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College Success Counselor

Status: Exempt
Reports to: Director of College Success

About the Position:

LEDA is seeking a highly-dedicated, passionate individual to join our program team in order to support LEDA Scholars in their efforts become transformative leaders in their communities and on their college campuses. Reporting to the Director of College Success, the College Success Counselor will be responsible for implementing a comprehensive program that promotes the academic success, campus engagement, and continued leadership development of LEDA Scholars in college. The Counselor first engages with Scholars in the summer between their junior and senior year of high school during the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute, a residential seven-week summer program on the campus of Princeton University. The Counselor continues working with Scholars throughout their four years of college, providing one-on-one support services designed to help Scholars set and achieve academic and personal goals.

The College Success Counselor will implement timely interventions to help Scholars address their personal, financial, and academic needs. The College Success Counselor will also be responsible for developing and facilitating College Success workshops, planning and implementing campus visits, managing special program initiatives, and collaborating with various departments within LEDA to increase Scholar success. Our ideal candidate is a smart, passionate educator and administrator with an outstanding ability to connect with, inspire, and mentor young people.

Key Responsibilities

Advising and Counseling

  • Implement a counseling curriculum for a caseload of matriculated LEDA Scholars that includes academic advising, transfer planning, financial literacy education, post-graduate planning, financial aid assistance, academic skills and study strategies, and personal support
  • Build solid and trusting advising relationships with a caseload of Scholars while monitoring their academic progress
  • Document college success check-ins and maintain student records for a caseload of Scholars
  • Build relationships and liaise with administrators at colleges and universities to collaborate and provide ongoing support to Scholars
  • Manage the Peer Mentoring Program that leverages the LEDA Scholar community to provide support during the first-year transition

Community Engagement and Other Programming

  • Coordinate campus visits with LEDA Scholars on college campuses across the country
  • Implement communications outreach for the LEDA Scholar community, including social media, newsletters, and LEDA’s online community, LEDAConnect
  • Coordinate referrals of Scholars to the LEDA Career Network, which provides career exploration, professional development, and job/internship support
  • Spend 2-3 days/week in residence during the LEDA Summer Institute and the LEDA Career Institute to build connections with new LEDA Scholars and support the Residential Life team as needed
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of large-scale community events, including the annual LEDA Reunion and community programming for the LEDA Career Institute
  • Represent the College Success Department at conferences, higher education convenings, and other events


  • Bachelor’s degree required, with preference given to related fields, such as higher education administration, counseling, social work, etc
  • Prior experience in the areas of academic counseling, youth mentoring, and/or student affairs
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting educational equity for students from underrepresented backgrounds
  • Experiential or professional understanding of academic and non-academic issues surrounding low-income, first-generation college students
  • Ability to cultivate and build strong interpersonal relationships with Scholars and staff
  • Willingness to work both 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 occasional weekends, and spend time in residence during LEDA summer programs
  • Strong technical and data tracking skills (e.g., familiarity with MS Office, Salesforce, social networking tools)


This is a full-time 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 be considered for this opportunity, please send an email with a cover letter, résumé, 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.

Aspects of Leadership Facilitator

Status: Full-time during Summer 2018
Reports to: Lead Facilitator

About the Position

LEDA is seeking dynamic and dedicated instructors to teach the Aspects of Leadership course during LEDA’s 2018 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University. Each year, LEDA’s Summer Institute serves 100 high-achieving high school juniors from low-income families, recruited from across the nation to become LEDA Scholars. Throughout the intensive seven-week program, Scholars receive college guidance, writing instruction, and standardized test preparation while experiencing a supervised version of collegiate residential life. The centerpiece of their summer experience is the Aspects of Leadership course.

LEDA’s Aspects of Leadership curriculum develops Scholars’ critical thinking and leadership skills by exploring some of the toughest ethical and policy issues we face in the 21st Century. The course fosters both personal empowerment and collaboration, while preparing Scholars to engage texts, concepts, and critical discussion at the level required by selective colleges. Through team-building activities, examination of case studies, debates, and presentations, the course strengthens Scholars’ analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills, preparing them to become transformative leaders in their communities at home, in college, and beyond. The job of the facilitator is to implement this curriculum, ensuring that our diverse cohort of talented Scholars receives a rigorous and enriching academic experience.

Facilitators will instruct approximately 15 students at a time and will facilitate instruction for different groups of students on a rotating basis.

Key Responsibilities

  • Effectively implement the Aspects of Leadership curriculum.
  • Attend up to five days of training at Princeton in early-mid June, immediately prior to the beginning of instruction. Facilitators must prepare for this training by reviewing the Aspects of Leadership curriculum prior to arrival in Princeton.
  • Provide seven weeks of instruction from mid-June through early August (specific dates and times of instruction to be determined by LEDA), Monday through Friday.
  • Reside on campus full-time during the seven-week period. Room and board is provided.
  • Productively manage class time according to the instructional schedule.
  • Participate in departmental staff meetings as assigned.
  • Adjust lesson plans and instructional strategies to respond to classroom performance issues, student progress, student feedback, and class observations.
  • Hold two hours of office hours once per week on a weekday evening.
  • Complete written evaluations for each Scholar. Evaluations will include reports that must be submitted no later than one week after the conclusion of each class rotation.
  • Participate in the larger LEDA community by attending key community events and collaborating with LEDA staff to provide holistic student support.


  • Master’s degree required in either political science, history, studies in race and ethnicity, philosophy, sociology, education, or a related field; Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. candidates preferred
  • Minimum two years of teaching experience required; fluency with seminar-style teaching methods
  • An engaging and dynamic teaching style, including the ability to facilitate student discussion and critical thinking regarding controversial subject matter
  • A very strong command of U.S. history, the political process and current events
  • A high level of comfort with classroom discussions on issues related to sexuality, gender, race, socioeconomic status, and identity
  • A passion for helping students achieve their full potential academically and personally
  • Excellent classroom management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to teach to a diverse student cohort
  • Ability to quickly adjust lesson plans based on student needs
  • Willingness to work with a highly collaborative staff and faculty and to provide support to the administration of the Summer Institute if called upon


Priority Application Deadline
January 31, 2018

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 be considered for this opportunity, please send an email with a cover letter and a résumé to employment@ledascholars.org with “2018 Facilitator Position” in the subject line.

A full background check is required. This position is not eligible for health insurance coverage or paid time-off benefits. You may be eligible to participate in the LEDA 401(k) plan, subject to all of the terms and conditions of such plan. Additional information about the plan and its eligibility requirements will be provided during on-boarding.

Summer Opportunity: Director of Residential Life

Status: Full-time during Summer 2018
Reports to: Director of College Success

About the Position

LEDA is seeking a Director of Residential Life to oversee the residential program during LEDA’s 2018 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. Reporting to the Director of College Success, the Director of Residential Life will oversee the residential staff, implement staff training, and guide the team in developing and implementing programming. The Director of Residential Life will lead the Residential Life staff in promoting a safe and respectful environment, building community, and providing models of leadership excellence for all Scholars.

The 2018 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute will take place from June 16 until August 4. The Director of Residential Life is required to arrive in Princeton one week prior to the Summer Institute for on-site training and preparation and to spend the summer in residence. Room and board are provided. The Director of Residential Life will also participate in training and planning in LEDA’s New York office in late May or early June, as determined by the Director of College Success. Travel and related expenses will be covered during the training period.

Key Responsibilities

  • Direct the administration of all aspects of the Residential Life Program for 100 LEDA Scholars, including evening supervision, curfew, sign-in and sign-out procedures, student-facing communication, etc.
  • Supervise ten Resident Mentors, holding regular staff meetings and individual check-ins to provide feedback and guidance as needed to ensure strong performance
  • Together with the Director of College Success, implement training for Resident Mentors
  • Maintain primary responsibility for incident management, conflict resolution, health issues, and student well-being; the Director of Residential life will be on-call six days a week to manage any escalating issues
  • Ensure that Princeton’s property, facilities, and employees are respected by Scholars and staff
  • Serve as point person for parents during the LEDA Summer Institute, facilitating communication between parents and Scholars as needed
  • Foster community development through formal activities, by modeling and encouraging positive interpersonal relationships, and by guiding RM staff in developing strong passive and active programming for LEDA Scholar residents
  • 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 Scholar 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
  • Serve on the senior management team of the LEDA Summer Institute, assisting with interdepartmental planning and student issues
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as requested by the Director of College Success


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, 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
  • Experience developing and implementing fun, impactful, and inclusive residential programing
  • Experience leading/managing diverse student staff
  • Experiential or professional understanding of academic and non-academic issues surrounding low-income and first-generation college students
  • Ability to cultivate and build strong interpersonal relationships with Scholars, staff, and other stakeholders

  • Exceptional organizational, administrative, communication, and problem-solving skills
  • Energy, flexibility, and willingness to take on additional responsibilities as needed
  • Commitment to the values and goals of LEDA
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making abilities
  • Driver’s license required

Compensation for this position is disbursed bi-weekly over a nine-week period at $8000+ and includes room and board. 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 be considered for this opportunity, please send an email with a cover letter and a résumé to employment@ledascholars.org with “Director of Residential Life” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; first review: March 1, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP. A full background check is required.

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