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Posted: 07/28/2011

Princeton University Pace Center For Civic Engagement

Professional Opportunity
Princeton, NJ

Princeton University seeks an innovative, collaborative, and inspiring leader to serve as director of the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. The Center has made significant progress since its inception a decade ago. The new director will build on recent successes, consolidate programs and assets, and elevate visibility and impact. She or he will be an advocate and ambassador across the University for a continuing and expanded commitment to service, civic engagement, and student leadership development. The director will ensure that the talented Pace staff have the leadership and support required to establish the Center as a national model in this field. Reporting to the vice president for campus life, the director of the Pace Center will work in close collaboration with colleagues in Campus Life, Office of the Dean of the College, Alumni Council, residential colleges, and others throughout the University community. She or he will articulate a cohesive and compelling vision for the Center and its value for the University community, refine the programmatic goals of the Center, build collaborative partnerships with community-based organizations and public and civic institutions, coordinate programs with related activities across the University, and further integrate the Center into the core life and mission of Princeton. The successful candidate provide exemplary stewardship of resources and the cultivation of donors, evaluate the quality and effectiveness of Center activities, generate new financial resources, and provide direction and leadership for a staff of ten.

This is an exciting leadership opportunity that requires an individual who understands and can advance the role of civic engagement, student leadership development, and service in the overall mission of the University; who inspires others to invest their energy and resources in civic engagement; and who seeks and values input from many sources. The Princeton University Search for the Director for the Pace Center for Civic Engagement Page 2 of 10 ideal candidate will be an experienced manager of people and finances, a politically astute University citizen, and an exemplary communicator and relationship-builder.

Princeton University has retained the services of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting this important search. All inquiries, applications, and nominations for this opportunity should be directed to the search firm as indicated at the end of this document.


Providing direction and leadership for the Pace Center is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual committed to encouraging active engagement in community service and strengthening civil society. The position requires an articulate and inclusive advocate who understands and can work effectively and collaboratively within a university community to contribute to challenges within a local, national, and global context.

Princeton will search nationally for candidates, with an emphasis on leaders who have experience in an academic environment. The University also welcomes candidates from other backgrounds with intellectual vitality, experience, collegiality, passion and commitment for the missions of both Pace and Princeton. While no one person will embody them all, the successful candidate will bring many of the following qualifications, skills, and experience to this leadership position:

• Demonstrated commitment to and active leadership in the civic engagement and community service enterprise; a perspective that recognizes the centrality of an educated and engaged citizenry;

• A passion for developing young leaders and a talent for working across boundaries to develop a more fully integrated living and learning student experience;

• The intellectual vigor and collaborative style necessary to build and maintain constructive alliances with a wide variety of stakeholders within and outside the university community;

• Entrepreneurial spirit and drive, tempered by an appreciation for the values and culture of the academy; a track record for inspiring colleagues to be innovative;

• Exceptional capacity to articulate and implement a mission of service and civic engagement;

• Demonstrated capacity to communicate broadly across the University, cultivate and sustain collegial relationships as an admired and respected university citizen;

• A desire and ability to synthesize and balance programmatic elements and distinct activities into a coherent enterprise while encouraging innovation and fresh ideas;

Princeton University Search for the Director for the Pace Center for Civic Engagement Page 10 of 10

• Proven skills as a senior manager, open style with a demonstrated ability to mentor and support staff and provide successful oversight of people, budget, and space;

• An orientation and capacity to build effective, synergistic partnerships with individual stakeholders, community organizations and civil society agencies;

• A commitment to and a track record of achievement in advancing diversity and inclusion;

• Capacity to fundraise, build and steward financial resources, and manage budgets; ? Devotion to humility and the highest ethical standards; personal and professional

integrity above reproach; well-tuned political skills; ? A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred.

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How to apply
Inquiries, applications, and nominations should be directed in confidence to: Ponneh Varho, Senior Associate Isaacson, Miller Email: 4283@imsearch.com

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