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LEDA is looking for highly skilled individuals to join our team. Check below for currently available opportunities.

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Admissions Reader

Status: Contract
Reports to: Director of Recruitment and Admissions

About the Position
LEDA is seeking external admissions readers to assist its Recruitment and Admissions team in reading and evaluating applications for admission to the LEDA Scholars Program. This is a contracted position that will begin in mid-December and end in February or at the conclusion of agreement terms.

Responsibilities

  • Participate in web-based training sessions to ensure a comprehensive understanding of LEDA’s admission criteria, application components, and review guidelines.
  • Read and evaluate a minimum of 25 applications/week from mid-December-February (or until application reviews are complete).
  • Accurately, clearly, and concisely document review of applicants’ academic history, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, essays, standardized test scores, and leadership potential. Notes will be shared during committee meetings during which the admissions reader may not be present.
  • Offer a holistic evaluation of each candidate in accordance with LEDA admissions criteria.
  • Successfully navigate LEDA’s Salesforce database to access application and document application reviews.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality and security with applicants’ information and details of the admissions process.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Admissions experience preferred; in lieu of admissions experience, successful candidates may have teaching or counseling experience in secondary education, higher education, or at an education-focused nonprofit organization. Familiarity with academic records (e.g. transcripts, test scores) a plus
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to complete work thoroughly and meet deadlines while working independently
  • Comfort using a web-based CRM (i.e. Salesforce) to read applications and document application review
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting educational equity for students from underrepresented backgrounds

Compensation
External readers are independent contractors and will be paid $33 per hour with the expectation of an average of three application reads per hour. To be considered for the position, readers must commit to review at least 25 applications per week. Independent contractors are not legal employees of LEDA and therefore will receive a completed IRS 1099 form in January following the year of their employment for tax considerations.

To be considered for this opportunity, please send a résumé and a short cover letter to employment@ledascholars.org with “Admissions Reader” in the subject line.
Deadline: December 13, 2019

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.

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