and to make and implement decisions in a fast-paced environment -Ability to work with others in a positive and collaborative manner -Commitment to learning and working to advance racial and social equity
Preferred Qualifications: -Knowledge of Columbia University systems and procedures strongly preferred -Experience in project coordination and management
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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.