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Assistant Director, Global Tourism Institute
DATE:   3/10/2014
JOB TITLE:   Assistant Director, Global Tourism Institute
DEPARTMENT:   Global Tourism Institute - Niagara University
SECTOR:   Academic Affairs

Under general supervision, the Assistant Project Director is responsible for developing appropriate systems and processes to ensure effective management of the GTI-NU project on a day to day basis. These will include responsibility for creating monitoring systems through the 4 stages of the project life cycle: Initiation, Planning, Implementation and Controlling and Project Transition.


Develop effective systems and processes for the day to day management of the project.

Work with the Project Director, Steering Group and stakeholders in preparing Project Charter outlining scope, goals, deliverables, resources required, budget    and project schedule.

Be directly responsible for ensuring compliance with post-award management of grants.

Assist the Project Director in preparing a project schedule and track and report on project milestones to the Project Steering Committee.

Develop work breakdown structure to estimate effort required for each task.

Provide administrative support to the Project Steering Group and 4 sub-groups.

Maintain records of all meetings.

Work with the Project Director in developing a comprehensive project communications strategy including the development of a Project Website.

Develop effective tools and best practice for project management and execution

Ensure all project documentation is properly protected through effective control of confidential information.

Performs other duties as assigned


70%    Effectively manage the day to day operations of the GTI-NU

10%    Assist the Project Director in preparing project schedule and track and report project milestones.

5%      Provide administrative support to GTI-NU Steering Group and sub-groups

5%      Develop effective tools and best practice for Project Management and execution.


Ability to creatively conceptualize programs and to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing

Demonstrated ability to work effectively and comfortably under deadlines, manage multiple projects simultaneously and occasionally work outside normal business hours

Facility with financial concepts and basic budgeting and cost accounting standards

Sophisticated interpersonal abilities, and value diplomacy, tact and discretion

Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment

Ability to utilize project management tools and/or software packages

Proficient in Microsoft office software

Must be articulate, high-energy and goal-oriented

Must possess a strong work ethic and unquestioned personal integrity

Possess excellent administrative and time management skills.


The functions of the position usually performed sitting, but may require some amount of time standing. Some amount of stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, carrying and other movements may be required. Tasks involving working on a computer keyboard, computer software applications, calculator, cutting, labeling, and taping involve extensive wrist and hand movement. All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without significant risk of injury to themselves or others.


1)    Bachelor’s degree in business or tourism related field.

2)    A minimum of three to five years of experience in project and/or marketing management. Experience in private sector a plus.

3)    PMI certification preferred.

4)    A valid NYS driver’s license is required that satisfies both university and insurance company underwriting rules and regulations for driving a motor vehicle.

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