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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.

The College Guidance 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 six 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 (individual 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 full-time 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 $55,000-$60,000 range (NYC base), commensurate with experience. LEDA offers medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, at least three weeks paid vacation, and paid sick leave.

*Please note that salary will be adjusted based on the state where your primary residence is located.

Work Environment
This position requires residency at Princeton University as described above for the Summer Institute program. For the remainder of the year, the Counselor may work out of our midtown Manhattan office or remotely. All LEDA positions will be fully remote at least through September 2022.

Compensation
This is a full-time position with a salary in the $55,000-$60,000 range (NYC base), commensurate with experience. LEDA offers medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, at least three weeks paid vacation, and paid sick leave.

*Please note that salary will be adjusted based on the state where your primary residence is located.

To Apply:
To be considered for this opportunity, please send an email with a cover letter and résumé to employment@ledascholars.org with “College Guidance Counselor” in the subject line. To guarantee consideration, apply by the priority deadline of May 13, 2022.

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

Director of Development and Communications

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 18-year history. Reporting to the Senior Director of Development and External Relations, the newly created position of Director of Development and Communications will establish our first-ever individual major gifts program, lead planning for LEDA’s Annual Celebration, support the growth of our corporate and foundation portfolio, oversee LEDA’s expanding external communications efforts, and be a thought partner in overall departmental strategy.

Key Responsibilities

Major Individual Giving (~40%)

  • Develop and execute strategies to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual and family foundation major donor prospects
  • Actively manage the portfolio of prospective major individual donors, bringing forward best-in-class relationship management techniques and proposal development
  • Develop individual plans for donor engagement, including virtual site visit opportunities, cultivation events, and volunteer opportunities
  • Implement and manage a comprehensive digital and individualized communications strategy for a mid-level donor giving program

Annual Events (~20%)

  • Oversee planning, coordination, and execution of LEDA’s signature Annual Celebration, as well as smaller donor engagement events, in close collaboration with LEDA’s senior leadership and Board of Directors
  • Grow the base of financial support for LEDA by cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding existing and prospective individual and corporate event sponsors to meet annual event revenue goals

Institutional and Corporate Support (~15%)

  • Identify a significant number of institutional and corporate prospects for the department
  • Manage a portfolio of existing and prospective foundation and corporate donors capable of gifts $50,000-$100,000
  • Work collaboratively with other team members to advance LEDA’s institutional and corporate donor pipeline

Communications and Digital Strategy (~15%)

  • Manage the implementation of an integrated and comprehensive communications strategy
  • In partnership with the Development and Communications Coordinator, oversee LEDA’s website, social media strategy, and content, ensuring all external materials are brand-aligned
  • Coordinate with outside partners to raise LEDA’s visibility and enhance our brand

Fundraising Strategy, Execution, and Management (~10%)

  • Serve as a thought partner to the Senior Director of Development and External Relations, including leading elements of LEDA’s long-term development plan
  • Help create and institutionalize fundraising processes, and supporting tools and analytics to measure and ensure success
  • Hire and oversee a new staff position, LEDA’s Development and Communications Coordinator, as well as additional, relevant consultants

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 4-8 years of progressive leadership experience in a nonprofit organization with a successful record in individual and major gifts fundraising or related experience
  • Experience in event management and marketing, as well as significant 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
  • 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
  • Outstanding persuasive interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written, with experience managing communications, marketing and social media strategies to promote an organization’s mission and profile
  • Detailed knowledge of the national and regional education funding landscape (preferred)
  • Ability to take initiative and be resourceful in an innovative, entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment where managing simultaneous projects is the norm
  • Possess strong process management skills and utilize data analytics in decision-making
  • Demonstrated ability to be highly collaborative, foster teamwork, and have a transparent communication style with a high level of discretion
  • Ability to thrive in a mission-driven environment with strong values and culture; passionately committed to LEDA’s mission, vision, and strategic direction

Compensation
This is a full-time position and the salary position range is $85,000 – $100,000*, commensurate with experience. LEDA offers medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, 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 is a “remote-friendly” opportunity, but the ideal candidate must have the capacity to easily participate in in-person meetings, as needed, across the East Coast. Due to COVID-19 precautions, all LEDA positions will be fully remote at least through April 2022. LEDA offers a flexible, collegial work environment that welcomes new ideas and innovation. Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and résumé to employment@ledascholars.org with “Director of Development and Communications” in the subject line.

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