Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Assistant Program Director, STEM Education


The Yale Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) seeks an Assistant Program Director to join a vibrant, productive team in their mission to improve college-level STEM education. The Assistant Program Director of STEM Education will help manage the implementation and organizational direction of a portfolio of grant-funded STEM Education programs based in the CTL. This portfolio includes the STEM Education Seminar Series, the national Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching faculty development initiative, as well as the Helmsley Postdoctoral Teaching Scholars Program, a partnership between Yale, University of Bridgeport and Housatonic Community College.   The Assistant Program Director will report to the STEM Education Program Director, and work closely with a team of CTL staff to contribute to program development, evaluation, communication and administration of a nationally recognized STEM education program. The Assistant Director will collaborate with colleagues at local, regional and national levels to promote excellence in STEM education. This is a full-time term position funded by CTL grants through December 31, 2019.


Required Education and Experience:  

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

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Demonstrated effective teaching skills in a college level STEM discipline.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative by showing leadership in key areas of responsibility.
  • Superior communication and organization skills, with excellent attention to detail. Superior collaboration skills, including the ability to work within a team to identify opportunities, present ideas, and provide constructive feedback.
  • Proven training skills, including the ability to manage conflict, support fellow team members, facilitate a motivated and positive approach to tasks and problems, take and share responsibility, and generate action items for self and others.
  • A deep commitment to exploring the dynamics of college teaching, willingness to reflect on personal teaching practices, eagerness to engage and apply existing literature, and concern for broadening access in higher education.

Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • Direct experience in a center for teaching and learning or similar pedagogically oriented organization.
  • Teaching experience at the college level as instructor of record.
  • Ph.D. in a STEM discipline or STEM education.
  • Experience in program management and/or development.


1. In support of the overall mission, plans, directs, and oversees programmatic activities.

2. Develops, implements, and maintains operational policies and procedures.

3. Manages program communications; identifies outreach potential, and promotes philanthropic and collaborative support of the program.

4. Works closely with leadership, internal and external colleagues, and community residents to further develop and implement strategic plans.

5. Identifies, solicits, and cultivates community partnerships and collaborations to assist in the development and growth of the program.

6. 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. Develops metrics to identify and measure the success of the program.

7. 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.

8. Develops and manages the program’s operating budget.

9. Manages the administrative infrastructure of the program. Manages human resources including staffing and hiring, supervision, performance development, counseling and discipline, if warranted. Oversees and manages information systems, facilities, and space needs.

10. May perform other duties as assigned.

In addition this position will be responsible for:  

1. Program Development - Collaborate with the STEM Education Program Director, Evaluation Director and CTL Executive Director to work with Summer Institute site leaders on program curricula, facilitation, schedule and logistics  

2. Evaluation - Work with STEM Education Program Director and evaluation staff to evaluate and report outcomes of grant-funded programs to funding agencies and to the wider STEM education community.

3. Event Planning – Assist in the planning, coordination and evaluation of program events, including STEM Education Seminars, the Helmsley Postdoctoral Learning community, Helmsley partnership meetings and biannual meetings of Summer Institute leaders.

4. Communication - Develop, manage and maintain communication strategies for grant-funded programs, including internal and external newsletters, websites and social media. May also contribute to grant writing and publication projects.

5. Financial Administration - Assist in the administration of budgets and subawards for regional and institution-based faculty development programs.

6. STEM Education Involvement - Participate in and stay informed of local, regional and national initiatives focused on promoting excellence in STEM education, as well as the educational literature to stay current on developments in the field.

7. CTL/Yale Involvement - Collaborate with local academic departments and colleagues in the CTL as opportunities arise.

8. Work with Others - May manage exempt/nonexempt employees and students.

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If this is enough to interest you, please search in Employment at Yale for Requisition Number: 44730BR.