After abrupt departure, UCS searches for new director

After over a month spent without a director, Undergraduate Career Services is set to begin searching for a new leader this week.

Allyson Moore, the former UCS director and Yale College associate dean, left her post on Sept. 21, according to Jane Edwards, dean of international and professional experience and Yale College senior associate dean. Edwards declined to comment on Moore’s reason for leaving, and other administrators in the UCS office deferred comment to Edwards. She also declined to comment on criteria for Moore’s replacement because the search committee for a new director has not yet met for “substantive discussion.”

“We will begin to review applications after Oct. 30, but of course we do not know exactly how long this process will take, and I wouldn’t want to predict when a new director will be on board,” Edwards said in an email to the News last week.

Moore left her position at UCS just over a year after taking the reins in spring 2011 from Philip Jones, who held the position for 12 years. Before stepping into her role, Moore served for two years as director of the Career Center and associate dean of students at Amherst College. Before that, she spent another two years as director of the Career Services Development Office at the Yale School of Management.

Moore was UCS’s first-choice hire for the open position in 2011. Yale College Dean Mary Miller said in an email that Moore “structurally transformed the office of Career Services, making it much more efficient in terms of student career interests.”

During her term as director, Moore enacted a series of new programs to connect the UCS office to students. In fall 2011, she expanded the peer advisor program, assigning teams of juniors and seniors to act as UCS student liaisons in residential colleges to help inform students about career resources and interview preparation strategies.

Ryan Arnold ’13, a UCS peer advisor, said he thinks Moore’s greatest contribution to her office was the “incredible energy that she brought to every meeting.”

“She was incredible at relating to students, and she always seemed to both respect and understand the perspective of the undergraduates that sat before her in her office,” he said.

Responsibilities for the new director, according to the job posting on the Yale Human Resources webpage, will include building programs for students to learn career management skills, collaborating on strategic initiatives with colleagues in the Center for International and Professional Experience, and developing strong ties to employers across a variety of industries and fields. The job posting also suggests a minimum duration of three years in the position, with the option for renewal.

Edwards said UCS currently has two deputy directors “who are doing an excellent job moving our agenda forward.”

The UCS office is located at 55 Whitney Ave.

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