Associate Director, Digital Humanities Center, Princeton University

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. (For detailed position description:

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 undergraduate students.
The Associate Director will assist in project definition and analysis, including advising about project scope, requirements and specifications, and project design.

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).

Essential Qualifications:
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 and requires:

  • 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

Preferred qualifications:

  • 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 days.

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: and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information.


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