• Design Program Manager

    Requisition # 2019-10963
    Date Posted 2 weeks ago(10/4/2019 4:53 PM)
    Innovation in Engineering Educ
    Student Affairs and Services
    Full-Time / Part-Time
  • Overview

    The Design Program Manager plays a key role in supporting Keller’s design/design thinking activities.  The Design Program Manager will direct the Tiger Challenge, a program in which students tackle complex societal issues in partnership with community partners and advisors. All teams in the Tiger Challenge use design thinking, a methodology that unlocks empathy, creativity, and collaboration.  The Design Program Manager will lead and direct the 10-week immersive Tiger Challenge summer experience by building upon the existing curriculum.  Additionally, the design program manager will serve as point of contact and support Tiger Challenge student teams throughout the year.  The incumbent in this role will serve as a point of contact to other campus partners interested in learning more about design thinking and may support this interest through collaborative work or workshops etc.  The Design program manager will be responsible for the visioning, execution and administration of these initiatives.


    The ideal candidate would combine design thinking expertise with empathy, expert communication skills, curiosity, creativity and experience working with diverse populations ranging from students, faculty, to campus and community partners. The candidate in this role will need to build on the tremendous legacy of the Tiger Challenge program to date and move it into its next phase of growth.


    A cover letter is required to be considered.


    Tiger Challenge Summer Immersive Experience

    • Pre-summer: Identify societal challenges for student teams; identify and recruit student teams; build relationship with community and governmental expert partners; recruit advisors; identify success metrics.
    • During summer: Run the immersive summer experience by designing and facilitating design thinking workshops; provide coaching to teams; work with community and governmental partners and advisors; create collaborative environment.
    • Post summer: Review program assessments; suggest opportunities for further strengthening program.
    • Administratively supports all aspects of the program.


    Tiger Challenge Academic Year Support for Tiger Challenge Teams

    • Serve as ongoing point of contact to Tiger Challenge teams during the academic year.
    • Support the design efforts of Tiger Challenge teams through coaching, building connections, access to resources


    Design Thinking Point of contact for broader campus community

    • Serve as the point of contact for other entities/partners on campus eager to learn more about design thinking.
    • Support these aims through collaborations/ workshops etc.
    • Engage actively with other departments/ centers on campus eager to partner with Tiger Challenge students.


    Manage Tiger Challenge Associates

    • Guide group of undergraduate and graduate students eager to support the Tiger Challenge activities


    • Bachelor's degree with 4 - 6 years related work experience
    • Professional experience with design/design thinking.
    • Human centered focus, empathy.
    • Expert communication and community/ cohort building skills.
    • Ability to interact with constituents at all levels. Expert communicator and bridge builder.
    • Excellent communication (oral and written) and collaboration skills. Able to build and maintain relationships with others, build trust and to collaborate most effectively.
    • Curiosity/creativity and divergent thinking.
    • Proven track record of being highly motivated, entrepreneurial, self-starter, flexible and quick learner who can work with minimal supervision. 
    • Excellent organizational, expert project management skills and ability to set priorities and juggle competing demands.
    • Ability to map out an educational and operational plan for a complex program and define associated success metrics and assessment mechanisms.


    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, 040

    Standard Weekly Hours


    Eligible for Overtime


    Benefits Eligible


    Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


    Estimated Appointment End Date


    Physical Capacity Exam Required


    Valid Driver’s License Required



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