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Director of Development and External Relations

Status: Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director

About the Position:
LEDA is seeking a highly capable, strategic and passionate individual to join its dynamic and high-functioning organization at a critical and exciting stage in its 14-year history. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development and External Relations will be responsible for planning, developing and implementing comprehensive strategies to increase individual and institutional investments in LEDA, as well as explore opportunities to help LEDA solicit investments in strategic growth efforts. S/he will direct the marketing and communications initiatives that support LEDA’s strategic goals, enhance the organization’s visibility, and cultivate LEDA’s brand. The Director of Development and External Relations will be a trusted advisor to the Executive Director, will participate in the long-term strategic planning for the organization, and will ensure that fundraising strategies are aligned with growth planning. S/he will manage the day-to-day administration of all development operations, including supervision of the Development and Communications Officer.

Key Responsibilities

Development

  • Design and execute the organization’s fundraising plan for raising annual operating income, increasing overall support, and diversifying revenue streams;
  • Manage the strategic participation of key staff, LEDA Scholars and Board Members in cultivating and stewarding individual, foundation, corporate, and other donors;
  • Maintain up-to-date calendar and work plans for all fund development efforts, including grant proposals and reports, mailings, marketing activity, events, etc.;
  • Prepare and/or review grant proposals, and assist in developing methods for identifying and evaluating program outcomes;
  • Manage the donor database system for recording, acknowledging and encouraging individual, institutional, and corporate giving;
  • Serve as an engaging external representative of LEDA, nurturing relationships with LEDA’s Board, donors and partners;
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the philanthropic landscape, especially as it relates to individual donors, major donors, giving trends, and charitable contributions in the field of education.

Communications

  • Direct strategic communications efforts to increase LEDA’s visibility, build the case for the LEDA’s value, and strengthen the brand;
  • Lead the content development of LEDA’s marketing materials and collaborate with consultants/vendors on the design and production of these materials;
  • Oversee content creation on LEDA’s website and social media strategy;
  • Identify new marketing and media opportunities;
  • Manage public and media relations;
  • Ensure all external, online, and electronic materials align with and enhance LEDA’s brand.

Event Planning

  • Oversee planning and execution of LEDA’s signature annual event, as well as smaller donor engagement events;
  • Ensure maximum fund development potential of LEDA’s special events, in collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff.

Qualifications

  • Progressive experience in a nonprofit organization with a successful track record in fundraising, and development operations, and communications;
  • Track record of designing and implementing successful corporate fundraising programs and strategies;
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving education access for underrepresented students;
  • Working knowledge of the national and regional education funding landscape;
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written, for online and traditional venues;
  • Deep understanding of social media as a fundraising tool;
  • Track record in planning and executing special events;
  • Capacity to think strategically: quickly identify viable opportunities and balance competing priorities with limited resources;
  • Ability to work autonomously and take initiative in an innovative, entrepreneurial, and fast-paced environment;
  • Engaging personality that can cultivate strong relationships and work successfully in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including Board members, donors, and staff;
  • Ability to thrive in a mission-driven environment with strong values and culture; passionately committed to LEDA’s mission, vision and strategic direction.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to employment@ledascholars.org, with “Director of Development” in the subject line.

 
 

College Success Counselor

Reports to: Director of College Success

About the Position:
Under the supervision of the Director of College Success, the College Success Counselor will work to promote the success of Scholars in college. The College Success Counselor will provide one-on-one support services designed to help Scholars explore academic and career options, and establish and achieve academic and personal goals. The College Success Counselor will implement timely interventions to address personal, financial, and academic concerns of Scholars. The College Success Counselor will also be responsible for developing and facilitating College Success workshops, managing special program initiatives, and collaborating with various departments within LEDA to increase Scholar success.

Key Responsibilities

Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

  • Manage the recruitment and selection of 60-80 LEDA Peer Mentors each year;
  • Assign mentoring matches between college freshman and upperclassmen;
  • Monitor mentoring relationships and provide feedback to mentors on how to build stronger connections with mentees;
  • Support all administrative tasks associated with the mentoring program.

Advising and Counseling

  • Build solid and trusting advising relationships with a caseload of Scholars while monitoring their academic progress;
  • Provide individual and group counseling including: academic advising, transfer planning, financial literacy education, financial aid assistance, academic skills and study strategies, career exploration, and personal support;
  • Coordinate campus visits and facilitate in person meetings and group activities;
  • Serve as an advisor to the LEDA Scholar Advisory Council;
  • Maintain and update Scholar database.

LEDA Career Institute

  • Assist with the logistical planning of a four-day career exploration program for rising sophomores;
  • Facilitate staff training for Career Institute Mentors and Career Coaches;
  • Plan and lead career skills workshops;
  • Coordinate the recruitment and admissions process for the Career Institute.

Special Initiatives

  • Develop and implement communications outreach for the LEDA community through social media, newsletters, and other platforms;
  • Coordinate assembly and mailing of our care package program;
  • Provide administrative support for the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, with preference given to related fields, such as higher education administration, counseling, social work, etc.
  • Experiential or professional understanding of academic and non-academic issues surrounding low-income, first generation college students.
  • Some understanding of college admissions, academic advising, academic advising, transcript analysis, and financial aid.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting educational equity for students from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Ability to cultivate and build strong interpersonal relationships with Scholars and staff.
  • Willingness to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills.
  • Exceptional organizational, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage deadlines.
  • Willingness to work some evenings and occasionally on weekends.

Compensation
This is a full-time, exempt position. The salary will be commensurate with experience. LEDA offers medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, TransitChek, at least three weeks’ paid vacation, and paid sick leave.

Work Environment
LEDA offers a flexible, collegial work environment that welcomes new ideas and innovation. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply
Please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to employment@ledascholars.org, with “College Success Counselor” in the subject line.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to LEDA. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

 
 

School Outreach Officer

Reports to: Director of Recruitment and Admissions

About the Position:
The School Outreach Officer maintains primary responsibility for developing partnerships and collaborating with public schools and school guidance counselors in order to expand the recruitment pipeline and implement the admission process for the LEDA Scholars program. This position offers an excellent opportunity for a skilled professional that has an admissions/recruitment background, is knowledgeable about college admissions/access, and has a passion for expanding higher education opportunities to underrepresented populations.

Key Responsibilities

Recruitment

  • Creating and implementing an annual recruitment plan.
  • Conducting outreach to guidance counselors in targeted communities to generate applications and facilitate recruitment.
  • Traveling (up to four weeks in the fall) to targeted communities to deliver presentations, recruit students, and represent the LEDA Scholars Program.
  • Conducting outreach to school personnel, school districts, and other partners to recruit Scholars.
  • Developing strategic communication plans (including social media) for the department and creating program collateral for school partners.
  • Facilitating timely, complete, and accurate data entry in LEDA’s Salesforce database to monitor effectiveness of outreach activities.
  • Engaging “older” LEDA Scholars to conduct recruitment workshops in their communities.
  • Conducting webinars for potential applicants.

Admission

  • Providing support to the LEDA Scholars application process and supporting the management of the online application system.
  • Reviewing and evaluating applications.
  • Conducting interviews with finalists.
  • Providing support to students as they transition to the LEDA Scholars program.
  • Coordinating logistics for Scholar enrollment and travel.
  • Liaising with students, parents, and school personnel throughout the selection and enrollment process.
  • Supporting the administration of the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University.

Qualifications

  • Familiarity with public school systems with a particular focus on high school guidance and college counseling.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to supporting leadership development and education programs for under-represented youth.
  • Excellent knowledge of college access issues, education reform, and challenges facing low-income, first-generation student populations.
  • Detail-oriented with outstanding organizational skills; experience with multi-tasking and managing complex programs.
  • Familiarity with high school records and transcripts, standardized test scores, and other academic requirements for college admission.
  • Strong computer skills including familiarity with Salesforce CRM platform.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms is a plus.
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to synthesize and process data.
  • Self-starter who is able to work collaboratively as a member of a team as well as independently when necessary.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, public speaking, communication and writing skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to drive over long distances.

Compensation
This is a full-time, exempt position. The salary will be commensurate with experience. LEDA offers medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, TransitChek, at least three weeks paid vacation, and paid sick leave.

Work Environment
LEDA offers a flexible, collegial work environment that welcomes new ideas and innovation. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply
Please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to employment@ledascholars.org, with “School Outreach Officer” in the subject line.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to LEDA. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

 
 

Summer Opportunity: Assistant Director of Residential Life

Reports to: Director of Residential Life

About the Position:
LEDA is seeking an Assistant Director of Residential Life to support the Director of Residential Life in overseeing the residential program during LEDA’s 2017 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University. LEDA’s Residential Life program is designed to foster empowerment, personal responsibility, and a strong sense of community among LEDA Scholars. It also enhances the intense intellectual experience of the academic curriculum. The Assistant Director of Residential Life will work with the Director of Residential Life to oversee the residential staff, implement staff training and professional development, and guide the team in developing and implementing programming, as well as working with the staff to promote a safe and respectful environment, build community, and provide a model of leadership and academic excellence for all LEDA Scholars.

The Summer Institute will be held from June 17 through August 5. Reporting to the Director of Residential Life, the Assistant Director of Residential Life will be required to be on campus starting June 11 (i.e., one week prior to the start of the program) for training and logistical preparation, and to reside in the dormitory for the duration of the Summer Institute. Additionally, this position would require some preparation work for development of training materials and logistical planning, spanning approximately 30 hours and conducted before June 12. Room and board are provided.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist with the administration of the Residential Life Program for 100 LEDA Scholars, including evening supervision, curfew, sign-in and sign-out procedures, morning meetings, etc;
  • Assist with supervision of ten Resident Mentors;
  • Assist with training for Resident Mentors;
  • Assist the Director of Residential Life with incident management;
  • Mediate conflicts among Scholars and residential life staff;
  • Foster community development by developing formal community activities and by modeling and encouraging positive interpersonal relationships;
  • Develop a rapport with all LEDA Scholars and provide guidance and support as needed;
  • Maintain objectivity and strict confidentiality in all sensitive matters and with student information;
  • Uphold and enforce the values, policies, and procedures of the LEDA Scholars Program and the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute, as outlined in the Scholar Handbook;
  • Attend weekly staff meetings, one-on-one meetings with supervisor, and other scheduled meetings;
  • Alternate on-call duty responsibilities with the Director of Residential Life;
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as requested by the Director of Residential Life.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Preference given to applicants enrolled in a Master’s degree program in education, psychology, social work, or other related field.
  • Experience working in a residential program in a college or university, summer bridge/college prep program, or boarding school setting.
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and to pay attention to detail.
  • Energy, flexibility, and willingness to take on additional responsibilities as needed.
  • Ability and desire to relate to students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Commitment to the values and goals of LEDA.
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making abilities.

Compensation
Compensation for this position is disbursed bi-weekly over an eight-week period. LEDA does not provide health insurance benefits and does not pay for travel expenses to and from the Summer Institute.

Work Environment
LEDA offers a flexible, collegial work environment that welcomes new ideas and innovation. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to employment@ledascholars.org with “Assistant Director of Residential Life” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; first review on May 10, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to LEDA. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

 
 

Summer Internship: LEDA Career Institute Internship

Reports to: Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives

About the Position:
LEDA is offering an internship for a highly motivated and detail-oriented student or recent graduate to coordinate and manage logistics for the LEDA Career Institute, a multi-day career exposure event for 150+ high-achieving, low-income rising sophomores attending top colleges.

The internship will last ten weeks beginning June 12, 2017, and ending on August 18, 2017, but dates are negotiable. The position will be primarily based in our New York City office and will also include an off-site component from August 7 through August 14 during the event, which will held at Brown University in Providence, RI.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as point person and manage logistics for all event participants including but not limited to:
    • Registering participants for the event
    • Communicating with college students leading up to the event
    • Coordinating travel and accommodations for 150+ attendees and staff
    • Supporting the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives in managing inquiries and requests from corporate partners
    • Liaising and coordinating with vendors
    • Tracking and analyzing participant data
    • Ordering, organizing, and preparing all event materials and giveaways
  • Fulfill other responsibilities to support the LEDA Career Institute as directed by the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Qualifications

  • Previous experience planning events
  • Willingness to reside at Brown University in Providence, RI, in preparation for and during implementation of the Career Institute from August 7 through August 14
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills — both highly professional and friendly
  • Highly organized with strong project management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects and competing deadlines
  • Proven ability to work effectively as part of a team, multi-task, set priorities, adapt to change, and solve problems in a dynamic, high-performing work environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to LEDA’s Mission and Core Values
  • Working towards or have recently completed a Bachelor’s degree

Compensation
This is a full-time, paid internship.

Work Environment
LEDA offers a flexible, collegial work environment that welcomes new ideas and innovation. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply
Please send cover letter and resume to employment@ledascholars.org, with “Career Institute Internship” in the subject line.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to LEDA. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. Please also note that this position is not eligible for health, dental, or other employee benefits.

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