Program Manager

Connecticut, United States
02 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

Seeking a Program Manager to oversee the activities of a grant from The JPB Foundation. The grant funds the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Sustainability Initiative (JEDSI) at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE). For about half a century, activists and scholars have identified and tried to mitigate the disproportionate amounts of environmental hazards people of color and low-income communities face. Despite these efforts, environmental injustices such as generating and disposing of toxic wastes, heavy pollution burdens, resource extraction and processing, lack of access to healthy and affordable foods, exorbitant utility rates and high levels of utility shutoffs, and climate disasters are commonplace in poor and minority communities. JEDSI seeks to identify interconnected actions, impacts, processes, and outcomes that give rise to and perpetuate environmental injustices. JEDSI will also identify community amenities and resources that can help to reduce inequities and foster community resilience. The principal investigator is Dorceta E. Taylor of YSE. Under the direction of the principle investigator, the Program Manager will develop and manage this newly created initiative at YSE. The Program Manager will coordinate research activities, supervise and train program staff, communicate program activities, and help prepare reports and scholarly publications.

Oversees the development and management of the new Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Sustainability Initiative at the Yale School of the Environment.

Manage the day to day operations, including overseeing staff and students’ work, which requires understanding their project conceptually to provide feedback and drive their work forward or redirect when needed.

Supervise two project managers and student research assistants.

Develop training materials and help to train program staff.

Oversee the creation, tracking, and maintenance of research databases.

Oversee the tracking and organizing of research activities, which will capture the work of the students and various activities in order to manage workflow, project management deadlines and align the projects with JEDSI’s larger initiatives.

Oversee and collaborate with program staff who are managing two pathway programs.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) and/or its derivative -- an undergraduate internship program.

Environmental Fellows Program (EFP) -- A graduate internship program.

Oversee communications with all members of the program team.

Supervise and manage program websites.

Oversee the planning of meetings, workshops, and conferences.

Ensures the tracking of expenses and management of the budget.

Oversee data collection, inputting, and analysis for all projects, activities and events.

Partners with the principle investigator to conduct literature reviews and prepares drafts of scholarly publications.

Develops proposals to seek additional program funding. Will be a liaison with foundation relations.

Oversee the planning and execution of field trips and site visits. This includes preparing presentations, identifying appropriate site and space for the meeting, workshop, conference, etc. and speakers. Will direct work of staff or external resources based on the needs for the events.

Partners with the principle investigator to conduct annual program reviews and prepare reports.

Must be able to travel.

May perform other duties as assigned.

Applicants should submit the following with their application: a cover letter, resume or curriculum vita, transcript – from your most advanced degree, one 10-25 page writing sample that showcases scholarly writing and that is sole-authored and the names and contact information (telephone number and email) of three people who can serve as references.

Essential Duties

  1. Oversees the advancement and growth of the program. Gives direction and leadership supporting the philosophy, mission, strategy, and annual goals and objectives. Assumes primary accountability for disseminating and publishing all program information to create public awareness and support of the program.
  2. Works closely with leadership, internal and external colleagues, and community residents to further develop and implement strategic plans.
  3. Identifies, solicits, and cultivates community partnerships and collaborations to assist in the development and growth of the program. Develops the metrics to identify and measure the success of the program. Responsible for measurements of grant success and related evaluation.
  4. Assists in identifying and evaluating potential future funding sources, and contributes to the submission of grants and contracts supporting the program, including the annual submission and writing of all content areas and budgetary sections of grant applications. Develops and manages the program’s operating budget.
  5. Develops the administrative infrastructure of the program. Manages human resource and administrative functions of the program, including staffing and hiring, supervision, performance development, counseling and discipline, if warranted. Oversees and manages information systems, facilities, and space needs.
  6. Investigates, identifies, implements, and oversees the maintenance of systems to gather, track, and report information to support the initiatives of the program. Tracks all program activities and regularly informs leadership of progress on each initiative. Recommends structural or programmatic adjustments, changes or additions based on full knowledge of missions, goals, and objectives.
  7. Initiates, designs, and manages the compilation of program communications; identifying outreach potential, and promoting philanthropic and collaborative support of the program. Contributes to the development and assists in the management of content on the program’s website and monitors all changes and additions to the editorial content.
  8. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree in a related field and four years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Strong oral and written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

High level of proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SPSS, ArcGIS, and other web-based tools.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Master’s or doctorate in Environmental Studies, Environmental Sciences, Conservation, Biology, Geography, Environmental Policy, Environmental Justice, Urban Planning, Industrial Ecology, or Public Health is strongly preferred.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

A valid driver’s license at the start of appointment.

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Additional Background or Health Screening Requirements

Selected incumbent must have successful completion of a DMV check and a valid driver’s license.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:


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