PU Alum Dustin Sproat ’06 Combines Passion with Public Interest

Dustin Sproat '06, Founder and Executive Director of HP4K

Dustin Sproat, a professional hockey player and ’06 graduate of Princeton University, has many passions.  Throughout his youth, Sproat spent years developing his hockey skills, which he brought to Princeton as a four-year member of the varsity hockey team.  Graduating in 2006 with a Chemical Engineering degree, Sproat took a brief break from hockey to work as a chemical engineer for Keyera Energy in Calgary.  However, he could not give up his passion for hockey so, beginning in 2008, Sproat relaunched his hockey career as a member of the Fresno Falcons, where PU alums Daryl Marcoux ’07, Grant Goeckner-Zoeller ’07, and Kyle Hagel ’08 were all playing

Playing professional hockey means being on the road a great deal of the time, so Sproat made a commitment to become involved in the communities in which he was living.  Together with many of his previous teammates, including NHL veterans and PU alums Jeff Halpern ’99, George Parros ’03, and Darroll Powe ’07, Sproat began to seek out public service opportunities in his local community.  When the Falcons folded halfway through the 2008-09 season, Sproat and his teammates were spread across the country, but their commitment to involvement in their local communities remained.  In March 2009, Sproat along with 6 other PU alums came together to cofound Hockey Players for Kids (HP4K), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping professional hockey players positively impact the communities they play in by connecting players with kids in their communities.

HP4K Members with Campers at Camp Oochigeas in Muskoka, ON.

Beginning with just 10 co-founders in five cities, HP4K now features 70 members in more than 25 cities worldwide.  HP4K has had a wide-reaching impact, starting with “Stick to Reading,” an incentive-based reading competition for elementary and middle school students in which the winners can play floor hockey with professional hockey players.  Other initiatives include “Give Moore for the Holidays” and involvement with local afterschool programs, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America.  Many of the programs are initiated by the players themselves, which gives them the opportunity to take ownership for the meaningful work they are doing.

Sproat has served as HP4K’s Executive Director while playing hockey for the Cincinnati Cyclones.  He spends much of his time following, promoting, and encouraging HP4K activities, as well as initiating community service opportunities in Cincinnati.  As a hockey player, PU graduate, and person committed to community involvement, Sproat serves as an example of a person who combined his passions into a public service initiative that is meaningful and far-reaching.

HP4K is currently looking for a new Executive Director.  Click here for a link to the job description.

Princeton AlumniCorps is Hiring an Office Administrator

Princeton AlumniCorps (formerly Princeton Project 55) is an independent alumni-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that inspires and builds civic leadership among alumni across generations by engaging them in significant activities that influence and improve our society.

Position Overview and Responsibilities

The Office Administrator ensures the smooth operation of this fast-paced and innovative community. The office administrator position requires an organized self-starter and team player to oversee day-to-day functions of the administrative and program staff at Princeton AlumniCorps; and is in many cases the first person to the organization encounter. The office administrator must have the ability to move capably and confidently between a wide range of responsibilities including reception, administrative office operations, human resources and finance.


  • Answer the main AlumniCorps phone line, welcome guests and vendors, sort mail.
  • Maintain a requisition and ordering procedure for office supplies including postage, paper, etc. assuring inventory control and cost effectiveness.
  • Manage office printings and mailings
  • Maintain conference room schedules; arrange for meeting space and room reservations as requested by staff.
  • Assist in organizing/arranging Board meetings and trainings.
  • Maintain central office files including board meeting minutes and attendance sheets
  • Supervise building maintenance, cleaning staff and AlumniCorps interns
  • Provide administrative and planning support for staff
  • Schedule regular maintenance of the office facilities


  • Work with PP55 program manager to coordinate and participate in fellowship interviews with alumni and nonprofit partner organizations during the month of January.
  • Work with PP55 program manager and PP55 interviewers to decide on fellowship placement referrals.
  • Manage the job board for fellowship alumni and partner organizations
  • Manage the volunteer board for Princeton AlumniCorps
  • Lead recruitment of Princeton AlumniCorps interns from Princeton University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and surrounding colleges and universities
  • Interview, hire and assign tasks and corresponding staff managers for Princeton AlumniCorps interns
  • Orient and coordinate enrollment, collection of hours and associated academic credit for AlumniCorps interns
  • Assist in all hiring processes to include scheduling interviews, conducting reference checks, preparing hiring packets, verification of documentation and document completion.
  • Assist the Executive Director with the payroll process including: collection of employee’s time sheets/cards, verifying accuracy and preparation.


  • Maintain donor and vendor files
  • Enter bills, deposits, and petty cash expenditures in QuickBooks; prepare and process payments and deposits
  • Prepare acknowledgement letters to annual giving donors via Raiser’s Edge for signature
  • Update Raiser’s Edge when new address/contact information is received
  • Interact with vendors on related matters to ensure good and proper business relations.
  • Work closely with executive director and accountant to ensure payment of taxes, filing of appropriate forms, and effective accounting practices


  • Lead special projects as needed
  • Help to design and maintain the AlumniCorps website
  • Help to design and maintain AlumniCorps’ Shared Effort newsletter
  • Collaborate with other staff as needed and appropriate
  • Collaborate and communicate with alumni volunteers as needed
  • Aid in organization-wide initiatives and events
  • Work by the Princeton AlumniCorps Staff Values


  • A minimum of Bachelors Degree, plus one to five years experience in administrative support
  • Good knowledge of office support functions including word processing, filing, telephone etiquette, data entry
  • Must have basic math skills with minimal bookkeeping knowledge
  • Ability to prioritize tasks effectively and to manage multiple projects
  • Must have very strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to understand and uphold the highest level of confidentiality
  • Computer knowledge and proficiency required including Microsoft Office applications including, Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher and Outlook. Experience with RaisersEdge and Quickbooks preferred
  • Experience supervising or participating in an internship program a plus
  • Flexibility and openness to new ideas and feedback
  • Sense of humor

Starting salary will range from $30,000-$40,000 depending on previous experience, with potential for increase in subsequent years. Compensation includes medical and dental insurance, retirement benefits, 20 days of paid time off, and generous holidays.

The position is located in the Princeton AlumniCorps office at 12 Stockton Street in Princeton, NJ.

Application Process
Interested individuals should email a resume and a letter of interest and qualifications by Friday, January 20th, 2012 to info@alumnicorps.org.
A start date in early March will be determined by mutual agreement.

Do you need a job? Looking for ways to volunteer?

All Job Seekers: Visit the AlumniCorps Job Board today by logging into our website. Simply login to view & post jobs!

Princeton AlumniCorps is proud to offer our online job board as a resource for all partner organizations, alumni, and affiliates. Sign in today at www.alumnicorps.org Questions? Email info@alumnicorps.org to learn more!

All Volunteers:  Check out our organization page on Idealist.org to learn about opportunities to get involved in your area!

Volunteer your space for an event, become a web developer, a reporter, an editor, a Board member, or even a director of The Alumni Network! To see opportunities like this and more visit www.idealist.org and search for the Princeton AlumniCorps’ page, or visit www.alumnicorps.org/ and click ‘Get Involved’.

Princeton AlumniCorps is Hiring!

Join the Princeton AlumniCorps team as we continue to engage alumni from across the generations in “the Nation’s service and in the service of all nations”!

Community Outreach Manager

Princeton AlumniCorps (formerly Princeton Project 55) is an independent alumni-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that inspires and builds civic leadership among alumni across generations by engaging them in significant activities that influence and improve our society.

Position Overview and Responsibilities

The Community Outreach Manager will be primarily responsible for enhancing the public profile of Princeton AlumniCorps by implementing a coherent communications strategy and by effectively managing the Community Volunteers outreach program. The Community Outreach Manager will report to the Executive Director.

Community Programs:

Oversee the growth of the Community Volunteers program:

The Princeton AlumniCorps Community Volunteers program provides opportunities for Princeton alumni to connect with civic engagement opportunities in the nonprofit sector. During the pilot year, alumni participants were from the classes of the `60s, `70s, and `80s. Our primary engagement strategy is focused on a continuum of skills-based opportunities, ranging from connecting alumni to positions on nonprofit Boards of Directors to organizing pro-bono alumni working groups to assist nonprofit organizations with substantive short-term projects.

The Community Outreach Manager will be responsible for overseeing the recruitment and vetting of nonprofit organizations, creating and maintaining a collection of Board and working group opportunities in nonprofit organizations, identifying alumni interests, and developing resources for program participants. Key staff and volunteers have recently completed a 2011 strategic plan for the Community Volunteers program, detailing our vision of the program after the pilot year.


Work with key volunteers to coordinate the development of the Community Volunteers program structure

  • Develop meaningful impact evaluation goals, methods and timeline, based on the 2011 strategic plan
  • Identify the skills and goals of potential alumni participants
  • Seek out volunteer opportunities(marketing, strategic planning, etc) to make use of the skills found in our alumni base
  • Survey potential nonprofit partners to identify projects within our program capabilities.
  • Develop materials outlining the opportunities and resources available to alumni who are seeking substantive experiences in the nonprofit sector.
  • Work with local volunteers to plan and support outreach, training and orientation events.
  • Effectively communicate program goals and expectations with all potential program participants by designing and updating Community Volunteer program communications.
  • Explore opportunities for collaboration with similar nonprofits.
  • Explore opportunities to expand and develop Community Volunteers in other cities.
    • Field inquiries from all potential program participants.



Work with AlumniCorps Communications Committee to oversee organization-wide communications strategy

  • Implement the 2011 Communications Strategy to broaden awareness of programs and to increase visibility and interest among key audiences.
  • Define and work with staff and volunteers to recognize communications opportunities and define/execute appropriate strategies to support them.
  • Oversee organization-wide print and digital communications including the quarterly Shared Effort newsletter, appeals, public invitations, program directories, brochures, reports, and website content development.
  • Produce a variety of written materials about AlumniCorps and its activities, and edit written materials developed by other AlumniCorps staff members.
  • Develop AlumniCorps’ website and other social media as dynamic information resources.
  • Serve on and help to facilitate the AlumniCorps Board Communications Committee.
  • Supervise communications intern(s).

General Administration:

  • Collaborate with other staff as needed and appropriate.
  • Collaborate and communicate with alumni volunteers as needed.
    • Aid in organization-wide initiatives including, but not limited to, Board meetings, programs, events, office    maintenance.
    • Demonstrate Princeton AlumniCorps’ values in all aspects of your daily work.

Essential Qualifications

  • Excellent community-building and volunteer management skills
  • Excellent verbal, writing, editing and proofreading skills and an outstanding ability to build positive relationships.
  • Ability to constructively edit the work of others.
  • Excellent sense of effective marketing design.
  • Demonstrated success working in a team environment and independently.
  • Strong organizational skills, with demonstrated ability to prioritize and coordinate several projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated skills in project management, including organization, attention to detail, and confidence managing multiple tasks simultaneously to accomplish a goal.
  • Demonstrated success in production of diverse communication and promotional materials.
  • Interest in program development and trends in the nonprofit sector
  • Familiarity with common software programs including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access), Acrobat, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, email applications
  • Experience in basic web design and content management.
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, public relations or related field
  • Flexibility and openness to new ideas and feedback
  • Sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge and NetCommunity
  • Knowledge of PHP MYSQL, any mix Flash, DHTML, HTML, XLML and CSS.
  • 2-5 years experience working in the nonprofit sector


Starting salary will range from $40,000-$50,000 depending on previous experience. Compensation includes medical and dental insurance, employer matched 403(b), 20 days of paid time off, and generous holidays.



The position is located at the Princeton AlumniCorps central office, 12 Stockton Street in Princeton, NJ.


Application Process

Interested individuals should email a resume and letter of interest and qualifications by Wednesday, April 20, 2011 (earlier if possible) to John Shriver, Program Director at JShriver@alumnicorps.org

A late May orientation and start date in early June will be determined by mutual agreement.