Communications & Program Coordinator for the Columbia Global Centers |Santiago (Fundación Columbia University Global Center Chile).



Columbia Global Centers (CGCs) pursue activities and programs based on the active engagement of Columbia University faculty, students, researchers and alumni.  These centers function as a network, facilitating long-distance linkages between non-Columbia scholars and institutions, and schools, institutes, and academic departments back in New York. Some of the research and scholarly initiatives are regionally focused, while others involve multiple centers engaged in global conversations.

The Columbia Global Centers Latin America|Santiago has been operational since September 2011 and was officially inaugurated in March 2012. Its purpose is to promote increased collaboration and exchanges between scholars and students from Columbia University and Chile in the fields of economic & social development, environmental studies, public policy, scientific research, and culture & arts.  

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The communications & program coordinator will be based in Santiago, on a full-time job basis, to develop and organize public programs, academic agreements, and student & faculty exchanges, as well as to promote partnerships & research activities in association with Chile’s academic community, private sector and not-for-profit institutions. In addition, he/she will be in charge of updating the institutional website and social media accounts, prepare newsletters, annual reports and invitations.



The communications & program coordinator will hold a wide range of duties including:

(i) Coordinate and supervise the execution of the communications strategy to profile the Foundation in the local press and among key stakeholders; write content for Foundation's print (annual report) and digital media posts (newsletter & social media); maintain contact with the local press; curate photographs and video materials for online and marketing; 

(ii) Provide support to the implementation of programs from inception to completion; conceptualize, develop and implement research programs and initiatives on topics proposed by the Global Centers Network, the Foundation’s General Manager, faculty, students, alumni, Advisory Board (AB), Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) and partners;

(iii) Identify potential speakers among academics, scientists and people from the business world, who may be collaborators of the Center, both in Chile and New York (Campus);

 (iv) Establish contact with faculty members, researchers and students at Columbia University to promote joint collaboration and exchanges with the Foundation's network;

 (v) Increase and strengthen the network of contacts and potential partners both in Chile and on Campus, identifying possible new partnerships and programs with the schools, departments and centers of Columbia University that are not yet active and that represent an opportunity for the Foundation and the country;

 (vi) Design, organize and manage logistics for public activities and events, such as seminars and round tables and book presentations, among others;

 (vii) Prepare reports, documents and proposals as necessary;

 (viii) Promote exchange programs and academic agreements between the schools of Columbia University and Chilean institutions;

 (ix) Coordinate the logistics and content of student exchanges, internships and / or summer practices, as well as the travel of teachers to the region;

 (x) Act as liaison with the Communications and Program departments of the Columbia Global Centers New York Office and the network of Global Centers;

(xi) Represent the Center, as needed, in communicating the activities and programs undertaken by the Center to CU faculty, administrators, alumni and partners in the region;

(xii) Attend and participate in relevant conferences, workshops, roundtables etc;

(xiii) Carry out other relevant tasks and special projects;

(xiv) Generate meaningful metrics to measure progress towards specific targets;

(xv) Contribute to the development of proposals for new projects.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field; Master’s degree preferred;
  • Experience in Public Latin American affairs;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in Spanish and English, particularly in web and social media communications;
  • A minimum of 3 years of related experience;
  • Strong team work capacities;
  • Resourcefulness and ownership over deliverables;
  • Extremely responsible, thorough and with time management skills;
  • Must be extremely detail-oriented, accurate, and have superb organizational skills.
  • Strong relationship builder and communicator with experience in liaising with diverse work teams, ability to engage cross-functional partners and partner with diverse interests across university settings and beyond.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the technical concepts involved in implementing web communications; demonstrated understanding of web technologies, including familiarity with html design, Photoshop, InDesign, and other related tools, such as Mailchimp and Eventbrite.


Statements in this Job Description are intended to reflect, in general, the duties and responsibilities of the position, but are not to be interpreted as totally inclusive.



The Program Coordinator position reports to the Director of the Global Center, Karen Poniachik.  It also works as liaison with the New York-based CGC network.



This position is based in Santiago.



This position will receive a salary commensurate with experience, to be agreed upon with the Director.


For Information and to apply for the job please contact Karen Poniachik (