Yale seeks a program manager for the Yale Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry

Oct 29th, 2013 | By | Category: Jobs

Yale seeks a program manager for the Yale Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry: Program on Private Forests

18-month Term Position, potential for extension if funding is available

Job Summary:

Since its founding in 1900, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies has been in the forefront of developing a science-based approach to forest management, and in training leaders world-wide. The Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry established in 2000 continues this tradition. Its mission is to integrate, strengthen and direct the School’s forestry research, education and outreach to address the challenges of sustaining forests in the 21st century and a globalized world.

In this new position, the program manager will primarily be responsible for “Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively (TELE),” a program of the Global Institute. This program is being significantly expanded thanks to a grant from the USDA Forest Service. The majority of the program manager’s time will be devoted to expanding the program, including new research, outreach and educational initiatives. TELE is a research and education program that produces tools and information to enhance the ability of natural resource professionals to reach more family woodland owners with effective messages, services and programs. This is accomplished by using the principals of social marketing – namely understanding the attitudes, values and preferences of landowners in order to tailor communication, services, and programs. The program has been piloted very successfully, primarily in the northeastern and Midwest US. We will now expand the program nationally. Successfully implemented, this will exponentially increase the number of owners participating in stewardship and conservation activities.

The program manager will also be responsible to develop new research and educational programs on private forestlands, including strategic planning and fundraising.

Principal Responsibilities

1. Oversees the expansion and growth of the program. Working with leadership team composed of both internal and external partners, identifies priority areas for research and education programs for maximum outcomes. Has primary responsibility for dissemination and publication of program information to create awareness and support for the program.

2. Identifies, solicits, and cultivates partnerships for expanding educational outreach across multiple disciplines and organizational boundaries.

3. Develops evaluation framework and metrics to identify and measure program success, including grant reporting and program outcomes. Manages program expenses so as to assure budgets are met.

4. Organizes program activities, including research, web content and tools, workshops, presentations and webinars. Co-facilitates workshops and establishes evaluation process for educational activities of the program.

5. Develops case studies and peer-to-peer learning tools for natural resource professionals who participate in the program. Creates and updates training materials and web content incorporating new research and learning from the educational programs.

6. Hires and supervises student research assistants to work on various aspects of the program.

Required Education and Experience

· Masters degree in a related field and four years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience

· Significant experience in project management and coordination of multi-partner initiatives

· Advanced program development, marketing, and analytical problem solving skills

· Demonstrated managerial and team leadership skills

· Demonstrated ability to network and build relationships with various internal and external constituencies

· Excellent interpersonal skills, be able to take the initiative, and be resourceful in an environment of constrained resources

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong public speaking skills; ability to present strong persuasive oral and written communications and to effectively work with external partners

· Proficiency in MS Office applications and data base applications; experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods

Preferred Education or Experience

· Masters degree in either social marketing or related field, or natural resource field particularly forest conservation or management

· Professional experience in either social marketing or forest conservation/management

· Experience doing qualitative research

To apply, go to http://www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/application/external/index.html

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