Job Opening: Program Coordinator, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University

job opening - 5Institution: Columbia University, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Location: New York, NY
Education requirements: 4-year degree
Languages needed: Japanese language
Level of language proficiency: A native speaker of English, with spoken fluency in Japanese desirable, but not required.
Employment type: Full time
Professional level: Entry level
Posted June 21, 2013
Deadline: not listed

Reporting directly to the Faculty Director of the Donald Keene Center (DKC) and the EALAC Chair with oversight from the Academic Department Administrator, the incumbent manages all existing and new programs of the Donald Keene Center, and supervises the day-to-day administration of the Center and its staff, including financial reporting; manages all existing and new cultural programs of the Keene Center, including lectures, seminars, and exhibitions; plans new events in conjunction and in consultation with the Japan-related faculty of the University, the Faculty Director, and the EALAC chair. Oversees the development of all aspects of outreach and publicity, including correspondence with lecturers and participants, domestically and overseas. Duties also include overseeing the maintenance of the Center’s website. Supervises the Center budget, endowments, and grants; supervises financial reconciliation and prevents overdrafts; develops budgets and reports as requested by the the Faculty Director and the Departmental Administrator of EALAC; monitors all expenditures and ensures compliance with policies of Columbia University and grant-making organizations; has signature approval in ARC system transactions and submits paperwork to the Office of the Controller and the Purchasing Department; purchases materials and service, with signature approval of payments processed to Purchasing and Office of the Controller; and is responsible for compliance with immigration laws when non-resident aliens are employed by the Center. Performs other duties and special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree and/or equivalent & at least two years of related experience, including financial responsibility required.


Higher education/administration experience; computer literacy, including ability to update websites.

Ability to work independently with minimum supervision. Must be a good problem-solver and multi-tasker. Must be able to set and follow deadlines. Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with faculty, staff, and external constituencies. Ability to quickly acquire knowledge of university financial systems (FFE, ARC). Facility with word processing and spreadsheet software (Excel) required. Must be available for occasional evening work during events.

Preferred Qualifications:

A native speaker of English, with spoken fluency in Japanese desirable, but not required.

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