Assistant Director

Cornell University - Ithaca, NY4.4

Full-timeEstimated: $60,000 - $80,000 a year
The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is comprised of the university’s three accredited business schools: The Hotel School, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. The College delivers undergraduate, graduate, and professional business programs creating a collaborative, comprehensive business management program that preserves the excellence of all three schools while uniting the faculty and students. The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is one of the most comprehensive business schools in the nation, with 145 research faculty and nearly 2,900 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students. The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business has a collection of areas of expertise not found in any other leading institution and an unparalleled resource base from which to draw—both within the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and within Cornell (including Cornell Tech).

Cornell University on behalf of The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is in receipt of a multi-million dollar grant to participate in the Mastercard Foundation’s Hanga Ahazaza Initiative in Rwanda. This five year grant supports Cornell’s participation to support the initiative to enable young people in Rwanda to transition to productive livelihoods and to support the growth and development of the tourism and hospitality industry in Rwanda. Cornell’s main focus will be to support the development of managers currently working in the industry through online, virtual, and professional development program learning. Cornell has also been awarded a research grant in support of this initiative.

Reporting to the Sr. Director of External Relations (hospitality vertical), the Assistant Director, Hanga Ahazaza Initiative will plan, manage, and coordinate the day-to-day fiscal, administrative, and operational activities of this grant. This position will serve as the lead administrator executing the activities outlined in the grant.

Duties generally include grant planning and administration, budget management and control, program implementation and administration, logistical and travel support, internal and external operational/administrative liaison, recruitment assistance, program marketing, and reporting.

Specifically, the Assistant Director of the Hanga Ahazaza Initiative will:

Provide administrative support in the development, implementation, and marketing of the project
Serves as a liaison between faculty members, staff, other departments, and/or external constituencies on day-to-day programmatic, operational, and administrative issues; facilitates meetings, special projects, and assists with problem resolution
Coordinates activities of consultants, faculty, and/or volunteers engaged in implementation and administration of program objectives
Monitors and administers program/project revenues and expenses
Collects and analyzes data; prepares scheduled and special reports; maintains program/project records and statistical information
Travel to Rwanda at least 2 times annually
Performs clerical and administrative support tasks, including creation, typing, and editing of program correspondence, purchasing documents, or reports
Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned
This is a full time, benefits-eligible, two-year term position with the opportunity for renewal.

  • This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship and relocation assistance.
Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree or equivalent. Must have 3 to 5 years of experience or equivalent.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

Ability to work independently with little supervision.
Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and exercise strong judgment.
Ability to coordinate and organize meetings and/or special events in another country.
Clerical, word processing, and/or office skills.
Demonstrated ability to use computer software applications, especially Excel, databases, networked informational systems and the Internet.
Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities and detail-oriented
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work with faculty and staff from across the university, as well as with counterpart staff in Rwanda.
Records maintenance skills.
Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control procedures.
Experience with account reconciliation and income/expense tracking, including various program related expenses (EX: travel)
Knowledge of communication principles, media, and marketing techniques.
Ability to gather and analyze statistical data and generate reports.
Ability to work with highly sensitive and confidential information
Experience with international travel particularly to developing countries

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree and 5 years or more related experience preferred. Knowledge and experience in project management grant/foundations relations experience and hospitality industry desired
Individual will be high energy, self-starter and able to work independently; must have strong communication skills both verbal and written and exercise extreme tact
Knowledge of African or Rwandan cultures/language
Experience/knowledge of the OBIEE dashboards and reports to review transactions and extract data for excel manipulation
Ability to prepare, manage, and modify complex sponsored award budget which includes considering out of country purchases and personnel tracking/planning
Familiarity with Cornell University policies (EX: Business Expense Policy) and sponsored research specific CU policies, including Uniform Guidance

University Job Title:
Coord Program II


Pay Rate Type:


Contact Name:
Theresa Lynch

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