Assistant Director, Diversity Initiatives

Princeton University - Princeton, NJ


Under the direction of the Associate Dean for Access, Diversity and Inclusion in the Graduate School, the assistant director will manage all diversity and inclusion strategic communication initiatives and will also lead programmatic offerings aimed at the recruitment, retention, and success of graduate students underrepresented in higher education. This is a new position that is intended to lead, develop, and implement exciting new diversity and inclusion strategic communication and programmatic initiatives in the Princeton graduate school in collaboration with academic departments, campus administrative partners, graduate student organizations, and external partners including graduate alumni, peer institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), etc.

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.

The position is a full time, benefits eligible position available for a three year term and may be extended based on performance and funding. The start date is flexible, with a preferred start in October 2019.

Occasional travel and extended hours, including weekends may be required.


Communications Efforts: The Assistant Director will be responsible for creating and implementing all the ADI team’s communications and media initiatives, which will include newsletter development, website content creation, social media outreach and content development across relevant platforms, and other strategic communications responsibilities as needed. Other responsibilities may include but are not limited to, promoting events; creating high quality written, photographic, and video content; executing successful e-mail and website marketing efforts; and applying basic design principles within commonly used web publishing environments. The candidate will play a lead role in the team’s core messaging strategy and communications plans.

Programming and Support: The Assistant Director will create, manage, and support Access, Diversity and Inclusion (ADI) student enhancement and success programs, including but not limited to conferences, mentorship programs, workshops, trainings and co-sponsorship of events with the Graduate School’s affinity groups, faculty and other campus partners.

Recruitment Efforts: The position will support efforts to identify and engage prospective students to apply to graduate programs. They will organize recruiting efforts and host prospective students on campus. The position will support the recruitment of students who may be participants in existing national pipeline programs (such as Mellon Mays, McNair, and Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation); institutional initiatives including bridge, pre-doctoral, and post-baccalaureate programs; or studying at minority serving institutions, women's colleges, and public universities.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree is required.
Minimum of three to five year’s relevant work experience in higher education or related work experience; program development experience in a research-intensive environment is strongly desired.
Attention to detail is key.
Experience in writing and editing.
Strong administrative abilities, and excellent interpersonal skills and cultural competencies in order to interact with a wide range of individuals, from undergraduates to senior faculty and administrators.
Strong strategic planning and project management skills necessary to set and monitor progress against goals, to develop plans and timelines, and to measure success toward goals.
Exceptional communication (oral and written) skills and proficiency in public speaking.
Proven success in managing projects.
Ability to travel and work on evenings and weekends is required.
Ability to prioritize and juggle responsibilities, meet tight deadlines and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
Creativity and curiosity in approaching assignments.
Self-motivated with ability to work independently with limited direction and supervision and also as part of multiple teams.
Proficiency in Microsoft desktop applications (PowerPoint, Word, Excel), web publishing (e.g., Drupal), and graphic related software.
Knowledge of the digital and social landscapes and ability to generate successful social content; must be active in social media.
Ability to develop relationships with the broader Princeton community is essential.
The final candidate will be required to complete a background check successfully.
Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree highly preferred.
Graphic design and/or multimedia storytelling and editing experience (i.e. Premier, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, mobile solutions) strongly 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, 050
Standard Weekly Hours
Work Schedule, If Other Than Standard Hours
Occasional travel and work on evenings and weekends work is required.
Eligible for Overtime
Benefits Eligible
Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)
Estimated Appointment End Date
Comments Related to End Date
Three year term position, renewable contingent on funding and performance.
Physical Capacity Exam Required
Valid Driver’s License Required