Assistant Director

Princeton, NJ
Jul 10, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2018-8995
Department Center for Human Values
Category Administrative Support
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline


The University Center for Human Values (UCHV) fosters ongoing inquiry into important ethical issues in private and public life and supports teaching, research, and discussion of ethics and human values throughout the curriculum and across the disciplines at Princeton University. UCHV's primary activities include a visiting scholars' program, a fellowship program for outstanding Princeton graduate students, an interdisciplinary colloquium on ethics and public affairs, an undergraduate certificate program, and a lecture series on ethics and political philosophy. UCHV also supports several joint faculty positions in politics, philosophy, religion, and the Woodrow Wilson School as well as having solely appointed faculty members from time to time.

The assistant director will work closely with the Center's director to execute policy and strategic direction for the operation of the department and will participate in short and long-term planning for the Center's operations and activities. While the director establishes the academic and intellectual direction of the Center, the assistant director provides support for the director's vision. The assistant director is responsible for ensuring that the faculty, students, and staff in the Center have the necessary assistance to carry out their academic, research and administrative duties. The assistant director reports directly to the Center's director, with a secondary reporting relationship to the associate dean for academic affairs in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.


The three most important aspects of the assistant director's responsibilities are financial management, staff supervision, and academic management.

Budget and financial management: The assistant director develops and implements the departmental teaching and operating budget, in collaboration with the director. The assistant director advises the director on budget strategies and is responsible for careful and appropriate management of funds. The assistant director monitors spending and provides regular, timely analysis and multi-year projections of the available funds to the director.

Staff supervision: The assistant director supervises the hiring, performance reviews, and merit increase process of the administrative and technical staff.

Academic management: The assistant director supervises the administration of the teaching component of the Center's activities, including the Values and Public Life certificate program, ensuring that the Center meets all deadlines for the offices of the Dean of the Faculty, Registrar, Dean of the College, and the Graduate School. The assistant director also works with the director in developing and administering collaborations with other academic units and oversight of numerous Center events.


  • Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • 4-6 years' experience in management or related administrative position(s); Management experience in a university setting preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in budget management, financial reporting, and oversight of financial operations.
  • Experience in the supervision and monitoring of staff relations and staff development and delegation of supervisory responsibility.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to adeptly manage multiple priorities.
  • Ability to anticipate and initiate appropriate action in support of the Director and department faculty.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Verbally and in writing, must have the ability to skillfully communicate process and policy information to faculty, staff. and students.
  • Intermediate/Advanced Microsoft Office suite skills, especially in Excel, and ability to learn new software and systems quickly.
  • Knowledge of Princeton University financial systems (Information Warehouse, Labor Accounting, and PeopleSoft) is preferred.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

ADM, 060

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required


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