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Associate Director, Student Engagement

Princeton University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
May 15, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Career Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


Princeton University is seeking an Associate Director, Student Engagement for the Center for Career Development. This individual will build relationships among underrepresented student populations and student populations with historically lower engagement with the Center for Career Development.


It will develop proactive advising strategies that facilitate early and frequent engagement with Career Development, and create programming and resources tailored to underrepresented populations to help them build skills, develop networks and increase career awareness. They will also provide direct career advising support for undergraduate students, based on a philosophy that aligns with and leverages the core tenets of a liberal arts education and a program model focused on self-exploration and life-long career management.

Career advising and direct student contact - 50%

  • Provide career advising for undergraduate students on a wide range of career development topics including choice of concentration, skills assessment, internships, experiential learning opportunities, post-graduation employment and graduate/professional school planning in both individual and group sessions
  • Advise with a focus on active visioning and brainstorming exercises to help students who are exploring career possibilities clarify their values, interests, skills, and strengths as well as shed light on the career paths that best align with their vision
  • Assist students with their personal reflection processes and the development of action plans and follow-up strategy based on a series of progressive meetings and evolving interests and goals
  • Administer instruments and utilize a variety of assessment tools (e.g. CareerExplorer, CliftonStrengths, etc.) to support student development
  • Advise students on how to develop and maintain a professional online presence, including how to create online profiles (LinkedIn and others) and online portfolios
  • Maintain and update appointment schedules, student and employer records, and event management in the Handshake system
  • Dedicate additional time to relevant appointment preparation and follow up as appropriate

Programming and resource development - 40%

  • Provide tailored career cohort programming and curricula for FLI, transfer, and veteran students and create multiple touchpoints over the course of their undergraduate education at Princeton, starting with early engagement
  • Develop and present targeted career exploration and implementation curricula
  • Build and implement career education and experiential learning cohorts and maintain resources targeted to students with underrepresented backgrounds

Additional responsibilities - 10%

  • Build relationships with student support departments across campus
  • Support team wide events including career fairs, departmental programs, facilitating large group career exploration workshops, and colleague supported workshops and event
  • Attend and actively participate in relevant Career Advising and Center for Career Development team meetings and retreats



  • Master’s degree required
  • Three or more years of progressive experience in undergraduate career counseling/advising, program development, instruction or training and development
  • Demonstrated experience working with traditionally underrepresented student populations and understanding of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion within the workplace and in all interactions with all constituents and stakeholders
  • Knowledge of best practices within career development and the ability to tailor, adapt and evolve such practices to a complex, fast-paced and evolving organization
  • A passion for and an expertise in advising undergraduate students and working within a student-focused and student responsive environment
  • Ability to skillfully navigate one-on-one and small group advising conversations with students
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to create and deliver effective resources and presentations, and build internal and external relationships
  • Strong time management and attention to detail
  • Self-directed resourceful problem-solver who is able to make decisions in a timely and effective manner
  • Ability to manage changing technologies and communications
  • Ability to gather, interpret and report data


  • Professional training certifications and designations are desired
  • CliftonStrengths experience is desired

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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