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Program Director, Thrive Scholars On-Ramp (Major Metro)

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The Organization

At Thrive Scholars, our goal is to see talented low-income students of color develop inter-generational wealth and financial security, and become the diverse corporate, civic, and academic leaders our country so desperately needs. 

Our comprehensive, data-driven, high-touch program model focuses on the key inflection points that can be the difference between just graduating from any college, and graduating from a top college with the grades, degree, career skills, and network needed to thrive in any career. Over our six-year program, Scholars benefit from admissions and intensive academic preparation before college and a comprehensive set of academic, personal, social-emotional, financial, and career supports throughout college. 


The Program

In response to the unique structural barriers facing African-American male students, Thrive Scholars is launching an early engagement pilot program designed to engage 10th grade students in this demographic in college exposure, academic advising, and community-building. Students will participate in a new tailored program the year prior to the traditional Thrive Scholars experience, with the opportunity to then apply to become a Thrive Scholar. The two primary components of Thrive Scholars On-Ramp are the Summer Academy and pre-college advising and support.

  • Summer Academy is a 6-week academic preparation and college exposure program, focused on ensuring that Scholars have the preparation they need to excel in a rigorous high school curriculum that will allow them to achieve their college aspirations. At Summer Academy, students participate in writing and math courses taught by college professors, and partake in intentional community-building and enrichment programming. The pilot Summer Academy will be a residential program (COVID-permitting), and will take place alongside one of our flagship Summer Academy programs.
  • Throughout Summer Academy and during their junior year of high school, the Program Director will provide group-based and individual pre-college advising and community-building programming to students, ensuring they are supported in preparing for their college aspirations and equipping them to apply to the traditional Thrive Scholars program.


The Position

Thrive Scholars is looking to recruit a dynamic, student-focused, and results-driven Program Director, who will lead the development and implementation of our new Thrive Scholars On-Ramp. 

At the onset, the Program Director will have the opportunity to shape the design of the new Thrive Scholars On-Ramp, mapping the program calendar and full student experience. Alongside this, the Program Director will support the recruitment of the inaugural cohort of students. Once the program is launched, beginning in early 2022, the Program Director will oversee community-building programming and provide tailored individual advising and support to a caseload of approximately 50 Scholars within this pilot. Over the summer, the Program Director will support these students at our Summer Academy, typically held in-person at Amherst College.

In this role, you will be able to bring together your skills in program and project design and implementation, your expertise in pre-college advising, and your rapport-building and student support abilities, to create and deliver a transformative experience for the participating students that promotes their academic success and connection to the Thrive Scholars program.

Reporting to the Senior Director of College Access, the Program Director will work closely with the Director of Scholar Recruitment and the team of College Access Managers, as well as colleagues on the College Success and Career teams. This position is flexible to a major metro area. Post-COVID, this role will include some academic-year student recruitment travel. Once Summer Academy begins in summer 2022, the Program Director will be expected to be on-site at Summer Academy during the six-week program. 


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Program Design and Delivery (35%): Supported by the Senior Director of College Access, the Program Director will design a year-long pilot program experience which addresses barriers to access facing African-American male students on their high school to college journey, and equips participants to successfully pursue their college ambitions. The program design will steward students from their point of entry in 10th grade, through to the Thrive Scholars application and selection process in 11th grade for all interested students. In doing so, the Program Director will plan and deliver college exposure and community-building programming, to include facilitating campus visits, family engagement opportunities, and student workshops during the academic year and at Summer Academy.


  • Pre-College Advising (35%): The Program Director will provide pre-college advising with a specific emphasis on selective college admissions for a cohort of approximately 50 students from across the country. Pre-college advising includes conducting individual in-person and virtual meetings with students and families, exploring student interests and sharing tailored college exposure information, guiding course selection and standardized testing strategy, and providing student support and coaching in service of their academic and social/emotional wellbeing.


  • Student Recruitment and Selection (10%): The Program Director will support the Recruitment team’s charge to recruit and select approximately 50 African-American male 10th grade students for this pilot program. Student recruitment involves informing the recruitment strategy through contributing to marketing collateral and communications; identifying high potential CBO partners; building relationships with high school counselors; facilitating information sessions at schools and community-based organizations; supporting the student application and selection process; and managing activities related to the yield and enrollment of the pilot program participants.


  • Summer Academy Logistics (10%): The Program Director will contribute to the planning of Summer Academy, including supporting the hiring, onboarding and collaboration with seasonal staff, logistical preparation, and implementation. 


The Ideal Candidate

  • Bachelor’s Degree with five or more years of professional experience required
  • Minimum of four years of experience in college admissions, financial aid, or college counseling, with a focus on selective colleges
  • Goal-oriented, motivated by impact and results
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to lead presentations and workshops
  • Highly skilled relationship-builder, who is able to build trusting relationships with high school students as well as parents, guidance counselors, college admissions professionals, and community partners 
  • Passion for working with students of color from low-income communities, and expertise in the experience of first-generation students in selective college admissions
  • Deep knowledge of context and themes impacting the African-American male high school to college journey 
  • Effective in taking initiative and prioritizing short term and long-term needs in a fast-paced work environment involving multiple projects and stakeholder
  • An entrepreneurial attitude and focus on continuous improvement and innovation
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to document and manage detailed data
  • Ability to leverage technology to provide remote support to and maintain strong rapport with students across the country


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS 

Thrive Scholars offers a robust compensation and benefits package including high-quality health and dental insurance, three weeks of paid vacation, generous professional development funding, and access to an employer-matched retirement plan. This is a full-time exempt position.


Salary Range: $70,000 - $80,000, commensurate with experience

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Thrive Scholars provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.


Knowing its importance to the success of our work, Thrive Scholars is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse staff team and community. We strongly encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. We appreciate your time and will review and respond to all applications received.


For more information, please visit thrivescholars.org

The Organization

At Thrive Scholars, our goal is to see talented low-income students of color develop inter-generational wealth and financial security, and become the diverse corporate, civic, and academic leaders our country so…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Salary

USD 70,000 - USD 80,000

Benefits

Thrive Scholars offers a robust compensation and benefits package including high-quality health and dental insurance, three weeks of paid vacation, generous professional development funding, and access to an employer-matched retirement plan. This is a full-time exempt position.

Thrive Scholars offers a robust compensation and benefits package including high-quality health and dental insurance, three weeks of paid vacation, generous professional…

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
606 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
Suite 2150

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