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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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Admissions Reader

Status: Contract
Reports to: Director of Recruitment and Admissions

About the Position
LEDA is seeking external admissions readers to assist its Recruitment and Admissions team in reading and evaluating applications for admission to the LEDA Scholars Program. This is a contracted position that will begin in mid-December and end in February or at the conclusion of agreement terms.

Responsibilities

  • Participate in web-based training sessions to ensure a comprehensive understanding of LEDA’s admission criteria, application components, and review guidelines.
  • Read and evaluate a minimum of 25 applications/week from mid-December-February (or until application reviews are complete).
  • Accurately, clearly, and concisely document review of applicants’ academic history, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, essays, standardized test scores, and leadership potential. Notes will be shared during committee meetings during which the admissions reader may not be present.
  • Offer a holistic evaluation of each candidate in accordance with LEDA admissions criteria.
  • Successfully navigate LEDA’s Salesforce database to access application and document application reviews.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality and security with applicants’ information and details of the admissions process.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Admissions experience preferred; in lieu of admissions experience, successful candidates may have teaching or counseling experience in secondary education, higher education, or at an education-focused nonprofit organization. Familiarity with academic records (e.g. transcripts, test scores) a plus
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to complete work thoroughly and meet deadlines while working independently
  • Comfort using a web-based CRM (i.e. Salesforce) to read applications and document application review
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting educational equity for students from underrepresented backgrounds

Compensation
External readers are independent contractors and will be paid $33 per hour with the expectation of an average of three application reads per hour. To be considered for the position, readers must commit to review at least 25 applications per week. Independent contractors are not legal employees of LEDA and therefore will receive a completed IRS 1099 form in January following the year of their employment for tax considerations.

To be considered for this opportunity, please send a résumé and a short cover letter to employment@ledascholars.org with “Admissions Reader” in the subject line.
Deadline: December 13, 2019

Alumni Affairs Officer

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

About the Position
On the occasion of LEDA’s 15th Anniversary, LEDA is launching a new LEDA Alumni Affairs Department, an initiative that will engage LEDA’s vast network of Scholars who have graduated from college. The purpose of the LEDA Alumni Association is to provide LEDA Scholar college alumni with opportunities to: maintain and deepen their involvement with LEDA; connect with each other and other members of the LEDA Community, leveraging the power of their LEDA network; receive ongoing career and postgraduate support; serve as mentors to undergraduate LEDA Scholars; and connect their employers to the LEDA Career Network.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Career and Alumni Services, the Alumni Affairs Officer will support professional and personal growth of college alumni, create and manage a platform for alumni to connect with their peers and with LEDA stakeholders, and participate in future alumni events and programs.

Key Responsibilities

Alumni Engagement and Program Management

  • Facilitate engagement of alumni in LEDA’s online platforms: LEDA Connect and our Linkedin Alumni Group
  • Coordinate LEDA-sponsored alumni engagement events and activities, including an annual reunion and Scholar-led regional events
  • Build out the LEDA Alumni Council, which will be instrumental in working with the LEDA Alumni Services Department to guide programming and other alumni initiatives
  • Work with alumni to leverage their success stories and make connections with their employers, referring them to the Senior Director of Career and Alumni Services for corporate partnership opportunities
  • Track trajectories of LEDA Alumni to share with stakeholders and generate meaningful connections within the community
  • Provide logistical and administrative support for alumni events

Communication and Outreach

  • Re-establish contact with all LEDA college alumni and engage them in the network
  • 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 program, flyers, website pages, etc.

Career Network Support

  • Support Career Network with coordination and logistics for Career Institute
  • Recruit alumni as career coaches, mentors, and panelists to participate in Career Institute
  • Engage, support, and refer alumni in need of additional career and graduate school planning advisement
  • Support alumni with applications to LEDA employer partners in collaboration with Career Network Staff

Data Management and Evaluation

  • Support and manage build-out of alumni tracking component of LEDA’s Salesforce database
  • Track ongoing activities of alumni in order 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
  • Develop and administer annual alumni surveys and analyze engagement and career outcomes
  • Maintain alumni records within database

Mentorship Pilot Build-out

  • Build out alumni mentoring program pilot, which includes:
    • Establishing timelines
    • Developing mentor/mentee matching process, guidelines, and training
    • Identifying and implementing mentor/mentee online platform/software to support productive interactions

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as higher education administration, counseling, social work, advising, etc., required
  • 3+ years relevant experience in alumni affairs, or student affairs, or event/communications management, or employee engagement required
  • Previous experience working with and supporting alumni or engaging alumni preferred
  • Strong communication skills and ability to effectively represent LEDA to its stakeholders and externally
  • 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, Core Values, and strategic direction
  • 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 LEDA Scholars and LEDA Scholar Alumni, and staff
  • Willingness to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Superior organizational, administrative, communication and problem-solving skills, and ability to multi-task and manage deadlines
  • Strong technical and data tracking and reporting skills (e.g., familiarity with MS Excel, Salesforce, professional and social networking tools/platforms)

Compensation
This is a full-time position, non-exempt position. The salary range is low- to mid- $50,000. 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 “Alumni Affairs Officer” in the subject line.

Employment for this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a lawful pre-employment background check, which may include 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 obtained and used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Executive Director

About the Position
LEDA is seeking an outstanding candidate to lead this dynamic and high-functioning organization at a time when educational opportunity, equity, and access, and diversity and inclusion have emerged as critical national issues. As LEDA’s head strategist, fundraiser, and external champion, the new Executive Director will have a mandate to continue growing LEDA’s impact and reputation as the preeminent leader and strategic partner in diversifying the leadership pipeline, fostering higher education opportunities, and supporting career success for high-achieving, under-resourced students.

This is a unique opportunity for a passionate, results-oriented, and experienced leader to build on LEDA’s success at an important inflection point. Now in its sixteenth year of operations, LEDA seeks to expand its proven high-touch program model, create new initiatives to further support its Scholars and Career Fellows, and build out its strategic partnerships with organizations seeking to diversify this country’s leadership pipeline.

The Executive Director will oversee a team of approximately 16 full-time staff and an additional 40 full-time temporary staff during the 8-week residential Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute held at Princeton University each summer. With a budget of over $4 million, the Executive Director reports to LEDA’s Board of Directors and directly manages a four-member senior leadership team that spans fundraising, operations, policy, and program delivery. This is a full-time position located in New York City, with additional in-person residential presence of two to three days a week expected at the Summer Institute in Princeton each summer.

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Aspects of Leadership Facilitator

Status: Temporary
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 2020 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 discussions at the level required by selective colleges. Through team-building activities, the 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, psychology, 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
  • Experience with service-learning and/or community organizing preferred
  • 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 $7,500 for the term of this engagement. Travel expenses to and from Princeton University are the responsibility of the employee. The LEDA Summer Institute occurs exclusively at Princeton University and employees are expected to live onsite for the duration of the institute. Work weeks are five days, and room are board are provided free of cost to LEDA staff.

To be considered for this opportunity, submit a cover letter and résumé/CV with “Facilitator Position” in the subject line to employment@ledascholars.org. The priority application deadline is January 17, 2020.

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Summer Opportunity: Assistant Director of Operations

Status: Temporary
Reports to: Senior Director of Finance and Operations

About the Position
LEDA is seeking an Assistant Director of Operations for the 2020 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University. The Summer Institute will take place from mid-June through early August, with final dates to be determined. Reporting to the Senior Director of Finance and Operations, the Assistant Director is required to be in Princeton one week prior to the Summer Institute for training and logistical preparation and to spend the summer in residence in the dormitory. Room and board are provided.

The Assistant Director of Operations supports the management of all aspects of the administration and operations of the summer program taking place at Princeton University. He/She will also serve as the lead for all Summer Institute Operations when the Senior Director is not on campus.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serving as a liaison with Princeton’s Office of Conference Services.
  • Staffing the Summer Institute’s main office, the “headquarters” for the day-to-day operations of the summer program.
  • Managing and troubleshooting all facilities issues (dormitory, classrooms, and recreation).
  • Providing ongoing support for the use of computer and printing facilities for students and staff, including the setting up of an in-house computer lab and coordinating usage of Princeton University’s computer lab facilities.
  • Procuring supplies and materials needed for the Institute on a day-to-day basis.
  • Managing petty cash and other Institute expenditures in accordance with the approved budget.
  • Serving as the point person for faculty on all logistical and residential issues.
  • Administering all non-student related paperwork for the Institute.
  • Coordinating logistics for off-campus trips, including arranging buses, meals, and schedules.
  • Managing other logistical needs including mail delivery, storage, and other needs of staff and Scholars.
  • Providing logistical support for visitors and staff including assisting with travel arrangements and coordinating the transmission of materials.
  • Planning logistics for special events, community meetings, and training.
  • In coordination with the Director of Residential Life, LEDA Staff, and Faculty, enforcing the rules and regulations of Summer Institute with regard to discipline, code of conduct, instructional requirements, etc.
  • Coordinating scheduling for each component of the Institute, including academic instruction, residential life, and community meetings, and other activities and events.
  • Serving as a resource for information and guidance to the community.

Qualifications

  • Experience managing the administration of a residential summer program at the high school or college level.
  • Demonstrated experience working with high school students in academic and/or
    extra-curricular settings.
  • Superior organizational, administrative, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and to pay attention to detail.
  • Candidates should be energetic, flexible, and willing to take on additional responsibilities as needed.
  • Commitment to the values and goals of LEDA.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with students.
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making abilities.
  • Driver’s license required.

Compensation
This position is a seasonal and temporary appointment and will be compensated $6,250 for the term of this engagement. Travel expenses to and from Princeton University are the responsibility of the employee. The Summer Institute occurs exclusively at Princeton University and employees are expected to live onsite for the duration of the institute. Room and board is provided free of cost to LEDA staff, and a six-day work week is standard.

To be considered for this opportunity, submit a cover letter and resumé/CV with “Assistant Director of Operations” in the subject line to employment@ledascholars.org. This position is not eligible for health insurance coverage or paid-time-off benefits.

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Summer Opportunity: Assistant Residence Hall Director

Status: Temporary
Reports to: Director of College Success

About the Position
LEDA is seeking two Assistant Residence Hall Directors to support the Residence Director and Director of College Success in overseeing the residential program during LEDA’s 2020 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University. LEDA’s Residential Life program is designed to foster empowerment, personal responsibility, and a strong sense of community among LEDA Scholars. It also enhances the intense intellectual experience of the academic curriculum.

Reporting to the Director of College Success, the Residence Hall Directors will work with the Residence Director to oversee the Resident Mentor staff, to implement staff training and professional development, and to guide the team in developing and implementing programming, as well as working with the staff to promote a safe and respectful environment, to build community, and to provide a model of leadership and academic excellence for all Scholars.

The 2020 Summer Institute will take place from mid-June through early August, with final dates to be determined. The Assistant Residence Hall Directors are required to arrive in Princeton one week prior to the Summer Institute for on-site training and preparation and to spend the summer in residence throughout the duration of the program. Room and board are provided. The Assistant Residence Hall Directors will also participate in training and planning in LEDA’s New York office in early June, as determined by the Director of College Success. Travel and related expenses will be covered during the training period. The total work period is, therefore, nine weeks.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist with the administration of the Residential Life Program for 100 LEDA Scholars, including evening supervision, curfew, sign-in, and sign-out procedures, morning meetings, etc.
  • Assist with the supervision of ten Resident Mentors
  • Assist with the five-day training week for Resident Mentors
  • Assist the Residence Director with incident management
  • Mediate conflicts among Scholars and residential life staff
  • Foster community development through formal community activities, by modeling and encouraging positive interpersonal relationships and by guiding RM staff in developing strong passive and active programming for LEDA Scholar residents
  • Develop a rapport with all LEDA Scholars and provide guidance and support as needed
  • Maintain objectivity and strict confidentiality in all sensitive matters and with student information
  • Uphold and enforce the values, policies, and procedures of the LEDA Scholars Program and the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute as outlined in the Scholar Handbook and the Residential Life Manual
  • Attend weekly staff meetings, one-on-one meetings with supervisors, and other scheduled meetings
  • Alternate on-call duty responsibilities with the Residence Director
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as requested by the Residence Director and/or Director of College Success

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred (complete or in progress) in education, educational leadership, higher education administration/student affairs, mental health counseling, communication, psychology, social work, or other related fields
  • Experience working in a residential program in a college or university, summer bridge/college prep program or boarding school setting
  • Experience with incident management, conflict resolution, health issues, and student well-being preferred; the Assistant Residence Hall Directors will be on-call six days a week to assist with managing any escalating issues
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and to pay attention to detail
  • Energy, flexibility, and willingness to take on additional responsibilities as needed
  • Ability and desire to relate to students from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience leading/managing diverse student staff and college/high school student leaders
  • Commitment to the values and goals of LEDA
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making abilities
  • Alternate on-call duty responsibilities with the Residence Director
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as requested by the Residence Director and/or Director of College Success
  • Driver’s license required

Compensation
This position is a seasonal and temporary appointment and will be compensated $6,750 for the term of this engagement. Travel expenses to and from Princeton University are the responsibility of the employee. The LEDA Summer Institute occurs exclusively at Princeton University and candidates are expected to live onsite for the duration of the institute. Room and board is provided free of cost to LEDA staff and a six-day work week is standard.

To be considered for this opportunity, submit your cover letter and resume to employment@ledascholars.org with “Assistant Residence Hall Director” in the subject line. The priority deadline for applicants is January 17.

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Residential Hall Director

Status: Temporary
Reports to: Director of College Success

About the Position
LEDA is seeking a Residence Hall Director to help oversee the residential program during LEDA’s 2020 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University. LEDA’s Residential Life program is designed to foster empowerment, personal responsibility, and a strong sense of community among LEDA Scholars. It also enhances the intense intellectual experience of the academic curriculum. Reporting to the Director of College Success, the Residence Hall Director will oversee the residential staff, implement staff training, and guide the team in developing and implementing programming. The Residence Hall Director will lead the Residential Life staff in promoting a safe and respectful environment, building community, and providing models of leadership excellence for all Scholars.

The 2020 Summer Institute will take place from mid-June through early August (exact dates TBD). The Residence Hall Director is required to arrive at Princeton University one week prior to the Summer Institute for on-site Resident Mentor (RM) and all-staff training week and preparation and to spend the summer in residence. Room and board are provided. The Residence Hall Director will also participate in one week of training and planning in LEDA’s New York office in early June, as determined by the Director of College Success. Travel and related expenses will be covered during the training period. The total work period is, therefore, nine weeks.

Key Responsibilities

  • Direct the administration of all aspects of the Residential Life Program for 100 LEDA Scholars, including evening supervision, curfew, sign-in, and sign-out procedures, student-facing communication, etc.
  • Supervise ten Resident Mentors, holding regular staff meetings and individual check-ins to provide feedback and guidance as needed to ensure strong performance
  • Together with the Director of College Success, implement a five-day training week for Resident Mentors
  • Maintain primary responsibility for incident management, conflict resolution, health issues, and student well-being; the Residence Hall Director will be on-call six days a week to manage any escalating issues
  • Ensure that Princeton’s property, facilities, and employees are respected by students and staff
  • Serve as the point person for parents during the LEDA Summer Institute, facilitating communication between parents and Scholars as needed
  • Foster community development through formal activities, by modeling and encouraging positive interpersonal relationships, and by guiding RM staff in developing strong passive and active programming for LEDA Scholar residents
  • Develop a rapport with all LEDA Scholars and provide guidance and support as needed
  • Maintain objectivity and strict confidentiality in all sensitive matters and with student information
  • Uphold and enforce the values, policies, and procedures of the LEDA Scholars Program and the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute as outlined in the Scholar Handbook
  • Serve on the senior management team of the LEDA Summer institute, assisting with interdepartmental planning and student issues
  • Alternate on-call professional staff duty responsibilities with the two Residential Life Coordinators, and manage the day-to-day assignment of tasks
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as requested by the Director of College Success

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, in education, educational leadership, higher education administration, college personnel/student affairs, psychology, social work, or other related field
  • Experience working in a residential program in a college or university, summer bridge/college prep program or boarding school setting
  • Experience developing and implementing fun, impactful, and inclusive residential programming.
  • Experience leading/managing diverse student staff and college/high school student leaders
  • Experiential or professional understanding of academic and non-academic issues surrounding under-resourced, first-generation college students
  • Ability to cultivate and build strong interpersonal relationships with Scholars, staff, and other stakeholders
  • Exceptional organizational, administrative, communication and problem-solving skills
  • Energy, flexibility, and willingness to take on additional responsibilities as needed
  • Commitment to the values and goals of LEDA
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making abilities
  • Driver’s license required

Compensation
This position is a seasonal and temporary appointment and will be compensated $9,000 for the term of this engagement. Travel expenses to and from Princeton University are the responsibility of the employee. The LEDA Summer Institute occurs exclusively at Princeton University and candidates are expected to live onsite for the duration of the institute. Room and board is provided free of cost to LEDA staff and a six-day work week is standard.

To be considered for this opportunity, submit a cover letter and resume to employment@ledascholars.org with the “Residence Hall Director” in the subject line. The priority deadline for applications is January 17. Applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP.

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Residential Life Mentor

Status: Temporary
Reports to: Residence Hall Director

About the Position
LEDA is seeking ten Resident Mentors to support the residential program during LEDA’s 2020 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University. Residential Life Mentors report to the Director of Residential Life. LEDA’s Residential Life program is designed to foster empowerment, personal responsibility, a strong sense of community among LEDA Scholars, and help to ensure Scholar safety and security throughout the summer institute. It also supports the intense intellectual experience of the academic curriculum to promote a successful transition for all Scholars to the Summer Institute.

Resident Mentors are assigned to a living area, a part of the residence hall that will house a group of 9-12 new Scholars. They are responsible for promoting a safe and respectful environment, building an inclusive and lasting community, helping to instill LEDA’s four Core Values by upholding and demonstrating Excellence, Integrity, Compassion, and Community, and by providing a model of leadership and academic excellence not only for Scholars in their living area but for all Scholars.

The 2020 Summer Institute will take place from mid-June through early August (exact dates to be determined). Resident Mentors are required to be at Princeton one full week prior to the Summer Institute for staff training and must reside in the dormitory for the duration of the Summer Institute. Room and board are provided.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supervise and mentor a group of approximately 10 Scholars in the residence hall;
  • Serve as part of an on-call duty rotation to provide building supervision and emergency management support, with significant duty responsibilities on weeknights and weekends;
  • Serve as a support and resource for all new LEDA Scholars, helping to build a warm and inclusive community;
  • Uphold and enforce the values, policies, and procedures of the LEDA Scholars Program and the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute as outlined in the Scholar Handbook;
  • Follow the policies, procedures, and expectations laid out in the Residential Life Manual and throughout training;
  • Provide direct residential oversight of Scholars and ensure that Scholars are in the residence hall by curfew hours;
  • Make and properly document referrals to LEDA staff members as necessary (academic, disciplinary, medical, general support);
  • Contribute to an atmosphere of respect for students, staff, Princeton University facilities, and the academic environment;
  • Uphold and model the LEDA Core Values of Excellence, Integrity, Compassion, and Community;
  • Plan, implement, and participate in programs and community activities for LEDA Scholars in the evenings and on weekends;
  • Represent LEDA Excellence on all college trips, while providing supervision and logistical support;
  • Assist with room inspections and help to maintain the pristine condition of Princeton University residence halls;
  • Attend all regular weekly staff meetings and scheduled one-on-one supervision meetings;
  • Serve as a member of the Summer Institute staff team and fulfill other responsibilities as needed upon the request of the leadership team;
  • Facilitate weekly floor/living area meetings with Scholars and any additional meetings needed to address community issues;
  • Participate in opening responsibilities and building closing responsibilities until the final date of employment.

Qualifications

  • Candidates must be LEDA Scholars or Career Fellows studying towards a Bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree at a college or university, preference given to those in their Sophomore year or above
  • Past residential experience at an undergraduate institution or summer program is preferred
  • Previous peer mentoring/advising/counseling or youth development experience is preferred
  • Strong academic performance and background
  • Leadership experience on or off-campus
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, well-organized, and willing to take on additional responsibilities as needed
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with high school students
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse team
  • Excellent judgment and ability to demonstrate patience
  • Desire to learn, positive attitude, and commitment to role modeling LEDA’s Core Values of Excellence, Integrity, Compassion, and Community throughout the duration of the Summer Institute
  • Willingness to go above and beyond to support Scholars and the work of the Summer Institute

Compensation
This position is a seasonal and temporary appointment and will be compensated $4,250 for the term of this engagement. Travel expenses to and from Princeton University are the responsibility of the employee. The LEDA Summer Institute occurs exclusively at Princeton University and candidates are expected to live onsite for the duration of the institute. Room and board is provided free of cost to LEDA staff and a six-day work week is standard.

To be considered for this opportunity, submit your résumé and completed 2020 Resident Mentor application to employment@ledascholars.org with “2020 Resident Mentor” in the subject line. The priority application submission deadline is January 17, 2020.

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Writing Instructor

Status: Temporary (summer); contract (fall semester)
Reports to: Director of Writing Instruction

About the Position
LEDA is seeking experienced and dedicated Writing Instructors to teach during the 2020 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University and to provide writing support to Scholars throughout the 2020-21 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 two-three 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 the Internet and phone.

The 2020 Summer Institute will take place from mid-June until early August (exact dates TBD). Writing Instructors are required to 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 (two-three class meetings/week) following instructional plans;
  • Schedule and conduct weekly one-on-one conferences lasting approximately 45 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’ 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 $7,500 through the conclusion of the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute. After the conclusion of the summer, Scholars will need ongoing support the support with college applications, financial aid support and other aspects of college preparation. Scholar writing consulting will continue from the end of the Summer Institute through January 15, 2021, 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. The LEDA Summer Institute occurs exclusively at Princeton University and employees are expected to live onsite for the duration of the institute. Work weeks are five days, and room are board are provided free of cost to LEDA staff.

To be considered for this opportunity, submit cover letter and resume to employment@ledascholars.org with “Writing Instructor” in the subject line. The priority deadline to apply is January 17.

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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