• Assistant Director, STEP

    Requisition # 2018-9073
    Date Posted 3 weeks ago(7/24/2018 3:11 PM)
    Woodrow Wilson School
    Academic Administration
    Full-Time / Part-Time
  • Overview

    Princeton University's Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment—formerly known as the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy or STEP—based at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS), seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and highly-motivated Assistant Director who will serve as the faculty director's advisor and representative, providing vision and leadership and overseeing the Center's strategic development and day-to-day operations. The Assistant Director should have demonstrated experience in both establishing and sustaining a comprehensive portfolio of academic and research programs and activities.


    C-PREE is a multidisciplinary center that fosters research and learning. In its teaching and research, C-PREE blends scientific knowledge and methods with social science and practitioner perspectives in ways that yield practical solutions to the major environmental and technological challenges facing the world today.


    The Assistant Director is the primary public face of C-PREE-clearly articulating the Center's mission, vision, and goals to a broad constituency-and playing a vital role in the management and direction of the center as the principal administrator for its core programming, education and outreach on Princeton's campus and beyond. This individual develops, plans, and executes the center's seminar series, conferences, and lectures; helps recruit visiting researchers and policy experts, coordinating the selection and appointment process; contributes to the Center's research initiatives; promotes and supports the Center's educational offerings-currently, a master's degree certificate program, a joint fellowship certificate with Princeton Environmental Institute, and a doctoral track in science, technology, and environmental policy-and other courses and student programs; develops the center's multi-year budget in collaboration with the Director and is responsible for the careful and appropriate management of center funds and other resources; manages day-to-day center operations; cultivates high profile research collaborations and joint public events with other centers, programs, and institutions at WWS and across Princeton; manages public communications through the website, social media, and print materials; coordinates grant proposal development, writing, and submission on behalf of the Center's principal investigators as appropriate and necessary.


    Duties and Responsibilities


    Management and Administration

    • Recruits visiting researchers and policy experts, coordinating the selection and appointment process.
    • Coordinates visits involving Center sponsors, high-ranking university representatives, visiting international scholars, government and industry personnel, and others.
    • Oversees the planning, coordination, organization, and execution of high-profile activities of the Center, including seminars, conferences, and lectures.
    • Participates in the development and enhancement of standard operating procedures and guidelines for all matters related to the Center.
    • Represents the Center Director at meetings, including presentation of report results and exchange of information with the WWS, University, and research community.


    • Directs the preparation and distribution of marketing, communications and promotional materials to constituents in support of the Center's educational offerings and other student programs, via web site and printed materials, written correspondence, and social media.
    • Creates content for C-PREE print and digital communications platforms, including brochures, reports, the website, and social media. Content should include feature stories, videos, press releases, e-newsletters and social media posts.
    • Formulates and executes a dissemination plan to reach audiences interested in science, technology, and environmental policy, including researchers, practitioners, the media, and policy makers. Dissemination includes creating targeted mailing lists, utilizing social and digital media, and working with WWS and PU Communications offices to share C-PREE content.
    • Works with the C-PREE faculty director and other key faculty to plan and promote events that highlight the work and expertise of the center, including marketing and direct communication with targeted audiences to build interest and attendance.


    • Cultivates research collaborations and joint public events with other centers, programs, and institutions.
    • Manages the Center's social media activities.
    • Provides programmatic support to the Center Director and coordinates the Center's research initiatives and activities to establish and achieve common goals and milestones.
    • Works closely with the Center Director and other key faculty and researchers and when necessary takes the lead in developing and writing research grant proposals for additional funding for research relating to the Center's activities.
    • Participates in the Center's research as necessary and when appropriate.

    Budget and Financial Management

    • Develops and oversees the Center's multi-year budget in close collaboration with the Director and is responsible for the careful and appropriate management of Center funds and other resources.
    • Directs the day-to-day operations of the Center and the activities of other Center staff, with responsibility for administrative support functions and details of project management including project financial status and purchasing decisions.
    • Prepares and drafts correspondence and written reports such as the Center's annual report, and analyses on the effectiveness of various funding programs.
    • Provides technical expertise in grant proposal development, including identifying appropriate team members, leveraging university resources, and coordinating overall proposal production (narrative, budget, etc.) under minimal supervision.
    • Works closely with the WWS Finance Office to ensure compliance with a wide-range of fiscal policies and procedures and the preparation of annual and multi-year center budgets.


    The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:


    Essential Qualifications


    • Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of five to seven years' experience in related field.
    • Appreciation for research themes in science, technology, and the environment - as well as engineering, energy, and other related fields and disciplines; an understanding of public policy and the intersection of science and policy at a local, national, and international level.
    • Demonstrated strategic planning skills and capacity to articulate a Center's mission, vision, and goals.
    • Adept in developing and executing, with creativity and a strong alignment to mission, the unique programming/activities of an academic research center.
    • Demonstrated strength in building a program or center's capacity.
    • Proven ability to work independently with limited supervision; strong personal initiative; highly self-motivated and self-directed; demonstrated capacity to multi-task and manage competing priorities while consistently delivering results in a timely manner; ability to "manage up" tactfully and diplomatically.
    • Enterprising, resourceful, and entrepreneurial work style; ability to expand the scope of activities and programming offered by a research program or center.
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills; ability to work productively and efficiently in a dynamic environment with a high degree of ambiguity and limited structure.
    • Ability to interact and function in a cross-disciplinary academic environment.
    • Strong organizational and management skills and sound judgment; demonstrated project planning skills; strong attention to detail.
    • Demonstrated tact, diplomacy, and discretion; appreciation for the values of higher education and sensitivity to the nuances of academic culture.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Experience with editing and maintaining websites.
    • Demonstrated development and fundraising finesse; strategic stewardship and relationship management; comfort and ease in speaking with current and prospective donors.
    • Ability to quickly develop and effectively maintain relationships while building trust and credibility with a diverse set of stakeholders to drive and achieve short and long-term results; must have a strong, outcome-focused work-style and orientation.
    • High level of emotional intelligence, judgment and strategic agility; ability to resolve conflict thoughtfully and effectively with minimal disruption.
    • Leadership, management, and staff development skills which exhibit qualities of integrity, trustworthiness, respect and team collaboration.
    • Demonstrated ability to work with confidential and highly sensitive information and data without compromise.

    Preferred Qualifications

    •  Advanced degree (MPA, MPP, MBA, JD, PhD, etc.).
    • An academic or research background in science, technology, and/or engineering.
    • Professional or academic experience in public policy, policy-making, and/or government affairs.
    • Marketing and/or brand management experience.
    • Experience with leading strategic planning in non-profit or higher education environments.
    • Conference and event planning background.

    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, 060

    Standard Weekly Hours


    Eligible for Overtime


    Benefits Eligible


    Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


    Physical Capacity Exam Required


    Valid Driver’s License Required



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