Advertised Summary Job Description: The Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center (DDC) of Columbia University increases access to higher education for over 1,000 low-income and first-generation college-bound New York City youth in grades 7 through 12 annually through educational and enrichment activities as well as mentorship and tutoring opportunities with Columbia University students, staff and other volunteers. The Center is a department located within Columbia College and funded from a source of funds including government grants, corporate and foundation funding, institutional funds, and individual donors. DDC is home to two of the nation's TRIO programs, Talent Search and Upward Bound, funded in part by multi-year grants from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education. The Center has a long and rich history in providing invaluable services and programs to the University's neighboring communities.
The Executive Director reports to the Vice Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of Columbia College with regards to the operational management of the Center and has accountability to the Dean of Columbia College for the vision and strategy for DDC. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership, direction, coordination, and delivery of services to meet the educational goals of The Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center's programs.
THIS IS A GRANT-FUNDED POSITION. CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT IN THIS POSITION IS CONTINGENT UPON ONGOING SUFFICIENT FUNDING.
-Develops strategic plans to set goals and direction for the Center. Implements specific goals, objectives, and work plans that are consistent with the Center's mission and as set forth in funding proposals. Creates and oversees all program policies and procedures. Accountable for the overall operation of the office.
-Leads and supervises the staff of the Center, 9 staff and several hundred volunteers. The incumbent will make recommendations regarding departmental structure and staffing and oversees all human resources issues. Identifies the necessary training and professional development for staff.
-Responsible for raising funds sufficient for the current and future operations of the Center from government agencies, individuals, corporations, and foundations (currently $1.6 million). Formulates fundraising strategies and creates and updates fundraising policies and procedures for the Center that are consistent with Columbia College and University policies and procedures.
-Establishes, submits, monitors, and reports on the Center's annual budget; including, preparing budget documents and researching and analyzing financial issues. Develops robust knowledge of requirements from funders, especially operating parameters from the Department of Education, and is responsible for ensuring that the Center operates within these parameters and reports on the activities and finances accordingly.
-Selects techniques, methods and procedures to assess program efficacy and outcomes and develop innovative approaches to the Center's programs.
-Maintains positive relations with the Center's Board of Friends, community organizations, and funding agencies. Serves as the Center's liaison to the University and creates collaborative partnerships with College and University offices.
-Performs other related duties.
General Minimum Qualifications: Advanced degree required. At least seven years of progressive and substantive related experience, such as academic administration, counseling, curriculum development, or student affairs.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Knowledge of the academic needs of low-income, first generation and underrepresented students necessary. Previous experience in grant writing or fund raising required. Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills required. Demonstrated excellence in leadership and management necessary, with preference for experience leading a not-for-profit or educational organization.
**Applications that do not have a resume and cover letter attached will not be considered**
Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of college admissions, financial aid, and academic support processes desired. Familiarity with New York City public schools and TRiO programs strongly preferable. Fluency in two or more languages desired.
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.