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Job Opening: Associate Director of the Yale Young African Scholars Program

Location: Yale University, New Haven, CT

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*Position Focus

The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS, is the premier academic enrichment and leadership development program of its kind for African high school school students planning to pursue university education and who wish to make a meaningful impact on the continent. YYAS is administered by the Yale Young Global Scholars Program ( in collaboration with the Yale Africa Initiative ( and the HigherLife Foundation (, its primary funder and knowledge partner.

For 2018-2019, YYAS will offer three sessions in Ghana, Kenya, and Zimbabwe, enrolling at least 300 high school students from across Africa through a highly competitive application process. Senior Yale faculty members lecture in the program while dedicated undergraduate, graduate, and professional school student instructors lead small-group discussions and supervise project work. YYAS participants receive post-program mentorship and guidance throughout the college application process, both virtually and in-person through local access organizations.

The Associate Director serves as the chief operating officer of YYAS, a fast-growing program that is a central component of the Yale Africa Initiative ( The Associate Director will oversee all facets of the program, to include: managing a team of two full-time staff and fifteen summer instructors; marketing, admissions, and curriculum design; overseeing a budget of approximately $1 million; partner and donor relations; and administering post-program online mentorship for African high school students from over 30 countries.

*Principal Responsibilities

1. Directs, monitors, and assesses needs and directs the application of resources of an administrative University office dealing with one or more major functional areas.
2. Directs and implements solutions to problems that are routine to complex in nature and that affect multiple functional areas of responsibility.
3. Plans and/or participates in planning University activities on a long-term basis to comply with University goals and objectives.
4. Establishes and implements consistent university-wide policies in multiple functional areas of responsibility.
5. Ensures that University office policies and procedures are in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. 
6. Develops and monitors goals and objectives for managerial and professional staff in compliance with University strategies. 
7. Directs a staff of exempt and non-exempt employees.
8. May perform other duties as assigned.

*Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in related field and five years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.

*Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability with developing and managing programs or education organizations geared towards high-achieving, low-income young adults, especially with respect to African or other international students.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated ability to interact with a range of individuals including high school and university-age students, faculty members, foundation partners, and staff on a wide variety of academic and administrative issues.
  • Demonstrated flexibility to adapt to changing work demands, manage teams, and maintain effective partnerships in a high-pressure environment. Excellent organization, accuracy, attention to detail, oral and written communication skills, and financial acumen.
  • Strong familiarity with the university admissions and financial aid process, especially with respect to African or other international students.
  • Experience with international travel and willingness to spend at least one month in Africa to administer the YYAS program each year, from late July to late August.

*Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Advanced degree in a field relevant to the academic content of YYAS. Experience managing financial and administrative operations in a university setting. Fluency in French, Arabic, or another major language spoken on the African continent. Familiarity with Slate or other customer relationship management (CRM) software that is used to manage large online admissions processes.

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