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Director, Selection

Rise Background

Rise, an initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust, will build a lifelong community of students, teachers, and institutions across sectors who aim to serve others. The program, which will seek young people between the ages of 15 and 17 from around the world, will be designed to encourage a lifetime of service and learning by providing support that could include scholarships, career services, and funding opportunities to help these leaders serve others for decades to come.

The first annual competition for Rise in 2020 will begin to build a global community of students, teachers, and others—including a larger group of finalists worldwide and ultimately at least 100 extraordinary young people each year who show the potential to have a unique impact on their communities with more connection and support. Those young people who advance through the final stages of the competition will be invited to attend a residential fellowship before their final year of high school that will support them as they consider how to serve others, how to become leaders, and how to transition to higher education and careers. Other opportunities will include the potential to apply for scholarship funding for education, mentorship and other assistance tailored to their specific needs and interests, and a variety of career services as part of the Rise network.

To encourage service, Rise will invite its community members to make service commitments together and develop a platform to match network members with common interests. In addition, Rise plans to support non-profits or other social enterprises that Rise network members drive together to serve others.  Finalists and others in the Rise network will have the opportunity to compete for as-needed funding to launch or scale their ventures; funds are intended to be designated for these purposes in a total pooled amount of at least $5 million per year of the program.

The Role

The Director, Selection will lead selection for the Rise program. The Director will be responsible for designing, managing, and driving the selection process for Rise winners, and continuously improving the process to ensure the highest quality selection mechanism. The Director will also be responsible for engaging partners and students around the world to increase applications and to ensure the highest standards are met for selection.

Key Responsibilities

Rise Selection Management

  • Design and manage the selection process for the Rise program
  • Continuously improve the selection process through iteration, engagement with experts, and experimentation
  • Increase the number of talented young people who apply for Rise
  • Lead the decision process for selection of Rise winners
  • Provide students, parents, and teachers with information regarding selection requirements and processes
  • Engaging in the recruiting process by planning, coordinating, and overseeing promotional events, campus tours, student interviews, and other admissions activities
  • Supervise the interview process for Rise
  • Manage the review process for all applications
  • Communicate changes, statistics, and other information to the executive director and governance board
  • Maintain standards for Rise selection and continuously work to increase diversity of applicants and winners

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Some of the desired capabilities include:

  • Proven experience designing and leading talent selection in a global context, preferably with the 15-18 year old age group
  • Strong knowledge of best practices in admissions and/or scholarship application, interview and assessment processes
  • Experience designing and developing assessment tools
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Understanding of how to build relationships across global cultures
  • Demonstrated teamwork ability and record of impact in high-intensity, team-based environments
  • Values-based, collaborative working style with demonstrated commitment to the highest standards of ethics and confidentiality
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills


The Director, Selection will:

  • Have at least 10+ years of work experience in government, business, philanthropy, academia, or the military
  • Experience in a start-up or entrepreneurial environment would be advantageous
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Be based in New York and be able to travel within the U.S. and internationally on a regular basis as needed.
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