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College Guidance Counselor

Status: Full-time
Reports to: Director of College Guidance

About the Position
LEDA is seeking an energetic and dedicated College Guidance Counselor to work full-time in LEDA’s College Guidance Department. This department is responsible for implementing college guidance services for a cohort of 100 high-achieving high school students who are recruited as juniors from across the nation to become LEDA Scholars. Reporting to the Director of College Guidance, the College Guidance Counselor will be in residence at Princeton University for eight weeks during LEDA’s Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute to deliver college guidance classes, lead college visits, offer one-on-one college counseling, and otherwise support the Summer Institute (room and board is provided). Throughout the rest of the year, the College Guidance Counselor will work in LEDA’s New York office remotely providing ongoing support on college applications, financial aid, scholarships, and matriculation decisions for a caseload of approximately 50 Scholars.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide academic counseling and personal support for Scholars, beginning at the Summer Institute and continuing through college matriculation in the spring
  • Plan and facilitate bi-weekly LEDA College Guidance classes during the LEDA Summer Institute
  • Supervise and mentor a College Guidance Coordinator during the Summer Institute
  • Assist with supervision of college trips during the Summer Institute
  • Assist Scholars (in person, by phone, by video, or by email) during the school year to finalize college lists, register for standardized tests, manage the application process, identify and apply for scholarships, and assess matriculation options and award packages
  • Write compelling, individualized college recommendation letters for Scholars
  • Work with the Director of College Guidance to review financial aid forms and support Scholars with scholarship applications
  • Communicate and coordinate with parents/guardians and high school counselors as needed throughout the college application and financial aid process
  • Follow up with college admissions officers in support of LEDA Scholars
  • Maintain Scholar records in Salesforce, including application, admissions, and scholarship data
  • Work with the College Guidance team and other LEDA staff to provide holistic student support

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Professional experience providing college guidance services to students from underrepresented backgrounds
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the college application process, financial aid, and college scholarship opportunities
  • Familiarity with admission requirements of selective colleges
  • Experience developing and facilitating student workshops and/or classroom teaching
  • Willingness to reside at the Summer Institute and to maintain a flexible work schedule throughout the year, working occasional evenings and/or weekends as needed in order to accommodate the scheduling needs of students
  • Superior ability to connect and communicate with youth, parents, and college admissions officers
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills, careful attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, and proven success within a work setting that requires collaboration, cooperation, and collegiality
  • Demonstrated commitment to LEDA’s mission and Core Values

Compensation
This is a full-time position with a salary in the upper 50s, commensurate with experience. LEDA offers medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, TransitCheck, at least three weeks paid vacation and paid sick leave.

To be considered for this opportunity, submit a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to employment@ledascholars.org with the subject line “College Guidance Counselor”.

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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.

For more information and to apply for this position, visit Koya Partners.

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