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Associate Director, Milken Scholars Program

Location: Santa Monica, Calif.



The Milken Scholars Program has an opening for an innovative and highly confident professional with the skills, knowledge, experience, and capacity to structure and lead the development of high achieving individuals in their academic and career pursuits.   The Milken Scholars Program is a joint initiative of the Milken Institute and Milken Family Foundation.

Milken Scholars come from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and have roots in over 65 countries. They have undergraduate and graduate degrees from every elite university in our country and careers in science, medicine, business and management, law, government, finance, education, health care, and technology.  The common strands are strong character, the potential for leadership, and the commitment to making a difference in the world around them. 

If you are a dynamic self-starter with a passion for enhancing the academic careers of lifelong leaders and have been searching for the opportunity to move to a nonprofit with decades of influence traversing disciplines and geography, the Associate Director for Milken Scholars offers an exciting career opportunity for you to interact and influence the most talented young leaders in our country.  The candidate should be someone who would be committed to supporting the academic, personal, and professional goals of these outstanding Scholars.

The job description is below.  All qualified applicants should send an applicant statement as defined below and current resume with salary history, and the names, titles, and phone numbers of three references to Mark Lopezat mlopez@execproinc.com. These references would not be contacted without your knowledge. Position will remain open until filled.

Applicant Statement

Please review these web sites: www.mff.org, www.milkeninstitute.org, www.milkenscholars.org

Prepare a statement of one page or less in which you illustrate how your experience and skills will contribute to the Scholars program and people, and the unique qualities you could bring to the position as described in this document.

Salary Range

Competitive salary and benefits

Reports to

Dr. Jane Foley, Director, Milken Scholars Program

Job Responsibilities

The Associate Director Position helps to meet the Milken Scholars Program’s long term goals, holds key responsibilities within the annual program cycles and leads daily operational duties.  It is composed of three highly-integrated components: Internal and External Communication, Scholar Case Management, and Program Content Development.  

Internal and External Communication

  • Foster connections with other Milken initiatives within the Milken Institute, Milken Family Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation, and the Milken Educator Awards Network, helping to secure strategic program goals and opportunities for Scholar involvement.
  • Assist program business development efforts in fostering long-term strategic partnerships.
  • Lead role in securing guest speakers and facilitators for program events and recruiting guest selections committee members.  
  • Develop, write, refresh and maintain editorial oversight for content on the program website. 
  • Assist in the development of long-term relationships with high schools in Los Angeles County, New York City, and Washington D.C. to increase involvement in our selections process and the number and quality of nominees, applicants, and finalists.

Scholar Case Management

  • Maintain ongoing and regular email and phone “check-ins” with undergraduate Milken Scholars.
  • Coordinate the program’s internship assistance feature for undergraduate Scholars by coaching early career job skills and individualized assistance, in addition to developing and matching potential opportunities for Scholars. 
  • Coaching Scholars on the development of applications, resumes, and preparation for internship and employment interviews.
  • Lead role in planning and undertaking fall and spring campus visits to every school with an undergraduate Scholar in attendance, setting up individual and group meetings at more than 30 schools in the Northeast, Midwest, Bay Area, and Southern California. 
  • Facilitate the formal program mentorship feature by annually recommending pairings that produce optimal results.  Foster regular contact between mentors and mentees and encourage independent Scholar networking.
  • Manage the program’s academic and professional knowledge-sharing groups.

Program Content Development

  • Develop annual program cycle dates and events, including the calendar for the 5-month selections process.
  • Lead role in the development of the annual summer Milken Scholars Summit, including creation of the agenda, theme, workshop programming, and recruiting external resources and guest speakers.
  • Support other program events, including annual Recognition Dinners in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington D.C., and the Alumni Scholar Symposium.
  • Assist in the maintenance and growth of the Milken Scholars Alumni Association and its activities. 
  • Facilitate and recruit for program community service events in multiple cities.
  • Plan regular program web conferences with content specific to undergraduate Scholars.

Other Duties

  • Write recommendation letters for internships, employment, and graduate school application, and other program materials when required.
  • Plan and lead staff meetings and train other staff as needed.
  • Maintain and update the program’s internal and external statistics.
  • Serve as a group leader during the selections process reading period for multiple groups, with corresponding input during finalist screening process.  Annually read and rate more than 70 applications each year.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • College degree required, advanced degree desirable
  • Demonstrated success placing high-performing young people in internships and employment across academic and professional fields
  • At least 5 years work experience in corporate, nonprofit management or education sector with managerial responsibilities
  • Interpersonal and demonstrated verbal communication skills to mentor and form lasting relationships with college undergraduates and young professionals of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, possessing a wide variety of interests and goals
  • Interpersonal and demonstrated verbal communication skills to interact and collaborate with high level and high profile business leaders, and Founders and Senior Staff at the Milken Institute and Milken Family Foundation
  • Understanding of the academic and professional development needs of high achieving individuals
  • Demonstrated skills in human relations, writing ability, organization, planning, creativity and collaboration
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision and as part of a close knit team environment
  • Personal integrity that instills trust that transcends across ages and professional settings
  • Familiarity with the financial aid system for public and private colleges and universities preferred
  • Must be able to travel 25% of the year


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