New Manager Orientation Program

This program provides new managers with an overview of how to better understand and achieve University expectations for managers by providing them with a “big picture” view of the organization as well as more detailed information about specific content areas, including the Office of Human Resources, Office of the Treasurer, Office of Information Technology, Office of the General Counsel, Office of Audit and Compliance, Ombuds Office, Department of Facilities, Office of Public Safety and Office of Environmental Health and Safety.   

Program Goals

  • Orient managers to the University's mission and values
  • Provide managers with an overview of the University's structure, decision - making bodies and key functions for both academic and administrative managers
  • Articulate specific expectations for managers about their performance and their responsibility for compliance with key University requirements

Desired Outcomes

  • Understand how the University is structured and how it functions
  • Comply with the University’s standards and principles
  • Understand, respect and follow federal, state and local laws
  • Follow all applicable policies and procedures of the University
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge or awareness of the management of human resources and of financial, physical and technological resources
  • Know who to contact in the key departments represented in the orientation and when it is appropriate or necessary to contact them
  • Feel excited and appreciative to work at Princeton

Target Audience

Our target audience is any new manager or newly promoted manager who has responsibilities managing a staff, program, function and/or budget.


The structure is a full orientation program that transpires over a four - week period. New managers will attend one half - day session a week for four weeks, which would equate to two full days of information, or 16 total hours. 

During each session a new area or group of areas will be discussed to help new managers learn about specific expectations and take some time in between sessions to process the information in a chunked format. 

Facilitators/subject matter experts present core material regarding their area followed by audience participation, such as small group discussions and activities, to maintain a high level of engagement and provide managers with an opportunity to apply what they are learning as well as network with other managers. 


The schedule for the orientation program is based on the hiring and promotional activities throughout the year. Typically, the program is offered in the spring and fall timeframe.  

Program Agenda

Week 1:  Princeton “Big Picture”

The goal of this session is to provide the overall, big-picture view of the University as a first step to satisfy the University’s expectations and management guidelines. This session will discuss the following:
  • Role of the manager at Princeton
  • University mission
  • University structure
  • Committees — how they are formed and what is their function
  • High - level decision making — who makes them and why are they made
  • Compliance
  • Rights, Rules, Responsibilities
  • University calendar
  • Campus     
  • Review the "big picture"  —  map and plan of University 

Week 2:   Human Resources Session

The goal of this session is to review the role of the supervisor as explained in the Management Standards Guidebook to understand and apply, where necessary, the appropriate federal and state laws and to know and administer fairly the policies of the University. This session will encompass the following HR Teams but will be certain not to duplicate any topics that are covered in New Employee Orientation Program:
  • Staffing
  • Benefits, Worklife and Carebridge
  • Compensation
  • Employee and Labor Relations
  • Diversity and Equal Opportunity
  • Learning and Development
  • HR Service Delivery and Systems 

Week 3:   General Services

The goal of this session is to discuss the institutional compliance program in more depth, the important laws that new managers need to be aware of, the guidelines for information responsibilities as well as workplace and environmental safety responsibilities as stated in the Management Standards Guidebook.
  • Facilities
  • Public Safety
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Information Technology
  • General Counsel
  • Information Security
  • Office of Communications
  • Transportation and Parking 

Week 4:  Treasurer’s Office Session & Send Off

The goal of this session is to introduce and explain the financial responsibilities as stated in the Management Standards Guidebook. Some topic examples are:
  • Background on Princeton’s financials
  • Basic accounting definitions
  • Operating budget protocols,   including the difference between endowment vs. operating budget
  • Transaction authority (how authority flows down and the hierarchy of who is authorized at the various levels)
  • Purchasing
Just call or send us an email to find out when the next New Manager Orientation Program will be offered or to ask us any general program questions. We’re here to help!