Director of College Success

LEDA Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America | New York, New York

Background

LEDA is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to identifying and developing the academic and leadership potential of exceptional public high school students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. These students are currently underrepresented in our nation’s top colleges, universities and ultimately, leadership sectors. LEDA believes that highly competitive colleges and universities are a nexus for the development of leadership. These institutions require an infusion of diversity to improve the mix of ideas and information impacting leaders of public and private organizations across the nation. By helping socio- economically disadvantaged students gain admission to selective academic institutions, LEDA seeks to equalize educational opportunity. LEDA recognizes that we are better off as a nation and as a people if we offer equal opportunity regardless of socio-economic status, drawing upon the leadership potential of all of our most talented citizens.

Job Summary

LEDA is seeking a highly-dedicated, passionate individual to join our program team in order to support LEDA Scholars in their efforts become transformative leaders in their communities and on their college campuses. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director will be responsible for overseeing LEDA’s College Success Department, which is charged with implementing a comprehensive program that supports the academic and socio-emotional needs of LEDA Scholars in college.  The Department first engages with Scholars beginning in the summer between their junior and senior year of high school during the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute, a residential seven-week summer program on the campus of Princeton University, thereby setting the culture for engagement in the LEDA Community. The Director continues working with Scholars as they enter college, designing and executing solutions aimed at promoting college success and maintaining Scholars engagement in the LEDA Community.  Our ideal candidate is a smart, passionate educator and program administrator with an outstanding ability to connect with, inspire and mentor young people.

Responsibilities

Position Outcomes:

A successful Director of College Success will:

  • Lead the College Success department in meeting LEDA’s college success outcomes, which include an emphasis on continued Scholar engagement, leadership development, college completion, and post-graduate planning
  • Ensure that the LEDA Scholar community reflects LEDA’s Core Values of Excellence, Integrity, Compassion and Community
  • Be proactive and creative in adjusting program services and allocating resources based on Scholar feedback, outcome data, and LEDA’s strategic goals
  • Develop department members’ knowledge of the college success landscape and best practices
  • Be innovative and persistent, providing individualized interventions as needed to meet Scholars’ needs

Key Responsibilities:

Advising and Counseling

  • Oversee and implement a counseling curriculum for all matriculated LEDA Scholars that includes academic advising, transfer planning, financial literacy education, post-graduate planning, financial aid assistance, academic skills and study strategies, and personal support
  • Build solid and trusting advising relationships with a caseload of Scholars while monitoring their academic progress

  • Supervise LEDA’s College Success Counselor and manage his/her tasks and professional development
  • Build relationships and liaise with administrators at colleges and universities to collaborate and provide ongoing support
  • Manage the Peer Mentoring Program that leverages the LEDA Scholar community to provide support in the areas of freshman transition, career exploration, and post-graduate planning 

Community Engagement and Other Programming               

  • Coordinate campus visits with LEDA Scholars on college campuses across the country
  • Develop and implement communications outreach for the LEDA community including social media, newsletters, and LEDA’s online community, LEDAConnect
  • Collaborate with LEDA’s Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives to promote and facilitate Scholars’ engagement in and execute Scholar staff training for the LEDA Career Institute (a four day convening in August)
  • Coordinate referrals of Scholars to the LEDA Career Network, which provides career exploration, professional development, and job/internship support.
  • Propose, plan and implement other events and initiatives to promote continued Scholar engagement with the LEDA Community 

Residential Life

  • Oversee the Residential Life Program for the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute
  • Hire, train and supervise a summer-only Residential Life leadership team for the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute
  • Hire and oversee training of undergraduate Resident Mentors
  • Facilitate communication between parents and LEDA Scholars as needed
  • Serve as personal counseling resource for staff and Scholars in case of roommate conflicts, personal crises, and other concerns
  • Administer appropriate consequences and/or support for students referred by direct reports for violations of Residential Life rules and regulations and the LEDA Code of Conduct
  • Plan and implement large-scale community events, including the LEDA Reunion and all Residential Life programming for the LEDA Career Institute  

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Maintain responsibility for data integrity and data entry in the Salesforce database
  • Develop and administer an annual survey in order to solicit qualitative program feedback and track Scholar outcomes
  • Oversee tracking of all College Success outcomes

General Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with other LEDA departments in order to support Scholars and align program strategies
  • Represent the College Success Department at conferences, higher education convenings, and other events

Qualifications

  • Prior experience in the area(s) of academic counseling, youth mentoring and/or student support services at the higher education level
  • Prior experience overseeing a residential program
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting educational equity for students from underrepresented background
  • 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 Scholars and staff

  • Willingness to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills

  • Exceptional organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to multi-task and manage deadlines
  • Willingness to work some evenings and occasional weekends, and spend time in residence during LEDA summer programs
  • Strong technical and data tracking skills (e.g. familiarity with MS Office, Salesforce, social networking tools)
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree Preferred

Compensation

This is a full-time position. The salary will be 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.

Requirements/Other

Work Environment:

LEDA offers a flexible, collegial work environment that welcomes new ideas and innovation. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

To be considered for this opportunity, please send an email with a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to employment@ledascholars.org with “Director of College Success” in the subject line.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, 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 used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

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