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Deputy Vice President for Alumni Engagement

Princeton University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Feb 14, 2023

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Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
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Employment Type
Full Time

Deputy Vice President for Alumni Engagement


Job ID: 2023-16389
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Executive - Dean, Provost, Vice President

Princeton University


Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Deputy Vice President for Alumni Engagement (DVPAE) is a member of the University Advancement senior leadership team with responsibility for the oversight of the operation of the Office of Alumni Engagement.

The DVPAE collaborates internally to set priorities and devise strategies for meeting University-wide objectives, ensures that the Office of Alumni Engagement's management team is effective and maximizing resources to mobilize a talented staff in engaging an extraordinarily loyal and diverse group of alumni. They also balance ambitious goal-setting and resources within an operation that supports both group achievement and individual development. The DVPAE oversees and leads efforts to engage the University’s alumni and stakeholders through print and digital communications, events, and outreach efforts on campus, throughout the country, and outside the United States.

The successful candidate has a track record of working at a complex and dynamic institution, adheres to best practices in alumni engagement and programming, is an excellent communicator and manager, has exceptional judgment and possesses a passion for liberal arts education.

Lindauer, an executive search firm with expertise in nonprofit leadership has been exclusively retained for this engagement. To express interest in this role please submit your materials HERE. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.



  • Serve as a senior ambassador to Princeton’s loyal and engaged alumni community.
  • Provide overall leadership and management of the Office of Alumni Engagement and the implementation of the office’s various programs, events, and initiatives to engage alumni in the life of the University.
  • Provide leadership and oversight of an integrated and coordinated strategy focused on informing, engaging, and inspiring Princeton's alumni to marshal their various talents and generosity in service to the University and its mission.
  • Work with the Vice President and colleagues on the University Advancement senior leadership team to determine organization-wide long-and short-term strategic goal setting and establish a focus on priorities and driving organizational objectives.
  • Serve as the senior staff liaison to the Alumni Council Executive Committee, working closely with the chair and officers of the Alumni Council to set direction and strategic planning.
  • Develop, lead, mentor and motivate a high-quality team prepared to meet the ongoing challenges of engaging a diverse and talented community of alumni. Assess current staff capacity and recruit new staff as necessary.
  • Serve as Secretary to the Trustees Committee on Alumni Engagement.
  • Serve on the board of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Sense of humor is a plus.


This position requires strong leadership, exceptional judgment and discretion, attention to detail, superb communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with many constituencies, both on and off campus. The Deputy Vice President will possess many of the following professional qualities and experiences:

  • Strong support of Princeton’s mission and its global community of alumni. Ability to articulate Princeton's mission, traditions, excellence, priorities and goals with enthusiasm, energy, and creativity and to compel others to action.
  • Proven ability to recruit, mentor, motivate and lead a strong, cohesive, and high-performing team; the managerial skills to establish a team-and goal-oriented environment, providing vision and encouraging innovation; and the ability to empower staff through active communication and delegation, building confidence, promoting diversity of thought and celebrating achievements.
  • Sound judgment, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail; the ability to think strategically and act decisively as well as the ability to respond quickly to changing business needs and priorities; and a strong work ethic.
  • Ability to develop and foster relationships with people at all levels of an organization, and to collaborate and influence at a high level.
  • Exceptional written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, and superb organizational skills.
  • The ability to create and lead innovative programs attuned to diverse demographics.
  • Ability to work after hours and weekends, and to travel both domestically and abroad, is essential.
  • Bachelor's degree required.
The full position profile is available HERE

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. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS


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