Since 1930, the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) has offered a distinctive educational approach that strikes a careful balance between theory and practice. Our mission is to prepare students for careers in public service, training them to apply well-honed analytical skills and substantive knowledge to the worldâ™s most important policy issues.
The School offers three degree-granting programs: the Master in Public Affairs (MPA), the Master in Public Policy (MPP), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Affairs. SPIA also organizes the Junior Summer Institute (JSI) in conjunction with the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) fellowship program. The JSI program aims to reach college students from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds and students from families with lower socio-economic backgrounds who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to public service.
Our students are part of an energetic, intellectually stimulating community which includes alumni who are committed to improving the world through public service, advocacy, evidence-based scholarship, and public/private partnerships. With approximately 200 fellow graduate students enrolled at any given time, our community is incredibly tight-knit and renowned for its strong professional network.
SPIA takes great pride in its commitment to admitting and enrolling a diverse student body along many lines, including socioeconomic, ethnic, cultural, and ideological backgrounds. The School also offers every graduate student full tuition and required fees support as well as a generous stipend to cover living expenses, giving SPIA students the financial freedom to pursue public service careers.
Reporting to the Director of Graduate Admissions, the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions will be involved in all aspects of the recruitment and selection of highly qualified and diverse students for the Master in Public Affairs (MPA) and Master in Public Policy (MPP) programs, and for the Junior Summer Institute (JSI). The Associate Director will participate in the on-going development, planning, implementation, and assessment of recruitment and outreach strategies and effective admission and office policies and processes to support best practices.
Responsibilities will include reading, evaluating, and summarizing hundreds of graduate admission applications; serving on admission committees; representing the School to diverse audiences; domestic and international outreach and recruitment travel as well as joint recruitment with other professional schools; recruiting students from a wide range of backgrounds; assisting with yield events; and meeting with prospective and admitted students virtually and in person.
In addition, the Associate Director will have primary responsibility for the development and oversight of JSI programâ™s outreach and recruitment strategy. Under this purview, s/he will be tasked with building out communications, travel, and yield plans specifically for the pipeline program. This will include managing the PPIA partnership.
The Associate Director will support development and implementation plans to increase the Schoolâ™s racial and ethnic diversity as well as the representation of international students from a wide-range of countries. S/he will partner on admissions marketing and communications initiatives, and may oversee student and alumni volunteers. The Associate Director will help establish and sustain important relationships with key partners in professional organizations, workplaces, military branches, colleges, and other institutions, and will engage alumni in outreach initiatives.
The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in a related field, preferably in Public Affairs, International Affairs or Public Policy, and a minimum of seven years of professional experience in public service. Previous experience in highly-selective graduate admissions and/or graduate higher education administration is preferred.
The candidate should have excellent analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and demonstrated interpersonal and written communication skills. S/he must be able to establish rapport and relate positively to people with a variety of interests, backgrounds, and points of view by using tact, diplomacy, and discretion. Likewise, the Associate Director must exercise good judgment and integrity while working collegially with faculty, students, staff, and alumni in a high pressure, deadline-driven environment.
Must be comfortable with technology and proficient in the use of SLATE and other CRM, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, Google products and social media tools.
Resourceful and self-motivated problem solver who takes initiative and has the ability to work independently and meet deadlines
Shows intellectual curiosity and a commitment to excellence
Team player with empathy, respect for others, a collaborative approach, and a sense of humor
Adaptable with a calm demeanor and a positive, can-do attitude
Passionate about the Schoolâ™s mission
Willingness and ability to maintain a positive and visible profile in the School community
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Familiarity with Princeton and their programs. Degree in international affairs and/or experience working and living abroad. Proficiency in one or more other languages.
We at the School of Public and International Affairs believe that it is vital to cultivate an environment that embraces and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion - fundamental to the success of our education and research mission. This commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment and hiring as we actively seek colleagues of exceptional ability who represent a broad range of viewpoints, experiences and value systems, and who share Princeton University's dedication to excellence.
Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching.Today, more than 1,100 faculty members instruct approximately 5,200 undergraduate students and 2,600 graduate students. The University's generous financial aid program ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education.