The Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI), an interdisciplinary hub for research and education in the dynamic field of neuroscience, seeks a professional to provide administrative and operational leadership. The assistant director will represent the Institute within the University by building effective relationships with campus partners, and help manage PNI's relationship with potential donors and other stakeholders.
Three centers comprise the Princeton Neuroscience Institute: the McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience, the Scully Center for the Neuroscience of Mind and Behavior, and the Bezos Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics. Faculty and students join PNI from a variety of academic disciplines and departments. During the 2013-14 academic year, PNI will relocate to a new building located in Princeton University's natural sciences neighborhood; PNI will occupy 172,000 square feet of this building. The assistant director will be responsible for oversight of the scientific facilities in the new building.
The assistant director works closely with the faculty directors to execute policy and strategic direction for the operation of the Institute and participate in short and long-term planning for PNI operations and activities. While the directors establish the academic and intellectual direction of PNI, the assistant director provides leadership for implementation of the directors' vision. The assistant director is responsible for ensuring that the faculty, students, and staff in the Institute have the necessary assistance to carry out their academic, research and administrative duties. The assistant director reports directly to the faculty directors, with a secondary reporting relationship to the Director of Academic Management in the Office of the Provost.
The three most important aspects of the assistant director's responsibilities are financial management, staff supervision, and academic management. Effective communications (including web management) with key constituents is also important. The assistant director ensures that all internal deadlines are met and that the Institute is compliant with all internal guidelines and external regulations.
The Princeton Neuroscience Institute seeks a professional experienced in the research environment with the ability to be diplomatic, build consensus, facilitate effective communication, and utilize discretion.
The position requires:
- A minimum of a Bachelor's degree, preferably in a science or engineering discipline.
- 5-7 years experience in an administrative position that includes supervisory experience.
- Demonstrated experience in budget management and oversight of financial operations.
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities; the ability to work independently and make sound judgments without close day-to-day supervision.
- Ability to anticipate and initiate appropriate action in support of the directors and Institute faculty
- Excellent interpersonal skills, as well as superior oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated administrative leadership, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
- Proficiency in desktop computing tools and software, including email, internet, MS Office.
- Advanced degree preferred.
- Experience managing sponsored research projects.
- Proficiency in University administrative applications (including COEUS, PeopleSoft, Information Warehouse, and Labor Accounting).
- Prior experience with facility management or renovations.
The final candidate for the position must successfully complete a background check
Princeton University - 15 months ago
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