Executive Brief

Director, Volunteer Engagement
Princeton University

About Princeton University

Princeton University is among the world’s foremost educational institutions. The fourth-oldest college in the United States, it is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational university that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering.

As a global research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching.

Princeton’s educational mission is to prepare students to pursue meaningful lives and to help address the challenges of the future. To this end, the University aims to enroll the most capable students from all parts of the world and to provide them with an educational experience that strengthens their intellects, sharpens their skills, expands their horizons, and prepares them for leadership—all while pursuing the highest possible standards of excellence.

Living up to its informal motto, “In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity,” the University has educated thousands of individuals who have dedicated themselves to public service and to serving communities in the United States and around the world. This mission also finds expression in the lives of Princeton’s alumni, arguably among the most loyal and generous of any American university. Their level of service and generosity to their university is legendary, exemplified by the extraordinary number of hours they give annually in service to the University and the extremely high participation rates of the Annual Giving program.

Commitment to Diversity: Many Voices, One Future

Diversity and inclusion are central to Princeton’s educational mission and its desire to serve society. Throughout the University, members of the Princeton community have a deep commitment to being inclusive because:

Princeton has invested in many initiatives to make its campus more welcoming to people of all backgrounds. With continual attention and effort, the University is aiming to make its campus demographics reflect the United States’ vibrant, pluralistic society while strengthening its values in every aspect of its campus experience. Learn more here.

Advancement Overview

The Princeton University Office of Advancement secures philanthropic and volunteer support for the University’s highest priorities by engaging and stewarding Princeton’s alumni, parents, and friends. The University relies on strong partnerships with its campus partners and its large corps of alumni volunteers. The Princeton strategy emphasizes the long view, honoring the relationships nurtured by those who came before them and empowering those who come after to successfully build on its efforts. The Office of Advancement includes a staff of 170+ individuals.

University Advancement's Mission

University Advancement’s mission is to inform, involve and inspire Princeton’s global community of alumni and friends to serve the University and its mission, with the vision of advancing Princeton’s ability to make a difference in the world.

Princeton strives to be the most effective alumni engagement and fundraising enterprise in the world. In doing so, the Advancement Office staff approach their work and work with each other based on the following guiding principles:

Learn more about the Office of Advancement and Princeton’s fundraising priorities here.

Leadership Spotlight

Jennifer Caputo, Assistant Vice President, Alumni Engagement Operations

Jennifer Caputo has worked at Princeton for more than eleven years in roles of progressive responsibility. Jennifer’s current title is Assistant Vice President, Alumni Engagement Operations. She is currently also serving, for the second time, as the interim Deputy Vice President for Alumni Engagement. Jennifer's other previous roles include director of operations, senior associate director for graduate alumni relations and associate director for regional affairs. Before joining the University, she held a variety of roles at Major League Baseball in New York City, including vice president of human resources for MLB’s advanced media division.

I’m thrilled to be working alongside so many dedicated colleagues and volunteers who help our alumni connect with one another and the University, and I am excited to have this opportunity to engage those alumni in new and meaningful ways.
- Jennifer Caputo

The Position - Director, Volunteer Engagement

The Director of Volunteer Engagement (Director) reports to the Assistant Vice President for Alumni Engagement Operations (AVP-AEO) and is a senior member of University Advancement’s Alumni Engagement team. The Director has a deep understanding of Princeton University and its mission, familiarity with the University’s diverse and global community of alumni, and genuine appreciation for the critical role that alumni volunteers play in the success of the University’s alumni engagement and fundraising activities. The Director plays an integral role in supporting the alumni trustee election processes through which approximately 25 percent of the University’s trustees are elected, engaging with the Vice President and Secretary of the University as appropriate. This highly visible and strategic role presents an opportunity for the right incumbent to engage with senior University leadership and alumni volunteers on a broad range of high-priority efforts. In addition, the Director supervises the Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement.

Responsibilities include:


Submit Your Candidacy

To apply or learn more about this opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter to Leslie Smith, Executive Search Consultant, leslie.smith@boyden.com or Lisa Vuona, Managing Partner, lvuona@boyden.com.

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