Assistant Director 1 - Career Development Office

Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of the Career Development Office at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, with latitude for independent judgment, the Assistant Director provides strategic input and management for key elements such as on and off-campus recruiting, career programming, employer engagement and development, summer internship and research project tracking and funding, as well as the school’s mentoring program, Environmental Leadership Mentoring (ELM). The Assistant Director develops and implements strategic program initiatives and events.

[STARS req: 44357BR]

Position Focus

Reporting to the Director of the Career Development Office at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Assistant Director collaborates with the Director and Senior Associate Director on a range of career development programs and resources for a diverse, global population of 350+ masters students including joint-degree students in management, law, public health, global affairs, divinity, architecture and other programs. The Assistant Director works closely with the Director on summer funding and provides key logistical support.  The Assistant Director is responsible  for all aspects of on and off-campus recruiting, employer engagement and development, summer internship and research project tracking, and an alumni/student mentoring program, Environmental Leadership Mentoring (ELM).  The Assistant Director travels with the team and provides support for annual events in Washington, DC and New York City.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Initiate and conduct seasonal outreach and communications to employers to maintain relationships and ensure capture of contacts and opportunities.  Proactively forecast FES employment trends and develop opportunities accordingly.  Oversee logistics of on and off-campus recruiting as well as employer information sessions.  Both independently and working with Director and Senior Associate Director, conduct research and follow up to cultivate new employer relationships.  
  • Oversee and ensure optimum usage of core office management service with focus on employer and student records.  Manage employer contacts for the office, including data on contacts, employer activity, and recruiting initiatives.  Develop monthly reports on job postings, employer events and related content and present to FES community in varied forums.  Create employer/employment activity reports as requested by Director and Dean.  
  • Manage an online job posting resource for students and alumni through GradLeader platform, including training and supervising student assistants who are responsible for the posting opportunities.  Oversee team of three student workers; train on quality control and  monitor activity for accuracy and timeliness in posting. 
  • Work directly with employers to design recruiting activity.  Oversee logistics for on and off-campus recruiting including corporate presentations/employer information sessions and interviews.  Partner with other Yale professional schools to develop deliver recruiting events and programs.
  • Oversee the office online career management platform, including trouble-shooting, module updates and training.  Serve as the lead technical adviser for office team, employer, student, faculty and alumni use.
  • Partner with other Yale professional school staff who oversee same platforms.
  • Work with the Director and committee to administer the application process, determine award amounts and monitor the disbursement and stewardship follow-up for the F&ES Summer Fellowship, a fund of $250,000 for approximately 100 applicants.  Lead meetings and provide reports for the Summer Internship/Research Funding Committee.  Create reports on summer internship/research project fellowship awards and internship/research placement.
  • Partner with the Office of Development and Alumni Services on the School’s alumni/student mentoring program, Environmental Leadership Mentoring (ELM).  Primary lead for mentor/mentee matching process, development of guidelines and resource materials for students and alumni, and program evaluation.  Serve as main student adviser on questions about mentorship program and summer funding. 
  • Collaborate with the Director and Senior Associate Director to develop and implement career programs and events.  Develop and deliver presentations on topics relevant to roles (i.e. ELM, FESNext, Summer Funding).  Partner with other Yale professional school staff to deliver cross-Yale career programming.
  • Write content for weekly Career Development Office student newsletter on recruiting news and job and internship highlights, summer funding updates and deadlines, and ELM initiatives.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field and 3-5 years of experience in career services or similar work environment.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Highly Preferred:  Experience in career services in higher education, including employer relations, career services online technologies and program management. 
  • Preferred:  Experience with graduate students and international students. 
  • Preferred:  Knowledge of environmental issues and environment-related career paths.  

Skills & Abilities

  • Managing employer contact databases and career services online systems, or similar technologies.
  • Proven ability to manage events and people with a high degree of detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills to confidently provide guidance and support to employers. students and colleagues.
  • Facility with MS Office, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent writing, verbal, and presentation communications skills.

Required Licenses or Certifications


Physical Requirements



Application Details

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