Associate Director, Milken Scholars Program

Associate Director, Milken Scholars Program


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 70 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 and professional careers of lifelong leaders and have been searching for the opportunity to serve in a leadership role in a nonprofit with decades of influence traversing disciplines and geography, the Associate Director for Milken Scholars offers an exciting career opportunity to interact and influence the most talented young leaders in our country.  The candidate should be someone who would be committed to supporting academic, personal, and professional goals of these outstanding Lifelong Leaders.

All qualified applicants should send an applicant statement as defined below and current resume with names, titles, and phone numbers of three references. These references would not be contacted without your knowledge. Position will remain open until filled. 

Applicant Statement

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Prepare a statement 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.

Reports to

Dr. Jane Foley, Director, Milken Scholars Program

Job Responsibilities

The Associate Director Position helps meet the Milken Scholars Program’s short and long term goals, and holds key leadership responsibilities within the annual program cycles, daily operational duties, and all aspects of support for Alumni Scholars.

  • Foster connections with other Milken initiatives within the Milken Institute, Milken Family Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation to secure opportunities for Scholar involvement.
  • Assist program business development efforts in fostering long-term strategic partnerships.  
  • Develop, write, refresh and maintain editorial oversight for content on the program website. 
  • Maintain and expand ongoing and regular email, phone “check-ins,” and work visits with Alumni Milken Scholars.
  • Coach and connect Alumni Scholars with prospective employers.
  • Lead role in all planning and development of the annual summer Milken Scholars Summit and tri-annual Alumni Symposium.
  • Support and attend other program events, including annual Recognition and Holiday Dinners in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington D.C.
  • Assist in the growth of the Milken Scholars Alumni Association and its activities. 
  • Plan regular program web conferences with content specific to Alumni Scholars.
  • Write recommendation letters for employment, and graduate school application, and other program materials when required.
  • Plan and lead staff meetings and train other staff as needed.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • College degree required, advanced degree desirable
  • Demonstrated success placing high-performing young leaders in 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 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
  • Must be able to travel 25% of the year 

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.