Program Director

Princeton in Asia, Inc.
  • Location
    Princeton, New Jersey
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Oct 14

Position description

Princeton in Asia (PiA) is a non-profit organization affiliated with and located at Princeton University with 122 years of history providing immersive experiences in Asia to recent college graduates. PiA fosters mutual appreciation and cultural understanding by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in Asia through immersive work experiences that transform perspectives, cultivate long-lasting relationships and benefit local and global communities. In the 2019-2020 fellowship year, PiA facilitated 150 year-long fellowship and summer internship opportunities in 20 Asian countries and regions, contributing to the important global issues of education, public health, environmental sustainability, economic development, and peace, justice and access to information at the local, national and regional levels. PiA is the oldest and largest program of its kind, drawing applicants from 170 colleges and universities and boasting a vibrant community of 3000+ committed alumni across the world. PiA prides itself on offering talented young people transformative experiences involving cultural immersion and community-building.

PiA is currently administered by an Executive Director, a Deputy Director/Director of Communications, an Advancement Officer, and two Program Directors based in the US. We are hiring for the role of Program Director. The position will be based in Princeton, New Jersey. The Program Director will report to the Executive Director and work closely and collaboratively with the entire team. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, all staff are working remotely until at least January 2021. While there will be flexibility of working location in the early stages of the engagement, the post holder must be able to commit to working during business hours in the Eastern time zone, and when in-person work resumes, the post holder will be expected to report in person to the office in Princeton, New Jersey.

Specific duties include but are not limited to the following:

·      Assisting the Executive Director in setting the tone and vision for the program.

·      Maintaining relations with officials at partner institutions through correspondence and annual site visits to Asia, as travel restrictions and conditions allow.

·      Managing and providing support to PiA Fellows and interns in the field.

·      Presenting the program to applicants, faculty and staff at Princeton and at other universities.

·      Marketing the program to Trustees, donors, alumni, partners, and other important constituencies; building community and affinity for PiA amongst these constituencies.

·      Recruiting, interviewing and selecting candidates from a pool of 600+ applicants; orchestrating the recruitment, application and placement process.

·      Designing, organizing, and delivering the Teaching English as a Foreign Language training and annual orientation programs; ensuring that training programs contribute to a vision of an equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist PiA. 

·      Assisting Fellows with pre-departure preparation, including working closely with partners to secure visas.

·      Researching, evaluating and recommending potential new PiA partnerships and locations, in line with PiA’s strategic plan and vision.

·      Maintaining databases of Fellows, applicants and partner institutions in Asia.

·      Assisting the Executive Director with administrative activities.

·      Potential to support board committee work to address organizational initiatives and priorities, such as health, safety and welfare, and/or diversity, equity, and inclusion.



Applicants should therefore have the following qualifications, skills, background and characteristics:

·      Passion for the mission and values of Princeton in Asia.

·      Demonstrated interest and experience in cross-cultural education and in Asia, preferably including 1-2 years of work and travel in Asia. Ideally this stint will have been on PiA or a similar program. 

·      Commitment to making PiA a more diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist organization; sensitivity to the needs of a Fellow class that is diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or identity, and ability.

·      Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to craft eloquent, effective and appropriate correspondence to multiple stakeholder groups quickly and under pressure and the ability to present in front of large groups.

·      Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with individuals and groups with a wide array of backgrounds, identities, life experiences and communication styles.

·      Poised, proactive self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit and the willingness and stamina to work in a small team environment and execute a variety of tasks.

·      Ability to execute a high volume of administrative tasks, while also working towards longer-term projects and strategic goals; ability to balance multiple priorities and deadlines.

·      Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail.

·      Humility, a sense of humor and an ability to adapt to different cultural norms.

·      Creativity, the ability to problem-solve and think innovatively.

·      Proficiency in an Asian language preferred but not required.


This position provides useful training to an individual with a career interest in nonprofit administration and/or international education. It also offers valuable background and exposure to an individual with any career interests involving Asia. International and domestic travel are key parts of the role (subject to current conditions and travel restrictions), as is the ability to work on evenings and weekends, both those designated in advance and in the event of an urgent situation.

Application instructions

Benefits package includes health insurance and dental insurance (paid 100% by the organization) and two weeks of paid vacation.

Please see note in job description regarding remote work.

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