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

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Director of Data Systems

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

About the Position
Reporting to the Senior Director of Programs, the Director of Data Systems will provide strategic, programmatic, administrative, and analytical data support to all teams within the organization and relevant external partners, with a core focus on Salesforce management and platform integration.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage all large data collection and data entry projects to maximize accuracy and efficiency.
  • Provide ongoing training, feedback, and support to LEDA staff to ensure consistent data collection and tracking by all system users.
  • Work with managers and directors to orient new staff members to the Salesforce system and their specific user responsibilities.
  • Develop solutions to improve efficiency and integration of Salesforce and other systems for departmental contact management, case management, benchmark tracking, and outcome reporting needs.
  • Work with external vendors as needed to integrate and customize LEDA’s data systems.
  • Build dashboards and reports to meet the needs of program, development, communications, and leadership teams.
  • Advise senior leadership team on emerging applications and best practices for data tracking, reporting, use, and security.
  • Manage security, users, roles, profiles, groups, queues, and other setup options.
  • Regularly perform database de-duping, cleanup, and necessary software updates.
  • Create and maintain documentation on processes, policies, application configuration, and help-related materials for users as database features and applications are developed.
  • Monitor data quality on an ongoing basis to identify issues before they become major problems.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 4+ years of professional experience, including in a nonprofit setting
  • Salesforce Certified Administrator credential; Advanced Administrator preferred
  • Experience configuring Salesforce or other CRM integrated platforms, e.g. FormAssembly, TrueDialog, Tableau, etc.
  • Advanced Excel Skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage and prioritize the demands of simultaneous projects and stakeholders
  • Passion for learning, problem-solving, innovating and sharing knowledge with others
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Demonstrated belief in LEDA’s mission

This is a full-time position. The salary will be in the $60,000s 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 submit a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to employment@ledascholars.org with “Director of Data Systems” 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: Aspects of Leadership Facilitator

Status: Full-time during Summer 2019
Reports to: Lead Facilitator

About the Position
LEDA is seeking dynamic and dedicated educators to teach the Aspects of Leadership course during LEDA’s 2019 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. During the Summer Institute, Scholars attend an academic writing course, SAT/ACT prep, college guidance workshops, information sessions, college trips, as well as community events hosted by the Residential Life team. Alongside these activities, the Aspects of Leadership course is a core component of each Scholar’s summer experience. It meets 3-4 days per week for three-hour blocks.

The Aspects of Leadership curriculum has three goals: 1) to help scholars practice and develop academic skills they will need to succeed at selective colleges, 2) to expose them to social issues that impact members of the LEDA community, 3) to introduce Scholars to leadership skills that are transferable across many leadership positions. Through challenging reading assignments, class discussions, collaborative activities, and multi-modal projects, Scholars reach these goals, while building a strong and lasting community. The role of the facilitator is to implement the curriculum, while helping Scholars to build that community.

Facilitators will instruct approximately 15 students at a time, receiving a new group of students every two weeks so that Scholars have the opportunity to have class with as many Scholars as possible.

Key Responsibilities

  • Effectively implement the Aspects of Leadership curriculum.
  • Attend 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.
  • Hold two hours of office hours once per week on a weekday evening.
  • Complete evaluations & assessments for Scholars according to the guidelines shared during training.
  • Participate in departmental meetings biweekly and interdepartmental meetings as assigned.
  • Seamlessly include LEDA visitors (e.g. Board members, funders) in the classroom during site visits, as needed.
  • Reside on campus full-time during the seven-week period. Room and board is provided.
  • 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, preference given to candidates with a strong background in political science, history, studies in race and ethnicity, philosophy, sociology, education, or a related field;
  • Minimum two years of teaching experience required, preference given to candidates who have taught high-achieving students and/or discussion based courses
  • An engaging and dynamic teaching style, including the ability to facilitate student discussion and critical thinking regarding controversial subject matter
  • 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
  • Demonstrated leadership experience (e.g. strategic/project planning, management, budgeting, goal and vision setting, etc.) a plus
  • Willingness to work with a highly collaborative staff and faculty and to provide support to the administration of the Summer Institute if called upon
  • Demonstrated belief in LEDA’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values


Priority Application Deadline
January 18, 2019

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and résumé/CV to employment@ledascholars.org with “2019 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. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Summer Opportunity: Writing Instructor

Status: Full-time during Summer 2019; contract from August 2019 to January 2020

About the Position
LEDA is seeking experienced and dynamic Writing Instructors to teach during the 2019 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University and to provide writing support to LEDA Scholars throughout the 2019-20 college application season.

LEDA’s writing curriculum prepares Scholars to write at the level expected at selective colleges and universities, emphasizing academic argument, clarity of style and structure, research, and revision. Writing Instructors teach 2-3 classes per week during the Summer Institute; syllabi, assignments, and instructional plans are provided. Writing Instructors also hold weekly one-on-one conferences with each of their assigned Scholars to address their individual writing challenges; classes are limited to 13 Scholars.

During late summer through January, Writing Instructors support Scholars during the college application process by providing several rounds of feedback on all college and scholarship application essays. This work is performed remotely via internet and phone.

The 2019 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute will take place from mid-June until early August (exact dates TBD). Writing Instructors are required arrive in Princeton one week prior to the Summer Institute for training and to spend the summer in residence. Room and board are provided.

Key Responsibilities

  • Teach writing classes (2-3 class meetings/week) following instructional plans.
  • Schedule and conduct weekly one-on-one conferences lasting approximately 45 minutes in the afternoons and evenings with each LEDA Scholar.
  • Grade and provide written feedback for writing assignments according to provided rubric.
  • Attend weekly meetings and check-ins with the department head to discuss curriculum implementation and track Scholars’ progress.
  • Meet and communicate with LEDA College Guidance and Residential Life staff as needed to ensure holistic support for Scholars.
  • Complete a narrative evaluation of each Scholar to be provided to the department head no later than one week after the end of Summer Institute.
  • Continue working with previously assigned Scholars on college essays from late August through January, abiding by the timeline set forth by the department head.
  • Maintain timely and thorough communication with Scholars and College Guidance staff throughout the college application season.


  • A Master’s degree (completed or in process) in English, Composition, Creative Writing, or related field
  • At least two years’ experience teaching academic writing at the college level
  • Experience as a writing center consultant is preferred
  • A passion for helping students to achieve their full academic and personal potential
  • Excellent classroom management skills
  • Fluency on issues related to sexuality, gender, race, socioeconomic status, and identity
  • Ability to teach a diverse student cohort
  • Clarity, enthusiasm, dedication, and professionalism
  • Demonstrated belief in LEDA’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values

$7,500 stipend for the summer position; $34/hr. for college application writing support August-January (approx. 150 total hours)

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and résumé/CV to employment@ledascholars.org with “2019 Writing Instructor” in the subject line.

A full background check is required. This position is not eligible for health insurance coverage or paid time-off benefits. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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