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Scholarship Director

Carson Scholars Fund, Inc.

Full-time Exempt Position

Job Description

The Carson Scholars Fund, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by now retired world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson and his wife, Candy, to elevate academic achievement and increase reading in our schools.  The Carson Scholars Fund (CSF) supports two main initiatives: The Carson Scholars Program and The Ben Carson Reading Project.  Our scholarship program recognizes and rewards students who have embraced high levels of academic excellence and community service with $1,000 college scholarships.  The Reading Project provides funding to schools to build and maintain Reading Rooms – warm, inviting rooms where children can discover the joy of independent leisure reading.  Carson Scholar alumni are encouraged to apply.

Role Overview

The CSF is looking for a dynamic individual to join our team.  The Scholarship Director executes the organization’s flagship mission – the Carson Scholars Program.  This position plays a vital role in the growth and expansion of the scholarship program.  We are looking for an individual who is excellent at managing multiple timelines and projects and working with a variety of stakeholders.  In order to be successful in this role, the individual must be able to work efficiently in stressful situations, effectively manage and meet deadlines, exhibit leadership skills and attention to detail, and be tech-savvy.  This position reports directly to the Executive Director and leads a small support team.

Responsibilities of the Scholarship Director include, but are not limited to:

Scholarship Program –

  • Execute the Carson Scholars Program ensuring standards are maintained and the mission of the CSF is fulfilled.
  • Implement the organizational structure for the various programming aspects of the Carson Scholars Program.
    • Specifically in the areas of: application distribution, online application management, school relationships, scholar payouts, and scholar and alumni relations.
  • Actively grow participation in the program through outreach to schools/districts, collaboration with development team, and scholar and alumni engagement.
  • Develop and execute an alumni strategy to build long-term relationships between CSF and its alumni
    • Develop and implement strategies to connect scholars/alumni with each other
  • Serve as the CSF Volunteer Coordinator
    • Work with volunteers to help execute the scholarship program including application scoring, GPA calculation, banquet preparation, etc.
    • Recruit and train volunteers for application scoring.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with partner schools and donors.
  • Maintain program’s online database (Zengine) of records for scholars/alumni, schools, scholarships and volunteers, and is instrumental in showing the connectivity of the execution of the Carson Scholars Program.
  • Maintain and use online scholarship application (Zengine) to execute the program.
  • Facilitate and expand upon the Carson Scholar and Carson Scholar Alumni networks.
  • Maintain oversight of all scholarship-related activities on the website, marketing materials and social media.
    • Assist, as needed, with social media and fundraising campaigns to highlight scholarship program
  • Regularly report on metrics of success within the scholarship program.
  • Provide oral and/or written updates to donors regarding the scholarship program and status of their scholars.
  • Create and edit messaging to further the mission of the CSF.


Related Responsibilities –

  • Work with staff to plan annual awards banquets and spotlight scholars through scholar participation and recognition.
  • Prepare all scholarship-related banquet materials including, but not limited to, certificates, medal and trophy orders, and scholar lists.
  • Assist with and attend CSF events as needed.

Minimum Hiring Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience in program management and/or project management
  • Highly proficient with working in databases and contact management systems
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Extremely organized and detail-oriented; the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and distribute responsibilities

Qualifications, Education, and Experience:

  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Strong analytical skills – analyzing financial information; participation trends; and relating research and experiences back to the program.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders, partners, and beneficiaries
  • Ability to communicate appropriately and effectively to diverse groups
  • Self-motivated team player with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • A desire to positively impact society and promote academic achievement
  • Working knowledge of common office systems including Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Experience with event planning a plus
  • Experience with website platforms (WordPress) and email marketing software a plus

Compensation and Benefits: Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Statement of Non-Discrimination:  The Carson Scholars Fund does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, or ethnicity.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all functions, physical demands and skills required of personnel so classified.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, salary requirements, references and current resume to:

Amy Warner, Executive Director, awarner@carsonscholars.org

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