Communications Program Coordinator, Pace Center, Princeton University

Posted on July 23, 2012

Communications Program Coordinator, Pace Center, Princeton University

Position Summary
The Pace Center for Civic Engagement is Princeton University’s central resource for supporting efforts by students, faculty, alumni, and community partners to identify and act on societal challenges. The Pace Center addresses issues of public concern by collaborating with communities, sharing knowledge and resources for the purposes of developing active citizens, stronger communities, and effective public leaders. The Pace Center’s mission is to fulfill Princeton University’s informal motto, “in the nation’s service and in the service of all nations.” For more information about the Pace Center, visit

The Program Communications Coordinator will advance the Center’s communications efforts. She/he will have the opportunity to help create a clear identity for the Center, making known the Center’s strategic focus areas and offering a compelling story around the Center’s work. Specific responsibilities include writing projects such as reports, website content, marketing materials and press releases, and support for all publicity and social media efforts. The Program Communications Coordinator will also work with staff overseeing Pace Center programs to support program recruitment, data collection and evaluation, and new program development. She/he will report to the Assistant Director for Civic Engagement Immersion Programs.

The Center’s current portfolio of programs includes:

* Breakout Princeton: student-led civic action program including immersion in community work during spring and fall breaks
* Community Action: pre-orientation week-long, student-led introduction to service and to Princeton
* Community House: focused interventions to improve educational outcomes for underserved minority youth in Princeton as part of an effort to close the achievement gap
* Pace Council for Civic Values (PCCV): student board and affiliated student groups that promote a culture of active citizenship at Princeton University
* Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) and Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Internships in Criminal Justice : summer opportunities for students to contribute to the work of non-profit organizations
* Prison Teaching Initiative: college courses taught by faculty, graduate student, and staff volunteers for incarcerated students in New Jersey correctional facilities
* Student Volunteers Council (SVC): student-led organization sponsoring more than 40 weekly volunteer projects addressing issues such as education, homelessness and hunger, and health and well-being
* Post-graduate public interest fellowship programs
Essential Qualifications

Serve as the communications strategist, planner and executer; this encompasses the following:

* Working with the director of the Pace Center, develop and implement effective branding
* Communicate the efforts of the Pace Center in a way that connects the various programs and events, and in a way that emphasizes the Center’s contribution to the University’s informal motto
* Leverage emerging trends and principles to create print, electronic, and web marketing materials that successfully communicate the Center’s messages to its key audiences
* Work collaboratively stakeholders to achieve the Center’s strategic communication goals
* Participate in the development and production of all print and digital communications including e-newsletter, program directories, brochures, reports, ads, posters/flyers, targeted emails, social media
* Manage, develop and edit website content
* Collect and analyze print, electronic, and web publicity data to evaluate communications effectiveness
* Contribute to program recruitment with communication efforts that include website management, advertising and promotion, information sessions and on-campus fairs
* Contribute to related programming, such as orientations, seminars, field trips, reflective opportunities, debriefs, public presentations
* Contribute to data collection and evaluation efforts
* Support the Assistant Director for Civic Engagement Immersion Programs, including communicating about faculty-student interactions and collaborations with residential colleges


* Bachelor’s degree
* Experience in communications of civic engagement programs
* Demonstrated success in marketing and/or communications, including social media
* Experience with design and branding in communications
* Capable with technology, including website updates, social media and online tools
* Exceptional written skills, including the ability to write for different audiences
* Strong interpersonal, oral and listening skills
* Attention to detail
* Ease in working with, and between, a variety of constituencies
* Ability to manage simultaneous projects, tasks, deadlines
* High degree of self-motivation, creativity, enthusiasm
* Ability to work as part of a team in a changing and fluid environment
* Commitment to civic engagement and community service

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