Executive Director

Founded in 1965 as Project Double Discovery, the Double Discovery Center of Columbia College (“DDC”) was the creation of Columbia undergraduates moved by the disparities between their Ivy League institution and an impoverished Harlem community. Working with low-income and first generation Manhattan area youth and adults age 12 through 27, its goals now, as they were then, are high school graduation, college enrollment and completion, career preparation, and responsible adulthood. DDC’s mission is to provide model educational programs, shared experiences and lasting ties through “double discovery” between positive role models and underserved New York City youngsters to instill the confidence and hope needed for those historically underrepresented in higher education to pursue their highest aspirations. For more info on DDC, please visit our website: https://ddc.college.columbia.edu/. Columbia College is inviting applicants for the position of Executive Director of the Double Discovery Center.

Reporting to the Dean and working closely with the Chief Planning & Administration Officer/Associate Dean of Columbia College, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership, direction, coordination, and delivery of services to meet the educational goals of the Double Discovery Center’s programs.


A. Develops strategic plans to set goals and direction for the Center. Implements specific goals, objectives, and work plans that are consistent with the Center’s mission and as set forth in funding proposals. Accountable for the overall operation of the office.

B. Leads and supervises the staff of the Center, 10 staff and 300 plus volunteers. The incumbent will make recommendations regarding departmental structure and staffing and oversees all human resources issues. Identifies the necessary training and professional development for staff.

C. Establishes, submits, monitors, and reports on an annual budget of approximately $1.6 million; including, preparing budget documents and researching and analyzing financial issues. Creates and enforces all program policies and procedures.

D. Responsible for raising funds in the amount of $1.6 million annually to support the Center, from government agencies, individuals, corporations, and foundations. Formulates fundraising strategies and creates and updates fundraising policies and procedures for the Center.

E. Selects techniques, methods and procedures to develop innovative approaches to the Center’s programs.

F. Maintains positive relations with the Center’s Board of Friends, community organizations, and funding agencies. Serves as the Center’s liaison to the University and creates collaborative partnerships with College and University offices.

F. Performs other related duties.

QUALIFICATIONS: Advanced degree required. At least seven years of progressive and substantive related experience, such as academic administration, counseling, curriculum development, or student affairs. Knowledge of the academic needs of low-income, first generation and underrepresented students necessary. Knowledge of collegiate admissions, financial aid, and academic support processes desired. Familiarity with New York City public schools and TRiO programs preferable. Fluency in two or more languages desired. Previous experience in grant writing or fund raising required. Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills required. Demonstrated excellence in leadership and management necessary, with preference for experience leading a not-for-profit or educational organization.

How to apply

Please apply through the Columbia University Job Site or by followng the link below:


new york, New York
Project Double Discovery, the Double Discovery Center of Columbia College ("DDC")

2920 Broadway, New York, New York, 10027, United States