Professional Development

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Learning Programs & Certificates

Princeton University supports lifelong learning and provides employees with a variety of opportunities to grow and develop skills. Attend department-sponsored classes, participate in a certificate program, or receive financial educational assistance to help realize your personal and professional goals. Also, refer to the Employee Learning Center.

New Manager Orientation

New Manager Orientation was designed for newly hired or promoted managers who have responsibilities for managing a staff, program, function, and/or budget. Newly hired and promoted managers receive an invitation to the program, which is held in the fall and spring. This program reinforces the expectations the University has for managing and leading while sharing information that assists newly hired and promoted managers navigate Princeton. Through various department presentations, group activities, and informal networking, managers get a “big picture” view of the organization and detailed information about resources available to support their work and department goals.  

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Princeton Deconstructed

Princeton Deconstructed is a series of sessions designed to help staff members at all levels become familiar with key University operations, mission, and goals as well as have the opportunity to hear from senior leaders.

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Management Development Certificate Program

The Management Development Certificate Program (MDCP) provides learners with a structured, holistic learning experience that targets the key skills and competencies needed to manage effectively. 

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Excelling at Princeton Program

Excelling at Princeton is a skill-enhancement program with four course options:

  • Computers in the Workplace
  • Effective Communication (oral and written)
  • English as a Second Language I and II
  • Becoming a New Supervisor (for new supervisors only)
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Inclusion & Diversity Certificate Program

The path to an inclusive Princeton University begins with each individual. The Inclusion & Diversity Certificate Program (I&DCP) takes the core competencies of inclusion and diversity, effective and open communication, appreciation of and respect for differences, and emotional intelligence, in an effort to make the University a more respectful and inclusive workplace.

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Princeton Writes

Princeton Writes is committed to helping employees and students communicate with greater confidence, effectiveness, and ease through workshops, tutorials, self-improvement groups, symposia, and other activities centered on the written and spoken word.

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SEIU Summer Transfer Program

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Summer Transfer Program (STP) has been a collaborative initiative between University management and the union since the mid-1990s to offer annual developmental opportunities for eligible SEIU employees. It offers selected SEIU employees the opportunity to transfer to other positions at the University for the summer to develop new knowledge and increase skillsets. During the program, participants are expected to demonstrate initiative toward building new networks and new competencies for professional growth and development.

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Learn Something Series

The Learn Something Series, launched during the coronavirus pandemic, offers you curated content on specific relevant topics to learn at your own pace. The subjects chosen — resilience, trust, and communication — are relevant to adjusting to the “current norm” of the virtual workplace. 

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Staff Educational Assistance Plan