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Columbia University Director, Programs - Center for the Future of Work in New York, New York

Position Summary

Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) is launching a new research center investigating trends and best practices related to the future of work. Key to the research and programming agenda will be understanding what organizations need in order to be successful in the face of constant transformation and innovation, and what and how they can be accessible to a changing and evolving workforce. Fundraising that will finalize the formal establishment of the Center for the Future of Work is currently well underway; in the interim period, SPS is organizing its activities around the future of work under the auspices of a “collaborative.”

Research will be undertaken to evaluate and refine existing programs, as well as establish new programs and curricula to respond to emerging trends—offering real-time insights to drive business results. Findings will be disseminated and shared with experts in the field, practitioners in the workforce, employers, and learners.


Reporting to the Executive Director, Center for the Future of Work (Executive Director), the Director, Programs (Director) will develop and direct the advancement of the School’s current programs and create new ones.

Future of Work Programs Oversight (40%)

  • Provide oversight to the execution and day-to-day management of the entire Future of Work portfolio, including but not limited to the following programs: Columbia Girls in STEM Initiative; Columbia HBCU Fellowship; Columbia Harlem Learning Collaborative; and Columbia Women’s Leadership Forum

  • Develop and implement a strategy for the Future of Work program portfolio and operating approach that is focused on creating new offerings and developing academically robust programming

  • Conceptualizing and generating new program development and curricula to respond to current and emerging trends in the workplace

  • Define programmatic goals and ensure their proper implementation

  • Hiring and managing staff, contractors, and consultants for original program offerings

  • Evaluating and curating existing offerings in order to lead new initiatives

  • Directing processes to ensure efficient and effective methodologies are in place to create courses in CU systems and register students

  • Leading and managing the instructional design team (as necessary) to build flexible and innovative modalities and offerings

  • Serve as primary enrollment liaison to develop a communication plan and enrollment processes for prospective students and applicants

  • Collect and analyze data to support program growth and continual improvement

  • Develop and manage financial aid application and rubric

Operational planning and execution leadership (30%)

  • Responsible for ensuring consistency in the delivery of academic programs

  • Develop financial planning models for the portfolio as a whole and individual programs in order to grow the program allocating staff and financial resources based on programmatic and growth trajectory

Engagement with community stakeholders (20%)

  • Be an institutional representative for the School within the local and global community

  • Develop and oversee the execution of an events strategy and calendar of events to drive engagement for both the public and private sectors

  • Proactively pursue and engage potential content, offering, and community partnerships to support the endeavors of the programs

  • Create an interdisciplinary forum for Columbia faculty

  • Pursue opportunities for partnering with relevant institutions, foundations, trusts, or other organization with External Affairs

Other duties as assigned. (10%)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree desirable.

  • 5 years related experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a field at SPS or related to the future of work strongly preferred

  • Experience in teaching working professionals in degree and/or non-degree settings

  • Industry, consulting, and/or advocacy experience, consistent with SPS’ scholar-practitioner model

Other Requirements

  • Experience/interest in issues related to the future of work, workforce and labor market trends, and/or related areas

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills

  • Outstanding leadership, organizational, and project management skills

  • Experience with building partnerships and/or conducting outreach initiatives

  • Entrepreneurial nature and comfort with ambiguity

  • Zeal for continuous learning and appetite for creative thinking

  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision and in teams, as well as to meet tight deadlines

  • Track record of handling sensitive information with the highest level of professionalism and confidentiality

  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills; proven capacity to communicate and present information in front of varied audiences at a sophisticated level

  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite of programs (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio)

  • Capacity to adapt quickly to changing circumstances

  • Willingness and ability to travel and to work non-traditional hours

  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite of programs (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio)

  • Capacity to adapt quickly to changing circumstances

  • Preparedness and ability to travel and to work non-traditional hours required as is a willingness to work part of the time from our San Francisco Career Design Lab

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