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Hiring Graduate Admissions & Aid Coach

Company: Leadership Brainery

Title: Graduate Admissions & Aid Coach

Salary: $75,000 - $85,000 annually

Location: Boston, 2 days per week remote



Leadership Brainery uses innovative high-tech and high-touch programming to close wealth and opportunity gaps by addressing inequitable access to master’s and doctoral degrees and workforce leadership roles for underrepresented talent, including people of color and individuals from lower socioeconomic households. We work with prospective and current graduate students, academic institutions, employers, and committed community members to eliminate systemic barriers to education and create inclusive communities. 


Theory of Change – With greater resources and access to inclusive networks and advanced education, underrepresented communities can leverage impactful and higher-wage careers to establish financial stability and reinvest in their communities to create generational prosperity. 

Position Overview

The Graduate Admissions and Aid Coach at Leadership Brainery plays a critical role in fulfilling the organization's mission and goals. This position involves advising prospective graduate students, staying informed about admissions data, trends and expectations across industries, creating innovative graduate school readiness modules and resources, and collaborating with the programs team to develop curriculum for various Leadership Brainery initiatives. 

The ideal candidate for this position has significant experience and knowledge of the graduate school admissions process and what it takes to admit students into competitive master’s and doctoral programs. This position also calls for an excellent writer and editor, energized by coaching people one-on-one while also enjoying public speaking for webinars and in-person events. 



Admissions Counseling:

  • Provide one-on-one advising to prospective graduate students, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds.

  • Assist students in identifying suitable graduate programs and universities based on their academic and career goals.

  • Guide students through the application process, including essay writing, test preparation resources, and interview preparation.

  • Stay current on admissions requirements and trends within graduate programs.

Financial Aid Support:

  • Offer guidance on financial aid options, scholarships, and grants available to graduate students.

  • Assist students in completing financial aid applications, including FAFSA and institution-specific forms.

  • Advocate for financial aid resources and funding opportunities for underrepresented students.

Writing and Editing Expertise:

  • Provide excellent writing and editing support for students across different industries and graduate programs.

  • Assist students in crafting high-quality essays and personal statements tailored to their chosen fields.

  • Offer guidance on standardized test essay sections and help students improve their writing skills.

Education and Training:

  • Educate the Leadership Brainery team on the latest admissions trends and expectations.

  • Develop and conduct workshops and training sessions to enhance the team's understanding of graduate admissions and financial aid processes.

Tool and Resource Development:

  • Create innovative graduate school readiness tools and resources to assist students in preparing for the application process.

  • Develop materials to help students navigate admissions tests, write compelling personal statements, and prepare for interviews.

  • Find or create resources that aid prospective and current graduate students beyond the traditional financial need, such as mental health support, food and housing, and professional development.

Data Collection and Advocacy:

  • Collect and analyze admissions data to identify trends, disparities, and areas for improvement in graduate admissions for underrepresented individuals.

  • Use data insights to advocate for policy changes and increased support for diversity and inclusion in graduate education.

  • Collaborate with external partners to amplify advocacy efforts.

Curriculum Development:

  • Collaborate with the programs team to create curriculum for Leadership Brainery initiatives, including the LB Ambassador Fellowship, Graduate School Summit, and other programming.

  • Ensure that curriculum aligns with the organization's mission and goals in supporting underrepresented talent.

Collaboration and Outreach:

  • Collaborate with academic institutions, employers, and community partners to promote opportunities for underrepresented graduate students.

  • Build and maintain relationships with universities and organizations that share Leadership Brainery's mission.


Necessary Requirements

  • Master's or doctoral degree required.

  • Experience in graduate admissions counseling or financial aid advising.

  • Knowledge of admissions processes and financial aid options for graduate programs.

  • Knowledge of the structures and sections of the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and MCAT.

  • Commitment to promoting equity within education.

  • Familiarity with the challenges faced by underrepresented student populations.

  • Proficient with technology (video conferencing, Google Suites, CRMs, etc.)

  • Demonstrate excellent organizational and project management skills. Ability to combine big-picture and detail-oriented thinking.

  • Excellent verbal communication and writing skills. Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of individuals, and to represent LB internally and externally.

  • Experience producing online events using video conferencing and broadcast platforms.

  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including business and political acumen, social perceptiveness, tact, and empathy.

  • Highly developed judgment, decision-making, and prioritization skills. Self-motivated and able to work alone or with minimal supervision. 

  • Demonstrate the ability to meet time and budget constraints.

  • Ability to remain level-headed under pressure, and to improvise and troubleshoot when needed.

  • Ability to maintain a high standard of productivity despite frequent changes.

Preferred Qualities


  • Initiative: a proactive problem solver who delivers results without need for constant supervision. Someone who thinks ahead and for themselves.

  • Detail oriented: delivers high-quality work with keen attention to detail.

  • Creative: we value fresh thinking, innovative perspectives, and provocative ideas, and are seeking to build a team of people who all bring a diverse point-of-view to the table.

  • Flexibility: flexible approach and willing to go the extra mile to deliver great work.

  • Integrity: Someone who keeps their word, maintains confidentiality, and treats colleagues and stakeholders with respect and consideration.

  • Team Player: we are a small and growing team. No job is too big or too small for any member of our team.


What We Offer


  • Competitive salaried compensation ($75,000 - $85,000 per year) – based on experience.

  • Generous benefits, including three weeks of paid vacation and medical, dental, and vision insurance.

  • A start-up environment with amazingly talented and fun teammates, and a leadership team invested in your professional growth and success.

  • A beautiful and inspiring workplace located on Beacon Street in Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood. For lunch, enjoy local restaurants, parks, or take a scroll down the Charles River Esplanade. 


To apply, please visit For questions, please contact Derrick Young, Executive Director, at

Leadership Brainery is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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