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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.

Senior Director of Finance and Operations

Status: Full-time, exempt
Reports to: Executive Director

About the Position
LEDA is seeking an exceptional candidate to join its dynamic and high-functioning organization at a critical stage in its 15-year history. Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Senior Director of Finance and Operations will oversee all aspects of the organization’s operations including financial systems and budgeting, compliance and governance, information technology, human resources, facilities, and logistics and administration. The ideal candidate will be a collaborative leader, with fierce dedication to LEDA’s mission. They will have extensive experience in nonprofit financial management, operations, familiarity with nonprofit governance and legal compliance, a record in developing and implementing human resource policies that foster an inclusive culture, and keen expertise leveraging technology platforms to facilitate operational efficiencies.

The Senior Director will be a member of LEDA’s senior leadership team, collaborating with a team of other Senior Directors to set priorities, facilitate long-term planning, and guide the organization to achieve its mission. They will serve as a thought partner to the ED as the organization implements new growth initiatives and will ensure maximum operational effectiveness and efficiencies so that LEDA may operate at its best. They will ensure that each component of LEDA’s operational and administrative structures is implemented in alignment with LEDA’s Core Values of Excellence, Integrity, Compassion, and Community.

Key Responsibilities

Operations, Administration and Compliance

  • Guide and oversee organizational systems, including technology, infrastructure development, and office operations
  • Supervise Operations Manager and manage outside vendors
  • Manage leases, purchases, and billing
  • Represent the organization externally in auditing, banking, lease negotiations, and other critical financial matters
  • Oversee risk management and legal activities including letters of agreement and contracts, commercial insurance coverage, etc.
  • Ensure compliance with organizational governance policies, as well as applicable state and federal laws
  • Implement, maintain and update organizational manuals and policies (personnel manual, travel and expense policies, document retention policies, etc.) in coordination with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors
  • Oversee the administration of LEDA’s 401(k) plan and compliance with all relevant IRS regulations
  • Manage facilities for LEDA headquarters and other temporary worksites, such as the Summer Institute and the Career Institute
  • Lead logistics and administration for program events, conferences, and other activities

Financial Management

  • Plan, coordinate, and execute the annual budget process in a collaboration with LEDA’s executive director, accountant, staff, and Board of Directors
  • Ensure that the organization’s financial systems and reports are accurate, useful, supportive of strategic decision-making, and issued in a timely manner
  • Oversee systems of internal controls, accounting standards, procedures, reporting tools, financial planning, petty cash and credit card reporting, and cash flow management
  • Coordinate financial management systems with LEDA’s outside accountant
  • Oversee the application and usage of LEDA’s financial management technology platforms including QuickBooks, CashPro, and TriNet Expense
  • Manage LEDA’s annual audit
  • Serve as the primary liaison with the Treasurer of the Board of Directors
  • Coordinate and support activities of the Audit and Finance Committees of the Board of Directors
  • Ensure staff members receive timely and appropriate training and development in Finance & Operations processes essential to their roles
  • Manage the integration and intersection of grants management, fundraising, and financial management

Information Technology

  • Manage the engagement with LEDA’s external information technology vendor
  • Assess and implement information technology upgrades as needed
  • Ensure the maintenance of appropriate technology systems and infrastructure in order to ensure effective and efficient operations (computer hardware, file storage, email, and website)

Human Resources

  • Serve as LEDA’s liaison with LEDA’s Professional Employment Organization (PEO) on payroll, compliance, benefits administration, and personnel policies
  • Manage hiring processes, on-boarding, staff development, and staff departures
  • Develop, implement, and maintain human resources policies and procedures that facilitate a culture of inclusivity in alignment with LEDA’s Core Values
  • Serve as the primary liaison with the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors and support all Committee activities
  • Draft job descriptions and oversee on-boarding
  • Develop, update, and oversee LEDA’s annual performance review process
  • Oversee the development and revisions of LEDA’s Human Resources Manual

Qualifications

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Graduate degree in Finance, Accounting, Business, Nonprofit Management, Public Administration or relevant field of study preferred
  • 7+ years of progressive organizational management experience with a preferred focus on nonprofit operations and administration
  • Extensive experience with nonprofit accounting, grants management, and financial administration
  • Demonstrated business acumen that shows an ability to identify and anticipate the needs of a growing organization
  • Track record in developing and cultivating effective and collaborative vendor relationships
  • Experience in creating organizational processes and policies
  • Excellent project management, analytical, abstract reasoning, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Understanding of best practices in information systems to help an organization become more efficient
  • Experience with personnel management, including hiring, supervision, and team development with demonstrated ability to share skills and knowledge with others
  • Demonstrated experience development and implementing outcome-driven data management systems
  • Extensive expertise in nonprofit management, compliance, and governance

Leadership and Personal Attributes

  • Experience working in a high-growth, entrepreneurial environment
  • Exceptional interpersonal, written, oral, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, and all team members
  • High level of discretion involving financial and personnel matters
  • Multi-tasker who is able to juggle multiple complex and competing organizational priorities and timelines and meet all deadlines
  • Can-do attitude and willingness to go the extra mile in service of LEDA’s mission
  • Unwavering commitment to executing with excellence
  • Strong change management, assessment, planning and execution skills; an ability to diagnose problems and offer and implement proactive solutions while being professional and objective
  • Strong thought partner who is able to implement a strategic vision into an operational model
  • Positive outlook and willingness to think “out of the box”
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting leadership development and education programs for underrepresented youth

Compensation
This is a full-time position. The salary will be in the $90,000+ range and 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 be considered for this opportunity, please send an email with a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to employment@ledascholars.org, with “Senior Director of Finance and Operations” 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.

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