Who we are:
 Columbia Global Centers | Athens is part of a network of 11 global centers of Columbia University in the City of New York, one of the world's leading academic institutions. The centers were created to drive transformative connections between the university and the world, fostering innovation, understanding, and engagement. Columbia University launched the Athens Center in November 2022 to in-country partners on issues related to Climate Change; Migration and International affairs; Business and Innovation; Classics & Ancient Studies; Arts & Culture; Global Health & Preparedness; and Medicine, among others. The Global Centers are part of the broader Columbia Global initiative, which leverages the remarkable scholarship, expertise, and resources of Columbia University to help address the world’s most complex challenges while fostering intellectual endeavors that inspire, surprise, and push the boundaries of our thinking.
 

Position Summary:
This is an exciting opportunity to join a new and growing team and shape the operations of one of Columbia University’s newest global centers. The Athens Global Center seeks an energetic and well-experienced Finance Manager (FM) who will work closely with the Director of the Center, to build and create bridges to the Hellenic Republic’s rich and vibrant academic, social, cultural and research resources. As this is a new Global Center, the incumbent will be a part of the small start-up team that will embrace the challenge of building the Center from the ground up and tap into their entrepreneurial spirit and professional experience to launch signature-defining events and programs. The Finance Manager will be expected to provide day-to-day management of the Center’s budget, human resources, space and technological functions.

Responsibilities:
 

Financial Management

  • Develop and manage the Center’s operating budgets in collaboration with program teams.
  • Manages all banking relationships of the Center.
  • Performs monthly international bank reconciliation processes in accordance with the Columbia Global Centers   Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Monitor and ensure accurate   financial reporting, including monthly financial statements, budget vs.   actual analysis, and forecasts.
  • Ensure compliance with donor financial regulations and reporting requirements.
  • Oversee financial transactions, including payments, reimbursements, and payroll.
  • Maintain financial records and  ensure they are organized and easily accessible for audits and reviews.
  • Implement and enforce financial  policies, procedures, and controls.
  • Identify and mitigate financial,   operational, and HR risks.
  • Ensure compliance with local tax  laws, labor laws, and other regulatory requirements.
  • Provides services in support of compliance with internal and external audits.
  • Prepare and submit accurate and timely financial reports to donors and Columbia Global NY.
  • Prepare regular reports for senior management on financial, operational, and HR matters.
  • Assist in the development of proposals and budgets for new projects and grants.

 

Operations

  • Manage all operating systems of the   Center, including procurement, logistics, and contract negotiations.
  • Coordinate with relevant government   authorities to ensure compliance with local regulations.

 

Human Resources

  • With support from the HR team in   headquarters (New York, USA), manage HR functions, including recruitment,   on-boarding, performance management, and staff development.
  • Assists the Center with payroll   compliance in accordance with both local and international norms and   regulations.
  • Support the facilitation of HR   training and capacity building for staff.
  • Manage and maintain personnel   records and HR documentation.
  • Support timely and confidential   resolution of HR-related inquiries and issues.

 

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, or Accounting with at least 5 to 8 years of related finance experience.

 

Additional Position-specific Qualifications

  • Relevant experience in areas of financial management
  • Relevant experience managing office operations
  • Strong communications, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong initiative, a problem solver, and ability to establish priorities
  • Ability to work under pressure, autonomously and possess good independent judgment
  • Confidentiality and discretion are required
  • Ability to work as a team player in a fast-paced and start-up environment
  • Excellent computer skills including advanced knowledge of Excel are crucial.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced finance degree (i.e., MBA, Masters in Economics, Accounting, etc.)
  • Professional qualification as a Certified Financial Accountant/Certified Public Accountant is a plus
  • Fluent in Greek and English.


Salary Range: €45,000 – 55,000

Who we are:

Columbia Global Centers | Athens is part of a network of 11 global centers of Columbia University in the City of New York, one of the world's leading academic institutions. The centers were created to drive transformative connections between the university and the world, fostering innovation, understanding, and engagement. Columbia University launched the Athens Center in November 2022 to in-country partners on issues related to Climate Change; Migration and International affairs; Business and Innovation; Classics & Ancient Studies; Arts & Culture; Global Health & Preparedness; and Medicine, among others. The Global Centers are part of the broader Columbia Global initiative, which leverages the remarkable scholarship, expertise, and resources of Columbia University to help address the world’s most complex challenges while fostering intellectual endeavors that inspire, surprise, and push the boundaries of our thinking. 


Position Summary:

This is an exciting opportunity to join a new and growing team and help shape the operations of one of Columbia University’s newest global centers. The Athens Global Center seeks an energetic and experienced Administrative Coordinator (AC) who will report to and work closely with the Director of the Center and the Global Center team, to build and create bridges to the Hellenic Republic’s rich and vibrant academic, social, cultural and research resources. As this is a new Global Center, the AC will be a part of the small start-up team that will embrace the challenge of building the Center from the ground up and tap into their professional experience to support signature-defining events and programs. The AC will be responsible for independently managing the day-to-day activities and ensuring smooth operations, efficiency, effectiveness, and success, while exercising discretion and judgement in performing a wide variety of duties. The AC will support the Athens Global Center team by implementing processes that support the efficient and functional management of Global Center initiatives, events and daily office operations.

Responsibilities:

  • Administrative and Logistics Support: Provide comprehensive administrative support and oversee logistics operations to ensure the smooth functioning of the Athens Global Center.
  • Meeting Coordination and Event Planning: Organize and schedule meetings, including logistical arrangements, preparing agendas, taking minutes, and following up on action items. Assist in planning and executing center events and workshops.
  • Communication Management: Manage internal and external communications, including email correspondence and phone calls, to ensure timely and effective communication across all levels of the organization.
  • Document Handling and Inventory Management: Maintain and organize digital and physical files, ensuring accuracy and confidentiality in document handling. Oversee inventory management, including office supplies and equipment.
  • Project Assistance and Resource Coordination: Assist in the planning and execution of center projects, including coordination of resources, timelines, and stakeholder communication. Manage logistical aspects of project implementation.

 

Minimum Qualifications

Associates Degree or the equivalent of 2 years of college course work and at least 2 to 4 years of related administrative experience.

 

Additional Position-specific Qualifications

  • Proven work experience as an Administrative Coordinator, Administrator, or similar role
  • Hands-n experience with MS Office Suite (particularly MS Word, and MS Excel)
  • Familiarity with office equipment (e.g., printers, laptops, personal computers, photo copiers, etc.)
  • Relevant experience managing office operations
  • Solid time management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks
  • Strong communications, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Confidentiality and discretion are required
  • Ability to work as a team player in a fast-paced and start-up environment

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Additional qualification or certification in Office Administration is a plus
  • Fluent in Greek and English.


Salary Range:   € 25,200 – € 33,600
   

About the CPE Faculty Grants

CPE Faculty Grants are for one year, and are intended to generate new knowledge and networks, facilitate the exchange of discoveries, accelerate the identification of key challenges, and expand the methods scholars use. CPE is especially interested in supporting work by early-career faculty, and projects involving collaboration across schools and departments. Faculty may apply for $10,000 to $60,000 in funding. 

This round of grants will support work that aligns with CPE’s idea labs, which mobilize intellectual resources around three themes:

  • Firms and Industrial Policy, which seeks to strengthen the knowledge base for smart industrial policy through explorations of firm behavior, drivers of innovation and technology adoption, conceptual issues in the design of industrial policies, and practical issues faced in implementation.
  • Work and Labor, which examines the forces that influence labor and labor markets, focusing on modes of collective worker action and the future of domestic and international labor movements, with an emphasis on technological and other transformations.
  • Money and Finance, which explores the relation of money and finance both in theoretical terms and in institutional configurations, including the design of financial intermediaries and their relation to central banks and financial market regulators.

Grant applications must be submitted by March 4th, 2024 at 5:00PM EST, and the award period will run from July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025


Eligibility

Columbia University faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Principal Investigators must be full-time faculty members at Columbia University or its affiliates. Faculty may serve as Principal Investigator on only one proposal.