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Director - Strategic Events & Outreach

Columbia University
Job Location:
Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs

About the job

Reporting to Senior Director of Communications & Events, the Director owns the relationships related to events with Climate School staff and affiliates as well as external partners. They manage the planning and execution of Climate School stakeholder engagement, affiliate events, and designated communications, coordinating with internal and external partners to identify opportunities to showcase Climate School experts through public and private programming.


Partnership & Stakeholder Engagement

Supporting the Senior Director of Communications & Events, the Director will facilitate partnerships and engagements that strengthen institutional prestige and increase the Climate School’s external impact. This includes but is not limited to: supporting Climate School participation in high-profile initiatives and convenings like COP and Climate Week; facilitating and/or supporting regular engagement with policymakers, non-profit/NGOs, private sector leaders, community leaders, and other relevant stakeholders; contributing to program design for stakeholder convenings; supporting the creation and maintenance of a Climate School speakers’ bureau to increase exposure for experts and researchers; and identifying new opportunities to advance Climate School core objectives.

Internal Communications and Program Management

The Director will coordinate across colleagues with the Communications department, the Climate School, and broader University community to set priorities; collaborate on program development; provide guidance; and develop and manage relevant program and communications processes, including related operational strategy, goal-setting, and evaluation.

Public Programming & Events

Manages the planning and execution of Climate School and affiliate events. This includes coordinating logistics, processes, deadlines, and budgets for events and programs. The Director will be responsible for overall event productions including advising on best practices and program development, , incorporating multi-media technology as well overseeing logistical arrangements including investigating venues, service providers, and vendors to support planning recommendations. Provides guidance and strategic oversight for community outreach activities managed by the Columbia Climate School Events Staff.

Public-facing Communications

General communications duties include promoting Climate School activities through social media platforms, email communications, web content, blog entries and multimedia. Consult in design of related publications, emails and websites.

Assume primary responsibility for directing communications over designated priority areas in line with the Climate School strategic plan. Additionally, the incumbent will work with vendors to produce Climate School print and promotional items as needed.

Additional Duties

Performs all other duties, as assigned by the Senior Director of Communications & Events.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of five years of related event/project management and communications experience required.
  • Excellent written communication skills required.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated use of tact and discretion in dealing with a wide range of internal and external constituents required.
  • Ability to identify, manage and implement diverse and multiple tasks related to marketing and events.
  • Interest in sustainability and the mission of the Columbia Climate School required.
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