Associate Director (Digital Humanities Center)
Princeton University seeks an innovative leader to help build a nationally
significant faculty research center that will support collaborative
technology-based projects and will foster and develop inter-disciplinary and
trans-disciplinary partnerships. This individual will work closely with the
Faculty Director and advisory board to develop and support the infrastructure
and intellectual community of the Digital Humanities Center in the short- and
long-term. Princeton seeks someone who will both inform the vision of the
Digital Humanities Center as well as ensure its smooth and effective
operation. The Associate Director reports directly to the Faculty Director,
with a secondary reporting relationship to the Deputy University Librarian.
Builds alliances to advance the Center's goals and strategic plan.
The Associate Director will bring vision and enthusiasm to the role of
establishing a sustainable Digital Humanities Center at Princeton. He or she
will represent the Center, serving as a liaison with Princeton University
faculty, the Office of Information Technology, and the University Library. He
or she will communicate and lead programmatic interactions with related
organizations in the United States and abroad.
The Associate Director will work closely with the Office of Corporate and
Foundation Relations to raise funds to support the goals outlined in the five-
year plan of the center. These goals include the creation and implementation
of the postdoctoral and graduate student fellowship program and assistance in
creating a graduate student alternative-academic (alt-ac) training program.
The Associate Director will also engage in grant-writing and will help inform
faculty about grant opportunities for short and long-term funding from sources
both on and off campus.
The Associate Director will work with representatives from the University
Library, Office of Information Technology, McGraw Center for Teaching and
Learning, Humanities Council, and other University departments, centers, and
programs as needed to develop programs, resources, and infrastructure to
promote digital scholarship.
Coordinates, with the University Library and the Office for Information
Technology, research projects led by faculty, graduate students, and
The Associate Director will assist in project definition and analysis,
including advising about project scope, requirements and specifications, and
He or she will evaluate and integrate existing tools for digital scholarship,
and participate in the development of new applications to support digital
scholarship. These applications may address needs related to digital content
creation, content storage, content discovery, text analysis, data
visualization and the manipulation and/or analysis of digital media.
Advises the Director and the Advisory Board about the trends and directions in
the fields associated with the Center's mission.
The Associate Director will keep abreast of new methodologies and practices
relevant to digital humanities. He or she will update the Faculty Director and
the Advisory Board regularly on practices, standards, events, and other
developments relevant to the Center's long-term goals.
Executes policy and strategic direction for the Center and assumes
responsibility for its operations.
The Associate Director develops the Center's budget, in collaboration with the
Faculty Director. The Associate Director is responsible for careful and
appropriate management of the administrative allowance, endowed funds, and
grants or sponsored research. The Associate Director monitors spending and
provides regular and timely analysis and projections of the available funds.
He or she ensures that all internal deadlines are met and that the Center is
compliant with all internal guidelines and external regulations. The Associate
Director is responsible for recruiting, developing, and retaining talented and
qualified staff, and for coordinating the use of the Center's resources
(space, equipment, personnel).
The Princeton University Digital Humanities Center seeks a professional with a
proven track record in the emerging field of digital humanities with the
ability to be diplomatic, build consensus, and utilize discretion. The
position is ideally suited for someone with experience in an "alt-ac" position
* Ph.D. in the humanities, library sciences, social sciences, or a related discipline
* Minimum of 5 years' experience with project management for academic research
* Demonstrated experience in an administrative position that includes supervisory experience
* Demonstrated experience in budget management and oversight of financial operations
* Excellent oral and written communication skills
* Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities
* Ability to anticipate and initiate appropriate action in support of the Director and Center faculty
* Excellent interpersonal skills
* Demonstrated leadership, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
* Successful grant-writing experience
* Experience with current technologies for digital scholarship and the ability to advise on hardware and software purchasing and implementation
* Project-management experience with a significant digital humanities project
* Understanding of emergent best practices in the digital humanities
* Experience working with a nationally or internationally known digital humanities center
Compensation and Benefits:
Princeton offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program
that is responsive to the needs of its diverse staff. The comprehensive
benefits program includes health and life insurance coverage, pension
benefits, flexible spending accounts, income protection in the event of short-
and long-term disabilities, benefits for employee education, children's
tuition grants, as well as 24 vacation days a year, 9 holidays and 2 personal
Nominations and Applications:
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the
position is filled. Applications will be accepted only from
the Jobs at Princeton website: http://www.princeton.edu/jobs and must include
a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER.
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