Spotlight on Yale's new Talent Share Program

August 28, 2020

A few months into providing support for COVID related actions, the Staffing & Career Development office shifted gears, due to one of the many subsequent challenges and changes - the hiring pause through June 2021. In a creative response, focusing on existing staff and operational temporary work needs, the Talent Share program was created, making over 40 matches to date across campus.

The Talent Share Program was created to assign idle university talent and expertise across the organization to fill temporary work needs. Departments in need of temporary work are asked to first look within their units to determine if existing employees are available to fulfill their needs. If they are unsuccessful in securing employees within their units, the Yale Talent Sharen program will help locate available staff from other areas of the university. These staff members are recommended by their departments, via the talent recommendation process. Departmental needs and recommendations are put forth in Workday, and upon approval by the HR generalist and lead administrator, the Talent Share team reaches out to coordinate.

Our recruiters have creatively designed the program with expert support from HRISS and HR communications partners. “Watching the program grow with excitement from all angles has been the most fulfilling part,” said Marcie Calabrese, Director of Staffing & Career Development. “My team was challenged with something new, and they are dedicated to the program’s success. The team handles each temporary need and referral with care, and I’m so proud of them.  I hope this program (or a version of it) can remain after COVID passes.”

 To date, the Talent Share program received 145 temporary work needs, 55 referrals, and has made 40+ matches (and counting!). These needs and referrals are from all parts of campus, including the Center for British Art, the Provost’s office, and multiples units at the School of Medicine. “Without university-wide commitment and efforts, this would not have been such a success. Thank you to our managers, employees in the program, lead administrators, and our employee relations partners,” says Marcie. In addition to supporting needs through Talent Share, the Staffing team has done tremendous work supporting Yale Health and recruitment for testing sites.

For more information about this program, please visit the Talent Share Program page on It’s Your Yale, or email the Talent Share team at talentshare@yale.edu.