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Summary Job Description
Columbia's Office of Work/Life is an integral part of the University's efforts to recruit and retain brilliantly diverse faculty and staff in a highly competitive environment. The Office of Work/Life assists members of the Columbia community when they are facing typical life events and transitions, from birth to death. The Office also works to address the needs of all types of family structures, careers, and issues unique to the University community. This is accomplished through policy work, creation of work/life programs and services, workshops, and the gathering and posting of informational resources.

With a staff of eight professionals, the Office offers comprehensive services for housing referrals, school and child care searches, dual-career management, and wellness. In the most recent academic year, the Office handled over 800 cases across its portfolio and saw over 1,000 attendees participate in its workshops.

Columbia University seeks a dynamic leader for the position of Associate Provost and Director of the Office of Work/Life, "Associate Provost." Reporting to the Vice Provost for Administration and Planning, the Associate Provost collaborates with individual schools and departments on the Morningside and Medical Center campuses and with Columbia University Human Resources.

The fundamental challenge of the position is to foster the well-being of the Columbia community in their pursuit of meaningful and productive academic, personal, and work lives, all while living in the complex New York City metropolitan area. The priorities to address this challenge are:

1. Enhancing the already robust Work Life program and policies and seek to emphasize opportunities for adding value to employee productivity
2. Marketing the Office's services to Departmental Chairs and others charged with recruiting and retaining faculty and staff and take a leadership role in promoting the Office of Work Life as a critical tool in this process
3. Measuring the effectiveness of the Office's services and adapting them accordingly

The Associate Provost chairs several University committees including the Faculty Quality of Life Committee and serves on a range of others including the Commission on Status of Women and the Columbia University Medical Center Campus Life Committee.  

Minimum Qualifications for Grade:
Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant:

Master's degree in a related field required. Minimum of 10 years of related work experience with proven success in a leadership role required.  

Additional Position-Specific Minimum:
Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant:

*Prior experience in large, complex, and decentralized organizations with diverse stakeholders
*Demonstrated involvement in and contribution to the field of work-life policy and/or senior strategic management role within higher education or non-profit setting required
*Strong analytical capabilities including expertise in measurement and evaluation of programmatic impact
*Strong written and oral communication, negotiation, and consensus building skills

Preferred Qualifications
Proven track record as a leader who can recognize gaps and insufficiencies and proactively advocate for visible improvements toward a new level of impact.  

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