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June 04, 2013

CREES JOB: Executive Director position, Council of the Humanities

Job Title
Executive Director

Council of the Humanities - 210


Position Summary

The executive director functions as the chief operating officer of the Council of the Humanities, working with faculty, students, visiting scholars and journalists, alumni and donors. The executive director works closely with the chair of the Council to execute policy and strategic direction for the operation of the Council and participates in short and long-term planning for Council operations and activities. While the chair establishes the academic and intellectual direction of the Council, the executive director provides support for the chair's vision. The executive director is responsible for ensuring that the faculty, students, and staff have the necessary resources to carry out their academic, research, and administrative duties. The executive director reports directly to the Council chair, with a secondary reporting relationship to the Director of Academic Management in the Office of the Provost.

The three most important aspects of the executive director's responsibilities are financial management, staff supervision, and academic management. In some cases, the executive director is primarily responsible for supervising others who carry out the tasks described below; the executive director is also directly responsible for some of these tasks. The executive director ensures that all internal deadlines are met and that the Council is compliant with all internal guidelines and external regulations. The executive director will work in collaboration with other academic and administrative units. The executive director is responsible for attending all relevant training classes offered by the University pertaining to these duties.

Budget and financial management: The executive director develops the administrative budget for the Council, in collaboration with the chair. The executive director is responsible for careful and appropriate management of the administrative allowance, endowed and restricted funds, and grants/sponsored research. The executive director monitors spending and provides regular and timely analysis and projections of the available funds to the chair. The executive director advises the chair on the awarding of grants to departments, groups, and individuals.

Staff supervision: The executive director supervises the hiring, performance reviews, merit increase process, and terminations of the administrative staff and technical staff. Human Resources staff members in the Council have a formal reporting relationship to the executive director, although they may have an informal or secondary reporting relationship to a faculty member or other staff member.

Academic management: The executive director has oversight of 23 centers/programs under the Council. Some of these programs are administered by other managers reporting to the executive director; the executive director also directly administers several programs including: Visiting Fellows program (6 Long-Term Fellows; 10 Short-Term Fellows/year), the Humanistic Studies Program, the Journalism program. The executive director supervises the administration of the teaching component of Council's activities, ensuring that the Council meets all deadlines for the offices of the Dean of the Faculty, Registrar, Dean of the College, and the Graduate School. The executive director is responsible for the teaching budget; appointments for faculty and postdoctoral researchers; budget for faculty leaves; submissions for faculty summer salary; appointments of visiting fellows and visiting students; course and enrollment information.

The executive director will assist in the recruitment of faculty for HUM courses and administer the interdisciplinary certificate program in Humanistic Studies. The executive director will coordinate relations with donors and alumni. The executive director will also review the use of space in Chancellor Green.

Required qualifications:

- Advanced degree required.
- 6-10 years in administrative management or related position(s) in higher education and/or non-profit settings.
- Demonstrated experience in budget management and oversight of financial operations, including financial reporting. Ability to think strategically, including the analytical acumen necessary to interpret financial information and manage data.
- Substantial experience in the supervision and monitoring of staff relations and staff development and delegation of supervisory responsibility.
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities.
- Ability to anticipate and initiate appropriate action in support of the chair and faculty.
- Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to collaborate effectively.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Advanced Microsoft Office suite skills, especially in Excel, and ability to learn new systems quickly.

Preferred qualifications:

- Ph.D. in a humanities discipline preferred.
- Administrative experience at Princeton University.
- Experience with Princeton systems (COEUS, Information warehouse, Labor Accounting, Time Collection, PeopleSoft).
- Management experience in an educational setting.
-Teaching experience in higher education.

Directory Title

Executive Director

Job Function

Administrative or Professional


ADM 080

Standard Hours

Education Required

Advanced Degree

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled or See Position Summary.

Instructions for Applying

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Posted by sarayu at June 4, 2013 02:14 PM