Emerging Leaders Application 2024-2025

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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 needed 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. 

New York City Cohort (hybrid format, contingent on public health guidance) — based in the Greater New York City Area, includes 5 in-person and 3 virtual sessions.

Tentative Dates: 

New York Area Cohort - Hybrid
Session 1: Tuesday, Sept. 17th 2024
Session 2: Tuesday, Oct. 15th 
Session 3: Tuesday, Nov. 12th 
Session 4: Tuesday. Dec. 17th (virtual) 
Session 5: Tuesday, Jan 14th (virtual) 
Session 6: Tuesday, Feb. 11th (virtual)
Session 7: Tuesday, March 11th 
Session 8: Tuesday, April 15th (and Closing Ceremony)

Brief Overview:

Emerging Leaders runs for a total of eight full-day sessions that are scheduled between September 2024 to April 2025. Our program is designed to accommodate those with full-time jobs and requires employer cooperation as well. For 2024-2025, we are seeking to admit 16 working professionals as program participants in our New York City cohort.

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. 
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 Andrijana Bilbija at abilbija@alumnicorps.org with any questions.
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Applications for the 2024-25 Emerging Leaders Program are now due by Friday, May 31, 2024 at 11:59pm EST.

Need more time? Extensions may be accepted. Contact Andrijana Bilbija at abilbija@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- 4) 
  • Supporting Materials:
  1. Résumé

  2. Letter of Recommendation (optional but highly recommended)
  3. Application Fee, $50*

    (note: the application fee is waived for Project 55 alumni. If this applies to you, contact Andrijana Bilbija 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 either a virtual or in-person interview.

The Emerging Leaders application calendar adheres to the following schedule:
  • May 31, 2024: Applications Due
  • June 2024: Interviews with selected applicants
  • July 2024: Cohort decisions finalized and applicants notified. 
  • July - August: On-boarding. Program fees due early August.
  • September 2024: First Emerging Leaders session
Please note: Process dates are subject to change. Applicants will receive notification of any adjustments promptly.

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.

The 2024-25 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.

Princeton AlumniCorps recognizes that many growing leaders in the nonprofit sector do not receive financial support for professional development opportunities. AlumniCorps is happy to collaboratively set up payment plans, in addition to our reduced self-pay rate, to ensure our programming is broadly accessible.

This application, including all supporting materials,
is due by 11:59pm (EST) on May 31, 2024.

Please email Andrijana Bilbija, Program Manager, 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 (if applicable)

Princeton AlumniCorps recognizes that the journey of social impact leadership can take various paths, and formal education is just one of them. We welcome applicants from diverse educational backgrounds, acknowledging that impactful leadership can stem from a multitude of experiences and perspectives.
Undergraduate Education

Graduate Education #1

Graduate Education #2

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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

Please name your resume file: LastName_FirstName_Resume
Letter of Recommendation (optional but highly recommended)
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. 

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 June 2024. The application process also includes an interview round for selected applicants. Final acceptance decisions will be determined by July 2024.

If you have questions or encounter technical issues with the application, please contact Andrijana Bilbija

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