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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.

 
 

Director of Finance and Operations

Status: Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director

About the Position:
LEDA is seeking an exceptional individual to join its dynamic and high-functioning organization at a critical stage in its 13-year history. Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) will oversee all aspects of the organization’s operations, including financial systems and budgeting, compliance and governance, information technology, human resources, facilities, and data management. The ideal candidate will be a collaborative leader with fierce dedication to LEDA,s mission. S/he will have extensive experience in nonprofit financial management, operations and compliance, and a keen expertise in using innovative technology platforms to maximize efficiency and track data outcomes.

The DFO will serve as a thought partner to the ED as the organization implements new growth initiatives and will ensure maximum operational effectiveness and efficiencies so that LEDA can operate at its best. S/he will ensure that each component of LEDA’s operational and administrative structures is implemented in alignment with LEDA’s core values of Excellence, Integrity, Compassion, and Community.

Key Responsibilities

Financial Management

  • Plan, coordinate, and execute the annual budget process in a collaboration with LEDA’s executive director, accountant, and Board of Directors
  • Ensure that the organization’s financial systems and reports are accurate, useful, supportive of strategic decision-making, and issued in a timely manner
  • Oversee systems of internal controls, accounting standards, procedures, reporting tools, financial planning, petty cash and credit card reporting, and cash flow management
  • Coordinate financial management systems with LEDA’s outside accountant
  • Oversee the application and usage of LEDA’s financial management technology platforms including QuickBooks, CashPro, and TriNet Expense
  • Manage LEDA’s annual audit
  • Serve as the primary liaison with Audit Committee of the Board of Directors and support all committee activities
  • Ensure staff members receive timely and appropriate training and development in Finance & Operations processes essential to their roles
  • Manage the integration and intersection of grants management, fundraising, and financial management

Operations, Administration, and Compliance

  • Guide and oversee organizational systems, including technology/infrastructure, office operations, and LEDA’s Salesforce database
  • Supervise Operations Manager and IT contractors
  • Manage leases, purchases, and billing
  • Represent the organization externally in auditing, banking, lease negotiations, and other critical financial matters
  • Oversee risk management and legal activities including letters of agreement and contracts, commercial insurance coverage, etc.
  • Oversee and ensure compliance with organizational governance policies, as well as applicable state and federal laws
  • Implement, maintain, and update organizational manuals and policies (e.g., personnel manual, travel and expense policies, document retention policies) in coordination with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors
  • Oversee the administration of LEDA’s 401(k) plan and compliance with all relevant IRS regulations
  • Ensure that data systems are aligned and adapted to capture program benchmarks
  • Manage training of staff on data management platform

Information Technology

  • Manage engagement with LEDA’s external information technology vendor
  • Assess and implement information technology upgrades as needed
  • Ensure the maintenance and upgrading of appropriate technology systems and infrastructure in order to ensure effective and efficient operations (computer hardware, file storage, email, and website)

Human Resources

  • Serve as LEDA’s liaison with LEDA’s Professional Employment Organization (PEO) on payroll, compliance, benefits administration, and personnel policies
  • Manage hiring processes, on-boarding, staff development, and staff transitions
  • Oversee LEDA’s annual performance review process
  • Oversee the development of LEDA’s Human Resources Manual

Key Responsibilities

Skills and Experience

  • 7+ years of progressive organizational management experience with a preferred focus on nonprofit operations and administration
  • Extensive experience with nonprofit accounting, grants management, and financial administration
  • Demonstrated business acumen that shows an ability to identify and anticipate the needs of a growing organization
  • Track record in developing and cultivating effective and collaborative vendor relationships
  • Experience in creating organizational processes and policies
  • Excellent project management, analytical, abstract reasoning, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Understanding of best practices in information systems to help the organization become more efficient
  • Experience with personnel management, including hiring, supervision, and team development, with demonstrated ability to share skills and knowledge with others
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing outcome-driven data management systems
  • Extensive expertise in nonprofit management, compliance, and governance

Leadership and Personal Attributes

  • Experience working in a high-growth, entrepreneurial environment
  • Exceptional interpersonal, written, oral, and presentation skills, and the ability to effectively interface with senior management and all team members
  • High level of discretion involving financial and personnel matters
  • Multi-tasker who is able to juggle multiple complex and competing organizational priorities and timelines and meet all deadlines
  • Can-do attitude and willingness to go the extra mile in service of LEDA’s mission
  • Unwavering commitment to executing with excellence
  • Strong change management, assessment, planning and execution skills; an ability to diagnose problems and offer and implement proactive solutions while being professional and objective
  • Strong thought partner who is able to implement a strategic vision into an operational model
  • Positive outlook and willingness to think “out of the box”
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting leadership development and education programs for underrepresented youth

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required; focus on finance, accounting, or relevant field of study a plus
  • Graduate degree preferred

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, résumé, and salary requirements to employment@ledascholars.org, with “Director of Finance and Operations” 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.

 
 

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.

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