The Princeton University School of Public and International
Affairs (SPIA) seeks a Project Specialist who will provide research
support to the Dean, and Associate Deans' projects. The position is
for a one-year term, with the possibility of renewal, contingent on
The Project Specialist is responsible for researching, planning and
implementing a wide range of special (academic and policy-related)
projects. The Dean expects this individual to take the lead in the
research and development of these projects. This position requires
great initiative, independence and entrepreneurial thinking. The
individual will interact on a regular basis with faculty, staff,
students, alumni, advisory council members and representatives from
peer institutions, foundations, government agencies and other
nonprofit organizations. Working very closely with the Dean, the
individual functions independently and is expected to be highly
self-sufficient. The Dean's Office is fast-paced and
deadline-driven, hence the individual must be able to respond to
requests with keen attention to detail and a strong sense of
urgency while always maintaining discretion and professionalism as
a representative of the Dean.
* Regularly research and implement projects that showcase and
complement the School's teaching and research objectives. These
cross-disciplinary research projects will be in conjunction with
SPIA centers and programs, faculty and academic program heads. For
example, the Project Specialist be one of the lead researchers on
the Afghanistan Policy Lab initiative to ensure the project relies
on academic inputs and makes concrete policy recommendations to
various pertinent constituents.
* The individual is also responsible for researching and writing
grant proposals and submissions for school wide initiatives;
develops contracts, partnership agreements and memoranda of
understanding that are consistent with University policies and
guidelines; and undertakes faculty related research and writing
projects in collaboration with the Public Affairs and
Communications staff so we can make the necessary policy
recommendations to policymakers locally and in Washington
* Research, analyze data and draft complex academic research
briefs, and related materials for faculty and affiliated
* Performs research and prepares documents for publication;
researches and helps prepare various reports and presentations on
behalf of the Dean for faculty, town hall meetings, University
administration, boards and advisory councils.
*The candidate must be highly detail oriented, well organized,
attentive, diplomatic and tactful.
*Exceptional written and oral communication skills are vital.
*Demonstrated project management skills, conviction and follow
through are all similarly critical.
*A comprehensive understanding of Public Policy and/or higher
education administration, typically acquired through a bachelor's
degree in a related field and/or relevant work experience;
*Master's degree (PhD preferred).
*Proven ability to exercise initiative, independent judgment,
diplomacy, confidentiality and a high level of discretion when
dealing with highly sensitive information.
*Ability to effectively interact with individuals from diverse
To apply submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for two
references at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/25481.
Letters of recommendation will be required at the interview
This position is subject to the University's background check
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.