Associate Director for International Affairs and Operations
Job ID: 2021-12930 Type: Full-Time # of Openings: 1 Category: International and Multicultural Programs
The Provost’s Office at Princeton University seeks a dynamic Associate Director to support its international affairs and operations portfolio. Reporting to the Associate Provost (APIAO), the Associate Director will support Princeton’s oversight of Mpala, a 50,000-acre research campus and conservancy in Kenya, and advance the international scope of Princeton’s teaching, research, and service mission.
Beyond the APIAO team, this individual will work with a high level of autonomy and independence with the Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, senior management team, and trustees of Mpala; colleagues in the Office of General Counsel, Finance & Treasury, Advancement, and Communications; and faculty members, staff, and students across campus.
The responsibilities for this role include:
Mpala (65%): The Associate Director will advance Princeton’s commitment to Mpala’s mission of science, conservation, and education through support of fund-raising, communications, finances, operations, and board relations to raise the impact and visibility of Mpala in Kenya, the US, and beyond. Key duties will include:
Fund-raising and Communications
Support the Associate Provost in donor engagement and stewardship
Manage and strengthen the annual, largely online fund-raising program
Develop and implement a cohesive communications strategy to reach key stakeholders
Maintain Mpala website and basic social media presence
In partnership with Mpala’s Executive Director, serve as a point-of-contact for Princeton faculty and students interested in working at Mpala
Act as a bridge between Princeton and Mpala on financial and operational issues
Manage MWF operations related to finance, insurance, and compliance
Staff the MRC/MWF boards and the new Mpala Princeton Advisory Council
Special Projects (20%): The Associate Director will support special projects including efforts to engage in strategic planning and programming, convene key stakeholders, improve communications, and streamline work-flow. This individual will serve as a thought partner to the Associate Provost and represent him with key internal and external stakeholders.
International Agreements (15%): The Associate Director will lead the process through which international memoranda of understanding (MOUs) and agreements with foreign institutions are vetted and approved. In addition to guiding faculty and staff through the development and review process, the individual will work with internal stakeholders to ensure that these agreements are appropriately managed and stewarded.
7-10 years of experience in fund-raising, communications, or volunteer engagement, preferably in an academic or non-profit setting
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and cross-cultural engagement
Superior organizational and project management skills, analytical and problem solving skills, and attention to detail partnered with the ability to think strategically
Ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and persuasively, especially in writing
Ability to build and maintain effective relationships; influence and persuade without direct authority; and establish collaborative partnerships within and outside the University
Talent for prioritizing among many important tasks in a demanding portfolio and driving projects to on-time completion
Excellent judgement, flexibility, maturity, diplomacy, patience, and sense of humor
Occasional travel and work on evenings and weekends, including an annual trip to Mpala
Experience working and living abroad, especially in Africa or other parts of the Global South
Familiarity with financial, legal, risk, and compliance issues in a non-profit or educational context
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
Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching.Today, more than 1,100 faculty members instruct approximately 5,200 undergraduate students and 2,600 graduate students. The University's generous financial aid program ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education.