Student Program Coordinator, Pace Center, Princeton University

Posted on July 23, 2012

Student 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 Student Program Coordinator will advise prospective students and active students in navigating Center programs, including providing information on participation processes, arranging for trainings, and answering questions in order to assure a high-quality, successful experience with Pace Center programs. The Student Program Coordinator will support students in their own crafting of civic engagement projects and in their related interactions with faculty members and other university collaborators. She/he will be able to help students explore how their activities are meaningful to communities, how they relate to other opportunities on campus, and how they might continue to deepen the impact of their efforts. She/he will work with Pace Center staff in application and selection processes, data management and reporting, tracking of evaluative information, overall program maintenance and development of new programs. The Student Program Coordinator will have opportunities to identify and develop student leadership pathways, student training needs, and new channels for student engagement in civic immersion programs. She/he will report to the Assistant Director for Civic Engagement Immersion Programs.

The successful candidate will be motivated by direct work with students on civic engagement initiatives. She/he will be able to help students find and create civic engagement opportunities that are meaningful to communities, provide leadership development opportunities, and that connect to students’ academic pathways.

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 student advisor for civic engagement immersion programs; this encompasses the following:
* Communicate and serve as student resource for information related to specific program requirements, processes, policies, projects; as a part of this, ensure students are maintaining risk management practices
* Advise and mentor individual students and student groups on best practices of effective student leadership and engagement, the skills of team-building and project management
* Provide comprehensive direction and guidance as student leaders plan projects and events; and meet with students regularly to monitor participation and project integrity
* Foster relationships between and among students and groups
* Have flexibility in meeting with students in the evenings and on weekends, and actively participate in student events
* Exercise sound judgment and discretion in handling confidential and/or challenging situations or materials

* Be responsible for program recruitment, such as website management, advertising and promotion, information sessions and on-campus fairs
* Manage the application and selection processes for programs
* Develop and execute 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 facilitating faculty-student interactions and collaborations with residential colleges


* Bachelor’s degree
* Proven success in program coordination and administration
* Proven and demonstrated success in advising and mentoring students
* Exceptional communication abilities with excellent interpersonal, diplomatic, oral, written, and listening skills
* Attention to detail
* Ease in working with, and between, a variety of constituencies
* Ability to manage simultaneous projects, tasks and 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
* Flexibility in schedule, as many student activities will be in the evenings, and some on weekends

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