Transfers & Promotions

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 through Jobs at Princeton. 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.
You can count on support from knowledgeable and responsive HR staff when you have a question or problem. Just call or send us an e-mail. We’re here to help!

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer which is consistent with our commitment to maintain a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage qualified women, individuals considered a minority of the population, people with disabilities and veterans to apply for jobs at Princeton University.

If special accommodations are needed in applying for a position, please call or visit the Office of Human Resources.