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Jun 29 2022

Administrative Assistant Director, Internships

Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey, United States


The John H. Pace, Jr. ’39 Center for Civic Engagement aims to amplify Princeton students’ impact in the world. As articulated in its 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, the Pace Center’s work is guided by a set of partnership principles, a commitment to anti-racism, and a student learning framework that centers equity, empathy, and empowerment. The Pace Center offers over 250 summer internships and provides robust programming throughout the summer and academic year, and significant future growth in internships is anticipated. Reporting to the Associate Director of the Pace Center/Director of Service Focus, the Assistant Director will work alongside the Associate Director to support the Pace Center’s growing programming related to summer internships and experiential learning. The Assistant Director will have a leading role in designing and implementing approaches, resources, and processes that support expanding student internships in existing internship programs. Based on ongoing assessment of students’ interests as well as community partners’ needs, the Assistant Director will work with campus partners (including staff, faculty, and alumni) to identify relevant community partners, build relationships with those partners, shape opportunities that meet and advance students’ knowledge and skills, and enhance accessibility of these opportunities to students. The Assistant Director encourages, supports and invites diverse perspectives in a commitment to the Center’s vision to have Princeton University students make the world more equitable by respecting differences and creating access and opportunity for all people and communities to thrive.

This is a three-year benefits eligible term position, to be reassessed at term’s end.


Student development and learning (60%): The Assistant Director will design, manage, and support several key areas for student development and learning within the internships team. Key responsibilities include:

  • The Assistant Director will provide direction for the Princeton RISE (Recognizing Inequities and Standing for Equality) Fellowships and the High Meadows Fellowships. RISE provides a welcoming environment for students and community partners to work together on race-based inequities in healthcare, education, criminal justice and environmental justice. The High Meadows Fellowships provide graduating seniors with two-year positions at leading environmental organizations. The Assistant Director will develop additional resources and partnerships in support of these programs, train and supervise RISE peer mentors, and oversee program budgets.
  • The Assistant Director will support students in extending learnings from internships through the Service Focus program; as staff mentor/facilitator for 1-2 cohorts yearly, they will support Princeton faculty by facilitating group discussions, designing reflective exercises, and leading community-building activities.
  • The Assistant Director will support team and Pace-wide events including student recruitment fairs, workshops, and trainings; they will also be an active participant in Pace working groups and committees, and will support the Associate Director in special projects as needed.

Partner development and collaboration (30%): The Assistant Director will work closely with campus and community partners to support the development of service internships. The Assistant Director will help to connect community needs, student interests, and faculty interests and develop programmatic resources and practices that will enhance and diversify pathways of service at Princeton. Key responsibilities include:

  • The Assistant Director will conduct ongoing assessment on areas of student interest, collecting and analyzing data across the University to identify key areas for growth, and sharing this data with interested partners.
  • The Assistant Director will liaise with campus and community partners to support development of appropriate new internship opportunities representing diverse sectors, social issues, and geographic locations.
  • The Assistant Director will develop resources that can be used directly by students, as well as staff advisors, to facilitate stronger matching and greater accessibility of service internships.
  • The Assistant Director will support the Associate Director as needed in managing the budget for internships and in stewardship of internship funds

Metrics and evaluation (10%): The Assistant Director will work closely with team members on evaluations of service internships across programs, and will develop and implement evaluative frameworks that align with Pace and Campus Life strategic priorities.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of five years work experience
  • Demonstrated experience in building relationships, working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders, and forming and sustaining effective partnerships with diverse stakeholders and organizations.
  • Ability to act as an inclusive leader, creating environments of involvement, respect, connection, and community
  • Knowledge of current diversity, equity, and inclusion theories, practices, and pedagogies
  • Experience designing and/or leading DEI training and development programs
  • Experience collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data
  • Experience in program management, development, and evaluation
  • Excellent verbal, written, facilitation, and presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team-based environment
  • Experience in advising and mentoring students
  • Experience in higher education program evaluation

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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