Columbia University Associate Director, Core Curriculum Centennial Program- Variable Hours Officer in New York, New York

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Associate Director, Core Curriculum Centennial Program- Variable Hours Officer

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2 years

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Advertised Summary Job Description

The Associate Director will report to the Associate Dean of Alumni Relations & Communications to support program development, content creation and implementation and marketing of the Core Curriculum, the cornerstone curriculum of a Columbia College undergraduate education. As Columbia College prepares to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Contemporary Civilization, the formative pillar of the Core Curriculum, this individual will support historical research, event planning, writing and content creation, and campaign management in order to energize students, alumni, faculty and parents about this fundamental aspect of the academic experience. The role will encompass project management, research, writing and creative work as well as events logistics. The Core Curriculum is a foundational component of Columbia College, which asserts the primary role of liberal arts in the academic experience of all College students and the College is one of the few institutions in the nation that continues to support this type of academic endeavor.



A. Research and Writing

The incumbent researches the history of the Core Curriculum and Contemporary Civilization to document its unique milestones, the evolution of texts, music and art in the syllabi, and the roles of faculty and intellectuals involved in the creation and teaching of the Core from its inception in 1919. S/he conducts research to build a repository of quotes, stories, historical milestones and accounts of personal impact that will allow the College to create a powerful narrative that inspires and resonates with the College community, re-engaging all with this monumental aspect of Columbia's history and future. Research will involve exploring the Humanities at large in higher education, the Core Curriculum and its specific evolution and teaching approach, speaking with faculty and students, and investigating the Columbia University archives and more. The Project Associate Director creates comprehensive documentation, creates written records and compilations of researched information that can be used in marketing content or program development.

B. Program Planning and Implementation

In partnership with the Associate Dean and the Director of the Core Curriculum, along with other key partners, this individual helps develop a clear program calendar of presented events and activities to celebrate the Core Curriculum and invite student, faculty and alumni participation in programs such as lecture series, conferences, essay contests, podcasts, social media campaigns and more. The incumbent helps develop program themes and flow, partnering with faculty and public intellectuals, as well as manage event logistics and execution.

C. Content Development and Deployment

In partnership with the Associate Dean, the Center of the Core Curriculum, Marketing, faculty liaisons and other key partners, this individual crafts a content development plan that outlines timelines, logistics and a budget for the purposes of creating an array of unique and original content to celebrate the best of the Core's history and its ongoing relevance in society and higher education, demonstrating the impact it has had at Columbia but also asserting its influence as a model for learning in society at large. Content will be deployed in marketing channels, as cultivation materials, as gifts to major donors, and more in order to re-engage and inspire. These could include short videos, online narrated art galleries, reading guides for alumni for Core texts, coffee table books of Core quotes and artwork, podcasts and more.

D. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Bachelor's degree and/or its equivalent required. A minimum of three years of related experience required, particularly in program development or events management required.

Applications submitted without a cover letter and resume will not be considered

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills and demonstrate the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously. The ideal applicant will be self-motivated, creative and work well in a group setting. Experience with Microsoft Office suite is required.

Position will require some flexible hours, including evenings and weekend assignments. Some travel may be required.

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Preferred Qualifications

Experience with InDesign, Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver is preferred.

Candidate will be a curious and efficient researcher with a degree in liberal arts. Excellent writing and copywriting skills a plus. Knowledge of the Core or a history working in relation to Humanities/Liberal Arts a plus.

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