Senior Director of Career Development

Thrive Scholars (previously SCS Noonan Scholars)

Published 29 days ago

$90,000 - $115,000

The Organization 

At Thrive Scholars, our goal is to see talented low-income students of color develop the inter-generational wealth and financial security their more privileged peers take for granted, 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. Within the four year career development curriculum, Scholars participate in early exposure and discernment programming, two years of intensive personalized career coaching focusing on hard and soft skills, access to our professional network, and corporate partnerships for internships and jobs, ensuring that they are competitive entrants into any career of their choice and that they are positioned to grow and lead within their industry.  

In the coming years, Thrive Scholars will be growing the number of students we serve and deepening our career development programming to include industry-specific tracks. 


The Position

Thrive Scholars is looking to recruit a visionary and effective Senior Director of Career Development who will lead our nascent and rapidly growing career department, focusing on building on our existing frameworks, and deepening the scope and impact in a meaningful way. Our career team is currently composed of 2 full-time and 2 part-time career coaches, along with a program manager. In the coming years, we expect to hire 3 or more additional career coaches, building out industry tracks focused on law and STEM, with the possibility of expanding to new industries. In this role, you will have the opportunity to innovate, bring ambitious ideas to fruition, and build and lead your growing team. 

The Senior Director can be based in Los Angeles or Boston and will report to the Chief Program Officer. 


Key Responsibilities:

Program Leadership and Implementation (35%):

In collaboration with the members of your career development team, you will build out our existing Thrive Scholars career development programming, create innovative new curriculum, and design impactful and tailored industry-specific career learning tracks. You will lead all aspects of the career development program, including individual Scholar support, major events, workshops, webinars, and the production of lasting resources, ensuring that Scholars are prepared to successfully enter and grow in the career of their choosing.  


Team Leadership (35%)

The Senior Director will lead the growing career development team, which currently includes 2 full-time and 2 part-time Career Coaches and a Program Manager, with plans for rapid staff growth in the year ahead. In this role, the Senior Director will leverage their excellent people leadership skills to ensure that the team excels, reaching its ambitious goal of equipping students to succeed and lead in competitive careers. The Director will be responsible for hiring, performance management, and talent development, and for fostering a positive team culture defined by effective collaboration, accountability for impact, and an attitude of learning and growth.  


Student Coaching (10%)

Provide direct support to a small caseload of students in the areas of career exploration; career roadmapping and planning, including course and major selection, and other pathways for skills development; and applying for internship and job opportunities, including coaching around resume and cover letter preparation, interview skills, and the bar for success in the Scholar’s identified function and industry. Coaching may take place in-person when geographically possible, and, most often, will take place through in-depth video, phone and email exchanges. 

Program Evaluation and Data (10%)

The Director will leverage data-driven insights to manage performance to goal, to inform program improvements, and to produce regular reports on the impact of the career development program.


Partner Engagement (10%)

In collaboration with the Development team, the Senior Director of Career Development will engage with college and corporate partners to support career programming and to establish internship and job opportunities for Scholars. 

This position requires moderate national travel. 


The Ideal Candidate 

  • Bachelor’s Degree required 
  • Minimum of ten years of professional experience, with at least five years in talent recruitment and/or talent development, undergraduate career development, or business leadership 
  • Minimum of five years of experience managing a team 
  • A highly effective and skillful manager of people and projects, who is able to lead a team in developing and implementing strategy with a focus on real impact and continuous improvement
  • Extensive knowledge of the campus recruiting landscape, including deep insights on employers roles, the bar of success, timelines, and employment trends. 
  • Strong understanding of career paths, job market and breadth of opportunities in popular post-college career paths including tech, health care, consulting, finance, medicine, and law. Previous industry experience working in one of these fields is highly desirable.
  • Experience leveraging corporate partners and other external resources to build career learning programs for students.  
  • Able to manage a large volume of data and organize systems to keep track of students in various stages; highly organized & data conscious.
  • A highly skilled relationship-builder who is able to effectively engage diverse stakeholders, including college students from underrepresented backgrounds, corporate leaders, and university administrators. 
  • Strong understanding of the opportunities, issues and challenges underrepresented students face in the workforce 
  • Interest in working within a fast-growing organization, demonstrating flexibility, passion, and a results- orientation while maintaining a high level of energy and positive attitude. 
  • A highly-organized individual who is effective in taking initiative and prioritizing short term and long term needs in a fast-paced work environment involving multiple projects and stakeholders 
  • Has a passion for working with a diverse, underserved community of college students 
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills 


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.


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.

The Organization 

At Thrive Scholars, our goal is to see talented low-income students of color develop the inter-generational wealth and financial security their more privileged peers take for granted, and become the diverse corporate…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Managerial


High quality health, dental, vision and disability insurance. Three weeks of paid vacation. Generous professional development funding. Employer-matched retirement plan.

High quality health, dental, vision and disability insurance. Three weeks of paid vacation. Generous professional development funding. Employer-matched retirement plan.


Boston, MA

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