Emerging Leaders Application 2023-2024

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Are You Ready to Drive Your Career and the Social Change Sector Forward?

Emerging Leaders (EL) is a competitive professional development program that equips individuals working in the nonprofit and public sectors with the management training, leadership development, and confidence to accelerate their careers and enhance their professional contributions. Princeton AlumniCorps manages the Emerging Leaders program, connecting a diverse cohort of participants with the organization's mature network of social change leaders. Emerging Leaders participants engage with program curriculum through sessions facilitated by a highly trained executive coach.
The program includes two cohorts with unique modalities:
  1. New York City Cohort (hybrid format - contingent on public health guidance) — based in the Greater New York City Area, includes 6 in-person and 2 virtual sessions.
  2. National Cohort (100% virtual format) — offered nationally on Eastern Standard Time (EST) to professionals in cities across the U.S.

Tentative Dates: 

National Cohort - Virtual

September 13, 2023

October 11, 2023

November 8, 2023 (Combined Session with New York)

December 6, 2023

January 16, 2024 (Combined Session with New York)

February 14, 2024

March 20, 2024

April 17, 2024 (And Closing Celebration)

New York Area Cohort - Hybrid

September 19, 2023

October 17, 2023

November 8, 2023 (Virtual Combined Session with National)

December 19, 2023

January 16, 2024 (Virtual Combined Session with National)

February 20, 2024

March 19, 2024

April 16, 2024 (And Closing Celebration)

Brief Overview:

Emerging Leaders runs for a total of eight full-day sessions that are scheduled between September 2023 to April 2024. Participants must have 3-10 years of total full-time work experience, including at least one year in the nonprofit or public sector. They must also be currently employed in the nonprofit or public sector and have some degree of management responsibilities, including supervising full-time or part-time staff, interns, or volunteers. Program participants should expect to stay employed full-time during the program's duration.
While this program is managed by Princeton AlumniCorps, alumni from any college or university are welcome to apply. Monthly meetings are held virtually for our National Cohort, and in-person/virtually for our New York City Cohort. Applicants are encouraged to apply based on their remote preferences or their ability to attend in-person meetings in New York. Cohorts are facilitated separately, however, both cohorts come together for one to two (1 to 2) select sessions throughout the year to enhance participant learning and network connections.
We encourage you to explore further by starting this application, watching a brief video about Princeton AlumniCorps' Emerging Leaders program, visiting our website with Applicant-specific information, and emailing Laura Villers at EL@alumnicorps.org with any questions.
Stay connected with Princeton AlumniCorps on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Applications for the 2023-24 Emerging Leaders Program are due by
Friday, June 16, 2023.

Need some more time? Extensions may be accepted. Contact Laura Villers at EL@alumnicorps.org for more information.

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Application Instructions

The Emerging Leaders online application consists of the following sections:

  • Contact and Biographical Information
  • Verification of Program Eligibility and Commitment
  • Current Employer Information
  • Formal Education Information
  • Essay Questions (1- 5) 
  • Supporting Materials:
  1. Résumé

  2. Letter of Recommendation
  3. Application Fee, $50*

    (note: the application fee is waived for Project 55 alumni. If this applies to you, contact Laura Villers to receive instructions for submitting your application)

Only completed applications will be considered. Your application will be reviewed by AlumniCorps staff and volunteers. Selected applicants will be invited to participate in a phone interview.

The Emerging Leaders application calendar adheres to the following schedule:
  • February 20, 2023 - Application Opens
  • June 16, 2023 - Applications Due
  • Mid-July 2023 - Interviews with selected applicants
  • End of July 2023 - Cohort decisions finalized and applicants notified. Program fees due.
  • September 2023 - First Emerging Leaders sessions

Emerging Leaders Participation Fee Information: 

The program participation fee is calculated on a sliding scale based on the size of your organization's budget. This fee may be paid by you, your employer, or a combination of both.

* Please note the modest fee increases for our 2023-24 program. While the EL program fees are heavily subsidized, they help us cover our costs to manage the program.
The 2023-24 participation fee scale for organizations is as follows: 
  • Budget over 10 million — $2,950
  • Budget between $5 and $10 million — $2,350
  • Budget between $3 and $5 million — $1,975
  • Budget between $1 and $3 million — $1,675
  • Budget under $1 million — $950
Self-paying participant cost is $900.  Payment plans can be coordinated with Emerging Leaders staff once selected for the program.

This application, including all supporting materials,
is due by 11:59pm (EST) on June 16, 2023.

Please email Laura Villers, Director of Programs & Strategy, with any questions. Due date extensions may be considered.

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Contact and Biographical Information

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Verification of Program Eligibility and Commitment

Please check the appropriate boxes to confirm your eligibility for the Emerging Leaders program. Contact Princeton AlumniCorps for clarification regarding any of our eligibility requirements.

Please carefully review the following Program Commitments list and check off the commitments that you agree to keep if invited to participate. Your completion of this section is in lieu of a signed agreement and represents your personal commitment to be a fully engaged participant if accepted into the program. All boxes must be checked in order for your application to be processed. For examples of stretch goals, mentioned below, click here.

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Current Employer Information

Supervisor's Contact Details

About Your Current Employer

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Formal Education

Undergraduate Education

Graduate Education #1 (if applicable)

Graduate Education #2 (if applicable)

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Essay Questions

The following five short essay questions allow us to understand you better as an applicant. Please take the time to write thoughtful, complete, and concise answers to the questions. There is a 500 maximum response for each question.

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Supporting Materials

Upload a current resume in PDF format. Resume should include work history, education, volunteer experience, and professional development or continued education. Please distinguish between part-time and full-time work.

Please name your resume file: LastName_FirstName_Resume
Letter of Recommendation
Please select a current, or recent, manager or experienced colleague with whom you have worked closely and ask them to submit a brief letter of recommendation in support of your application. The letter should address some combination, though not necessarily all, of the following: your accomplishments and performance; job-related knowledge and skills; work ethic and initiative; learning style and demonstrated capacity for growth; your leadership qualities and potential; how you work with and influence others; and your management abilities. Encourage the writer to be specific and offer brief examples. The letter should not exceed 500 words in length.
The letter of recommendation must come directly from the recommender. At least one letter of recommendation is required for a complete application. An OPTIONAL second letter of recommendation may be submitted.

To submit a letter of recommendation electronically (preferred) - Submit Letter of Recommendation

To submit a letter of recommendation by mail - Princeton AlumniCorps, 12 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.
Executive Review and Contact Information
We ask that you share your interest in Emerging Leaders with your Executive Director or another senior executive in your reporting structure. We recommend that they review this application form, as well our website descriptions about the Emerging Leaders Program. Then, please provide their contact information below.

Application Fee (open link in new window!)
As a reminder, your application is not complete until you have paid the application fee. The Emerging Leaders Application Fee ($50) is made on our GiveSmart platform and can be paid using this link:

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Final Submission

We encourage you to save your application at this time. Once you have completed all application questions and submitted all supporting documents, please press the "Submit" button on the next page. Please ensure your application is complete before submitting. You will not be able to change your responses or supporting materials after you submit your application. Once you submit your completed application, you will see a confirmation message on the next page.
You will be notified of your application status by July 2023. The application process also includes an interview round for selected applicants. Final acceptance decisions will be determined by July 31, 2023.

If you have questions, or encounter technical issues with the application, please contact Laura Villers

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