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LEDA is looking for highly skilled individuals to join our team. Check below for currently available opportunities.

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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 Guidance Counselor

Reports to: Senior Director of College Pathways

About the Position:
LEDA is seeking an energetic and dynamic College Guidance Counselor to work full-time in LEDA’s College Guidance Department.

The College Guidance Department is responsible for implementing college guidance services for a cohort of 100 high-achieving high school students who are recruited as juniors from across the nation to become LEDA Scholars. Reporting to the Senior Director of College Pathways, the College Guidance Counselor will be in residence at Princeton University during LEDA’s eight-week Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute to deliver college guidance classes, lead college visits, offer one-on-one college counseling, and otherwise support the Summer Institute. Throughout the rest of the year, the College Guidance Counselor will work in LEDA’s New York office providing ongoing support for a caseload of approximately 50 Scholars on college applications, financial aid, scholarships, and matriculation decisions.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide academic counseling and personal support for Scholars, beginning at the Summer Institute and continuing through college matriculation
  • Plan and facilitate bi-weekly LEDA College Guidance classes during the Summer Institute
  • Assist with planning and supervision of college trips and information sessions
  • Assist Scholars (in person, via Skype, by phone, or by email) to finalize college lists, register for standardized tests, manage the application process, complete financial aid forms, identify and apply for scholarships, and assess matriculation options and award packages
  • Communicate with parents/guardians and high school counselors as needed throughout the college application and financial aid process
  • Schedule and conduct counselor calls with admissions officers to advocate for LEDA Scholars
  • Write compelling, individualized college recommendation letters for Scholars
  • Maintain Scholar records and track application, admissions, and scholarship data
  • Work with the College Guidance team and other LEDA staff to provide holistic student support
  • Fulfill other responsibilities to support LEDA’s long-term sustainability as requested by the Executive Director.


  • 1+ years professional experience providing college guidance services to students from underrepresented backgrounds
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the college application process, financial aid, and college scholarship opportunities
  • Familiarity with admission requirements of selective colleges
  • Experience developing and facilitating student workshops and/or classroom teaching
  • Willingness to reside at the Summer Institute full-time and to maintain a flexible work schedule throughout the year, working occasional evenings and/or weekends as needed in order to accommodate the scheduling needs of students
  • Superior ability to connect and communicate with youth, parents, and college admissions officers
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills, careful attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, and proven success within a work setting that requires collaboration, cooperation, and collegiality
  • Demonstrated commitment to LEDA’s Mission and Core Values
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in a social service field preferred

This is a full-time, exempt position. 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
The priority deadline for application review is April 10, 2017. Please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to employment@ledascholars.org, with “College Guidance Counselor” in the subject line. A full background check is required.


Operations Manager

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director

About the Position:
The Operations Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the LEDA organization, including financial management, human resources, general office infrastructure and support, communications and technology, and other functions as determined by the Deputy Executive Director. The Operations Manager also directs all operations and administrative activities of the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University, and will be in residence at least three days per week while the Institute in session.

Key Responsibilities

Human Resources

  • Managing the administration of staff hiring.
  • Liaising with LEDA’s HR service provider to for bi-weekly payroll administration.
  • Processing invoices from LEDA subcontractors.
  • On-boarding new employees and ensuring that their payroll, benefits, work space, and other preparations are in place.
  • Assist in the administration of LEDA’s 401(k) plan.
  • Using initiative to research, identify, and implement other human resources benefits for LEDA staff where appropriate.
  • Maintaining personnel files.


  • Liaising with LEDA’s accountant to manage invoices, bill payments, and other financial record-keeping.
  • Administering petty cash and credit card reporting procedures.
  • Working with the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director to prepare the annual budget.
  • Maintaining all financial records through QuickBooks accounting software.
  • Preparing records for the annual audit.
  • Overseeing program disbursements to Scholars for travel, meal, and other reimbursements.
  • Reviewing monthly financial reports.

Office Management

  • Assisting with annual insurance assessments and renewals.
  • Managing travel for LEDA Scholars and for LEDA staff when needed.
  • Ensuring that the LEDA office is well-maintained so that LEDA operations are efficient and professional.
  • Negotiating services and contracts with LEDA’s vendors, including but not limited to landlord, wireless contract, supplies, etc., to maximize cost-savings and guarantee the optimal level of service.
  • Implementing LEDA’s Document Retention and Destruction policy and maintaining office filing system.
  • Proactively identifying office needs, problems, or issues and resolving them in a timely fashion.
  • Serving as a resource to LEDA staff regarding personnel, financial, and administrative issues.


  • Participating in long-term planning and infrastructure development as requested by the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director.
  • Supporting other LEDA program work when needed during “peak” periods.
  • Serving as a member of the LEDA team and fulfilling other responsibilities to support the long-term sustainability for LEDA as needed.


  • One-to-two years of relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working with high-school students in academic, residential, and/or extra-curricular settings.
  • Excellent computation and basic accounting skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills — both highly professional and customer-friendly.
  • Proven ability to work with confidential, sensitive information.
  • 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.
  • Passion for both people and processes.
  • Highly motivated, self-starter with an energetic, entrepreneurial attitude
  • Highly adept in using Microsoft Office software, including Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Willingness to be in (three days per week) residence at the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Driver’s license.

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 “Operations Manager” in the subject line.


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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.

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