The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALAC) at Columbia University is seeking an experienced and dynamic administrative professional to fill the position of Graduate Program Manager. Reporting to the Director of Academic Administration and Finance and working closely with the Department Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, MA Program Director, and Business Officer, the Graduate Program Manager (GPM) provides day-to-day and overall administrative and operational support for all aspects of the Department’s MA and PhD programs, including coordinating the graduate curriculum, assisting with financial planning, graduate student/TA hiring, fellowship tracking, admissions administration, recruitment, student registration, enrollment/data reporting, and departmental record-keeping. The incumbent works closely with administrators in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) offices, including the GSAS Financial Aid, Admissions, Student Affairs, Compass Careers, and Dissertation offices to facilitate the path for graduate students through and beyond the EALAC graduate program, from recruitment to graduation to alumni outreach.
The Graduate Program Manager also plays a significant financial role for the department; the GPM assists the Chair and DAAF in developing and enhancing departmental fundraising initiatives, coordinates fundraising and new graduate program events, and manages a confidential donor database for the Chair. The GPM professionally represents the department and graduate program to outside constituencies and maintains positive relations with donors, alumni, former postdocs, and other industry contacts. The incumbent generates donor reports as needed, and researches, gathers and disseminates information/materials to prepare faculty for important donor meetings. Additionally, the GPM serves as an EALAC liaison to affiliated centers and institutes (such as the Tang Center, Donald Keene Center, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and many others) to support joint programming, new and existing initiatives, and annual financial planning. The successful incumbent will be able to effectively multitask within a fast-paced environment and continually reprioritize activities to meet demands.
The EALAC Department is proud to support its employees by cultivating an inclusive and welcoming environment, and strives to provide as many opportunities as possible for individual creativity and professional growth. All qualified applicants pursuing a career in higher education administration are encouraged to apply for this position.