Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) Program Director

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The Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) program has offered unique and rewarding paid summer internship opportunities for Princeton undergraduates over the last twenty-five years. The PICS Program Director (designated as the Class of 1969 PICS Program Director) is a part of the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. Building on the Center's vision to make service a central part of the Princeton student experience, the PICS Program Director supports student engagement in service through paid summer internships. The Program Director encourages, supports and invites diverse perspectives in a commitment to the Center’s vision to have Princeton University students make the world more equitable by respecting differences and creating access and opportunity for all people and communities to thrive.


The PICS Program Director has strategic, administrative and operational responsibilities for the management of the PICS program. Cultivating positive and affirming relationships (both within the Princeton campus community and with external stakeholders, including alumni and community partners) in alignment of the Pace Center’s values is essential to this role. The Program Director is responsible, either directly or through the PICS Program Coordinator, for managing relationships with more than 600 alumni donors and volunteers, 200 community partners, 600 student applicants (ultimately 200 accepted interns), and 50 collaborators within the Princeton campus community. The Program Director will work collaboratively across internal and external stakeholders to uphold the highest quality internship experiences for students while maintaining consistency, equity, and transparency in adherence to University standards.


The PICS Program Director will report to the Associate Director of the Center/Director of Service Focus.


Program leadership and management (40%):  The PICS Program Director provides operational and strategic leadership in guiding, planning and implementing the PICS program. Operationally, the incumbent is responsible for managing the PICS program budget, developing and maintaining PICS practices and systems, and coordinating ongoing program evaluation and assessment. The incumbent ensures program alignment and compliance with University and Center policies, practices and protocols. Strategically, the incumbent will maintain cross-campus relationships.As a part of the Pace Center, the incumbent will advance the values of the Center, promote the wellbeing of students and staff, and achieve the goals set forth for the PICS program and the larger student service experience.


Internship integrity and stewardship(25%): With administrative responsibility for the overall internship experience, the Program Director will establish best practices for service internships. The Program Director will collaborate with other Princeton internship programs to enhance, expand, and create consistency for the internship experience for students. The incumbent will work with alumni and others on campus and in communities to identify, develop, and maintain a diverse portfolio of internship opportunities that reflect meaningful service, intentional learning, substantive work and inclusive and accessible environments. The incumbent will have primary responsibility for the PICS internship application process, including maintaining robust management systems for large volumes of student and community partner data. The Program Director will develop and implement recruitment, interview and application review and selection processes. The incumbent will oversee the orientation, trainings and post-internship reflection programs to prepare and support the students before, during and after their internship experience. Similarly, the incumbent will oversee the preparation, support and outcomes of the internship partner organization experience and that of the alumni engaged as mentors and reviewers.


Alumni engagement and fundraising (25%): The PICS Program Director is responsible for managing alumni engagement and fundraising for internships. The incumbent will work with the PICS Alumni Advisory Council, a body of individuals who will have a role in continuing and enhancing alumni engagement in support of PICS. The incumbent and the Advisory Council will partner on the ongoing and expanded financial support of PICS internships, the enrichment of the internship experience, and fostering relationships between alumni and student interns. Along with the Advisory Council, the incumbent will support the sourcing and review of new and existing community partners to host PICS internships. The incumbent will liaise with the University Office of Advancement to ensure University fundraising policies and guidelines are followed, as well as with University Finance and Treasury to ensure proper recording of gifts and financial management for funds received. The incumbent will produce a PICS annual report.


Staff supervision (10%): A PICS Program Coordinator will report to the Program Director. The Program Director is responsible for supervising and supporting the professional development of the Program Coordinator. 


● Bachelor Degree with 4 to 6 years' experience.

● Demonstrated experience and success in program development and management.

● Demonstrated experience in building relationships, working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders, and forming and sustaining effective partnerships with diverse leaders and organizations.

● Ability to act as an inclusive leader, creating environments of involvement, respect, connection,and community.

● Ability to function both independently and collaboratively in a team-based environment.

● Proven experience in operational management, including budgets, website management, evaluation, risk and compliance, staff development.

● Willingness to work on some evenings and weekends.



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.


Standard Weekly Hours36.25Eligible for OvertimeNoBenefits EligibleYesProbationary PeriodN/AEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)NoPhysical Capacity Exam RequiredNoValid Driver’s License RequiredNo Experience LevelMid-Senior Level#LI-JE1


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