*Virtual onboarding to take place mid-late May. Specific dates TBD.
At Thrive Scholars, our goal is to see talented economically disadvantaged BIPOC students 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.
As rising high-school seniors, students attend our six-week Summer Academy. At its core, Summer Academy is an academic boot camp where students learn the quantitative and writing skills they need to excel in college and in their preferred majors, with additional time devoted to personal and professional development topics. Summer Academy is a residential program held on the campus of Amherst College. This year, we expect to serve 300 students and are currently planning for an in-person program. We will also continue to monitor COVID developments in order to determine whether a residential program is safe and feasible, or if we will need to pivot to a virtual program as we did in 2020 and 2021.
The Position Thrive Scholars is seeking multiple Assistant Site Directors (ADs) to provide on-site leadership at our 2023 Summer Academy (SA), ensuring a positive, enriching, & safe experience for Scholars. The Assistant Site Director will assist the Site Director in the day-to-day operation of the program.In collaboration with the Site Director, the AD will assist in administering program logistics, manage the development and implementation of recreational programming, provide supervision/support to Scholars & supervise Resident Program Assistants (PA). As this is a residential program, the Assistant Site Director will live among the Scholars in a residence hall and will collaborate with the Site Director to provide coverage 24 hours/day for the duration of the program in case urgent matters arise. The Assistant Site Director will have 6 paid days off over the course of SA, to be taken on weekdays. They will be expected to participate in virtual orientation to be hosted in mid-late May; and on campus orientation the week prior to the start of Summer Academy. After the conclusion of SA, the ADs, along with the Site Director, will be responsible for creating an end-of- program report.
Reports to: Summer Academy Site Director
The Assistant Site Director will be paid between $7,000 - $9,000, commensurate with experience.
Room and board will be provided, and covered by Thrive Scholars.
Reimbursement up to $350 will be provided for travel for eligible candidates.
Primary Responsibilities The Assistant Site Director will be responsible for the following: Programming
In collaboration with the Site Director, help lead the student orientation
Manage the development & implementation of recreational/community-building events for students on evenings/weekends
Support activities designed by our program teams (College Access, College Success, Mentorship & Career) focused on preparing Scholars for college transition & engaging them in career exploration
Plan & chaperone off-site field trips
Keep Site Director informed via regular check-ins & communication; work collaboratively with Site Director and Thrive staff to troubleshoot as necessary and implement approved decisions
Attend weekly staff meetings
Lead training for & provide ongoing supervision to Resident Program Assistants (PA)
Host weekly meetings with PAs to provide feedback and guidance as needed to ensure strong performance
Manage PA time-off schedule, ensuring appropriate coverage of duties and Scholar oversight
Track Scholar attendance and follow up when needed
Provide ongoing classroom and academic needs support
Implement classroom assignments, dining hall use, and daily schedules in collaboration with PAs
Maintain updated documentation regarding the program and students
Manage mail system for collection and distribution for Scholars and summer site staff
Manage the tracking of room key loss and distribution for Scholars and PAs
In collaboration with the SD, oversee the use of Thrive assigned campus vehicles
Student Supervision & Support
With the PAs, engage in ongoing monitoring of individual student safety, well-being, & program participation; provide support around residential, academic, health, & socio-emotional issues that may arise; & work as a liaison with medical, mental health, or safety services, as needed
Ensure that students abide by SA Code of Conduct and attendance policies, and administer appropriate consequences &/or support for students who are not in compliance
Mediate conflicts among Scholars and residential life staff
Maintain objectivity and strict confidentiality in all sensitive matters and with student information
Accompany Scholars to Urgent Care when necessary
The Ideal Candidate
Minimum of 3 years of experience working with youth in a full-time role
Experience working in a learning-living community, such as an academic summer program, a residential high school or a college/university
Knowledge of best practices for risk management in a residential setting
Experience in & passion for working with a diverse community of high school & college students
Superior interpersonal skills & ability to build effective relationships with students, faculty, & staff
High level of dependability & strong commitment to ensuring the health & safety of participants at all times
Enthusiasm & ability to work in a high-energy environment, foster positivity & energy among high-school & college students
Ability to train/manage a team of college-age staff members
Ability to independently manage multiple priorities
Uphold and enforce the values, policies, and procedures of Thrive Scholars and the Summer Academy Program, as outlined in the program manual
Valid driver’s license
CPR & First Aid certification preferred
Experience in school counseling or social work preferred
Bachelor’s degree required
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
Thrive has instituted a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all employees, including remote staff. Individuals selected for job opportunities must be fully vaccinated, and show proof of vaccination status, in advance of your hire date. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving their second dose in a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or one dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).
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, and 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 the hire date.
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.
Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.