Columbia University in the City of New York — Project Coordinator for Student Life, Inclusion & Belonging

Position Summary
University Life is a central division focused on enhancing the student experience across Columbia’s 17 schools and colleges. University Life programs and initiatives are informed by three core values: inclusion & belonging, student well-being and sexual respect. The University Life Division consists of four departments: Student Life, Student Conduct and Community Standards, Religious Life and Community Impact. The Program Coordinator for Student Life, Inclusion & Belonging will be a part of the Student Life department, which focuses on building community outside of the classroom, increasing dialogue about critical issues of the day, strengthening students’ leadership skills, and promoting students’ well-being.

Reporting to the Program Manager for Student Life, Inclusion & Belonging, the Project Coordinator provides support for key University Life programs and initiatives focused on inclusion & belonging, such as Campus Conversations. Campus Conversations is a dialogue-based project that offers students training and guidance on facilitating conversations about identity, inclusion and the campus community.

This position also provides logistical support for events in the Graduate Initiative for Inclusion & Engagement, advisement to student organizations, and coordination of University Life student Ambassadors focused on Inclusion & Belonging.


  • Coordinate the Campus Conversations program, including coordinating, promoting and scheduling all training sessions and Campus Conversations events throughout the year, managing communication with student facilitators, ensuring that student facilitators and others involved have any necessary materials, and tracking evaluation data.
  • Advise and coordinate the student University Life Ambassadors focused on Inclusion & Belonging. This includes managing their development as campus leaders and facilitators of conversations across differences among students.
  • Provide logistical support for the Graduate Initiative for Inclusion and Engagement.
  • Provide logistical support for University Life welcome programs, which take place at the start of the Fall and Spring terms.
  • Partner with Student Life Department colleagues on the recruitment, selection and onboarding of students serving as University Life Ambassadors, with a focus on those who will be focused on Inclusion & Belonging.
  • Advise student organizations on University policies and procedures, as well as event management.
  • Support Student Life team’s communication needs for events related to inclusion & belonging, including creating event registration links, updating web pages, drafting copy and designing assets for social media in Canva or similar platforms. providing social media support.
  • Serve as backup to the First-Year Coordinator in managing aspects of University Life programs and initiatives, including the Pre-Orientation Tutorials and the Community Citizenship Initiative.
  • Additional duties and projects as assigned, including backup support for other team functions, such as orientation programs and signature events.
  • This position will require some evening hours during the semester, and very occasional (i.e. 2-3 times per week) weekend work.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and a minimum of two years relevant experience required.
  • Interest in issues related to inclusion & belonging in higher education.
  • Ability to coordinate, manage, and implement in a fast-paced environment with careful attention to detail.
  • The ability to work independently.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • The right candidate is patient, solutions-oriented, and enjoys working with others to build community. Exercises sound judgment and maintains a sense of humor and enjoys working in a dynamic environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in events development and implementation.
  • Skilled in building and maintaining relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Experience working in a higher education setting with a diverse student body and knowledge of issues related to the student experience in higher education required.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills.
  • A culturally responsive professional who demonstrates the ability to communicate across differences and interpersonally with a wide range of stakeholders and can grasp differing viewpoints with humility.
  • A desire to contribute to an organizational process of continuous improvement and innovation.
  • Interest and experience in designing and implementing high-quality activities, programs and services for students.
  • Proficient with MS Office, Google Suite
  • Proficiency with Canva, Adobe Creative Cloud (in particular, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) is a plus.

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