Assistant Director

Requisition # 2024-19213
Date Posted 2 weeks ago(5/30/2024 8:55 AM)
Center for Human Values
Academic Administration
Job Type


The University Center for Human Values (UCHV) seeks an Assistant Director.  UCHV fosters ongoing inquiry into ethical questions arising in private and public life. It supports teaching, research, and discussion of ethics and human values throughout the curriculum and across the disciplines at Princeton University. UCHV appoints or jointly appoints its own faculty and is home to a number of programs and activities, including (but not limited to): the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowship, the Graduate Prize Fellowship, the Values and Public Life (VPL) undergraduate minor, a cohort of early career scholars, an interdisciplinary colloquium on ethics and public affairs, and a lecture series on ethics and political philosophy. Each academic year, UCHV hosts a wide range of public events on topics related to human values, broadly defined.


The Assistant Director works closely with the Center's Director and Executive Committee to shape UCHV's medium- and long-term priorities, to translate these priorities into concrete policies and programs, and to oversee the Center's successful day-to-day operations. The Assistant Director's main areas of oversight include: (1) staff supervision, (2) academic administration, (3) fiscal oversight, (4) communications oversight, and (5) facilities and events management. The Assistant Director reports directly to the Director of UCHV, with a secondary reporting relationship to the Director of Academic Administration in Human Resources.


Staff Supervision: The Assistant Director supervises UCHV's administrative staff, including full time and part time employees, as well as occasional student workers. Responsibilities include managing the hiring of administrative and technical staff, conducting ongoing oversight and coaching, and completing yearly performance appraisals and merit increases.


Academic Administration: The Assistant Director ensures that the Center meets all deadlines for the offices of the Dean of the Faculty, Registrar, Dean of the College, and the Graduate School. They are responsible for all appointments and on-boarding for faculty, visitors, and postdoctoral researchers; submissions for faculty summer salary; and appointments of visiting fellows and visiting students.


Budget and Financial Management: the Assistant Director is responsible for developing, updating, and monitoring UCHV's teaching and operating budgets with a high degree of accuracy. They are responsible for the compliant stewardship of the Center's endowed funds, as well as for administration for corporate and foundation gifts, and sponsored research.


Communications: working directly with the Center Director and Senior Communications Strategist, the Assistant Director develops and oversees UCHV's strategic plan for communications, with the goal of elevating the Center's visibility and broad impact.


Facilities/Events Management: The Assistant Director oversees office moves, renovations and repairs; manages space assignments for faculty and staff and purchase of department furniture and equipment. They are responsible for compliance with all health and safety policies and protocols.


Essential Qualifications

-Bachelor's Degree or equivalent; plus 5 or more years relevant work experience

- Demonstrated leadership, problem-solving, decision-making, and communications skills.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple competing priorities.
- Experience in budget management and oversight of financial operations.
- Supervisory experience and demonstrated ability to coach and mentor staff; values importance of diversity and inclusion.
- Sensitivity to the needs and concerns of faculty, staff, and students and other members of the University community.
- Excellent writing and proofreading skills.


Preferred Qualifications

- Experience in university administration strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated project management experience.


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


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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