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Program Manager in Communication Science and Disorders

Apply now Job no: 509214
Position type: Staff
Location: New York
Categories: Administrative/Professional

Posting Summary:
The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Program within the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University is seeking a highly organized, self-directed Program Manager who has strong business and personnel management skills.

Job Summary/Basic Function:
The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Program within the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University is seeking a highly organized, self-directed Program Manager who has strong business and personnel management skills.

The Program Manager will be responsible for all aspects of program operations including fiscal oversight, admissions, alumni relations, marketing, and events planning. The incumbent will be the main point-of-contact for students for program-related questions and supervises a part-time staff of 2-4 employees. This full-time position reports to the CSD Program Director and Director of Academic Administration (DAA) for the Biobehavioral Sciences Department.


Program Administration/Staff Supervision

  • Work with the Program Director to develop and execute academic policies
  • Develop, execute, and provide year-over-year analysis of survey data
  • Develop and maintain a database on programs, student cohorts, and alumni
  • Ensure that student files are complete and up to date
  • Manage semester course schedule
  • Oversee student outreach and communication; respond to student concerns and question
  • Provide registration support
  • Manage program website and social media sites (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Liaise with Department, Provost's, Vice Provost's, Registrar’s, Controller's, and Financial Aid Offices
  • Supervise and manage PT staff (Program Associate, Social Media Coordinator, and other project coordinators)
  • Recruit, hire and train new staff
  • Process payroll for part-time adjuncts/instructors and manage onboarding for new faculty
  • Maintain prospective student database and meet with individual prospective students as needed
  • Assist with alumni relations and communications
  • Assist with preparation, record-keeping, and review for accreditation reports and site visits

Financial Management

  • Work with Program Director and DAA on annual strategic planning for program budget
  • Maintain a transparent, comprehensive system to collect, track and report on program expenses
  • Manage program budget with quarterly updates and end of year projections to ensure a balanced budget
  • Submit monthly CSD YTD expense reports to the Director of Academic Administration
  • Reconcile budget expenses in Banner
  • Prepare materials for program budget planning, reporting, and analysis
  • Consult with program faculty and staff on needs and limitations
  • Assist in seeking external resources for scholarship funding including grants and donations.


  • Host regular admissions info webinars
  • Manage program’s spring admissions process and retention efforts]
  • Participate in the review of program applications
  • Monitor admissions process
  • Follow-up on additional information requests
  • Communicate with prospective students throughout the admissions process
  • Work with Program Director, Admissions Committee, Department and College to set and achieve enrollment targets
  • Analyze enrollment data and trends
  • Liaise with Admissions Office
  • Advise program and department on recruitment strategies including the production of marketing materials, and supervision of mailing lists and publications distribution
  • Supervise the design, production, and distribution of program publications for recruitment including brochures, flyers, and advertisements
  • Conduct market research; determine optimal opportunities for advertising placements
  • Attend recruiting events and conferences

Financial Aid:

  • Liaise with Financial Aid office on the coordination of scholarships for incoming and continuing students
  • Work with the Program Director to determine scholarship awards for continuing students and maintain a scholarship tracker for accepted and continuing students

Events & Special Projects:

  • Manage preparations for program orientations and events
  • Organize special events, including orientations, lecture series, Brown Bags, Town Halls, and student events
  • Prepare ad-hoc materials and special projects for Program Director
  • Assist in the production of the program newsletter, including writing articles and research as needed


Office Management

  • Ensure efficient use of program space including staff and faculty offices, and common areas for students and work studies
  • Maintain equipment inventory and make recommendations on equipment upgrade

Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or the equivalent in education, training, and experience
  • A minimum of 2 years managerial, supervisory experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience with budget management
  • Excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and customer focus skills
  • Detail-oriented, skilled multi-tasker with team player approach
  • Proven ability to take initiative, prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Proven ability to problem-solve and obtain results
  • Proven judgment and ability to work independently
  • Strong computer skills Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, as well as the ability to use web-based technology; social media, and content creation platforms (e.g., WordPress, Canvas, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Excellent library and internet research skills.
  • Must be able to work well independently with little to no supervision

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Higher education administration experience
  • Knowledge of Teachers College procedures and systems (e.g., BANNER, NOLIJ).
  • Experience with website development and maintenance.
  • Experience using social media and web-based outreach (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Doodle, SurveyMonkey)
  • Highly organized and entrepreneurial

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