Columbia Business School (CBS) has been pioneering business practices and educating leaders from around the world for over a century. We join rigorous academic theory and real-world practice through broad engagement with the business community. In doing so, we foster in students an entrepreneurial mindset for recognizing and capturing opportunity - critical attributes for global business leaders.
Reporting to the Associate Dean of MBA Student Affairs, the Director of Student Life and Engagement develops and implements strategies and resources for optimizing the MBA community of 1500 students, and oversees the Student Life team. The Director focuses on student leadership and engagement, diversity and inclusion, signature events, and stakeholder collaboration. This position oversees the development, planning, execution, and assessment of the office's critical programs and provides leadership and guidance for the advisement of 90+ student organizations, and is a key contributor to office operational policies and budget oversight. Additionally, the Director will focus on overall student engagement levels and design, deliver, and measure means for building and maintaining engagement, contributing to the best-in-class student experience.
Lead, manage, and develop up to 7 Student Life & Engagement (SLE) team members within the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), providing general strategy, structure, and guidance for the team's initiatives, including the oversight of international student engagement. Work with the SLE team to hire and oversee Work Study Students, Interns, and temporary staff.
In partnership with the Associate Dean of MBA Student Affairs, serve as a senior leader within OSA and partner with team leads in Academic Affairs and Records and Registration to drive strategic initiatives to enhance the student experience and OSA team operations.
Oversee the planning and implementation of signature events, including but not limited to: (2) New Student Orientations, Second Year Kick Off, Recognition Ceremony and Commencement-related activities, and other key initiatives as necessary. Lead contact for contributing stakeholders, including the Deans Office, faculty, Centers and Programs, CBS Departments, and University partners involved with signature events, i.e. Public Safety, University Life, University Events Management, etc.
Supervises the Student Life Advisors providing administrative oversight for 90+ active student-led clubs, addressing issues and supporting programs. Collaborate with the Financial Planning Office, Operations, and other CBS groups to ensure best practices are established and followed by student organizations. Regularly review club processes and procedures to best serve the student body and CBS administration.
In coordination with the Associate Dean of MBA Student Affairs, manage the Assistant Director of Operations who supervises the financial administration and reconciliation of an annual budget in excess of $3M, office operations, and production for major OSA programs.
Collaborate with OSA and CBS partners to improve communication strategy with stakeholders.
Advises Student Government Executive Board and Co-Presidents, focused on collaborative community programming, internal communications, and initiatives around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to conceptualize training, development, and best practices for student leaders during their tenure. Relationships with the following groups will be vital to this process: Faculty, Dean's Office, Marketing and Communications, External Relations, Career Management Center, Programs and Centers, Operations, Financial Planning, and University Life.
Participates in School-wide committees and events as a representative of the Office of Student Affairs and in cross-functional projects as an advocate of the student body. Represents the Associate Dean of MBA Student Affairs in their absence and contribute to the Ten Schools community and annual meetings.
Performs other responsibilities and special projects as assigned.
Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred. Five to seven years of related experience required, preferably in student personnel, student affairs, training, or programming.
Must have excellent organizational skills, the ability to improve processes and innovate, and an ability to work with changing priorities and multiple projects in a high volume environment. Must have superior engagement, consensus-building, and presentation skills. Ability and willingness to work evenings and some weekends is expected. Excellent written and oral communications skills required. Must be able to thrive among a diverse group of students, faculty, and administrators.
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