Director, Family Economic Security (FES)
Associate Research Scientist
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is one of the nation’s leading public policy research centers. Part of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, NCCP has been promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of low-income children and families in the U.S. since 1989.
The Jr. Accountant, working under the guidance of the center’s Administrative Director, will provide a range of financial and administrative support services.
In compliance with Columbia University’s standards and practices, the Jr. Accountant will carry out the tasks listed below.
Assist in the preparation of proposal budgets and grant applications. Specific responsibilities will include: maintaining database of grant applications and awards; reviewing accounts monthly, quarterly and monitoring account restrictions and deadlines, processing and tracking of salary compensation from grant accounts; processing invoices, journal entries; expenditure corrections; responding to inquiries and requests from principal investigators; provide grant account balances; final report reconciling and filing, and supporting account closures.
- Bachelor's degree in related field is strongly preferred with a minimum of 2 – 3 years experience preferably in Accounting or Finance
- Prior financial, grant and /or foundation relation experience a plus
- Organized, pay close attention to detail, self-motivated, reliable, conscientious, and able to solve problems
If interested, apply online at jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=155208.
All applicants must apply through the Columbia University Jobs site. Please visit the site and search open positions for requisition number 082922. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Excellent benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), founded in 1989 at Columbia University, is one of the nation’s leading public policy research centers. Housed within the Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, NCCP is promoting the health, economic security, and well-being of America’s low-income children and their families. The center uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation and promotes family-oriented solutions at the state and national levels.
The Director of Family Economic Security (FES) is a key member of the center’s senior staff who will lead, manage, and fundraise for a portfolio of research that: (1) illuminates the connections between family economic status and family and child health and development, (2) provides evidence-based assessments of policy solutions to reduce family poverty and economic hardship, (3) originates and investigates new policy research areas to advance economic mobility for families, (4) amplifies the role of economic security in public health, and (5) advances the mission of the center and the Mailman School of Public Health.
Specifically, she or he will report to the center director and be responsible for conducting the following activities:
- Develop and lead NCCP’s research and policy agenda for family economic security, in coordination with the center director
- Identify emerging research and policy opportunities that further NCCP’s mission and strengthen the center’s capacity and reputation in the field
- Undertake a robust research portfolio of primary and secondary research in family economic security
- Maintain and nurture relationships with existing funders and successfully develop new sources of funding
- Develop and manage project budgets in coordination with NCCP’s financial coordinator
- Author briefs, policy reports, peer-reviewed articles, and fact sheets for NCCP’s core audiences—policymakers, advocates, and researchers
- Present the FES team’s work to diverse audiences via conferences, webinars, legislative testimony, and other venues
- Serve as a principal media spokesperson for the center
- Work with communications consultants to promote FES activities through the center’s website, social media, and other channels
- Supervise and mentor a team of master’s-level research analysts, promote staff development, and participate in center-wide planning and management as part of the senior management team
- Contribute to the teaching and research mission of Columbia University, developing collaborative partner-ships with MSPH and other Columbia faculty and mentoring students
- Serve as a thought partner to the NCCP Director and as her representative, acting on her behalf in her absence
- PhD or DrPH required in economics, sociology, social work, public policy public health, or a related field
- Five years’ experience in social science research and/or policy analysis relevant to low-income children and families
- Deep knowledge of national- and state-level social policy for low-income families
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the demonstrated ability to write effectively for policymakers and other non-specialist readers and to interact with the media and policymakers
- A track record of published work, ideally in peer-reviewed journals
- Demonstrated ability to secure financial support from government agencies and foundations
- At least five years’ experience supervising/mentoring staff
All applicants MUST meet these minimum requirements to be considered for the position.
The position offers a competitive salary. In addition, as part of Columbia University, the National Center for Children in Poverty offers health care coverage, dental coverage, flexible spending accounts, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), pre-tax transit and parking reimbursement, retirement benefits, and tuition programs.
NCCP is committed to building a culturally diverse environment, and interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the center through their research.
All applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and three brief writing samples via Columbia University's Recruitment of Academic Positions System (RAPS).