Columbia University in the City of New York
Manager, Finance & Administration
February 2013 — Present
Agriculture & Food Security Center, The Earth Institute
In this role, I provide financial management for AgCenter’s annual budget. I also provide human resources and administrative management for AgCenter’s staff members through recruitment, hiring, performance evaluations, equipment and service provider procurement, and orientation to University policies. I work closely with Columbia’s legal counsel to develop contracts and agreements. I fill a liaison role with various partners to ensure smooth operation and financial management of several international research projects, including the Millennium Villages Project and the Africa Soil Information Service. I work with the AgCenter team to plan, budget, and write various components of grant proposals and concept notes to various donor agencies. I also work with the team to sustain donor relationships through timely submission of semi-annual and annual narrative and financial reports. I support AgCenter’s director on strategic planning for AgCenter’s current and future operations.