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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.

Responsibilities

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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

Compensation
This is a full-time position and salary 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 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.

Executive Director

Status: Full-time

About the Position
LEDA is looking for a collaborative, inclusive, and hands-on leader committed to diversifying the leadership pipeline, fostering higher education opportunities, and supporting career success for high-achieving, under-resourced students. The Executive Director (ED) will serve as LEDA’s chief executive, leading fundraiser, and external advocate. The ED will also oversee the organization’s direction, strategic growth, and impact as it seeks to elevate its proven high-touch program model, create new initiatives to further support its Scholars and Career Fellows, and build out its strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations.

The ED will oversee a team of over 20 full-time staff and consultants, and an additional 40 full-time temporary staff during the five-week residential Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute held at Princeton University each summer. The role will report to the Board of Directors and directly manage a four-member senior leadership team that includes development, recruitment & admissions, scholar programs, and career & alumni services.

This is a unique opportunity for a mission-driven, enterprising, and dynamic leader who is committed to creating pathways for young leaders and understands the unique challenges that first-generation students and those from under-resourced backgrounds face.

Responsibilities

External Leadership and Fundraising

  • Design and implement a fundraising strategy for raising annual operating income, growing LEDA’s “rainy day” fund, developing support for new strategic initiatives, and diversifying the organization’s revenue streams
  • Serve as the external voice of the organization, raising awareness of LEDA’s work and enhancing the organization’s visibility, brand recognition, and status as a thought leader in the college access/college success field
  • In collaboration with the Board and the Senior Director of Development and External Communications, develop and manage key relationships with both philanthropic and programmatic partners (individuals, foundations, corporations, educational institutions, and other stakeholders)

Strategic Vision Setting

  • Provide an inspiring vision and direction for LEDA’s future growth, working with the Board and staff to implement and refine LEDA’s strategic priorities
  • Continue to evolve LEDA’s programmatic offerings and organizational strategy, overseeing the execution and evolution of LEDA’s core program verticals and setting clear and consistent performance metrics for the organization and external stakeholders
  • Think big about LEDA and how its extraordinary program can have expanded and deepened impact for Scholars and Career Fellows and support the overarching vision of creating a more inclusive and equitable country

Organizational Leadership

  • Promote and model an inclusive and collaborative culture based on a growth mindset and continuous improvement that embodies LEDA’s Core Values of Excellence, Integrity, Compassion, and Community and prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Manage all day-to-day operations (including effectively managing the budget and all internal operations) and staff, with ultimate accountability for the success of the organization
  • Ensure staff has clearly defined roles and goals, and access to the information and resources necessary to achieve their goals; hold team members accountable for achieving ambitious goals
  • Coach and mentor a high-performing team, hire and retain a team committed to LEDA’s work, and ensure that they have opportunities for growth and development

Qualifications

  • Critical interest in LEDA’s mission and programming, with a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; brings a willingness to bridge differences in regard to issues of race, socioeconomic status, gender, and other viewpoints of diversity
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead a fundraising strategy with a track record of attracting and growing philanthropic support from varied partners, including: foundations, corporations, and individuals
  • Excellent, persuasive, and effective communication skills with the ability to serve as the lead spokesperson and ambassador to build awareness and increased visibility of LEDA’s work and impact
  • Five years minimum of executive or programmatic leadership experience; brings proven experience analyzing and employing data to drive innovation and growth
  • A track record of strong people and team management, with demonstrated ability running a complex organization and managing a diverse staff; balances an inclusive and emotionally intelligent leadership style that engenders trust, provides clear and consistent direction, and fosters accountability
  • An energetic, collaborative, and proactive team leader who can strengthen both strategic and tactical initiatives; possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and is comfortable operating in a lean environment; highly responsive, detail-oriented, organizer and problem solver
  • An undergraduate degree and a graduate degree is preferred

Compensation and Benefits
The Executive Director is a full-time role. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with the experience of qualified candidates. LEDA offers medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, TransitChek, at least three weeks paid vacation, and paid sick leave.

Work Environment
This position may work out of LEDA’s midtown Manhattan office or remotely year-round. Due to COVID-19 precautions, all LEDA positions will be fully remote at least through January 2022. LEDA offers a flexible, collegial work environment that welcomes new ideas and innovation. LEDA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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LEDA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants to apply regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental ability, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage candidates who share the lived experiences of our scholars to apply.

Manager of Alumni Engagement and Impact

Status: Full-time
Reports to: Senior Director of Career and Alumni Services

About the Position
In 2020, LEDA launched the LEDA Alumni Services Department, an initiative that engages LEDA’s vast network of alumni. The purpose of the department is to provide LEDA Alumni with opportunities to: maintain and deepen their involvement with LEDA; connect with each other and other members of the community, leverage the power of the LEDA network; receive ongoing career and postgraduate support; serve as mentors to undergraduate LEDA Scholars and Career Fellows; and connect their employers to the LEDA Career Network. Reporting to the Senior Director of Career and Alumni Services, the Manager of Alumni Engagement and Impact will support the professional and personal growth of alumni, create programs for alumni to connect with their peers and with LEDA stakeholders, and cultivate a culture of alumni engagement and annual giving.

Key Responsibilities

Program Strategy and Design

  • Create and execute LEDA’s Alumni Services engagement strategy, inclusive of programmatic activities, communications efforts, fundraising, measuring outcomes and reporting
  • Develop and provide logistical support for LEDA-sponsored alumni engagement events and activities, including the LEDA Annual Reunion and regional events
  • Support Career Network with coordination and logistics for Career Institute
  • Recruit alumni as career coaches, mentors, and panelists to participate in Career Institute

Communication and Outreach

  • Determine, develop, implement, and manage optimal communication platforms and social media strategy for connecting and engaging alumni
  • Facilitate and support on-going engagement of alumni in via online platforms, including through creation and maintenance of a LinkedIn alumni group
  • Re-establish contact with all LEDA alumni and engage them in the network
  • Collaborate and engage the Alumni Task Force, charged with developing important initiatives for the Alumni Services department to implement
  • Promote networking events and career opportunities for alumni in bi-weekly Career and Alumni Services e-Newsletter
  • Coordinate communication with alumni on events, volunteerism, and Career Network and LEDA Scholars Program engagement
  • Create event and promotional collateral, such as event programs, flyers, website pages, etc.

Fundraising

  • Develop and implement fundraising strategies, including making significant gift asks in collaboration with the Development/External Communications team to foster a culture of giving among alumni and generate revenue for the organization
  • Create and implement fundraising goals
  • Create strategy to collect and promote alumni success stories that demonstrate LEDA’s impact

Data Management and Evaluation

  • Develop and administer annual surveys to collect and track outcomes of alumni to further document the extent to which LEDA is achieving its mission of developing the leadership potential of underrepresented students once they graduate from college and generating meaningful connections within the LEDA Community
  • Collaborate with the Development/External Communications team and Alumni Services team on program data tracking and reporting to funders, partners, and other stakeholders as needed
  • Translate data into relatable stories that engage funders and other external stakeholders and bring them into the LEDA Community

Advising

  • Advise alumni 1:1 on a range of professional development topics
  • Support alumni with applications to LEDA employer partners in collaboration with Career Network staff

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as higher education administration, secondary or post-secondary education, nonprofit consulting, development, etc., required (Must also have work authorization)
  • 4+ years relevant experience in alumni affairs, or student affairs, or event/communications management, relationship management, or employee/client engagement required
  • Previous experience fundraising strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated experience working with and engaging alumni and an ability to cultivate and build strong interpersonal relationships preferred
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to effectively represent LEDA to internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience implementing programs, small-, and large-scale events
  • Ability to thrive in a mission-driven environment with strong values and culture; passionately committed to LEDA’s mission, vision, and strategic direction
  • Experiential or professional understanding of academic and non-academic issues surrounding low- income, first-generation college students and early career professionals
  • Possesses an entrepreneurial spirit; can successfully work independently and as a member of a team
  • Superior organizational, administrative, and problem-solving skills, and ability to multitask and manage deadlines
  • Strong technical and data tracking, analytical reporting, and storytelling skills (e.g., familiarity with MS Excel, Salesforce, professional and social networking tools/platforms)

Compensation
This is a full-time position. The salary for the Manager of Alumni Engagement and Impact role ranges from high $60,000s to low $70,000s*. LEDA offers medical and dental insurance, a 401(k)retirement plan, TransitChek (for NYC employees), at least three weeks’ paid vacation, and paid sick leave.
*Salary will be adjusted based on the state where your primary residence is located if you will be working remotely year-round.

Work Environment
This position may work out of our midtown Manhattan office or remotely year-round. Due to COVID-19 precautions, all LEDA positions will be fully remote at least through January 2022. 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, résumé, and salary requirements to employment@ledascholars.org with “Manager of Alumni Engagement and Impact” in the subject line.

Summer Opportunity: Aspects of Leadership Facilitator

Status: Seasonal
Reports to: Director of Aspects of Leadership

About the Position
LEDA is seeking dynamic and dedicated instructors to teach the Aspects of Leadership course during LEDA’s 2022 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University.

The Aspects of Leadership course is a core component of each Scholar’s summer experience. 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 situations. 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 periodically so that Scholars have the opportunity to have class with as many Scholars as possible. Classes meet 3-4 days per week for 3-hour blocks.

The 2022 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute will take place on the Princeton campus from June 25 through July 30. Facilitators are required to arrive in Princeton one week prior to the Summer Institute for training and to spend the summer in residence. Campus room and board are provided.

Key Responsibilities

  • Effectively implement the Aspects of Leadership curriculum;
  • Provide seven weeks of instruction from mid-June through early August;
  • Hold two 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., staff, Board members, funders) in the classroom during site visits, as needed;
  • 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, 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
  • Experience and competence 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, organizing, 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.

Compensation
This position is a seasonal and temporary appointment and will be compensated $6,000 for the term of this engagement (5 weeks of Summer Institute + 1 week of training).

Travel expenses to and from Princeton University are the responsibility of the employee.

Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the location of Summer Institute 2022 is subject to change. If an in-person Summer Institute is not possible due to COVID-19, positions will be adjusted to full-time remote positions with comparable responsibilities and compensation.

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter and résumé/CV with “Aspects of Leadership Facilitator” in the subject line to employment@ledascholars.org. The priority deadline to apply is January 17.

Seasonal Opportunity: Writing Instructor

Status: Seasonal
Reports to: Director of Writing Instruction

About the Position
LEDA is seeking experienced and dedicated Writing Instructors to teach during the 2022 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University and to provide writing support to Scholars throughout the 2022-23 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; sections 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 the Internet and phone.

The 2022 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute is scheduled to take place on the Princeton campus from June 25 through July 30. Writing Instructors are required to arrive in Princeton one week prior to the Summer Institute for training and to spend the summer in residence. Campus room and board are provided.

Key Responsibilities

  • Teach writing classes (2 class meetings/week) following instructional plans;
  • Schedule and conduct weekly one-on-one conferences lasting approximately forty-five minutes in the late-afternoons and evenings with each student;
  • 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 student progress;
  • Meet and communicate with LEDA College Guidance and Residential Life staff as needed to ensure holistic support for students;
  • Complete a narrative evaluation of each student 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 LEDA Scholars and College Guidance staff throughout the college application season.

Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree (completed or in-process) in English, Composition, Creative Writing, or related field
  • At least two years of 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 and Core Values

Compensation
This position is a seasonal and temporary appointment and will be compensated $6,000 for the Summer Institute engagement (5 weeks of teaching + 1 week of training). Writing consulting for Scholars’ college applications will continue from the end of the Summer Institute through January 15, 2023, and this position will be contracted at a rate of $34 per hour. Specific deliverables and timelines (subject to student needs) will be outlined via a signed agreement at the inception of services.

Travel expenses to and from Princeton University are the responsibility of the employee.

Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the location of Summer Institute 2022 is subject to change. If an in-person Summer Institute is not possible due to COVID-19, positions will be adjusted to full-time remote positions with comparable responsibilities and compensation.

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter and résumé/CV with “Writing Instructor” in the subject line to employment@ledascholars.org. The priority deadline to apply is January 17.

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