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Associate Director of Major Gifts

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 17-year history. Reporting to the Senior Director of Development and External Relations, the newly created position of Associate Director of Major Gifts will cultivate and solicit major gifts from individual donors, as well as support with corporate and foundation solicitation, as determined by the Senior Director. The Associate Director of Major Gifts is an integral part of LEDA’s burgeoning development and communications department. The ideal candidate will have experience in building the strategy, tools, and processes that support successful donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, as evidenced by revenue and donor base growth. In addition, they will be a persuasive communicator, resourceful, proactive, and possess superb written and verbal communication skills.

Responsibilities

Major Donor Giving

  • Work hand-in-hand with the Senior Director of Development and External Relations and the Executive Director in fundraising activities.
  • Develop strategies to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donor prospects.
  • Actively manage a portfolio of prospective major individual donors and meet with individual donors throughout the donor life cycle, as determined by the Senior Director.
  • Ensure fundraising success through strategic cultivation and follow-up of individual gift prospects identified through events, prospect research, and organizational contacts.
  • Develop individual plans for donor engagement, including virtual site visit opportunities, cultivation events, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Support with the implementation of LEDA’s long-term development plan, including continual strategic assessments in light of organizational needs and capacity.
  • Spearhead efforts to launch a long-term anniversary fundraising campaign.
  • Work collaboratively with other team members to advance fundraising goals, including supporting the growth of LEDA’s institutional donor pipeline.

Digital Fundraising Efforts

  • Implement and manage a comprehensive digital and individualized communications strategy for a mid-level giving program, which includes assessment of mid-level donors and development of stewardship opportunities.
  • Help to develop a regional fundraising strategy to expand LEDA’s fundraising scope and reach, including efforts to align activities with LEDA’s alumni giving efforts.
  • Create, launch, and implement a LEDA leadership giving society.

Existing and Prospect Donor Management

  • Create proposals, e-correspondence, notes, and letters for potential family foundations and individuals.
  • Maintain record-keeping and reporting to both internal and external parties, ensuring transparency of data related to giving, sources of support, and goals to measure and manage success.
  • Ensure that the flow of information (reports, proposals, letters, and materials for prospects and donors) is centralized and managed efficiently and smoothly.
  • Support with the development of systems to best integrate and expand LEDA’s prospecting efforts, effective management and identification of prospects, as well as the implementation of a moves management system.

Qualifications

  • 7-10 years of progressive leadership experience in a nonprofit organization with a track record of successful major gift fundraising or related experience. The ideal candidate will have 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.
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving access to education and leadership opportunities for traditionally underrepresented student populations.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work autonomously and take initiative in an innovative and fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to thrive in a mission-driven environment with strong values and culture; passionately committed to LEDA’s mission, vision and strategic direction.
  • Demonstrated ability to be highly collaborative and have a transparent communication style, with a high level of discretion.

Compensation
This is a full-time position and salary is commensurate with experience. The salary for the role of Associate Director of Major Gifts is in the $80,000-$90,000 range. 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 Apply:
Please send an email with a cover letter and résumé to employment@ledascholars.org with “Associate Director of Major Gifts” in the subject line.

Career Counselor

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

About the Position
In 2017, LEDA expanded its efforts to diversify the leadership sectors of this country by addressing the effects of income inequality on career access and employment opportunities. The LEDA Career Network was created to expose students to career fields that are in alignment with their academic accomplishments while also supporting them to apply to and secure competitive career opportunities. With this in mind, the Career Counselor will support the continual buildout of the Career Network to further cultivate the leadership development of talented students from socioeconomically under-resourced backgrounds. Reporting to the Senior Director of Career and Alumni Services, the Career Counselor will advise and support LEDA Scholars, LEDA Career Fellows, and alumni through the career-planning, decision-making, and job-searching processes. The ideal candidate for this role will effectively coordinate, promote, and implement career related programs/events, and gather/track data to analyze program effectiveness and career outcomes. In addition, the Career Counselor will support alumni engagement through communications and programming, in collaboration with the Alumni Affairs Officer, to foster a strong LEDA alumni community.

Responsibilities

Career Network Career Advising and Programming

  • Work one-on-one with students to explore career interests and set career goals
  • Advise students on course selection and college activities to align with career interests
  • Edit and review résumés, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles
  • Coach students during the interview process (preparation, thank-you protocols, navigating offers, etc.)
  • Check-in with students and provide ongoing virtual support during internships
  • Facilitate communications of career and professional development opportunities throughout the LEDA community, which includes managing LEDAʼs Career and Alumni Services eNewsletter, creating targeted email blasts, and developing marketing materials to promote programs
  • Create, implement, and facilitate in person and virtual career related workshops and programs
  • In collaboration with Alumni Affairs Officer, conduct outreach to LEDA Alumni Community to engage their employers as partners, facilitate mentoring and other programming
  • Coordinate employer volunteer activities, such as mock interviews, resume reviews supported by corporate employer partners and LEDA college alumni

Event Logistics

  • Coordinate career events and activities, which includes LEDA Career Institute, LEDAʼs flagship Career Network conference
  • Manage promotion of events and other logistics including, application tracking, administrator and student correspondence, and student travel
  • Prepare event and promotional collateral, such as event program, banners, website pages, etc.
  • Liaise with conference services to manage transportation, housing, A/V, catering, and event space needs
  • Train event staff including career coaches, career mentors, intern, and administrative staff
  • Hire and supervise intern and other temporary administrative staff for Career Institute and Career Network

Data Management

  • Oversee process for Career Fellows application, which includes, development of application, management of application review, and selection process
  • Manage data entry, survey tools, and reporting for LEDA Scholars, LEDA Career Fellows, and LEDA college alumni using Salesforce and other programs
  • Track all Career Network activities in LEDAʼs database, including mentoring meetings student engagement, applications, and internship and full-time job placement activities and outcomes
  • Develop & administer surveys for career programming and tracking and collecting career related outcomes

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as higher education administration, counseling, social work, etc., required, Masterʼs degree preferred
  • 2-3 years relevant experience in career services, counseling, student services, academic advising, or human resources required
  • Experience creating promotional collateral, developing a eNewsletter or social media content, and making website updates
  • Expertise in career planning, assessment, and job search processes
  • Experience implementing programs, large- and small-scale events, and developing career-related materials
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving access to education, career, and leadership opportunities for traditionally underrepresented populations
  • Ability to thrive in a mission-driven environment with strong values and culture; passionately committed to LEDAʼs mission, vision, 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, LEDA Career Fellows, and staff
  • Willingness to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Superior organizational, administrative, communication, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to multitask and manage deadlines
  • Strong technical and data-tracking skills (e.g. familiarity with MS Excel, Salesforce, professional and social networking tools/platforms)

Compensation
This is a full-time position. The salary for the Career Counselor role is in the mid $50K range. 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 Apply:
Please send an email with a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to employment@ledascholars.org with “Career Counselor” in the subject line.

Aspects of Leadership Facilitator

Status: Seasonal; 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 2021 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 multi-modal projects, Scholars reach these goals, while building a strong and lasting community. The role of the facilitator is to implement the curriculum, while helping Scholars to build that community.

Facilitators will instruct approximately 15 students at a time, receiving a new group of students every two weeks so that Scholars have the opportunity to have class with as many Scholars as possible. Classes meet 3-4 days per week for 3-hour blocks.

The 2021 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute will take place on the Princeton campus from mid-June until early August (exact dates TBD). Facilitators are required to arrive in Princeton one week prior to the Summer Institute for training and to spend the summer in residence. Campus room and board are provided.

Responsibilities

  • Effectively implement the Aspects of Leadership curriculum;
  • Provide seven weeks of instruction from mid-June through early August;
  • Hold two office hours once per week on a weekday evening;
  • Complete evaluations & assessments for Scholars according to the guidelines shared during training;
  • Participate in departmental meetings biweekly and interdepartmental meetings as assigned;
  • 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.

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
  • 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 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.

If an in-person Summer Institute is not possible due to COVID-19, the Aspects of Leadership course will be conducted remotely with comparable responsibilities and compensation.

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter and résumé/CV with “Aspects of Leadership Facilitator” in the subject line to employment@ledascholars.org. The priority deadline to apply is January 17, 2021.

LEDA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Writing Instructor

Status: Seasonal; temporary
Reports to: Senior Director of Programs

About the Position
LEDA is seeking experienced and dedicated Writing Instructors to teach during the 2021 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University and to provide writing support to Scholars throughout the 2021-22 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 and scholarship application essays. This work is performed remotely, via the internet and phone.

The 2021 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute will take place on the Princeton campus 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. Campus room and board are provided.

Responsibilities

  • Teach writing classes (2 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 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 Senior Director of Programs,
  • 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 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

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. Writing consulting for Scholars’ college applications will continue from the end of summer institute through January 15, 2022, 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.

If an in-person Summer Institute is not possible due to COVID-19, Writing Instruction will be conducted remotely with comparable responsibilities and compensation.

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and résumé/CV with “Writing Instructor” in the subject line to employment@ledascholars.org. The priority application deadline is January 17, 2021.

LEDA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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