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Aspects of Leadership Facilitator

Status: Summer staff

About the Position
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 five-week program, Scholars participate in a rigorous seminar-style course called Aspects of Leadership, as well as receiving college guidance, writing instruction, and standardized test preparation while experiencing a supervised version of collegiate residential life.

LEDA is seeking experienced instructors to facilitate the Aspects of Leadership course during the 2024 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 project-based learning, Scholars reach these goals, while building a strong and lasting community. The role of the facilitator is to implement the curriculum, offer space for Scholars to learn about themselves and each other, while growing as leaders.

Facilitators will instruct approximately 15 students at a time, receiving a new group of students halfway through the summer so that Scholars have the opportunity to have class with as many Scholars as possible. Classes meet 3 days per week for 3 hour blocks.

The 2024 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute will take place from late June through late July/early August, exact dates to be determined. Facilitators are required to be on campus one full week prior to the Summer Institute for staff training. Room and board are provided.

Key Responsibilities

  • Effectively implement the Aspects of Leadership curriculum;
  • Provide five weeks of instruction from late June through late July/early August
  • Hold two office hours once per week on a weekday evening;
  • Complete evaluations and assessments for Scholars according to the guidelines shared during training;
  • Participate in weekly departmental meetings and interdepartmental meetings as assigned;
  • Help to organize and host our LEDA student conference during the final week of the program;
  • 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;
  • Uphold and enforce the policies and procedures of the LEDA Scholars Program.

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 at the college level
  • 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
  • Must be up to date with vaccinations required by the state of NJ and the Covid-19 vaccine

Compensation:
This position is a seasonal and temporary appointment and will be compensated at $6,000 for the term of this engagement (5 weeks of Summer Institute + 1 week of training). This pay is subject to any applicable federal, state, and local tax withholding. Room and board is provided free of cost to LEDA staff.

Please note: This position is not eligible for benefits. Travel expenses to and from Princeton University are the responsibility of the employee.

To Apply:
Submit cover letter and résumé/CV to employment@ledascholars.org with “Facilitator” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; candidates who apply by the priority deadline of Monday, January 8, are guaranteed review of their materials.

Assistant Residence Director

Status: Summer staff

About the Position
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 five-week program, Scholars participate in a rigorous seminar-style course called Aspects of Leadership, as well as receiving college guidance, writing instruction, and standardized test preparation while experiencing a supervised version of collegiate residential life.

LEDA is seeking Assistant Residence Directors to help lead the Residential Life team for the 2024 LEDA Summer Institute at Princeton University. LEDA’s Residential Life team ensures Scholar safety and security throughout the Summer Institute while fostering empowerment, personal responsibility, and a strong sense of community among LEDA Scholars. Assistant Residence Directors help to lead, train, and support a team of 10 Resident Mentors who supervise and mentor our 100 LEDA Scholars. Assistant Residence Directors guide the RM team in developing and implementing programming, work with the operations team and other staff to ensure that residents can access necessary supplies and resources, serve as part of an on-call rotation to enforce policies and ensure Scholar safety, and develop relationships with all LEDA Scholars to ensure a safe and welcoming community.

The 2024 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute will take place from late June through late July/early August, exact dates to be determined. Assistant Residence Directors are required to be on campus two full weeks 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

  • 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 5-day training week for Resident Mentors;
  • Assist the Summer Institute leadership team 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 Summer Institute Handbook;
  • Attend weekly staff meetings, one-on-one meetings with supervisors, and other scheduled meetings;
  • Alternate on-call duty responsibilities with other Assistant Residence Directors;
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as requested.

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 Directors will be on-call six days a week to assist with managing any escalating issues
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Energy, flexibility, and willingness to take on additional responsibilities as needed
  • Experiential or professional understanding of the first-gen college experience
  • Experience leading/managing diverse student staff and college/high school student leaders
  • Current certification in CPR and First Aid, a plus
  • Commitment to the values and goals of LEDA
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making abilities
  • Must be up to date with vaccinations required by the state of NJ and the Covid-19 vaccine
  • Driver’s license required

Compensation:
This position is a seasonal and temporary appointment and will be compensated at $5,500 for the term of this engagement (5 weeks of Summer Institute + 2 weeks of training). This pay is subject to any applicable federal, state, and local tax withholding. Room and board is provided free of cost to LEDA staff, and a six-day work week is standard.

Please note: This position is not eligible for benefits. Travel expenses to and from Princeton University are the responsibility of the employee.

To Apply:
Submit cover letter and résumé to employment@ledascholars.org with “Assistant Residence Director” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; candidates who apply by the priority deadline of Monday, January 15, are guaranteed review of their materials.

Summer Operations Manager

Status: Summer staff

About the Position
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 five-week program, Scholars participate in a rigorous seminar-style course called Aspects of Leadership, as well as receiving college guidance, writing instruction, and standardized test preparation while experiencing a supervised version of collegiate residential life.

LEDA is seeking an Operations Manager for the 2024 Summer Institute at Princeton University. The Operations Manager ensures that the Summer Institute runs smoothly by managing supplies, logistics, and other operations of the program. They serve as a liaison for Princeton University conference services, vendors, faculty and residential staff. They also provide day-to-day leadership for a team of Community Assistants who provide operations support to Summer Institute staff and students.

The 2024 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute will take place from late June through late July/early August, exact dates to be determined. The Operations Manager is required to be on campus 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

  • Serve as a liaison to Princeton’s Office of Conference Services and other vendors, submitting and tracking orders for supplies, event set-up, printing, catering, and maintenance;
  • Serve as the day to day point person for a team of 3-4 Community Assistants, helping to ensure appropriate staffing of the main office, instructional building, and other daily activities;
  • Provide oversight and support for opening and closing of Summer Institute, including inventory, packing, and unpacking;
  • Assist with the management & troubleshooting of all facilities issues (e.g., space reservations and tech in the dormitory, classrooms, and recreational spaces);
  • Set up computers and printing facilities for students and staff and help to troubleshoot network access with Princeton’s Office of Information Technology;
  • Procure and distribute supplies and materials needed for the Institute on a day-to-day basis;
  • Serve as the point person for faculty on all logistical and residential issues;
  • Maintain receipts, onboarding forms, and other paperwork required for the Summer Institute;
  • Coordinate food and supplies for off-campus trips, including loading and unloading;
  • Manage other logistical needs including deliveries, mail, storage, and other needs of staff and Scholars;
  • Help to prep materials, proctor, score, and track scores in Salesforce for all practice standardized tests;
  • Support visitors to the Summer Institute as needed;
  • Plan logistics for special events, community meetings and trainings;
  • Assist with supervision at the dormitory and airport on Scholar travel days;
  • Help to provide timely and accurate information about policies, procedures and logistics to all Scholars and Staff;
  • Uphold and enforce the policies and procedures of the LEDA Scholars Program.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree complete by the start of the employment term; preference given to LEDA Scholars and Career Fellows
  • Experience with operations, event planning, administration, and/or logistics for a school, camp or other education program; particular consideration to candidates with experience in residential programs for high school or college students
  • Superior organizational, administrative, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and attention to detail
  • 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
  • Must be up to date with vaccinations required by the state of NJ & the Covid-19 vaccine
  • Driver’s license required

Compensation:
This position is a seasonal and temporary appointment and will be compensated at $5,500 for the term of this engagement (5 weeks of Summer Institute + 1 week of training). This pay is subject to any applicable federal, state, and local tax withholding. Room and board is provided free of cost to LEDA staff.

Please note: This position is not eligible for benefits. Travel expenses to and from Princeton University are the responsibility of the employee.

To Apply:
Submit cover letter and résumé/CV to employment@ledascholars.org with “Summer Operations Manager” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; candidates who apply by the priority deadline of Monday, January 15, are guaranteed review of their materials.

Writing Instructor

Status: Seasonal staff

About the Position
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 five-week program, Scholars participate in a rigorous seminar-style course called Aspects of Leadership, as well as receiving college guidance, writing instruction, and standardized test preparation while experiencing a supervised version of collegiate residential life.

LEDA is seeking experienced and dedicated Writing Instructors to teach during the 2024 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University and to provide writing support to Scholars throughout the 2024-25 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 application essays. This work is performed remotely, through written feedback and Zoom office hours as needed.

The 2024 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute will take place from late June through late July/early August, exact dates to be determined. Writing Instructors are required to be on campus one full week prior to the Summer Institute for staff training. Room and board are provided.

Key Responsibilities

  • Teach writing classes (2-3 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 two weeks after the end of Summer Institute;
  • Continue working with previously assigned Scholars on college essays from late-August through January, abiding by a proscribed timeline;
  • Maintain timely and thorough communication with LEDA Scholars and College Guidance staff throughout the college application season;
  • Uphold and enforce the policies and procedures of the LEDA Scholars Program.

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
  • Must be up to date with vaccinations required by the state of NJ and the Covid-19 vaccine

Compensation:
This position is a seasonal and temporary appointment and will be compensated at $6,000 for the term of this engagement (5 weeks of Summer Institute + 1 week of training). This pay is subject to any applicable federal, state and local tax withholding. Room and board is provided free of cost to LEDA staff.

Please note: This position is not eligible for benefits. Travel expenses to and from Princeton University are the responsibility of the employee.

Remote writing consulting for Scholars’ college applications will begin Sept 1, 2023, and end January 15, 2024. 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.

To Apply:
Submit cover letter and résumé to employment@ledascholars.org with “Writing Instructor” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; candidates who apply by the priority deadline of Monday, January 8, are guaranteed review of their materials.

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