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

Alumni Engagement Intern

Status: Part-time
Reports to: Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives

About the Position

LEDA is offering an internship for a highly motivated and detail individual to assist in the planning of the LEDA Alumni Office. The Alumni Engagement Intern will help the organization expand its efforts to engage, support, and network with LEDA alumni to further cultivate the outstanding leadership accomplishments of the members of the LEDA community.

The internship will be for spring semester with the potential of extending for summer and future semesters. The position is for 10-20 hours per week; days and times are flexible. The position will be based out of LEDA’s office in Midtown New York with the potential of some work being done remotely.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct outreach by phone and email to LEDA’s college graduates in order to build relationships and gather information on their activities
  • Coordinate alumni database to track and manage alumni contact information and achievements
  • Update contact information and locate alumni who are not actively engaged with LEDA utilizing social media platforms including LinkedIn
  • Track alumni volunteer engagement activities including Scholar recruitment, advocacy efforts, mentoring, alumni-led career activities, and fundraising efforts
  • Promote LEDA career programming opportunities, graduate school support, and other leadership engagement events
  • Support alumni networking events including promotion, registration, and attendance
  • Assist in the development of an Alumni Giving Program in coordination with LEDA’s Senior Director of Development and External Relations
  • Fulfill other responsibilities to support the planning of LEDA’s Alumni office as directed by the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives

Qualifications

  • Experience using both Salesforce and LinkedIn platforms
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail and troubleshooting skills
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills — both highly professional and friendly
  • 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
  • Demonstrated commitment to LEDA’s Mission and Core Values

Compensation

This is a part-time, paid internship.

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 “Alumni Engagement 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.

Director of College Success

Status: Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director

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 Executive Director, the Director will be responsible for overseeing LEDA’s College Success Department, which is charged with implementing a comprehensive program that supports the academic and socio-emotional needs of LEDA Scholars in college. The Department first engages with Scholars beginning 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, thereby setting the culture for engagement in the LEDA Community. The Director continues working with Scholars as they enter college, designing and executing solutions aimed at promoting college success and maintaining Scholars engagement in the LEDA Community. Our ideal candidate is a smart, passionate educator and program administrator with an outstanding ability to connect with, inspire and mentor young people.

Position Outcomes

A successful Director of College Success will:

  • Lead the College Success department in meeting LEDA’s college success outcomes, which include an emphasis on continued Scholar engagement, leadership development, college completion, and post-graduate planning
  • Ensure that the LEDA Scholar community reflects LEDA’s Core Values of Excellence, Integrity, Compassion, and Community
  • Be proactive and creative in adjusting program services and allocating resources based on Scholar feedback, outcome data, and LEDA’s strategic goals
  • Develop department members’ knowledge of the college success landscape and best practices
  • Be innovative and persistent, providing individualized interventions as needed to meet Scholars’ needs

Key Responsibilities

Advising and Counseling

  • Oversee and implement a counseling curriculum for all 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
  • Supervise LEDA’s College Success Counselor and manage his/her tasks and professional development
  • Build relationships and liaise with administrators at colleges and universities to collaborate and provide ongoing support
  • Manage the Peer Mentoring Program that leverages the LEDA Scholar community to provide support in the areas of freshman transition, career exploration, and post-graduate planning

Community Engagement and Other Programming

  • Coordinate campus visits with LEDA Scholars on college campuses across the country
  • Develop and implement communications outreach for the LEDA community including social media, newsletters, and LEDA’s online community, LEDAConnect
  • Collaborate with LEDA’s Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives to promote and facilitate Scholars’ engagement in and execute Scholar staff training for the LEDA Career Institute (a four-day convening in August)
  • Coordinate referrals of Scholars to the LEDA Career Network, which provides career exploration, professional development, and job/internship support
  • Propose, plan and implement other events and initiatives to promote continued Scholar engagement with the LEDA Community

Residential Life

  • Oversee the Residential Life Program for the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute
  • Hire, train and supervise a summer-only Residential Life leadership team for the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute
  • Hire and oversee training of undergraduate Resident Mentors
  • Facilitate communication between parents and LEDA Scholars as needed
  • Serve as personal counseling resource for staff and Scholars in case of roommate conflicts, personal crises, and other concerns
  • Administer appropriate consequences and/or support for students referred by direct reports for violations of Residential Life rules and regulations and the LEDA Code of Conduct
  • Plan and implement large-scale community events, including the LEDA Reunion and all Residential Life programming for the LEDA Career Institute

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Maintain responsibility for data integrity and data entry in the Salesforce database
  • Develop and administer an annual survey in order to solicit qualitative program feedback and track Scholar outcomes
  • Oversee tracking of all College Success outcomes

General Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with other LEDA staff in order to support Scholars and align program strategies
  • Represent the College Success team at conferences, higher education convenings, and other events

Qualifications

  • Prior experience in the areas of academic counseling, youth mentoring and/or student support services at the higher education level
  • Prior experience overseeing a residential program
  • 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)
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree Preferred

Compensation

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 “Director of College Success” 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.

Project Director: LEDA Advocacy Fellows

Status: Part-time
Reports to: Executive Director

LEDA Advocacy Fellows: Project Overview

With a transformative investment from the Lumina Foundation, LEDA is launching a new pilot program to train and position young leaders from underrepresented backgrounds to lend their voices to federal policy discussions pertaining to post-secondary education. The LEDA Advocacy Fellows project builds on LEDA’s mission of insuring that diverse voices are at the table where decisions are made, enabling LEDA Scholars to contribute insights on community impact and youth perspective while simultaneously preparing the next generation of diverse leaders to address a range of policy issues. Over the course of the grant period LEDA will:

  • Prepare a select group of LEDA Scholars to become LEDA Advocacy Fellows
  • Engage the LEDA Scholar Community (college students and college alums) to assess the extent of their advocacy activities
  • Deploy LEDA Advocacy Fellows in arenas where federal education policy discussions take place
  • Network with partners and other youth advocacy organizations to develop and promote best practices

About the Position

LEDA is seeking a highly-dedicated, passionate individual to join our program team in order to lead the implementation of this pilot initiative. This is a one-year, flexible, part-time staff position (approximately 3-4 days per week) with the potential for continuation beyond the grant period. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Project Director will implement the vision for the LEDA Advocacy Fellows Project, collaborating with LEDA staff, engaging outside consultants and partners, establishing and ensuring adherence with program outcomes, and developing a long-term sustainability plan.

Position Outcomes

A successful Project Director will:

  • Facilitate training and deployment of Fellows
  • Oversee the design and execution of a robust survey instrument measuring advocacy activities and perceptions
  • Ensure alignment of the pilot with LEDA’s core program activities
  • Develop a long-term strategic plan for the initiative

Key Responsibilities

LEDA Advocacy Fellows Selection and Training

  • Promote the LEDA Advocacy Fellows initiative and engage the Scholar community, in coordination with LEDA staff
  • Implement an application process to select approximately 15 LEDA Advocacy Fellows
  • Identify and collaborate with an outside evaluator/survey designer to administer a community survey and integrate results into program design
  • Identify a partner to help develop and implement a training process and protocol that meets Scholars’ needs and aligns with LEDA’s approach to leadership
  • Oversee all logistics and execution of training for LEDA Advocacy Fellows

External Stakeholder Engagement

  • Synthesize practices utilized by leading youth advocacy initiatives of peer organizations to inform program design
  • Network with stakeholders, funders, and other partners interested in engaging diverse perspectives in the federal education policy discussions in order to position LEDA Advocacy Fellows as a resource to be called upon to participate in various forums and events
  • Develop a roster of strategic platforms for and events where authentic student voices are most needed and stand to be most impactful, including:
    • Capitol Hill briefings
    • Membership conferences for education organizations (e.g., College Board)
    • Higher-education convenings
    • Funder affinity groups
    • Lumina grantee convenings
    • Corporate social responsibility convenings
    • Student conferences
    • Educational networking conferences
  • Facilitate attendance and participation of LEDA Scholars at key events throughout the grant period
  • Develop a strategy to engage leading reporters and researchers who follow relevant policy issues and work with them to incorporate young people’s perspectives in their coverage

Building Capacity

  • Synthesize program learnings to inform future program design and sustainability
  • Engage LEDA’s leadership (Board Members and staff) in a strategic review of this new initiative in the context of LEDA’s overall mission
  • Develop a sustainable framework to continue this project as part of LEDA’s ongoing activities
  • Formulate a plan addressing budget, staffing, capacity, and operational needs
  • Enhance LEDA’s alumni database to manage this data and store information from the survey referenced above

Qualifications

  • Prior experience in federal education policy in a nonprofit, higher education, or government setting.
  • Extensive knowledge of the federal education policy landscape and expertise in relevant legislation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting educational equity for students from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Experiential or professional understanding of policy issues pertaining to college access and higher education as they affect low-income populations.
  • Outstanding analytical skills and track record in designing and administering survey instruments and tracking outcome data.
  • 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.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in program administration and operations.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree Preferred.

Compensation

This is a part-time staff position, 3.5 days per week. The salary will be commensurate with experience. LEDA offers a 401(k) retirement plan, paid sick, and paid family 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 “Project Director” 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.

Qualifications

  • 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

Compensation
$7,500

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.

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