Program Associate
Job Details
Princeton, NJ - Princeton, NJ
Full Time
$40,000.00 Salary/year

Princeton University Press (PUP) seeks a Program Associate with strong logistics and coordination experience, interpersonal skills, and has a genuine interest in collaborating on organizational initiatives that are designed to positively impact the employee experience and PUP’s culture. Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the Program Associate will assist on the development and implementation of programs that support staff learning and well-being, equity and inclusion, and teambuilding. The position supports initiatives that cross the boundaries between the Director’s Office and Human Resources and will provide administrative support to the Chief of Staff and Director of Human Resources.


Core Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with and with oversight from the Chief of Staff, Press Director, and Director of Human Resources, serve as a key partner on equity and inclusion (E&I) initiatives including E&I Committee and Employee Resource Groups.
  • Assist with community building and staff engagement efforts at the Press, including local, university, and global scales.
  • Suggest, collaborate on, and execute research projects for Chief of Staff and Director of Human Resources related to staff well-being, engagement and other areas.
  • In collaboration with Internship Committee, effectively coordinate internship onboarding and programming logistics for each intern cohort.
  • In collaboration with the Chief of Staff, coordinate the logistics for University Administrative Fellowship program.
  • Support the Chief of Staff and Director of Human Resources by researching and executing special projects.
  • Assist in training and onboarding new staff members, including the management of the Press’s “buddy” program.
  • Provide support for Board of Trustees when needed.
  • Support Director’s Office special initiatives, including meeting preparations and follow-up activities, correspondence, and other requested items.
Position Requirements
  • A minimum of 1-year experience working in non-profit, publishing, or university administration or relevant work experience required.
  • A minimum of 1-year of program coordination experience, or a similar role focused on coordination and logistics with an emphasis on process/program creation and implementation is ideal.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate logistics of organizational programs is required.
  • Compelling communication, research, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, positivity, and diplomacy in working with internal and external groups and when dealing with sensitive and highly confidential issues.
  • Outstanding critical thinking skills to achieve well-reasoned decisions and effective problem resolution in support of organizational priorities.
  • Passion for and commitment to inclusive collaboration and multicultural sensitivity.
  • An agile and self-motivated learner who can manage deadlines and demonstrates curiosity.
  • Genuine interest in organizational culture and employee engagement/well-being. A demonstrated ability to liaise and effectively engage and work with individuals from diverse educational, cultural, and professional backgrounds is ideal.
  • Strong relationship-building skills. Ability to connect and engage with people while maintaining a broad, organizational perspective.
  • Ability to efficiently manage difficult or sensitive situations.
  • Ability to maintain calm and professional manner under pressure and with shifting priorities.
  • Ability to effectively collect, analyze, synthesize and present information in multiple forums.
  • Prior experience with equity and inclusion initiatives and working on cultural initiatives and effectively collaborating with organizational stakeholders at all levels preferred.
  • Command of technology used to support PUP operations (Microsoft Office Suite).
  • While the Princeton, NJ office is currently closed due to the pandemic, once the office reopens interested candidates need be able to work from the Press’s NJ office.


PUP is a strong advocate for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the university press community. Individuals who are members of groups underrepresented in academic publishing (which is, according to research by Lee & Low, historically a majority white, straight, cisgender, and nondisabled industry) are encouraged to apply. The Press provides a comprehensive and affordable benefits package and is located in a historic building on Princeton University’s campus that is walking distance from downtown Princeton with easy car access to Route 1 and walking distance from the Princeton train station.


Base Salary: $40,000/year plus a comprehensive benefits package. Starting salary may be negotiable based on relevant skills and prior experience.


Application Instructions: Submit cover letter* and resume at PUP’s application website.

*Please include in your cover letter salary requirements and a description of a program you have implemented that you are most proud of and why.  

Due to application volume, only finalists will be contacted. For more information on Princeton University Press, visit