The Assistant Director of Student Life will report to the Director of Student Life, providing leadership and direction for co-curricular programming, events, and student clubs/organizations. This includes oversight for New Student Orientation programs for various SPS student populations including but not limited to graduate, non-degree, international, and online/hybrid students. The individual will serve as the School liaison with Columbia Residential and will be responsible for fulfilling housing allocation allotments each academic term which includes marketing on-campus housing options to new and continuing students and reviewing student housing applications.
The School serves approximately 5,000 students enrolled in numerous programs ranging from Master's Programs to Post-baccalaureate Studies, summer high school students, to visiting undergrads, to visiting international English Language students enrolled in the American Language Program, to professionals pursuing certificates or executive master's degrees.
Manages the day-to-day operations for the Office of Student Life, with a particular emphasis on student engagement and activities.
Maintains all Residential Life responsibilities, serving as the school liaison for Columbia Residential. Responsibilities include:
marketing/communication to students, facilitating move in/move out, approving student applications, and other duties as needed.
Serve as an adviser to various SPS Student Organizations, providing guidance and support to student leaders to execute on club priorities. Meet with the Executive Boards members to provide guidance in the areas of university policy, budgeting, programming, officer training, and leadership development. Serve as the adviser to new student groups seeking recognition from one of the university governing boards. Develop and maintain comprehensive training curriculum for board members of SPS student groups
Responsible for coordination and facilitation of all New Student Orientation activities for various SPS student populations including but not limited to: Graduate Students, International Students, and Online/Hybrid Students
Direct oversight and responsibility for various Student Life virtual platforms/software including but not limited to Campus Labs and Pre-Orientation Online Software
Support students in their adjustment to the Program, the University and the NYC community through cultural adjustment seminars and workshops, local social activities, community-building, and professional career education
Build a sense of community supporting a living and learning environment
Provide direction and information on University policies and procedures
Serve as a partner in students' development, establishing partnerships with appropriate offices
Establishes procedures, guidelines, and compliance requirements for student activities including clubs and organizations
Designs, organizes, and conducts workshops and trainings relevant to student needs
Maintains and publishes a calendar of student activities and a resource manual for clubs and student organizations
Assist with budget management to ensure timeliness in tracking, spending, and vendor payments
Acts as a liaison to other departments to successfully execute club events
Designs and delivers opportunities that encourage student involvement and college connectedness through programming and participation in student clubs/organization and co-curricular programs/events for students
Administers programs and events for SPS students, including: volunteerism, social engagement, global programs, and other quality-enhancing activities
Partners to create SPS student leadership development and community engagement programs
Assists student organizations/clubs in planning, implementing events and programs, and managing expenditures
Coordinates and helps present informational and educational programs, such as student leadership training and orientations
Assists with the management of student life facilities and lounges and lockers facilities, such as acquiring equipment and arranging event logistics
Assumes responsibility for one or more SPS Cornerstone event(s)
Participates on cross-functional task forces, committees, and focus groups to address strategic initiatives and collaborative efforts
Serves frequently as a Student Life liaison to the University offices including: University Life, Student Financial Services, Office of the University Chaplain, Office of Multicultural Affairs, International Students and Scholars Office, University Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Office of Disability Services, the SPS Office of Career Management
Performs other duties and projects, as necessary (10%)
Bachelor???s degree and/or equivalent related experience required
3 - 5 years related experience.
Master's degree in higher education or related field strongly preferred
Administrative experience in client centered environments, along with some experience in the provision of student services and/or program administration strongly preferred
Experience working with international student populations. Proven ability to plan and successfully execute events. Knowledge of SIS database management or similar mainframe relational database system strongly preferred
A resume and cover letter with salary requirements must be submitted for applicant to be considered for the position
Ability to work with multiple stakeholder groups, in a fast-paced collaborative environment. Ability to take initiative and manage a variety of tasks and projects simultaneously, with impeccable attention to detail. Effective writing, editing, proofreading and presentation skills; ability to write evidence-based correspondence and reports. Ability to manage budgets. Knowledge of advanced functions of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.) Occasional evening and weekend work required
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
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.