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Director, Convening and Scholarly Relations

Company: Columbia University in the City of New York
Location: New York
Posted on: May 17, 2018

Job Description:

Columbia World Projects (CWP) is an initiative intended to better connect Columbia University with the world at large where laws and policies are made, actions are taken, and norms and attitudes are shaped. CWP will facilitate the application of academic work in the context of a broader, global discussion to address fundamental challenges in our home city, around the nation, and across the globe.
The Director, Convening and Scholarly Relations will work closely with the faculty and staff leadership of CWP, with University colleagues, and with organizational partners to help shape and manage the content and activities associated with CWP's intellectual and policy ambitions. The Director will play a significant role in developing and carrying out those aspects of CWP devoted to enduring substantive challenges such as the future of urbanism, the policy capacities of democracies, and the implications of technological transformations; that consider significant issues associated with policy and project implementation; and build connections between rigorous scholarship and project initiatives.
Responsibilities, in partnership with the CWP leadership team, include:
1. Help develop and implement the organizations intellectual goals and policy content, and communicate with internal and external stakeholders about CWPs work.
2.Create a portfolio of research and policy initiatives that advance CWPs academic and policy ambitions.
3.Spearhead relevant research and analysis.
4.Build and maintain relationships and partnerships as well as publicly represent CWP research and policy agenda in a number of venues.
5.Design, organize, and deliver events, meetings, field visits, and workshops hosted by CWP, including conferences and symposia that bring together members of the CU community with external partners.
6.Establish mechanisms and metrics projects that yield valuable, credible data and conclusions that will encourage and promote CWPs agenda. Toward that end, the Director will collaborate with CWPs leadership team to develop metrics and track progress on key impact metrics to measure results of CWPs research and policy strategy.
7.Act as an ambassador to CWP at conferences, and while engaging with policy makers and other key audiences. Work closely with the Director, CWP to effectively champion CWPs successes in the field.
8.Act as the liaison between faculty, staff and other key stakeholders in assisting the design and development of new cross-functional ventures that support the mission of CWP.
9.Additional duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications for Grade:
Bachelors degree required. Minimum 7 years related experience.
Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively manage multiple priorities and projects. Demonstrated experience in research, program or project administration, collaborative work, the organization of events, connection and outreach to practitioners, and supervision of staff. Experience engaging both scholarly and nonacademic constituencies, including funders and policymakers. Capability to work effectively under tight deadlines and track record to develop and manage partnerships. Familiarity with grants administration and budgeting. Passion for social change, ability to be creative, strong sense of humor, flexibility, and desire to work with diverse colleagues.
Preferred Qualifications:
Ph.D. or other advanced degree in the social sciences or policy studies.

Keywords: Columbia University in the City of New York, New York, Director, Convening and Scholarly Relations, Executive, New York, New York

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