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Associate Director of Major Gifts

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

About the Position
LEDA is seeking a highly capable, dedicated, and passionate individual to join a dynamic and high-functioning organization at a critical and exciting stage in its 17-year history. Reporting to the Senior Director of Development and External Relations, the newly created position of Associate Director of Major Gifts will cultivate and solicit major gifts from individual donors, as well as support with corporate and foundation solicitation, as determined by the Senior Director. The Associate Director of Major Gifts is an integral part of LEDA’s burgeoning development and communications department. The ideal candidate will have experience in building the strategy, tools, and processes that support successful donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, as evidenced by revenue and donor base growth. In addition, they will be a persuasive communicator, resourceful, proactive, and possess superb written and verbal communication skills.


Major Donor Giving

  • Work hand-in-hand with the Senior Director of Development and External Relations and the Executive Director in fundraising activities.
  • Develop strategies to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donor prospects.
  • Actively manage a portfolio of prospective major individual donors and meet with individual donors throughout the donor life cycle, as determined by the Senior Director.
  • Ensure fundraising success through strategic cultivation and follow-up of individual gift prospects identified through events, prospect research, and organizational contacts.
  • Develop individual plans for donor engagement, including virtual site visit opportunities, cultivation events, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Support with the implementation of LEDA’s long-term development plan, including continual strategic assessments in light of organizational needs and capacity.
  • Spearhead efforts to launch a long-term anniversary fundraising campaign.
  • Work collaboratively with other team members to advance fundraising goals, including supporting the growth of LEDA’s institutional donor pipeline.

Digital Fundraising Efforts

  • Implement and manage a comprehensive digital and individualized communications strategy for a mid-level giving program, which includes assessment of mid-level donors and development of stewardship opportunities.
  • Help to develop a regional fundraising strategy to expand LEDA’s fundraising scope and reach, including efforts to align activities with LEDA’s alumni giving efforts.
  • Create, launch, and implement a LEDA leadership giving society.

Existing and Prospect Donor Management

  • Create proposals, e-correspondence, notes, and letters for potential family foundations and individuals.
  • Maintain record-keeping and reporting to both internal and external parties, ensuring transparency of data related to giving, sources of support, and goals to measure and manage success.
  • Ensure that the flow of information (reports, proposals, letters, and materials for prospects and donors) is centralized and managed efficiently and smoothly.
  • Support with the development of systems to best integrate and expand LEDA’s prospecting efforts, effective management and identification of prospects, as well as the implementation of a moves management system.


  • 7-10 years of progressive leadership experience in a nonprofit organization with a track record of successful major gift fundraising or related experience. The ideal candidate will have experience working with individual, foundation, and corporate donors.
  • Proven ability to effectively interact with, and cultivate strong relationships with a range of stakeholders, including Board members, donors, and staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving access to education and leadership opportunities for traditionally underrepresented student populations.
  • Ability to conceptualize, plan, and implement a programmatic approach to building relationships and securing philanthropic support, including setting ambitious goals, developing strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, and prioritizing activities.
  • Ability to work autonomously and take initiative in an innovative and fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to thrive in a mission-driven environment with strong values and culture; passionately committed to LEDA’s mission, vision and strategic direction.
  • Demonstrated ability to be highly collaborative and have a transparent communication style, with a high level of discretion.

This is a full-time position and salary is commensurate with experience. The salary for the role of Associate Director of Major Gifts is in the $80,000-$90,000 range. 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 an email with a cover letter and résumé to employment@ledascholars.org with “Associate Director of Major Gifts” in the subject line.

Mental Health and Wellness Specialist

Status: Temporary (June 14-August 6); part-time (20-25 hours/week)
Reports to: Senior Director of Programs

About the Position
LEDA is looking for an experienced professional to support the well-being of LEDA Scholars during LEDA’s 2021 Virtual Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute. Reporting to the Senior Director of Programs, the Mental Health and Wellness Specialist will design and implement weekly programming to promote knowledge and skills related to mental health and wellness among our participants and staff. They will also provide training and support to LEDA staff, work with LEDA staff to help assess student well-being in crisis situations, and refer students and families to accessible resources.

The 2021 Virtual Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute will take place from June 19 until August 6. The Mental Health and Wellness Specialist will also help to facilitate online training for LEDA staff during the week prior to the Summer Institute (June 14-18), and will start as soon as possible to participate in Summer Institute planning with the leadership team.


  • Design and implement virtual workshops to promote mental health and wellness within the LEDA Scholar community;
  • Hold drop-in hours for participants seeking to learn more about resources and strategies that will support their academic success;
  • Plan and implement mental health first-responder and helping skills training for LEDA staff;
  • Assist LEDA staff in assessing student well-being in crisis situations;
  • Provide resources and referrals to students and their families seeking accessible mental health care in their own communities;
  • Perform consultations with faculty and staff and be a resource for program staff on mental health and social/emotional related issues;
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of community circles and spaces in response to events that impact the wellbeing of the LEDA Community during the Summer Institute;
  • Participate in the LEDA Summer Institute community by attending relevant staff trainings, staff meetings, and selected community events.


  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, or Psychology;
  • Experience developing and facilitating workshops and staff trainings on student mental health and wellness;
  • At least three years’ professional clinical/counseling experience providing support to high-school students and their families;
  • Evidence of training, expertise, commitment, and sustained engagement in working with Multiracial/BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ students towards their personal development, well-being, and academic success;
  • Experience with distance learning/counseling;
  • Experience with mental health crisis assessment;
  • Willingness to work some evening or weekend hours;
  • Excellent listening, written and oral communication, facilitation, and interpersonal skills;
  • Superior ability to connect and communicate with youth;
  • Ability to speak Spanish, preferred;
  • Demonstrated commitment to LEDA’s Mission.

This is a temporary, part-time position offering 20-25 hours/week. Hourly compensation commensurate with experience.

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:
Submit a cover letter, résumé, and hourly rate requirements to employment@ledascholars.org with the subject line, “Mental Health and Wellness Specialist.”

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