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Development and Communications Intern

Status: Part-time
Reports to: Senior Director of Development and External Relations

About the Position
LEDA is offering an internship for a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and highly accountable college student or recent college graduate. The Development and Communications Intern will directly assist with fundraising efforts related to Foundation, Corporate, and Individual Giving, and potential alternative funding streams. Projects will include researching prospective donors, report and grant writing, database entry and management, and select administrative tasks. The prospective intern will gain hands-on experience of the inner-workings of a burgeoning Development and Communications department.

The ideal candidate will be a strong communicator, resourceful, proactive, and possess superb written and verbal communication skills. They will have a sincere commitment to professionalism and the process of learning, and be excited to learn about different aspects of fundraising, communications, and the nonprofit sector. The internship will begin in late June and end on approximately August 17. Start date is negotiable. The position will be based in our New York City office and the intern must have flexibility to travel to Princeton, NJ, if required.

Key Responsibilities

The Development and Communications Team is committed to making this internship a valuable learning experience. To that end, the intern will work collaboratively with the team to fulfill the responsibilities outlined below and other tasks as needed.

Development

  • Research prospective donors to prepare the Senior Director of Development and External Relations and Executive Director for in-person meetings
  • Research corporate and foundation donors to help build a pipeline of future donors to identify and secure meetings
  • Draft profiles for prospective Individual, Corporate, and Foundation donors
  • Help draft grant materials and maintain, track, and update grants calendar
  • Support the development of a long-term LEDA Fundraising Campaign
  • Provide administrative support for donor cultivation projects and development campaigns
  • Prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence
  • Continually update and correct database records; accurately input donor data collected by department personnel, as well as key donor notes
  • Develop and maintain a department-wide tracking system for routine development tasks to ensure timely execution and clear organization
  • On-going special projects including, but not limited to, creating unique donor recognition strategies, researching development best practices, and creating a database of potential development opportunities

Communications

  • Update LEDA presentations for corporate partnerships and work with Development and Communications Officer to update collateral
  • Assemble media and donor kits for events and meetings
  • Assist Development and Communications Officer with developing a Google Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy
  • Draft and proofread collateral, media stories, social media posts, etc.
  • Research communications best practices and assist with website and social media reporting and analytics

Qualifications

  • Working towards or have recently completed a Bachelor’s degree
  • Previous nonprofit development/office experience preferred
  • Willingness to travel to Princeton University in Princeton, NJ, to support the Development and Communications team
  • 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 with minimal oversight
  • Adept at using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • 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
  • Flexibility to take on new projects/tasks as needed
  • Demonstrated commitment to LEDA’s Mission and Core Values

Compensation
This is a paid summer internship for 25+ hours/week at $15-$17/hour. The internship will start in early July 2018 and continue through August 17, with the possibility of extending for the full 2018-2019 academic year.

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 “Development and Communications 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.

Data Intern

Status: Part-time
Reports to: Senior Director of Programs

About the Position
LEDA is offering a summer internship for a highly competent and efficient individual to provide data entry support and assist in developing our Salesforce CRM database for the program team. The main project will be helping our recruitment team upload past application data for reportable measures to improve recruitment and outreach efforts. Further projects will be helping the college success team clean previous survey data on study abroad, internship, and college degree information.

This internship role is ideal for individuals with a passion in education and building reportable data for education-focused organizations to bring better program impact. The intern will be working with the Program Assistant along with other program staff. Salesforce training will be provided.

Key Responsibilities

  • Detecting and correcting errors in the data
  • Data-mapping the application data for upload into Salesforce
  • Accurately linking application records to their high school accounts
  • Cleaning the data on Salesforce records for the College Success department

Qualifications

  • Currently a rising undergraduate sophomore, junior, senior or a recent graduate.
  • Preferred background in computer science, data science and/or strong technical and data tracking skills (e.g. familiarity with Excel, Salesforce or CRM, Dataloader.io).
  • Must be very detail-oriented with outstanding organizational skills. Experience with long periods of concentration and managing large amounts of data in a confidential manner.
  • Prior experience or an interest to work in a nonprofit setting/office setting.
  • Flexibility in taking on new projects/tasks as needed.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting educational equity for students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Compensation
This is a paid summer internship at $15/hour. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The internship will begin in late June/early July 2018 and end in August 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, résumé, and salary requirements to employment@ledascholars.org with “Education Database Internshipw” 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.

Recruitment & Admissions Officer

Status: Non-exempt
Reports to: Director of Recruitment & Admissions

About the Position
LEDA is seeking a dedicated and passionate individual to recruit and admit future cohorts of LEDA Scholars. Reporting to the Director of Recruitment & Admissions, the Recruitment & Admissions Officer works to grow and strengthen LEDA’s applicant pool through strategic outreach to and collaboration with public schools and community-based organizations (CBOs) across the country. The Recruitment & Admissions officer also serves as a senior member of LEDA’s admissions team, evaluating applicants and making final admissions decisions, as well as coordinating enrollment in the LEDA Scholars Program. This position is an excellent opportunity for an early career professional with a background and interest in recruitment, admissions, and/or college access. Our ideal candidate is an effective communicator and positive team member, who is passionate about connecting with students and educators of all backgrounds to expand educational opportunities.

Key Responsibilities

Recruitment Marketing and Outreach

  • Identify new CBOs and high schools to increase LEDA’s network.
  • Cultivate meaningful relationships with new and existing high school partners, CBOs, affinity organizations, school districts, and professional networks to generate a robust and qualified applicant pool.
  • Plan and execute up to 4-5 recruitment trips to targeted communities to deliver presentations, recruit LEDA applicants, and raise awareness about higher education opportunities.
  • Work with the rest of the Recruitment & Admissions team to develop a marketing plan and new marketing content, including videos, social media posts, emails, webinars, and presentations.
  • Track outreach efforts in LEDA’s Salesforce database to report and improve effectiveness.
  • Recruit and train current LEDA Scholars and alumni to conduct recruitment workshops in targeted communities.

Admissions

  • Update and maintain online application.
  • Support students, families, teachers, and counselors throughout the LEDA application process to promote application completion.
  • Review and evaluate LEDA applications.
  • Conduct interviews with LEDA finalists.
  • Engage in team deliberations to select LEDA Scholars.
  • Communicate with students, parents, and school personnel throughout the selection and enrollment process.
  • Facilitate Scholars’ on-boarding and their transition to Princeton.
  • Support the administration of the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University, particularly during opening and closing weeks.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Prior experience in the areas of recruitment and admissions, high school counseling, and/or college access
  • Experience with social media and marketing a plus
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting educational equity for students from underrepresented backgrounds
  • Exceptional interpersonal, public speaking, communication, and writing skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and manage deadlines
  • Strong technical and data tracking skills (e.g. familiarity with Microsoft Office, Salesforce, social networking tools)
  • Willingness to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to drive over long distances

Compensation
This is a full-time position. The annual salary offered will be in the mid-$40,000 range and is 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 and résumé to employment@ledascholars.org with “Recruitment & Admissions 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.

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