Columbia University President in New York, New York

Job TitlePresident

Job Code Title

Job Requisition Number 096182

Department 6111- PRV American Assembly

Location Morningside

Job Type Officer Full-Time Regular

Bargaining Unit

If temporary, indicate duration

Hours Per Week 35

Job Family Executive

Salary Grade Officer 888

Salary Range Commensurate with experience

Advertised Summary Job Description The American Assembly is a public policy institute founded in 1950 by Dwight D. Eisenhower, when he served as the thirteenth president of Columbia University. Deeply concerned about the social, economic, and political quandaries the United States faced after World War II, Eisenhower sought to create a place and a process that would bring together the nation's brightest minds to address difficult issues and identify effective solutions. He envisioned it as an experiment in democratic citizenship?one that would address key challenges facing the United States and address issues of national importance through the reconciliation of divergent views and interests.

For over sixty years, The Assembly has fostered non-partisan, public policy discussions through convenings, research, and issuing authoritative books and reports. Over 100 "American Assemblies" have been held on topics ranging from prison reform to healthcare to nuclear disarmament. In recent years, The Assembly's projects have made significant interventions in and contributions to economic, urban, and cultural policy, as well as other topics representing a broad spectrum of views and interests?such as workforce development, financial regulation, and the role of the arts in U.S. universities.

Today, The Assembly has two major programs?Cities and Knowledge Economies?which focus on building the resources and networks needed to develop effective public policy in their respective areas. These themes change periodically and there is the opportunity for the new President to add a third program/area of focus. The Assembly has a six-member staff, including an Executive Director and a Vice President. The Assembly funds its operations primarily through income derived from its substantial endowment (approximately $20 million) and its programs through foundation grants and partnerships with other policy organizations. The Assembly is based at Columbia University which provides a range of back- and middle-office functions, as well as a rich intellectual community in which The Assembly operates. Serving as President of The American Assembly is a unique opportunity and platform from which to influence public policy and research. The President of The Assembly is responsible for stewarding the programs and partnerships, and for advancing The Assembly's platform as a convener and influencer. The successful candidate will have passion for all The Assembly represents and will foster an environment that exemplifies the institution's core values of non-partisan dialogue, research, and convening.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant 1. Track record of intellectual and public leadership in areas relevant to The Assembly's mission

The successful candidate will be an intellectual with the stature and integrity to convene leaders from multiple sectors, ideological perspectives, and geographies, as well as experience working in a highly visible role. She/he will thus be culturally and politically astute, perceptive to differences and open-minded. The proven ability to convene thought leaders on issues of critical importance to The Assembly will be essential.

  1. Heightened External Orientation: An inspiring communicator and influencer

She/he will have the stature to act as a superb brand ambassador for The Assembly's mission and the ability to articulate the important role of The Assembly to external audiences and partners and advance public engagement and understanding. The successful candidate must have highly developed interpersonal skills to build networks and cultivate funders, a highly engaged Board, and institutional partners, as well as important external constituencies, including policymakers, academia, opinion leaders, and the media.

  1. Executive Leadership: A track record of performing as a results-oriented leader

She/he will have had organizational leadership experience?in the nonprofit, private, government, or academic sectors?setting priorities and achieving results.

  1. Fact-based, Policy Savvy

She/he will have a sophisticated understanding of how policy is developed and enacted at the state, national, or multi-national level and a track record of being independent, fact-based, and working across the political spectrum.

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Special Instructions

Preferred Qualifications The ideal candidate possesses the following critical leadership capabilities:

  1. Leading Change

-- Modernizes the organization?making it more forward thinking, innovative, and responsive to changes in the external environment?while protecting and building its reputational, human, and financial assets.

-- Builds a culture of innovation within the organization, empowering staff to develop and pursue new and distinctive ideas related to programs, partnerships, and the dissemination of content.

  1. Collaborating and Influencing

-- Drives engagement?internally and externally?and collaboratively builds an intellectual agenda that attracts the interest and attention of scholars, policymakers, the media, and the general public.

-- Uses complex, coordinated influencing and negotiation strategies to ensure The Assembly's message is heard and seen as an invaluable platform by external constituencies.

-- Leverages her/his network and direct reports to facilitate increased collaboration across the field, tapping their motives and values to energize advance interdisciplinary research and dialogue.

  1. Strategic Thinking

-- Explains specifically how changes in the external environment impact the organization.

-- Translates broad thematic strategies into clear, specific objectives and plans for research, events, and programming.

-- Exhibits long-term thinking and reacts to unexpected changes accordingly.

  1. Driving Results

-- Drives organizational performance across multiple dimensions?processes, practices, and systems?for measurable positive impact both internally and externally (e.g. brand power and presence, fundraising,

thought leadership, and influence).

Essential Functions The President is the intellectual and executive leader of the institution, responsible for ensuring it has the vision, aspiration, culture, human and financial resources, and systems required to deliver on its mission in a rapidly changing world. Specifically, the President will be responsible for:


Substantially enhancing The Assembly's impact and influence across policy, academia, and media and advancing public understanding.


Building mutually beneficial institutional partnerships that enable The Assembly to expand its reach, advance public understanding, leverage its financial and intellectual assets, and become a significant

player in the public policy ecosystem.


Empowering the existing team and attracting new talent to The Assembly over time.


Enhancing the financial resources of The Assembly through continued sound fiscal management, development of new revenue streams, and articulating the important role of The Assembly to existing and potential donors/funders.

Additional Essential Functions (Limit to 3950 characters.)

Special Indications

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HIPAA Compliance training required No Response

Participation in Medical Surveillance required No Response

What type of posting? Is this a waiver request? Standard Posting

Requisition Open Date 01-04-2019

Requisition Close Date Open Until Filled

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