Senior Associate Director for Career Advising @ Princeton University

February 9, 2020

The Senior Associate Director develops and implements a vision and strategy to ensure that Princeton graduate students have the opportunity to explore career options, develop career decision-making skills, and successfully position themselves for jobs within and beyond academe. The Sr. AD guides graduate students in defining their own unique career plan, and leads and implements the design, delivery and evaluation of programs that support the acquisition of professional skills and knowledge. This role partners closely with the Graduate School to provide a breadth and depth of services and resources for graduate students, and also serves on the senior leadership team in the Center for Career Development. 


Leadership of Graduate Student Career Advising and Programming - 60%

  • Provide personalized career advising for graduate students.
  • Educate graduate students on significant employment trends within and beyond academe.
  • Develop and present career panels and special events to highlight career exploration for graduate students.
  • Actively collaborate with the Employer Engagement team in leading employer outreach efforts and program planning within the non-academic job market for graduate students; identify and connect students with relevant employers and programs; direct Undercover Bosses event.
  • Actively collaborate with the Alumni Engagement and Experiential Learning team to create programs and resources that connect graduate alumni with graduate students.
  • Share best practices with Career Advising team to build departmental knowledge and capacity.
  • Collaborate with academic departments, student organizations, campus offices, and graduate student-focused committees and task forces across campus to provide strategic and appropriate resources and programs for graduate students.
  • Provide leadership in advising international graduate students on job search and employment issues specific to international job seekers.

Administrative - 25%

  • Serve as member of career development leadership team and collaborate on team-wide initiatives.
  • Select, train, and mentor University Administrative Fellows and Graduate Student Advisory Board to enhance programming and resources for graduate students. Build a motivating and supportive work environment, which recognizes and nurtures the diversity of people and ideas.
  • Collaborate effectively and build strong relationships with teams within the Center for Career Development to ensure that graduate students’ career development needs are prioritized appropriately.
  • Identify, monitor, and communicate major recruiting and employment trends that impact graduate students.
  • Collaborate with communications team to implement effective marketing strategies to publicize opportunities and programs to graduate students.
  • Contribute to ongoing office assessment efforts, data compilation and analysis to identify and report graduate student learning outcomes


Collaborative Relationship Development - 15%

  • Build constituent relationships across campus with a focus on colleagues in the Graduate School, graduate faculty and departmental staff, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, Graduate Student Government, Princeton Graduate Student Consulting Club, Graduate Women in Science and Engineering, and other graduate student groups and centers on campus serving graduate students.
  • Participate in committees and task forces designed to improve the quality of service to Graduate Students.
  • Interact with individuals at peer institutions, conducting periodic benchmarking to ensure implementation of the best practices in career advising for graduate students.
  • Represent Princeton University and the Center for Career Development at professional conferences. Engage in professional and regional association activities (NACE, EACE, and the Graduate Career Consortium).



  • Three or more years of progressive experience in career counseling/advising and program development in a higher education setting
  • Experience advising graduate students and working within a student-focused and student responsive environment
  • Knowledge of best practices within career development and the ability to tailor, adapt and evolve such practices to a complex and fast-paced organization
  • Ability to implement a developmental, goal-oriented, and motivational approach to advising graduate students
  • Experience working with and supporting underrepresented populations, and deep commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion goals
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to build effective relationships
  • Experience gathering and analyzing data to inform decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and make decisions in a timely and effective manner
  • Master’s Degree required, PhD preferred
  • MBTI, Strengths, and Strong Interest Inventory certified preferred

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

Salary GradeADM, 060Standard Weekly Hours36.25Eligible for OvertimeNoBenefits EligibleYesEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)NoPhysical Capacity Exam RequiredNoValid Driver’s License RequiredNo