Transfers & Promotions

Princeton University is committed to having its staff members grow personally and professionally throughout their careers. One path to developing new capabilities may be changing your position through transfer or promotional opportunities within your current department or to a different department.

Hiring managers are encouraged to consider and select current staff members who have the required skills and/or who demonstrate potential.
The process that current employees follow when applying for transfer or promotional job opportunities is similar to what prospective employees do. However, there are some important differences which employees should follow.

When You Can Apply

Normally, you must have been in your current position for one year before you make a change. However, with your supervisor’s support, you may apply for a different job. 

How to Apply

Even if you learn of an open position through your manager and express interest in it, you must apply for the job online. Telling your manager or the hiring manager of your interest–even if he or she has your resume–will not qualify you for consideration. 

Advising Your Manager

In most cases, you should tell your manager that you are interested in a transfer or a promotion. We strive for an open and collaborative work environment, effective working relationships and putting people in jobs where they can do their best.
If you feel it will be awkward to talk with your manager about your desire to change jobs, it is better if your manager hears about your intentions from you rather than from someone else. If you become a final candidate for the position, your manager will be contacted for a reference.
If you feel you can’t discuss your interest in another position with your manager, contact a member of the talent acquisition team to discuss the situation.

Union Contract Employees

If you are covered by a collective bargaining agreement, you should consult your contract for information that affects job transfer or promotion. Please review your contract before applying for a position, or confer with your shop steward or a staff member in Human Resources.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW.
Princeton University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are unable or limited in their ability to use or access the application system or Careers at Princeton website as a result of their disability.
You can count on support from knowledgeable and responsive HR staff when you have a question or problem. Contact us, we’re here to help!