Assistant Dean for Access, Diversity & Inclusion in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Requisition # 2023-17241
Date Posted 4 months ago(6/12/2023 7:00 PM)
Dean of the Graduate School
Academic Administration
Job Type


The Office of the Dean of the Graduate School at Princeton University seeks an Assistant Dean for Access, Diversity and Inclusion. This professional will report to the Associate Dean for Access, Diversity, and Inclusion and will have primary responsibility for the recruitment, retention, and success of underrepresented graduate students (e.g., students of color, women in certain STEM fields, low income and first generation college students, and LGBT students).  This position will partner with multiple constituencies within the Graduate School, the University, and beyond to foster an environment of inclusion and increase the access of historically underrepresented individuals to graduate education.

This professional will join an office that offers a challenging and supportive work environment.  Engaged and dedicated staff members within the office collaborate to improve the educational experience of all graduate students at Princeton.  The work itself is extraordinarily rewarding: it is multi-faceted, always evolving, and meaningful.


For full consideration, please submit resume and cover letter by July 7,2023. Position will remain open until filled. 


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The position will assist departments and programs with issues related to increasing the diversity of their applicant pools, their admissions and recruitment efforts, and their support of students’ academic and professional success.
  • The position will lead and provide management support for ADI signature programs including but not limited to The Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Initiative, The Graduate Scholars Program (GSP), and the Princeton Prospective PhD Preview (P3).
  • The position will lead and provide management support for ADI’s recruitment initiatives with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), and other programs and institutions.
  • Develop strategies and create programs that foster and support diversity and inclusion efforts for the Graduate School.
  • Serve as an adviser and mentor to underrepresented students.
  • Develop, implement and maintain methodologies to assess efforts within the Graduate School and its departments/programs with regards to diversity and inclusion.
  • Collect, track, analyze, and present data as they relate to diversity initiatives, provide feedback to faculty, staff and students on the effectiveness of the School’s efforts and suggestions for continued improvement.
  • Monitor national trends, peer institution efforts, and seek benchmarks for successful diversity initiatives.
  • Support the diversity and inclusion team’s communication strategies (e.g. newsletter publications, webinar creation, website content creation, and social media).


Programming and Support

The Assistant Dean will work within the Graduate School and with departments/programs to develop and create programming, workshops, trainings, and other opportunities related to diversity and pipeline/pathway issues. They will serve as a resource and collaborative partner for faculty and academic departments and programs, as well as an advisor for affinity groups. Implement diversity and inclusion programming at orientation and throughout the year, develop and assess interventions to improve self-efficacy.  The Assistant Dean will create and oversee initiatives to enhance the inclusivity of the graduate intellectual community.




This individual will meet with incoming students to identify those who may require more extensive mentoring and skill development, provide students with information about navigating the University culture, closely monitor the progress of students, and proactively aid students during key academic milestones. The Assistant Dean will facilitate the resolution of concerns with the directors of graduate studies and advisers.



The Assistant Dean actively recruits on behalf of the Graduate School’s programs at local, state, and national venues. This position leads ADIs recruitment initiatives with HBCUs, HSIs, and MSIs. This position will host prospective students, organize recruiting efforts, foster relationships with minority serving and public institutions, and represent academic departments at recruiting activities off-campus. As part of the graduate admissions process this individual will help to identify promising candidates and collaborate with academic departments to recommend students for admission, as well as serve as a resource and advocate for diversity. Tracking of recruitment and admissions data will be required for assessment purposes.


Essential Qualifications Position Requires:

  • 4-6 years of work experience in higher education; teaching and mentoring experience in a research-intensive environment is strongly desired.
  • Advanced degree is required; PhD preferred.
  • Documented experience working with underrepresented students in higher education is required.
  • In-depth understanding and knowledge of the culture and issues of access, diversity, inclusion, equity, and multiculturalism in a higher education setting.
  • Strong administrative abilities, and excellent interpersonal skills and cultural competencies in order to interact with a wide range of individuals, from undergraduate summer students to senior faculty and administrators, both inside and outside the University.
  • Strong communication (oral and written) skills and should be proficient at public speaking.
  • Ability to work independently on concurrent projects under pressure of multiple deadlines is essential.
  • Occasional travel and work on evenings and weekends work is required.


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. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Standard Weekly Hours


Work Schedule, If Other Than Standard Hours

Occasional evenings and weekends for recruitment and programming

Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Probationary Period

180 days

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver’s License Required


Experience Level

Mid-Senior Level



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