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Program Manager, Southeast Asia Program

Cornell University

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2024

Cornell University, unique among peers, is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed university, and a member of the Ivy League. One of the country's premier international studies centers, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies (Einaudi Center), is Cornell's crossroads for research, teaching, and learning about the world. Through area studies and thematic programs, we strive to foster deep understanding and new knowledge of the world's current events, histories, cultures, and languages. We support campus-wide multidisciplinary initiatives and forge transnational collaborations. The Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) sits within the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and is a global leader in Southeast Asian studies.

Since its founding in 1951, SEAP has contributed to understanding Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Brunei, East Timor, and Singapore in a comparative regional and global context, with a distinctive interdisciplinary program that spans the humanities, social sciences, and applied sciences.

What you will do:

The Program Manager oversees SEAP’s administrative operations and is responsible for the overall implementation and coordination of the program’s financial, administrative, academic, and human resource activities. The administrator will serve as a liaison with the Einaudi Center and represent the program in collaborations and activities with numerous units both on and off campus.

Your specific responsibilities will include:

  • Financial management of accounts and budgets including grants, gift, and contracts
  • Supervise two full-time SEAP staff members: Program Assistant and Outreach and Communications Coordinator
  • Administrative operation of academic programs (e.g. weekly lectures, student committee activities, faculty symposia or conferences)
  • Oversight of SEAP’s communications strategy and management of website, listservs and SEAP’s extensive alumni and student database.
  • Serve as the human resources liaison for SEAP, including staff and student hires, as well as visiting fellow appointments and any related immigration and visa processes.
  • Responsible for data collection for reports, grants or opportunities to ensure that strategic goals of the Program are met including but not limited to the USDE Title VI NRC and FLAS grants.
  • Anticipate and facilitate faculty, student, colleague, visitor, or public requests.
  • Organize fellowship and internal grant competitions and administer related awards and reporting.
  • Coordinate with faculty and assist Einaudi and SEAP outreach staff in administrative aspects of educational and community outreach at the regional and national level.

This position is located in Ithaca, New York with the job being performed on campus.

What we need:

An organized team-player who is enthusiastic about managing a diverse and demanding portfolio of activities in support of Southeast Asian studies. You must have a proven ability to simultaneously manage multiple areas, events and deadlines, while working with faculty, students, and staff in an intercultural academic setting.

Additionally, you will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher with at least 3 years related managerial, supervisory and/or administrative experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skillscultivate and maintain an effective work environment
  • Experience with grant and contract management and/or financial accounts management
  • Working knowledge of database management and office technology, including word processing, ability to adapt to new technologies and platforms

In addition to the above, we would prefer you to have:

  • Master’s and experience with international studies and/or intercultural communication. Experience in Higher Education.
  • Graduate-level training in Southeast Asian studies or other in-depth experience in higher education with international studies
  • Familiarity with Southeast Asia and facility with a Southeast Asian language

For full consideration, applicants must include both a resume and cover letter with their application.

Rewards and Benefits:

  • Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
  • Our benefits programs include comprehensive health care options, generous retirement contributions, access to wellness programs, and employee discounts with local and national retail brands. We invite you to follow this link to get more information about our benefits: https://hr.cornell.edu/benefits-pay.
  • Follow this link to learn more about the Total Rewards of Working at Cornell: https://hr.cornell.edu/jobs/your-total-rewards.
  • Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, and an end of the year winter break from December 25-January 1.
  • Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, tuition aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance Program.

Visa sponsorship and relocation assistance are not available for this position.

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Administrator III

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$71,081.00 - $82,607.00

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Brenda Joly

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