Executive Director

Columbia University in New York, NY

  • Type: Full Time
position filled

Position Summary

The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (CGEP) has an immediate opening for an Executive Director. CGEP’s mission is to enable public and private sector leaders to make more informed choices about the world’s most pressing energy issues by providing an independent and interdisciplinary platform for insights and data-driven analysis, convening and information-sharing, education and training, and actionable recommendations on the current and future global energy system.

Reporting to the Center’s Founding Director, the incoming Executive Director will lead the daily operations of the Center and play a leading role in guiding its strategic growth during an exciting time of planning and development. She/he/they will work closely with, and develop, the Center’s leadership team.

Responsibilities

  • Leading the day-to-day management and operations of the Center, including the following areas: development, finance, human resources, publications, communications, special projects, and events, among others;
  • Overseeing a 15-member team, with the following direct reports: Senior Director of Development, Director of Research Publications, Director of Communications, Director of Finance and Administration, Events Manager, and Women in Energy Program Director.
  • Managing the Center’s growing annual budget of approximately $9M and prioritizing funding for maximum impact;
  • Building an inclusive, supportive, and rewarding culture;
  • Working with the Founding Director and officers of research in organizing and executing the research portfolio of the Center;
  • Working with the Founding Director to continue to position the Center for rapid growth over the next 3-5 years;
  • Working with the Founding Director in engaging the external Advisory Board;
  • Working with the Founding Director and Faculty Steering Committee to deepen the integration of CGEP with faculty across Columbia University;
  • Engaging with University leadership from SIPA, Earth Institute, Engineering School, Law School, Business School, Provost Office, Alumni and Development, and elsewhere, on collaborations and deepening engagement across faculty and students;
  • Playing a leading role in overseeing team members’ work planning and professional development;
  • Managing creation and successful execution of new projects and activities (e.g. Distinguished Fellows Program, Executive Education offerings, Young Leaders in Energy program, etc.);
  • Engaging with the media, policymakers, academics, donors, and other outside stakeholders.
  • Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 15 years of management and organizational leadership experience, including a strong commitment to supervising and developing staff;
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial experience, including formulating and executing a strategic plan in support of growing and scaling an organization in terms of staff, budget, activity and impact;
  • Exceptional project management experience with a strong attention to detail and the ability to manage quick-turnaround deliverables, long-term strategy implementation, reporting, and metrics tracking; and
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well on a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • The energy, enthusiasm, and ability to secure funds on behalf of the Center, including garnering continued support from the private sector and governmental sources;
  • The ability to represent CGEP to a wide array of constituents to bolster research and scholarship opportunities internally and communicate this work externally; 
  • Facility with large budgets and a record of effectively allocating resources;
  • A commitment to policies and practices that promote sustainable energy systems and the protection of the Earth’s natural resources;
  • Demonstrated leadership practices that foster diversity, inclusion, and equity within an organization and a history of promoting initiatives and practices that support scholars and practitioners from underrepresented groups;
  • A dynamic presence and desire to engage with leaders and researchers from diverse fields within energy and energy policy;
  • Demonstrated success in developing and motivating internal teams, especially those consisting 0f world-class researchers and thought leaders;
  • Excellent decision-making and delegating abilities paired with a collegial, inclusive, and consensus-building approach to implementing change;
  • A clear and relatable communication style, with the skills to adapt information delivery to a wide array of internal and external constituents; and
  • A record of success collaborating with a board of advisors.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree (M.A., M.B.A., J.D., Ph.D.);
  • Experience working in higher education; and
  • Experience with issues central to CGEP activities (energy policy, climate change, international security, economics, etc.).
  • Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

    Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.


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