Advertised Summary Job Description: Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE) is a 10-year program designed to support dynamic change-makers dedicated to dismantling anti-black racism in the U.S. and South Africa. AFRE will enable visionary activists, authors and artists, among others, to enhance their understanding of anti-black racism and strengthen their strategic capacity, individual skills and professional networks to lead successful movements for racial equity. The program is one of six Fellows programs created by The Atlantic Philanthropies to support new generations of visionary leaders who will improve lives and advance fairer, healthier and more inclusive societies around the world.
Hosted by Columbia University, AFRE was conceived, designed, and created in partnership with five leading organizations in the U.S. and South Africa: BOLD, Center for Community Change, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC-Berkeley, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
AFRE is seeking a Finance & Operations Manager to lead and maintain administrative, financial and reporting functions of the program.
The Associate Director of Finance & Operations will have ongoing responsibility for all administrative activities including financial management, HR management and space management:
-Assumes overall responsibility for the administrative budget and grant, including developing budgets, regular reconciliation and reporting as well as preventing overdrafts and working with University Offices to resolve financial issues
-Develops and maintains financial tracking system -Prepares and presents financial reports to Executive Director and Governing Board -Works closely with the Office of the EVP for A&S, University's Finance and other internal and external University Partners to perform fiscal year-end closing -Develops financial forecasts to inform budget development -Produces annual and monthly financial status reports; including audits reports and responds to ad hoc requests -Approves financial transactions within the Columbia Financial System and takes the lead in solving issues and discrepancies and providing policy guidance and ensures compliance -Tracks expenses and manages accounts payable, ensures payments are made on time -Handles program-related contracts and reporting, including partner (node) payments, fellowship stipends, resources to sending and receiving organizations, and sabbaticals -Manages all HR functions including student appointments, payroll and employee relation -Develops and monitors implementation of AFRE policies for staff, fellows, partners -Oversees administrative functions of the program, including office management, leases, and contracts -Evaluates and advises on appropriate technology to meet AFRE's needs, and interfacing with CU IT on execution -Oversees maintenance of the office space, including space utilization and capital improvements -Monitors risk management policies and procedures to ensure that program and organizational risks are minimized
The Associate Director of Finance & Operations will report to the Executive Director, and be based in New York City. Substantial domestic and international travel will be required.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree desirable; 4-6 years related experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications: -At least four years of experience in financial and operational management in training programs with multiple sites -Ability to operate at both strategic and operational levels, with strong attention to detail and ability to work with others in a positive manner -Professional degree in finance, accounting, or operations desirable -Excellent oral and written communications skills, and experience presenting financial and operational information clearly and succinctly -Strong technical and IT skills, and understanding of new technologies -Ability to work well in a consensus-driven team environment -Commitment to transforming the scale, impact, and quality of efforts to advance racial and social equity -Knowledge of Columbia University systems and procedures strongly preferred
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It... seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.