Leadership Development Program Associate

Join, Work, and Succeed! The Southern Education Foundation (SEF), in Atlanta, GA, seeks a Leadership Development Program Associate to join our leadership development team and further the mission and goals of SEF.

For more than 150 years, SEF has made substantial contributions to improving education at all levels, from pre-kindergarten through higher education. SEF works to improve equity and excellence in education for low-income students and students of color in the South. Research, policy analysis, advocacy, and programs are the primary means through which SEF pursues its mission. Candidates should be able to effectively communicate and embody the values, beliefs, purpose, and mission of the organization.

The Leadership Development Program Associate reports to the Director of Leadership Development. To learn more, please visit www.southerneducation.org.


The Opportunity:

The ideal candidate is dedicated to the advancement of a comprehensive, proactive leadership development strategy that furthers the mission and goals of SEF, purposed to advance creative solutions, and ensure equity and excellence in education for low-income students and students of color in the south. This role will be a critical support to the Director, Leadership Development assisting in enhancing annual programming, executing key initiatives, and supporting the ongoing professional growth of fellowship participants and alumni. Candidates interested in this position should have working knowledge and genuine interest in improving educational opportunity across the P-16 continuum and have experience working to ensure that education is the vehicle by which all students obtain fair chances to develop their talents and contribute to the common good.


  • Assist with leadership development offerings, including curriculum scope and sequence of the program, and programmatic outcomes.
  • Provide thought partnership to the Director, Leadership Development and offer innovative ideas to enhance the leadership development strategy.
  • Support the coordination of all fellowship logistics.
  • Curate relevant resources, documents, and materials for partners, fellows, alumni, and staff.
  • Support and manage social media, web conferencing, and other meeting/document sharing platforms.
  • Prepare general correspondence, emails, agendas, transcribe meeting minutes, memos, summaries, presentations, reports, and other materials with exceptional proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and using Google suite.
  • Support in monitoring, tracking, and responding to grant processing, consultant agreements, proposals, invoices, credit card reports, report submissions, and other documents as requested.
  • Proofread documents, reports, and publications for accuracy and clarity.
  • Prepare travel arrangements, travel itineraries, and manage expense reporting.
  • Plan meetings, which include coordinating and organizing meeting logistics, securing program venue(s), program materials, providing applicable research and follow up; and attend meetings with/in the absence of the Director, Leadership Development as requested.
  • Acts as a resource and liaison for grantees, consultants, organizational partners, prospective fellows, and internal staff.
  • Additional duties as assigned.



  • A bachelor’s degree is required in education, public policy, or a related field.
  • Two – four years’ experience in program administration and/or working within an educational setting.
  • Excellent oral, written, and electronic communication skills with the ability to cultivate professional relationships with fellowship participants, partners, and vendors.
  • Organize and prioritize workload effectively to complete multiple assignments.
  • Have experience reviewing and tracking grants, contracts, and agreements.
  • Interact professionally with diverse audiences and external partners.
  • Possess a strong work ethic, upbeat demeanor, work independently, and willingness to collaborate with a variety of colleagues, partners, and vendors.
  • Collaborative communicator with a strong team spirit and comfort with ambiguity.
  • Maintain a commitment to sensitivity and respect in all personal and professional interactions.
  • Ability to travel occasionally to support strategy and larger organizational needs.
  • Effectively communicate and embody the value, beliefs, purpose, and mission of SEF.

This is a full-time position working Monday – Friday. The compensation range for this position is $55,000 – $65,000 and is commensurate with experience including a competitive benefits package.


SEF is an Atlanta-based organization and is currently working a hybrid schedule. Employees work remotely and, in the office, based on the needs of the business.

Interested candidates should submit 1) a letter of interest 2) a current resume 3) names and contact information of three references to hr@southerneducation.org with Leadership Development Program Associate in the subject line of the email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filledInterviews will begin in August 2024. 

The Southern Education Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


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