Program Associate - Princeton University Preparatory Program/Princeton Summer Journalism Program

4 days ago
Requisition #
Administrative Support
Full-Time / Part-Time


The Program Associate for the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) and the Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) will join a dedicated team of college access and success professionals who work to prepare outstanding, diverse students from low-income backgrounds for selective college success.  Reporting to the Director of PUPP, the Program Associate will collaborate with the PUPP team manage a range of PUPP program components focused on the local, Princeton/Mercer County, NJ region; while also managing PSJP operations that serve students across the US.


Founded in 2001, PUPP is a comprehensive academic and cultural enrichment program for high-achieving, low-income high school students from Ewing, Lawrence, Nottingham, Princeton and Trenton High Schools. PUPP works with high school scholars beginning the summer after their 9th grade year and continuing through high school graduation. Our goal is to prepare our students for success at selective colleges and universities.


Founded in 2002, PSJP seeks to create pathways for students from low-income backgrounds into elite, intellectual professions—including journalism and closely related fields. Every August, SJP welcomes 35-40 low-income rising high school seniors to Princeton’s campus for a 10-day seminar on journalism and college admissions. A team of professional journalists then works with students on every aspect of their college applications during the fall of their senior year. Our goal is to send students to elite colleges—and to encourage them to subsequently pursue careers in journalism or other intellectual fields, thereby diversifying the professions that shape American democracy.

This is a two year term position. 


For PUPP, the Program Associate will be responsible for monitoring and supporting the academic progress of PUPP scholars during their sophomore and junior of high school, as well as coordinating family support programming for PUPP.  The incumbent will also aid in the overall operations of PUPP, including the recruitment and selection of new scholars, assisting with academic and discipline interventions and coordinating services for scholars and families.


For PSJP, the Program Associate will serve as the primary University liaison for the program and will collaborate with the PSJP leadership team (volunteers) to administer the program.  Major tasks include managing operating budget of the PSJP, recruitment and selection of program participants, managing program logistics, overseeing program interns, and managing college admissions guidance for program participants. 



Essential Qualifications: 

  • Bachelors degree required, Masters preferred
  • 4-6 years of work experience
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Adobe Photoshop and database application required)
  • Experience and comfort with maintaining financial records

The selected candidate will demonstrate cultural competency skills and experience working with diverse populations.


This position requires knowledge of the college admissions and financial aid process, particularly as it relates to first generation and low-income students, as well as experience working with educational outreach programs. In addition, the position requires discretion, tact, diplomacy, and confidence in relaying information, as well as an ability to take initiative, work independently, and thrive in a demanding environment. Further, the position demands a strong work ethic, meticulous attention to detail, commitment to completing work on a timely basis and at the highest level of accuracy and quality. This individual must work proactively to anticipate needs while exercising flexibility and adaptability. Must have a proven successful background in decision-making processes, excellent organizational skills, and be able to multi-task.


Must demonstrate ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment needed to handle confidential information, documents and communications; exceptional communication skills (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills required. A high degree of energy, self-motivation and flexibility is essential. 


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge of Blackboard, Google Applications, and PeopleSoft preferred. 
  • Familiarity with databases and website management systems, such as Drupal, as well as social media platforms
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred.
  • Must have a valid Driver's License and own vehicle (preferred).


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


Comments Related to End Date

Two-year, term position

Physical Capacity Exam Required



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