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YLS Employment & Fellowship Opportunities

Yale Law School is a wonderful place to work, and its administrative team is the one of the best in legal education. If you are intrigued by the idea of coming back to the School, and of entering the world of legal academic administration—or know of one of your law school classmates who is—we would be most interested in hearing from you. Please see below for job listings of open positions at the School and elsewhere.

A number of fellowships are available to our graduates. For example, the Bernstein, Liman, Gruber, Ford Foundation, and Heyman Fellowships support work in various types of public interest positions. The Robert M. Cover Fellowship and Information Society Project (ISP) Resident and Visiting Fellowships are among those available for alumni/ae interested in careers in academia.



 Alumni Affairs Officer (Assistant Director); Grade 23

General Purpose: 
Reporting to the Director of Alumni Affairs, assists with and implements all facets of the alumni program, including administration, logistics, strategic planning, evaluation, development and implementation to build, promote, and strengthen key relationships of significant importance to the Law School in New Haven and in major U.S. and international cities. Coordinates and collaborates with University and Law School departments as a member of the Alumni Office team.

For more information, please contact Kathy Slater.        

Essential Duties

  1. Assist senior staff with the planning and administration of alumni and alumni/student programming to take place in New Haven and in major U.S. and international cities.
  2. Serve as a key resource for alumni leaders and other volunteers in designated cities, advising on best practices in terms of mission, governance, group structure, and outreach. Represent the Law School at key alumni events and attend local steering committee meetings, both domestically and abroad, offering counsel whenever appropriate, working to strengthen and give support to the work of local YLS associations and other Law School gatherings.
  3. Support the regional alumni leadership in all ways: from logistics for events and technology/Web needs to strategic planning, budgeting, program development, and communications. Partner with volunteer leaders to assess needs and interests for local alumni programs and services. Offer guidance regarding program content. Identify and implement ways to involve Yale Law School faculty and notable YLS graduates in regional programs.
  4. Work with key associations to ensure optimal volunteer engagement and leadership, identifying and recruiting talented alumni for volunteer roles. Inspire, inform, and motivate through regular communication. Guide volunteer leadership in seeking out qualified volunteers and ensuring succession planning.
  5. Working with the Associate Dean, Director and key Alumni Volunteers, design and implement a new Young Alumni Program in key strategic geographic regions to strengthen and foster meaningful lifelong relationships with alumni from graduation forward. Collaborate with the Development Office, Student Affairs and the Career Development Office to develop strategic planning for the cultivation of new alumni. Identify events which may expose recent graduates and other alumni to potential hiring network. 
  6. Work with Associate Dean and Director to develop strategic plan for Affinity Group programming in key geographic regions.  Collaborate with the Development Office, Student Affairs and the Career Development Office to identify and recruit affinity group alumni volunteers.  Engage, advise and support this group of volunteers, including the possible deployment of social networking tools.
  7. Implement programs to enhance Law School’s presence and brand nationally and internationally, working with strategic partners to further YLS faculty engagement; collaborate with University and Law School offices (Admissions, Career Development Office “CDO”, Public Affairs, Development) to maximize the Law School’s presence. 
  8. Coordinate, strategize, and collaborate with University and Law School departments (Admissions, Student Affairs, Career Development Office “CDO”, Public Affairs, Development) to: 1) help support their departmental missions, particularly as they relate to alumni relations (e.g., Office of Development goals, Admissions--admitted students in designated cities, Public Affairs--alumni news, Career Development—mentoring students); 2) enhance the connection between alumni and Yale Law School, and alumni and current YLS students, 3) identify and develop new alumni programming that will further and enhance YLS goals by building strong alumni relationships. 
  9. Develop and/or recommend communication plans including mailings, event and service promotion, and effective use of fliers, email messages, and/or social networking tools. Liaise with YLS Public Affairs Office to develop and strengthen outreach through social media.
  10. Participate on Implementation Team for new Alumni Online Directory, coordinating—as necessary—the collection of data from internal YLS constituents.
  11. Working with other professional staff members, help plan, develop, and staff alumni events, such as Alumni Weekend, Executive Committee Meetings, including evenings and weekends as necessary.
  12. Create and deploy targeted surveys for regional and New Haven events and advise on possible improvements.  Strategize to develop new programs that encourage alumni involvement, interaction, and greater connection to other alumni and to the Law School. 
  13. May perform other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience

  1. Bachelor’s degree (J.D. preferred)
  2. Four years related work experience.

Skills & Abilities

  1.    Ability to be creative in designing programs and exacting in their execution.
  2.    Advanced knowledge of, and facility with, Social Media and Networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+, Tumblr., etc., with respect to both desktop and PDA platforms.
  3.    Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suit, including Word, Exel, Powerpoint and Outlook.
  4.    Excellent leadership, negotiating, and consensus-building skills. 
  5.    Supervisory skills.
  6.    Proven ability to build and maintain influence and trust with a wide array of clients and staff.
  7.    Appreciation and respect for diversity.
  8.    Demonstrated ability to prioritize and meet multiple, competing responsibilities and to lead and motivate others.
  9.    Ability to work successfully in a fast-paced and changing environment.
  10.    Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. 
  11.    Superior written and oral communication skills.
  12.   Demonstrated ability to mobilize a team around shared goals.  Ability to work in and lead teams including alumni groups, staff, faculty, and students.
  13.   Innovative; creative problem solver; strategic thinker.
  14.   Demonstrated ability to successfully manage projects of all sizes.
  15.   Ability to serve as the key decision maker with regard to alumni and their volunteer involvement.
  16.   Appetite for assessment and designing ways to gauge success of programmatic initiatives.
  17.   Must be a self-starter, and able to work independently and demonstrate good judgment. 
  18.   Must have strong analytical skills.