The Director of Professional Formation will be a part of a team who are attentive to the professional formation and vocational discernment of Yale Divinity School (YDS) students who are not ordained ministry bound. This growing group will include Master of Arts in Religion students who are not planning to continue with another graduate degree, and some Master of Divinity students who are not bound for ordination.The Director of Professional Formation will report to the Associate Dean of Ministerial and Social Leadership, and work on a team that also includes the Director of Supervised Ministries, building a plan with each student for professional and vocational engagement while at YDS, working closely with them throughout the academic year, and facilitating summer placement experiences. Relying on strong relational skills, the Director will develop strong relationships with area not for profit agencies, and with other contacts where short and long term non-credit internships can be created, providing coaching and troubleshooting, and regular assessment of sites and supervisors. The program will then advise and place students in professional positions post-graduation, and build ongoing supportive relationships with graduates during their first five years of such service. The Director will build and maintain an integrative approach to the course of academic study and the broader world experiences that students gain.The Director will have primary administrative and program responsibility for this new direction in learning at YDS, and oversee the budget and expenditures of the program, site contributions and administrative expenses. The Director will work with the Associate Dean for Ministerial and Social Leadership in creation of the annual outcomes assessment report to the faculty. Within YDS, the Director will encourage and support YDS faculty efforts to integrate theological reflection and praxis, relating as well to the Deans of Berkeley Divinity School and Andover Newton at Yale, and to student groups, as appropriate.The Director will possess a deep understanding of the broad possibilities for professional service that are possible for students graduating from these programs and will fully understand the academic and practical components of theological study in preparation for ministry experience, lay or ordained, in a range of traditions. The Director will offer a creative and innovative approach that builds this new initiative to the point of strength and vitality.
1. Oversees the development 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 programs 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 programs website and monitors all changes and additions to the editorial content. 8. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience
Minimum requirement of Masters Degree in a related field and four years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Skill/Ability 1:
Strong executive skills and training in nonprofit management. Deep understanding of theological education and non-profit leadership.
Required Skill/Ability 2:
Strong interpersonal skills with the willingness to work closely with students, faculty and site supervisors to building relationships. Proven abilities to work with non-profit leaders across the community.
Required Skill/Ability 3:
Strong administrative skills, including the capacity to design and manage systems, organize large amounts of detailed information, set plans and carry out evaluations. Proven abilities in budget planning, personnel and long-range planning. Proficiency with the necessary technology, including website design and updating.
Required Skill/Ability 4:
School faculty and staff, and the many agencies and programs with whom YDS will work, grounded in an understanding of the faith narrative that informs YDS students, and a willingness to engage students in their own questions and struggles of faith.
Required Skill/Ability 5:
Creativity, and a willingness to adapt during times of crisis in the school, the church and the world.