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.
- 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
- 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
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. We typically offer the program once in the fall and one or two times in the winter/spring timeframe.
Week 1: Princeton “Big Picture”
- 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
- Rights, Rules, Responsibilities
- University calendar
- Review the "big picture" — map and plan of University
Week 2: Human Resources Session
- Benefits, Worklife and Carebridge
- Employee and Labor Relations
- Diversity and Equal Opportunity
- Learning and Development
- HR Service Delivery and Systems
Week 3: General Services
- 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
- 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)