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 the career of their choice. 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 year ahead, Thrive Scholars will be growing the number of students we serve and deepening our career development programming to include brand new industry-specific tracks, ensuring that Scholars have the tailored preparation they need to enter and grow within competitive career fields, including Finance and Consulting.
Thrive Scholars is looking to recruit an experienced and results-driven Program Director, who will lead the development and implementation of our new Finance Career Pathway. In this inaugural role, the Director will ensure that interested Scholars are equipped to excel in the finance and consulting fields.
At the onset, the Program Director will have the opportunity to shape the design of the new Finance and Consulting focused career development curriculum that will be embedded within the holistic six-year Thrive Scholars program. The goal of this program is to ensure that Scholars gain relevant experiences, knowledge, and skills to support their career success in this field. Once the track is launched, beginning in fall 2021, the Program Director will oversee Finance and Consulting programming and provide tailored individual career support to a caseload of Scholars within this track.
In this role, you will be able to bring together your expertise of Finance and Consulting career paths, your skills in program and project design and implementation, and your rapport-building and coaching abilities, to create and deliver a transformative career development experience for our Scholars.
Over the summer, the Program Director will support students at our Summer Academies, held virtually in 2021, though typically held in-person at USC and at Amherst College. Post-COVID, this role will include occasional academic-year travel and potentially up to 1 week of work in Los Angeles and in Amherst, Massachusetts during our Summer Academy.
The Program Director, Finance Career Pathways, will report to the Senior Director of Career Development.
Program Design and Leadership:
Design and implement a Finance and Consulting focused curriculum that spans the entire six-year Scholar experience and ensures students have the preparation to enter and grow within the job market successfully. In designing the new Finance and Consulting track, the Program Director will build on our existing generalist career development curriculum and will work with each of our program teams to integrate career development programming within our Summer Academy, College Access, College Success and Mentorship programs.
Create resources, design online courses and facilitate virtual and in-person workshops and panels on topics that support students in navigating their post college Finance and Consulting career path.
Plan and lead student engagement events including company presentations, industry panels, industry TREKS or company visits.
Individual Scholar Coaching and Support:
As the primary relationship manager for students on the caseload, assess and triage holistic needs that Scholars may have, including academic and socioemotional.
Provide individual coaching and support to Finance and Consulting students, focusing on career exploration; and career road mapping and skills development. Coaching may take place in-person when geographically possible (post-COVID) and most often will take place through in-depth video, phone and email exchanges.
Identify and share with Scholars the bar of success for the Finance and Consulting functions and industries. Help them develop the skills and experiences required to meet the hiring bar.
Provide Scholars with Finance and Consulting recruiting and interview preparation as they apply for internship, job, graduate school, and fellowship opportunities. This includes consulting on recruiting strategy, understanding hiring profiles for targeted roles, identifying candidates based on successful profile, interview preparation, and coaching support before and during internship/job.
Provide support to volunteer mentors who are also working with students on the Coach’s caseload.
Maintain records of all appointments, presentations, and services to students.
Department and Organizational Collaboration:
Partner with the Director of Corporate Partnership to maximize industry partner internship and full-time recruitment pipeline and on-the-job success. This will include participating in pitch meetings, ideating on program integrations, providing thought leadership on company targets and best practices
Research employment trends, industry insights, and best career coaching practices; curate and share this information with career coaches and program teams.
Provide ongoing data analysis and outcomes measurement. Analyze data and prepare statistical reports as needed.
In collaboration with others on the Career team, support the implementation of core career programming across industries, including events, workshops, webinars, conferences, and the production of lasting resources.
The Ideal Candidate
Bachelor’s degree required
Minimum 7 years of professional experience, including 4 years in investment banking, financial services or management consulting
Minimum 2 years’ relevant experience in advising, coaching, talent recruitment, talent development, or people management role
Entrepreneurial skills and demonstrated track record of building and implementing developmental programs or initiatives
Results-driven with an ability to adapt your approach to achieve stated results
Ability to build strong and trusting rapport with a diverse group of college students
Strong knowledge of Finance and Consulting career paths and employment landscape
Deep understanding of the college to career journey for underrepresented students
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent analytical, and organizational skills
Capacity to balance multiple and varied tasks, meet deadlines, and use well-developed time management and organizational skills
Experience using a database for documentation and reporting (Salesforce preferred)
Experience with Canvas or other LMS preferred
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 position.
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.