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Columbia Global

Columbia Global seeks a dynamic, proactive, and detailed Assistant Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. Reporting to the Director of Finance, the Assistant Director is responsible for budget strategy, budget planning, providing reporting and analyses on financial activities, forecasting/projections, financial analysis for special projects, implementing and enforcing internal controls, and collaborating closely with Columbia Global and Global Center Finance teams to ensure adherence to university financial policies and procedures. The incumbent will also be responsible for overseeing and supervising the work of direct reports. Read more and apply here.

Reporting to the Director of Global Programming, the Senior Project Officer for Global Programs (SPO) plays a key and active role in advancing the global and country-specific programs within the Columbia Global Centers, which are located in 11 cities around the world. The SPO will work with the Director to develop annual program plans describing the details of major initiatives, projects, and programs at the Columbia Global Centers, as well as monitor and track program implementation and execution. The SPO will support the development of program design, project work plans, timelines, budgets, and budget narratives. The SPO will provide technical support to Columbia Global Centers on program development, implementation, start-up and close-out, program reporting, and proposal development for grant and donor awards. Critical to successful program planning is establishing close working relationships with the Global Center senior programming staff.

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Columbia Global seeks a Development Officer (DO) whose primary responsibility involves supporting revenue generation, fundraising and resource development activities for Columbia Global. The DO assists in the implementation of a comprehensive revenue generation strategy and operation. Working in conjunction with other members of CG's leadership and senior management to develop initiatives that increase Columbia Global’s financial position. They are responsible for implementing activities that increase, diversify, and sustain financial support for Columbia Global from key stakeholders such as individuals, foundations, corporations, bilateral agencies, and government entities. Read more and apply here.

Athens Center

  • Employer: Columbia Global Centers | Athens
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Salary Range: €45,000 – 55,000
  • Reports To: Director, Global Centers | Athens
  • Posted Date: Feb. 9, 2024
  • Employment Type: Full Time

Position Summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join a new and growing team and shape the operations of one of Columbia University’s newest global centers. The Athens Global Center seeks an energetic and well-experienced Finance Manager (FM) who will work closely with the Director of the Center, to build and create bridges to the Hellenic Republic’s rich and vibrant academic, social, cultural and research resources. As this is a new Global Center, the incumbent will be a part of the small start-up team that will embrace the challenge of building the Center from the ground up and tap into their entrepreneurial spirit and professional experience to launch signature-defining events and programs. The Finance Manager will oversee the financial and operational functions of the Athens Global Center office. As such, the FM will be expected to provide day-to-day management of the Center’s budget, human resources, space and technological functions. The FM will liaise and collaborate with appropriate counterparts within the Columbia Global New York Office. The FM will be responsible for managing, monitoring, advising on and enforcing compliance with Columbia University policies as well as prevailing local policies and standards as they relate to accepted financial, labor and operational principles.

Responsibilities

Financial Management

  • Develop and manage the Center’s operating budgets in collaboration with program teams.
  • Manages all banking relationships of the Center.
  • Performs monthly international bank reconciliation processes in accordance with the Columbia Global Centers Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Monitor and ensure accurate financial reporting, including monthly financial statements, budget vs. actual analysis, and forecasts.
  • Ensure compliance with donor financial regulations and reporting requirements.
  • Oversee financial transactions, including payments, reimbursements, and payroll.
  • Maintain financial records and ensure they are organized and easily accessible for audits and reviews.
  • Implement and enforce financial policies, procedures, and controls.
  • Identify and mitigate financial, operational, and HR risks.
  • Ensure compliance with local tax laws, labor laws, and other regulatory requirements.
  • Provides services in support of compliance with internal and external audits.
  • Prepare and submit accurate and timely financial reports to donors and Columbia Global NY.
  • Prepare regular reports for senior management on financial, operational, and HR matters.
  • Assist in the development of proposals and budgets for new projects and grants.

Operations

  • Manage all operating systems of the Center, including procurement, logistics, and contract negotiations.
  • Coordinate with relevant government authorities to ensure compliance with local regulations.

Human Resources

  • With support from the HR team in headquarters (New York, USA), manage HR functions, including recruitment, onboarding, performance management, and staff development.
  • Assists the Center with payroll compliance in accordance with both local and international norms and regulations.
  • Support the facilitation of HR training and capacity building for staff.
  • Manage and maintain personnel records and HR documentation.
  • Support timely and confidential resolution of HR-related inquiries and issues.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, or Accounting with at least 5 to 8 years of related finance experience.

Additional Position-specific Qualifications

  • Relevant experience in areas of financial management
  • Relevant experience managing office operations
  • Strong communications, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong initiative, a problem solver, and ability to establish priorities
  • Ability to work under pressure, autonomously and possess good independent judgment
  • Confidentiality and discretion are required
  • Ability to work as a team player in a fast-paced and start-up environment
  • Excellent computer skills including advanced knowledge of Excel are crucial.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced finance degree (i.e., MBA, Masters in Economics, Accounting, etc.)
  • Professional qualification as a Certified Financial Accountant/Certified Public Accountant is considered a plus
  • Fluent in Greek and English.

About Columbia Global Centers

Columbia Global Centers | Athens is part of a network of 11 global centers of Columbia University in the City of New York, one of the world's leading academic institutions. The centers were created to drive transformative connections between the university and the world, fostering innovation, understanding, and engagement. Columbia University launched the Athens Center in November 2022 to in-country partners on issues related to Climate Change; Migration and International affairs; Business and Innovation; Classics & Ancient Studies; Arts & Culture; Global Health & Preparedness; and Medicine, among others. The Global Centers are part of the broader Columbia Global initiative, which leverages the remarkable scholarship, expertise, and resources of Columbia University to help address the world’s most complex challenges while fostering intellectual endeavors that inspire, surprise, and push the boundaries of our thinking.

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  • Employer: Columbia Global Centers | Athens
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Salary Range: €30,000-40,000
  • Reports To: Director, Global Centers | Athens
  • Posted Date: Feb. 26, 2024
  • Employment Type: Full Time

Position Summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join a new and growing team and help shape the operations of one of Columbia University’s newest global centers. The Athens Global Center seeks an energetic and experienced Administrative Coordinator (AC) who will report to and work closely with the Director of the Center and the Global Center team, to build and create bridges to the Hellenic Republic’s rich and vibrant academic, social, cultural and research resources. As this is a new Global Center, the AC will be a part of the small start-up team that will embrace the challenge of building the Center from the ground up and tap into their professional experience to support signature-defining events and programs. The AC will be responsible for independently managing the day-to-day activities and ensuring smooth operations, efficiency, effectiveness, and success, while exercising discretion and judgement in performing a wide variety of duties. The AC will support the Athens Global Center team by implementing processes that support the efficient and functional management of Global Center initiatives, events and daily office operations.
 

Responsibilities

  • Administrative and Logistics Support: Provide comprehensive administrative support and oversee logistics operations to ensure the smooth functioning of the Athens Global Center.
  • Meeting Coordination and Event Planning: Organize and schedule meetings, including logistical arrangements, preparing agendas, taking minutes, and following up on action items. Assist in planning and executing center events and workshops.
  • Communication Management: Manage internal and external communications, including email correspondence and phone calls, to ensure timely and effective communication across all levels of the organization.
  • Document Handling and Inventory Management: Maintain and organize digital and physical files, ensuring accuracy and confidentiality in document handling. Oversee inventory management, including office supplies and equipment.
  • Project Assistance and Resource Coordination: Assist in the planning and execution of center projects, including coordination of resources, timelines, and stakeholder communication. Manage logistical aspects of project implementation.
     

Minimum Qualifications

Associates Degree or the equivalent of 2 years of college course work and at least 2 to 4 years of related administrative experience.
 

Additional Position-specific Qualifications

  • Proven work experience as an Administrative Coordinator, Administrator, or similar role
  • Hands-n experience with MS Office Suite (particularly MS Word, and MS Excel)
  • Familiarity with office equipment (e.g., printers, laptops, personal computers, photo copiers, etc.)
  • Relevant experience managing office operations
  • Solid time management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks
  • Strong communications, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Confidentiality and discretion are required
  • Ability to work as a team player in a fast-paced and start-up environment
     

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Additional qualification or certification in Office Administration is a plus
  • Fluent in Greek and English.
     

About Columbia Global Centers

Columbia Global Centers | Athens is part of a network of 11 global centers of Columbia University in the City of New York, one of the world's leading academic institutions. The centers were created to drive transformative connections between the university and the world, fostering innovation, understanding, and engagement. Columbia University launched the Athens Center in November 2022 to in-country partners on issues related to Climate Change; Migration and International affairs; Business and Innovation; Classics & Ancient Studies; Arts & Culture; Global Health & Preparedness; and Medicine, among others. The Global Centers are part of the broader Columbia Global initiative, which leverages the remarkable scholarship, expertise, and resources of Columbia University to help address the world’s most complex challenges while fostering intellectual endeavors that inspire, surprise, and push the boundaries of our thinking

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