At Thrive Scholars, our goal is to see talented BIPOC students from economically disadvantaged communities develop economic mobility 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 graduating from any college, and graduating from a top college with the grades, degree, career skills, and network needed to thrive in careers that equip Scholars for economic mobility.
Thrive Scholars is looking to recruit a Program Manager, Partners & Events, who will lead the ongoing development and implementation of our career and corporate partner programming. In this role, the Manager will work with our Career Pathways and Corporate Partnerships teams to refine and build on our corporate partner engagement model, ensuring a commitment to the student experience and learning outcomes.
Our corporate partnership model engages industry partners nationwide in our Scholars’ academic and professional journeys. An anchor of this model is the Corporate Sponsors Program, through which partners financially sponsor program participation for and provide professional support to a group of Scholars. Alongside this program, partners often support our full Scholar community through engaging employees in mentoring Scholars; participating in career-focused programming (e.g., industry panels, job shadowing); and hiring Scholars for internships and alumni for jobs. Along these lines, the Program Manager, Partners & Events will have opportunities to collaborate across departments to identify, design, and implement opportunities for Scholars to engage with partners in highly impactful ways that support Scholars’ long-term career goals.
In this role, you will bring together your experience in youth program/event management, partner stewardship and engagement, and your collaboration and relationship-building abilities to deliver a well-integrated, high-quality corporate partnership program for all stakeholders.
Reports to: This position reports to the Managing Director of Career Pathways.
In this role, the Program Manager will lead, implement and execute events connecting our Scholars with partners, to support our Career Pathways partner-facing programming and create impactful experiences for Scholars that support their career goals and position them to attain economic mobility. These responsibilities include:
Program Management & Administration
GOAL: Ensure a high-quality, consistent, and reliable experience for all stakeholders, including Scholars and partners.
Event Planning and Support
GOAL: Ensure virtual and in-person Career Pathways partner events are well-run, promoting a positive and impactful participant experience. Examples of events include Corporate Sponsorship Events, Career Pathways programming events involving partners (ex., Industry Panels, Capstones, and Day on the Job events, etc.)
Cross-Departmental Operations Collaboration
GOAL: Ensure cross-departmental communication and efficiency by collaborating with staff across the organization.
Qualifications and Experience
There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. The qualifications and experiences listed below are intended as a guide; we do not expect candidates to check every box.
Along with the specific qualifications and experiences noted above, viable candidates will be expected demonstrate the following competencies:
Position Location: Flexible.
This role will include some travel throughout the year (approximately 8-10 trips per year) and potentially up to 2 weeks of work at our on-site Summer Academy, typically held in-person at the University of Chicago and at Amherst College.
Compensation & Benefits
Thrive Scholars offers a competitive 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, non-exempt position.
Starting salary range: $69,700 - $77,500
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
Thrive has a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all employees, including remote staff. Individuals selected for job opportunities must be fully vaccinated and up to date, per CDC guidelines, and will be required to provide proof of vaccination status in advance of your hire date.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons or sincerely-held religious beliefs, Thrive will consider requests for reasonable accommodations consistent with our policy. Accommodation requests cannot be guaranteed, Thrive will consider requests where we are able to provide such accommodations without undue hardship to the organization pursuant to applicable law. Any such accommodation must be approved in advance of signing an offer letter.
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
At Thrive Scholars, our goal is to see talented BIPOC students from economically disadvantaged communities develop economic mobility and financial security, and become the diverse corporate, civic, and academic…