Reporting to the EVP for Global Centers and Global Development, the Director promotes and supports the EVP in expanding Columbia University’s mission as a global university. The director would be an institutional entrepreneur who will be charged with crafting and executing a strategy as well as expanding and strengthening the Beijing Center. S/he will collaborate with a Faculty Steering Committee and serve as an anchor facilitating research opportunities on globally relevant interdisciplinary topics, and opportunities for learning and internships for Columbia students, as well as providing a point of ongoing engagement for international alumni. The individual will work in tandem with the entire global center network, including the other eight Columbia Global Centers’ Directors, building new relationships and hosting visits on numerous initiatives. The individual will form close working relationships with the Beijing Advisory Board to create a special resource for Columbia, the purpose of which is to support the faculty in their commitment to research.
- Advanced academic degree and training required. At least seven years related experience with and knowledge of a large university system in the US, preferably Columbia University, in program development and financial management.
- A strong interest in regional culture and society, including the humanities, sciences, government, and professions (legal, medical, business, social service, etc.);
- A deep and broad network in academic, government, and business communities in China is preferred;
- Self-motivated and creative problem solving skills;
- Strategic thinker and financially literate;
- An appreciation of Columbia University and the impact of its research and education;
- An ability to multitask effectively;
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills; and
- Fluency in English and Chinese.
- Proven ability to successfully interact and collaborate with varied constituencies in a professional manner, with experience in customer relationship management at a C-suite level;
- Prior experience living and/or working in China with a familiarity with Beijing and East Asia region, with experience in building, leading and managing diverse, geographically dispersed teams;
- Proven record at fundraising, business development and conceptual selling;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and at demonstrating tact and diplomacy working with a wide variety of personalities and cultures;
- Computer proficiency (including Excel and Access) with expert knowledge of the Windows environment.