Advertised Summary Job Description: The mission of The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center is to instill entrepreneurial thinking in all Columbia Business School students and to create a community of business practitioners with a lifelong commitment to achieving social and economic progress through entrepreneurship. Columbia's approach to developing the entrepreneurial mindset is both broad and deep. Entrepreneurship is fully integrated throughout the core MBA curriculum, crossing all disciplines and touching all students. For students interested in launching their own ventures, the School offers a comprehensive program of specialized courses, labs, workshops, and funding opportunities.
Reporting to the Managing Director, the position oversees the on-campus activities of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center, including academic courses, research, and Center programming and events. This role focuses on the students and faculty, including entrepreneurial curriculum, related courses, and supporting programs such as events, office hours, mentoring, and funding opportunities. The focus on the students culminates in supporting the launch of student startups, as well as student internships and full-time jobs in growth companies, innovation organizations, and venture finance. The current programming that the Senior Associate Director oversees includes but is not limited to: Lang specialty courses, The Fall Venture Fair, the Lang Fund selection process, and the Summer Fellowships and Summer Startup Track.
The Senior Associate Director will serve as a key person in managing and coordinating on campus Lang Center programming for students, broader University resources, and off campus events and resources for students in New York City and beyond.
1. Oversees the Center's MBA and EMBA curricula and related courses, events, and research and programming activities. Manages the Course selection tool and course recommendations for student career profiles.
2. Oversees the Center's student focused programming, including events and panels, office hours, and mentoring. Works with the broader Columbia University entrepreneurial organizations on joint curriculum, events, and related programs. Works with relevant business school student organizations to manage programming and student programs and events wherever appropriate.
3. Oversees the efficient execution of the Lang Fund Process, including all associated special events, panels, mentor activities, publicity, student information sessions and scheduling with Lang Fund Board members.
4. Plans activities with faculty, visiting fellows, and research associates, and with relevant student and alumni organizations; acts as liaison with other departments; works closely with a broad range of external parties and frequently co-sponsors a wide range of activities.
5. Works with the CMC to identify and develop internship and full time opportunities in growth companies, innovation organizations, and venture finance.
6. Works with other Lang Center staff, such as the Senior Associate Director, Alumni and Partners, for recent alumni, Lang Fund, and CSL programs, and the Senior Associate Director for communications and community opportunities, as required.
7. Oversees office management, financial/budget administration, and computer database/information systems. Supervises administrative and part-time staff, ensuring an effective and flexible system of staff teamwork.
8. Creates the Center's annual report and related planning and management documents. Oversees all aspects of grant administration including reports to donors.
9. Works on special projects as directed by the Managing Director, and assistance as needed for successful execution of the Center's mission and programs.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required. Minimum of 4 years' related experience required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Proven ability to manage both people and programs with a proactive and collaborative style and to develop and execute strategy. The candidate must have the ability to meet deadlines and exercise judgment working with all levels of staff faculty, students and vendors. Must demonstrate excellent written and oral communications skills. Must possess a high level of initiative, enthusiasm, and commitment. Ability to work evenings and weekends as required.
Preferred Qualifications: 5 years' experience in community management or program administration in innovation programs (like an accelerator or venture capital portfolio), higher education or a nonprofit educational institution or equivalent experience in the corporate sector preferred.
Experience as a founder, in the startup ecosystem, or innovation economy strongly preferred. Prior experience working with entrepreneurs, related management experience and/or higher education or events management experience desired.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_174750
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