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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.

Executive Director

Status: Full-time

About the Position
LEDA is looking for a collaborative, inclusive, and hands-on leader committed to diversifying the leadership pipeline, fostering higher education opportunities, and supporting career success for high-achieving, under-resourced students. The Executive Director (ED) will serve as LEDA’s chief executive, leading fundraiser, and external advocate. The ED will also oversee the organization’s direction, strategic growth, and impact as it seeks to elevate its proven high-touch program model, create new initiatives to further support its Scholars and Career Fellows, and build out its strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations.

The ED will oversee a team of over 20 full-time staff and consultants, and an additional 40 full-time temporary staff during the five-week residential Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute held at Princeton University each summer. The role will report to the Board of Directors and directly manage a four-member senior leadership team that includes development, recruitment & admissions, scholar programs, and career & alumni services.

This is a unique opportunity for a mission-driven, enterprising, and dynamic leader who is committed to creating pathways for young leaders and understands the unique challenges that first-generation students and those from under-resourced backgrounds face.

Responsibilities

External Leadership and Fundraising

  • Design and implement a fundraising strategy for raising annual operating income, growing LEDA’s “rainy day” fund, developing support for new strategic initiatives, and diversifying the organization’s revenue streams
  • Serve as the external voice of the organization, raising awareness of LEDA’s work and enhancing the organization’s visibility, brand recognition, and status as a thought leader in the college access/college success field
  • In collaboration with the Board and the Senior Director of Development and External Communications, develop and manage key relationships with both philanthropic and programmatic partners (individuals, foundations, corporations, educational institutions, and other stakeholders)

Strategic Vision Setting

  • Provide an inspiring vision and direction for LEDA’s future growth, working with the Board and staff to implement and refine LEDA’s strategic priorities
  • Continue to evolve LEDA’s programmatic offerings and organizational strategy, overseeing the execution and evolution of LEDA’s core program verticals and setting clear and consistent performance metrics for the organization and external stakeholders
  • Think big about LEDA and how its extraordinary program can have expanded and deepened impact for Scholars and Career Fellows and support the overarching vision of creating a more inclusive and equitable country

Organizational Leadership

  • Promote and model an inclusive and collaborative culture based on a growth mindset and continuous improvement that embodies LEDA’s Core Values of Excellence, Integrity, Compassion, and Community and prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Manage all day-to-day operations (including effectively managing the budget and all internal operations) and staff, with ultimate accountability for the success of the organization
  • Ensure staff has clearly defined roles and goals, and access to the information and resources necessary to achieve their goals; hold team members accountable for achieving ambitious goals
  • Coach and mentor a high-performing team, hire and retain a team committed to LEDA’s work, and ensure that they have opportunities for growth and development

Qualifications

  • Critical interest in LEDA’s mission and programming, with a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; brings a willingness to bridge differences in regard to issues of race, socioeconomic status, gender, and other viewpoints of diversity
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead a fundraising strategy with a track record of attracting and growing philanthropic support from varied partners, including: foundations, corporations, and individuals
  • Excellent, persuasive, and effective communication skills with the ability to serve as the lead spokesperson and ambassador to build awareness and increased visibility of LEDA’s work and impact
  • Five years minimum of executive or programmatic leadership experience; brings proven experience analyzing and employing data to drive innovation and growth
  • A track record of strong people and team management, with demonstrated ability running a complex organization and managing a diverse staff; balances an inclusive and emotionally intelligent leadership style that engenders trust, provides clear and consistent direction, and fosters accountability
  • An energetic, collaborative, and proactive team leader who can strengthen both strategic and tactical initiatives; possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and is comfortable operating in a lean environment; highly responsive, detail-oriented, organizer and problem solver
  • An undergraduate degree and a graduate degree is preferred

Compensation and Benefits
The Executive Director is a full-time role. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with the experience of qualified candidates. LEDA offers medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, at least three weeks paid vacation, and paid sick leave.

Work Environment
This position may work out of LEDA’s midtown Manhattan office or remotely year-round. Due to COVID-19 precautions, all LEDA positions will be fully remote at least through January 2022. LEDA offers a flexible, collegial work environment that welcomes new ideas and innovation. LEDA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply:
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LEDA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants to apply regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental ability, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage candidates who share the lived experiences of our scholars to apply.

Summer Opportunity: Health Director (two openings)

Status: Seasonal
Reports to: Senior Director of Programs

About the Position
LEDA is seeking a Health Director for the 2022 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University. Reporting to the Senior Director of Programs, the health director is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of all Scholars during the Summer Institute. They review and manage all Scholar medical forms, conduct health screenings upon arrival and as needed, maintain the onsite Health Center, and serve as the first responder in the event of a health emergency.

The 2022 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute will take place from June 25 through July 30. The Health Director is required to be in Princeton one week prior to the Summer Institute for training and logistical preparation and to spend the summer in residence. The Health Director will also participate in 2-3 days of preparation and planning in early June, either virtually or onsite as determined by the Senior Director of Programs. Room and board are provided.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in and lead specific areas of staff training pertaining to camp health and safety, CPR, first aid, and use of universal precautions for infection control;
  • Maintain and review Scholar health histories, examination forms, and vaccination records, as required;
  • Oversee health screenings of incoming Scholars and daily health surveillance;
  • Organize all medications and set up dispensing system and medication log;
  • Inventory Health Center and first aid kit supplies and submit order requests when necessary;
  • Provide first aid for minor injuries and illness;
  • Keep accident/incident reports;
  • Know, understand, and follow all emergency procedures;
  • Liaise with local health professionals and emergency services, as needed;
  • Maintain communication with staff, parents, Scholars and directors about student health;
  • Serve as the Summer Institute’s COVID-19 Officer, ensuring compliance with NJ state and Princeton-specific COVID-19 guidelines;
  • Support preparation for off-campus trips and other events;
  • With the Residential and Operations teams, help to ensure appropriate accommodations for Scholars with health needs;
  • Serve as the primary contact for University Health Services, coordinating COVID-19 screening, testing, isolation, and quarantine, as needed.

Qualifications

  • Ideal candidate is a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, or emergency medical technician;
  • Certified in Advanced First Aid, CPR, AED, and Epi-pen;
  • Prior experience in a camp or school setting is preferred;
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making abilities;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to relate to highly motivated students of all backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated commitment to LEDA’s Mission and Core Values;
  • Willingness to be on-call at all times, in case of emergency;
  • Must be 21+ years old;
  • Driver’s license preferred.

Compensation
This position is a seasonal and temporary appointment. Compensation is $5,000-6,000 for the term of this engagement, determined by credentials and experience. Travel expenses to and from Princeton University are the responsibility of the employee.

The LEDA Summer Institute occurs exclusively at Princeton University and candidates are expected to live onsite for the duration of the institute. Room and board is provided free of cost to LEDA staff and a six-day work week is standard.

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter and résumé with “Health Director” in the subject line to employment@ledascholars.org. This position is not eligible for health insurance coverage or paid-time-off benefits. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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

Summer Opportunity: Mental Health and Wellness Specialist (two openings)

Status: Seasonal
Reports to: Senior Director of Programs

About the Position
LEDA is looking for an experienced professional to support the well-being of LEDA Scholars during LEDA’s Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute. Reporting to the Senior Director of Programs, the Mental Health and Wellness Specialist will design and implement weekly programming to promote knowledge and skills related to mental health and wellness among our participants and staff. They will also provide training and support to LEDA staff, work with LEDA staff to help assess student well-being in crisis situations, and refer students and families to accessible resources.

The 2022 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute will take place from June 25 through July 30. The Mental Health and Wellness Specialist is required to be in Princeton one week prior to the Summer Institute for onsite training and logistical preparation and to spend the summer in residence. Campus room and board are provided.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and implement virtual workshops to promote mental health and wellness within the LEDA Scholar community;
  • Hold drop-in hours during evenings and weekends for participants seeking to learn more about resources and strategies that will support their academic success;
  • Plan and implement mental health first-responder and helping skills training for LEDA staff;
  • Provide resources and referrals to students and their families seeking accessible mental health care in their own communities;
  • Perform consultations with faculty and staff and be a resource for program staff on mental health and social/emotional related issues;
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of community circles and spaces in response to events that impact the wellbeing of the LEDA Community during the Summer Institute;
  • Be on-call to assist LEDA staff in assessing student well-being in crisis situations;
  • Liaise with families, local health professionals, and emergency services, as needed
  • Participate in the LEDA Summer Institute community by attending relevant staff trainings, staff meetings, and selected community events.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, or Psychology, LCSW preferred;
  • Experience developing and facilitating workshops and staff trainings on student mental health and wellness;
  • At least three years’ professional clinical/counseling experience providing support to high school students and their families;
  • Evidence of training, expertise, commitment, and sustained engagement in working with multiracial/BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ students towards their personal development, well-being, and academic success;
  • Experience with mental health crisis assessment;
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends;
  • Excellent listening, written and oral communication, facilitation, and interpersonal skills;
  • Superior ability to connect and communicate with youth;
  • Ability to speak Spanish preferred;
  • Demonstrated commitment to LEDA’s Mission.

Compensation
This position is a seasonal and temporary appointment and will be compensated $6,000 for the term of this engagement. Travel expenses to and from Princeton University are the responsibility of the employee.

The LEDA Summer Institute occurs exclusively at Princeton University and candidates are expected to live onsite for the duration of the institute. Room and board is provided free of cost to LEDA staff and a six-day work week is standard.

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter and résumé with “Mental Health and Wellness Specialist” in the subject line to employment@ledascholars.org. This position is not eligible for health insurance coverage or paid-time-off benefits. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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

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