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Job ID: 2021-13935 Type: Full-Time # of Openings: 1 Category: Student Affairs and Services
The Office of the Dean of the Graduate School seeks an Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development to join GradFUTURES®, a campus-wide professional development initiative to empower graduate students with the professional competencies and connections they need to chart their future with clarity and confidence. Professional development is an integral part of graduate education at Princeton. Our holistic and integrative model focuses on the systematic learning and acquisition of skills and competencies that will support graduate students’ scholarly and research goals while preparing them for professional success in diverse roles within the academic, public, and private sectors. We believe comprehensive professional development mutually reinforces doctoral training, ensures equitable access to pathways within and beyond the academy -- and widens the aperture of opportunity for all Ph.D. and master’s students. We seek a dynamic, collaborative, and entrepreneurially-minded professional committed to graduate student success in an ever-evolving, diverse, inclusive, and global professional landscape.
Now in its third year, GradFUTURES builds and maintains strategic partnerships both on and off-campus to connect graduate students with a diverse array of professional development programs, resources, mentors, and funded experiential opportunities. This position will interface regularly with colleagues at the Graduate School, within all the academic departments and campus partner offices, as well as with graduate students, graduate alumni, and industry partners. With more than 120 professional development programs per year, several interdisciplinary learning cohorts, dozens of high-profile alumni speakers, and an annual GradFUTURES Forum attracting 3,600+ participants, this role involves extensive program planning, creativity, and organizational abilities.
Reporting to the Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Student Professional Development, the Assistant Dean will assist in developing a comprehensive and integrated suite of professional development offerings for graduate students while ensuring that these are highly visible and accessible to all graduate students. This will involve gathering and analyzing appropriate metrics to assess the impact and long-term outcomes of our programs and contributing to various strategic communications efforts intended to convey this information to internal and external stakeholders.
This is a full-time position, with a preferred start date early-mid February. Review of applications will begin immediately. For fullest consideration, candidates should apply as soon as possible.
About working at the Graduate School: 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.
Programming & Resources
Work with the faculty directors of graduate studies (DGSs) and other appointed placement officers in the graduate degree-granting departments (primarily, but not limited to, the Engineering and Natural Sciences divisions) to develop customized professional development programmatic offerings to support student success in graduate school and beyond (for those interested in exploring academic positions and/or opportunities in the private or public sectors);
Assist with the integration and cross-promotion of professional development programs and opportunities hosted by more than 40+ campus partners including the Alumni Affairs, the Center for Career Development, the Davis International Center, the Keller Center, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, Princeton Innovation, and the Writing Program, among others;
Facilitate or coordinate: group/individual professional development planning sessions (IDPs), workshops, speaker series’, site visits, academic job search bootcamps, entrepreneurship programs, networking events, and other programs;
Build interest-based communities by developing and managing interdisciplinary learning cohorts facilitated by faculty, post-docs, alumni, and industry experts and focused on the exploration of emerging fields and trends in industry, education, or society;
Contribute to the planning and execution of the GradFUTURES Forum, an annual graduate student professional development conference open to the entire Princeton graduate community, graduate alumni and invited guests from graduate institutions across the globe.
Internal & External Partnerships and Alumni Engagement
Supervise four graduate student Professional Development Associates (funded fellowships) who serve as ambassadors within each of the four academic divisions to engage faculty, staff, and graduate students in the departments and liaise with the Graduate Student Government and other graduate student organizations;
Manage and expand a mentorship program that matches 200 current graduate students with graduate alumni across all disciplines;
Develop and maintain partnerships with other academic institutions and public/private sector organizations to expand experiential opportunities for Ph.D. and master’s students;
Co-facilitate meetings of the Professional Development Working Group, a campus-wide coalition of partners with a shared mission to expand graduate student professional development;
Conduct ongoing benchmarking with peer institutions regarding trends in graduate student professional development and represent the Graduate School’s efforts at national, international and regional professional associations; as well as on task forces and committees, as appropriate.
Data Management, Assessment & Communications
Collaborate with Institutional Research and an external vendor on the collection and reporting of graduate alumni career outcomes for all Ph.D. programs across the institution, developing internal and public-facing resources to share outcomes data and highlight trends for departments, graduate students, and other key stakeholders;
Conduct surveys and focus groups to understand graduate students’ unique and evolving interests, and incorporate these findings to inform program planning efforts;
Assist with the implementation of a cohesive assessment strategy to gather and report quantitative and qualitative metrics that show the impact of a holistic model of professional development across the graduate student experience and post-graduation outcomes;
Collaborate with the associate dean and other members of the GradFUTURES team to develop strategic communications initiatives, online resources and asynchronous content, and ensure the timely and accurate delivery of reports, news stories, and events via websites, email, and social media platforms.
Work closely with the associate dean to ensure that appropriate funding is allocated to programs and initiatives.
Master’s degree required. Ph.D. preferred.
Five years of related work experience preferred, with a deep understanding of graduate education and highly-selective Ph.D. programs;
Extensive experience designing, delivering, and assessing co-curricular and experiential programs for graduate students;
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
Proven track record of innovation, collaboration, and change management
Strong data analysis and presentation skills;
Excellent judgment and organizational skills, with attention to detail, accuracy, and follow-up.
Exceptional relationship building and communication skills to meaningfully connect with a wide range of constituents including senior-level administrators, faculty, staff members, alumni, graduate students, and private/public sector industry partners;
Ability to contribute to strategic communications and social media networks via LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.
Demonstrated ability to take initiative, prioritize, work independently, and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment;
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint; and knowledge of PeopleSoft, Cognos, Information Warehouse, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Creative Suite, and Drupal;
Familiarity with the Canvas and CampusGroups platforms.
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
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