Associate Director Election Innovation Lab

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Associate Director Election Innovation Lab


Job ID: 2021-12876
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Academic Administration

Princeton University


The Princeton Gerrymandering Project (PGP) is an interdisciplinary center at Princeton University. PGP is a nexus of expertise in technology, engineering, public policy, and the social sciences. The principal mission of PGP is to provide data, legal, and analytic resources for use in all 50 states for redistricting in 2021 and beyond. In keeping with the strong University tradition of service, PGP’s research, teaching, and events will address data science and complex systems optimization as they interact with society.

PGP will expand in the coming years to address other election-related concerns, under the umbrella term of the Election Innovation Lab. During this 2-yr term, the Associate Director will be the primary public face of EIL and will play a vital role in its management and direction, as the principal administrator for the center's core research, education and outreach both on campus and beyond. This is position involves a combination of academic and administrative tasks.

EIL is expanding in terms of staff, programming, funding, and external outreach. The Associate Director's staff management is growing from seven staff to nine with the addition of two new research staff including a data analyst, at least one data science fellowship position, and a visiting faculty position. These new positions are being hired in order to expand the center's programming and offer students the opportunity to work on cutting-edge real-world electoral policy issues. The Associate Director is heavily involved in proposal writing, donor engagement, budget planning, and other fundraising activities related to these gift conversations, as well as providing oversight of the full budget and financial obligations for EIL. In terms of outreach on behalf of EIL, the Associate Director will coordinate teams of experts and practitioners in key states around the country, oversee the organization of conferences, participate in panel discussions and deliver talks on behalf of EIL nationally, and oversee communications (website, social media, blogs, newsletter, etc.) for the center.

**This is a 2 year term position with possibility of renewal**


Academic Work and State Policy Coordination:

  • Cultivate research collaborations and joint public events with other institutions.
  • Edit the EIL’s web presences ( and
  • Provide programmatic support to the Director and coordinate Center’s research initiatives and activities to establish and achieve common goals and milestones.
  • Participate in the Center’s academic research and impact work.
  • May teach undergraduate or graduate courses if appropriate and desired.
Project Programming:

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate programs and strategies designed to enhance opportunities for students.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate training programs and coordination strategies for practitioners in states around the country.
  • Recruit visiting researchers and policy experts, coordinating the selection and appointment process.
  • Oversee the planning, coordination, organization, and execution of high-profile activities of the Center, including lecture series, workshops and policy briefings.
  • Coordinate visits involving Center sponsors, legal, social science, data science, science, and engineering scholars, visiting international scholars, government, political reform actors, and others.


  • Direct the preparation and distribution of marketing, communications and promotional materials to constituents, in support of undergraduate/graduate offerings and state-level policy programs via website and printed materials, written correspondence, and social media.
  • Draft and assist in developing and writing research grant proposals for additional funding for research relating to PGP and EIL activities.
  • Maintains website, social media presence, blogs, e-newsletter, podcast, etc.

Administrative Management:

  • Participate in the development and enhancement of standard operating procedures and guidelines for all matters related to the Center.
  • Supervise administrative and research staff.
  • Represent the Director at meetings including presentation of report results and exchange of information with the University, professional, and practitioner community.
  • Seek and cultivate ties with other centers, programs, and departments both within the University and in peer organizations and practitioner groups.


Essential Qualifications:

Formal Education minimum requirement: Masters or Professional degree (Ph.D. also acceptable)

Work Experience: minimum requirement 3+ years

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Sufficiently conversant in the scientific and technical dimensions of electoral reform to be able to convey opinions and findings/data through detailed analysis; current knowledge of the field and players in democracy reform.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills.
  • Ability to interact and function in a cross-disciplinary academic environment; active listening skills to develop relationships and build trust and credibility with a diverse set of stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational and management skills and good judgment.
  • Leadership, management and staff development skills.
  • High level of emotional intelligence, judgment and strategic agility; ability to resolve conflict thoughtfully.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree
  • Recognized and influential leader in the field
  • Event planning background
  • Grant-writing experience
  • Computer programming skills; audiovisual production
  • Proven experience with and commitment to undergraduate teaching and advising
  • Legal expertise as it pertains to intellectual property, privacy, etc.
This position is subject to the University's background check policy

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





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Job No:
Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 8/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time