The Industrial Relations Section (IRS) at Princeton University, established in 1922, is a research and instructional center within the Princeton Economics Department that houses faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting researchers who carry out research in labor economics and related areas. IRS seeks an innovative leader as associate director to oversee daily operations of the section and collaborate with the director and faculty to advance research and teaching, and promote the success of the section’s faculty and graduate students
Reporting directly to the director and working in close partnership with IRS faculty and staff, the associate director provides both strategic and operational leadership to manage existing activities and help develop new programs and initiatives that continue to advance the section as a leading center of labor economics research, teaching, and graduate education.
The associate director supervises administrative and research staff, manages the IRS budget to allocate resources in support of high-impact projects and activities, directs communications efforts including the maintenance and upgrade of the IRS website, coordinates data acquisition agreements with public and private data sources consistent with University policies and protocols, and enhances existing policies and practices to create a positive work and educational environment that encourages all members of the section to thrive.
The associate director consults with the director and faculty about opportunities to enhance support for graduate students, enabling them to take full advantage of existing section and University resources and, as desired, developing additional resources to facilitate their leadership skills, personal development, and their successful progress through their academic program.
The Associate Director works alongside the Director as a thought partner, creative problem solver, and trusted adviser to achieve the IR Section’s goals. This position has a secondary reporting relationship to the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.
Gather benchmarking information about peer labor economics centers and departments as needed and as discussed with the director and faculty
Synthesize ideas from IRS faculty and staff to identify and plan for potential projects, programs, and special events
Reach out proactively both to internal colleagues and to external peers to gather information about current trends in technology, pedagogy, graduate education, and other areas; provide options and ideas to section members
Supervise three full-time administrative staff and six or more full-time senior research specialists
Manage performance by meeting regularly with direct reports, setting expectations, developing performance and professional development goals, and tracking progress towards those goals
Manage performance review and merit increase process for administrative staff
Oversee the recruitment, hiring, and onboarding of casual hourly staff and temporary staff hired via approved agencies
Update onboarding policies, procedures, and materials for new hires to ensure their smooth transition onto the IRS team
Manage the assignment of work to research assistants and approve entry of staff and research assistant hours worked and paid time off in Time Collection and the Centralized Accrued Leave Management (CALM) systems.
Manage visiting scholars program, delegating tasks to administrative staff as appropriate
Prepare advertisements, implement searches, support the director and faculty in the selection process
Develop budgets, draft appointment materials, prepare the letters
Assist with identifying and arranging housing
Facilitate workshops, especially for graduate students, focused on various professional skills, research and teaching tools, public speaking and presentation skills, etc. as neededFiscal Management
Develop and implement the section’s operational budget in close collaboration with the director
Manage endowment and other gift funds to confirm that expenditures for projects and programs align with specific fund restrictions and guidelines
Oversee all financial processes, such as transactions via Concur, Prime Financials, Labor Accounting, PeopleSoft, etc. Advise director on current spending levels and available funds
As needed, collaborate with the Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA) and perform all necessary tasks to manage sponsored research grants
Data Acquisition and Research Management
Coordinate data acquisitions from various public and private organizations
Manage memoranda of understanding and nondisclosure agreements in consultation with other relevant University offices, such as ORPA, Office of the General Counsel, et al as needed
Support compliance with human subjects’ regulations. May submit requests for IRB approval through an online system.
Consult with colleagues in other University units to implement best practices for the curation and management of data resources
Partner with faculty, researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to facilitate consistency with University protocols for data acquisition and secured storage and access
Develop goals and a plan for enhancing IRS’s visibility and highlighting research by faculty and students
Lead the upgrade of the IRS website and update workflows for content creation and site maintenance
Collaborate with director, faculty, and staff to produce presentations and other forms of communications about IRS’s activities and accomplishments targeted at various internal and external audiences
Draft and produce the section’s annual report
Develop internal communications tools to enable faculty, staff, and students to share information about their work and help clarify roles and responsibilities
Facilities and Systems Oversight
Provide oversight of all office equipment, including telephone and computer equipment, furniture and building services. Represent IRS at building-wide advisory group meetings.
In consultation with the director, provide options for and execute the assignment of office space
In partnership with IRS’s Support professional for Computing in Academic Departments (SCAD), oversee three or more secure data rooms
Graduate Student Support and Special Projects
In partnership with IRS director, faculty, and related University units, ensure that graduate students are informed of and taking advantage of existing University resources as needed
Explore options for enabling graduate students to develop additional skills and expertise that will position them effectively for long-term success
Collaborate with the director and faculty in identifying projects of special interest and take lead responsibility in design, implementation, and evaluation
A minimum of five to seven years of relevant and progressively responsible work experience is required
Demonstrates expertise in leading people and managing operations in an academic environment
Demonstrates familiarity with PeopleSoft administrative and financial software, Princeton Information Warehouse, Labor Accounting, and other Princeton University systems
Has experience collaborating with sponsored research, legal, and finance teams as part of negotiations for data agreements and Memoranda of Understanding
Exceptional interpersonal skills, judgment, and discretion
Demonstrated ability to take initiative, prioritize effectively, and work autonomously in a self-directed manner
Excellent oral and written presentation and communication skills
Strong analytical, problem solving, and data gathering skills
Experience at Princeton University or another institution of higher education strongly preferred
A master's degree in a pertinent field or the equivalent work experience is 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
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