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Director, Office of Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations

PRINCETON, NJ - Posted on: Friday 04/15/16


Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States and is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. Smaller than its peer institutions, Princeton enrolls fewer than 8,000 students (approximately 5,200 undergraduates and 2,600 graduate students). As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs enrolls approximately 200 graduate students per year, preparing them for careers in all areas of public service—federal, state and local governments, multilateral organizations, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and policy research institutes. It’s a diverse and highly collegial environment with three graduate programs: a two-year master’s in public and international affairs (MPA), a one-year master’s in public policy for mid-career professionals (MPP), and a small, policy-focused PhD program. With a strong endowment, the School is able to provide robust support for tuition, stipends, and professional development activities for all graduate students.

The Position
The Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) seeks an innovative and committed leader to direct its office of graduate career services and alumni relations. The WWS is deeply invested in helping its graduates to secure challenging and fulfilling jobs in the public and non-profit sectors. The School has a loyal alumni network of more than 4,000 living graduates who are regularly enlisted to assist in summer internship placements, career advising, and long-term career planning and placement. One of the distinct advantages of the WWS graduate program is the strong sense of community, and the celebrated tradition of carefully mentoring students toward public service positions. The director is expected to maintain that ethos, while harnessing new tools and strategies to meet new challenges and opportunities in career placement.

Among other responsibilities, the director provides visionary leadership and management in delivering holistic and ongoing career development and placement services for current graduate students and alumni; maintains close contact with potential employers, and oversees employer outreach and dissemination of job opportunities to students; and manages a team of 2-3 full-time professionals responsible for career counseling and placement services— from pre-enrollment summer arrival through graduation and as alumni. The director participates in the admissions process for the two-year MPA program; participates in planning an annual symposium for students and alumni of color (SAOC marked its 20th anniversary in 2016); manages the summer internship budget; and collaborates with other campus units for career placement and alumni outreach. There is considerable emphasis on maintaining avenues of contact and connection among alumni and providing ongoing services for alumni including the production of an annual graduate alumni directory; coordinating the annual giving campaign, in conjunction with the Dean and graduate alumni class representatives; participating in public affairs events involving Princeton alumni; and designing new initiatives for engaging alumni. The office arranges career panels and professional development workshops, and determines content on the career services website. The director stays current with best practices in part by participating in consortia of public affairs career directors (e.g., APSIA and NASPAA) and representing the Woodrow Wilson School at their meetings.


Required qualifications are a master’s degree in public affairs, public policy, higher education administration, counseling, or a related field, and a record of progressive leadership in career services, career development, or relevant professional experience. Among a broad array of desired qualities, the successful candidate will also demonstrate knowledge of best practices within career development and placement in the public and non-profit sectors; excellent administrative and organizational skills, including attention to detail and deadlines; respect for students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds; an ability to cultivate connections, facilitate groups, and engage in strategic program planning; and administrative experience in program development, change management, assessment, and evaluation.

This is a high-visibility position and the director must have exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with a cooperative spirit and a sense of humor; demonstrated problem-solving abilities; comfort with change, ambiguity, and fast-paced working environment; and a willingness to work evening hours and weekends, as needed. The position requires the director to be a resourceful leader with the ability to facilitate continuous improvement and ensure that Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations remains responsive to student and alumni needs, evolving market trends, and the delivery of services that align with academic programs. Preferred qualifications include prior experience in the public sector or in higher education, and familiarity with the Woodrow Wilson School community of graduate alumni.

To Apply:

Please visit http://www.spelmanandjohnson.com/open-positions/

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin May 13, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Peter Rosenberg at pwr@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
Princeton University – Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Peter Rosenberg, Senior Associate

Visit the Woodrow Wilson School website at http://wws.princeton.edu/

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.