Program Manager, Corporate Partnerships

Thrive Scholars

California, United States Remote Can be based remotely, with a preference to a major market. Role requires some national travel.

Full time

$69-83k (annually)

Project/Program Manager

Nov 17

The Organization

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 just graduating from any college, and graduating from a top college with the grades, degree, career skills, and network needed to thrive in a career that positions students for economic mobility. 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 programming delivered by our professional staff is complemented by our corporate partners, who serve as mentors, industry guides, and employers to our Scholars and alumni.

The Position

Thrive Scholars is looking to recruit a skilled and collaborative Program Manager, who will lead the ongoing development and implementation of our corporate partner programming. In this role, the Manager will work with the rest of the Program team and the Development team to refine and build on our corporate partner engagement model, ensuring a commitment to student experience and learning outcomes.

Our corporate partnership model engages industry partners across the country 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 supports 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 by hiring Scholars for internships and alumni for jobs. Along these lines, the Program Manager will have opportunities to collaborate across departments to identify and design new partner engagement initiatives and you will play a critical role in stewarding, growing, and sustaining our existing corporate partnerships.

In this role, you will be able to bring together your experience in mentoring programming, your skills in youth program management and partner stewardship and engagement, and your collaboration and relationship-building abilities, to deliver a well-integrated, high-quality corporate partnership program for all stakeholders.

The Program Manager, Corporate Partnerships can be based remotely, with a preference to a major market, and will report to the Managing Director of College Programs. This position requires some national travel.

Key Responsibilities: 

In this role, the Manager will be responsible for leading and implementing all programmatic aspects of our Corporate Sponsors Program model for a portfolio of partnerships. These responsibilities include:

Overall Program Management & Administration

GOAL: Ensure a high quality, consistent and reliable experience for all stakeholders, including Scholars and partners

  • Working closely with the Corporate Partnerships team in the Development department, and with Program staff, co-create partnership plans that serve student learning goals and partner objectives, and that complement and align with Scholars’ experiences within the broader Thrive Scholars program
  • Plan and execute key program components, including the student selection process, student orientation, partner/Scholar events, etc., engaging stakeholders where appropriate to ensure equitable processes
  • Act as a liaison between Program and Development teams to ensure a positive, Scholar-centered experience, managing ongoing expectations and communication between various internal stakeholders
  • Communicate student updates and partnership experiences to internal and external stakeholders
  • Collaborate with Thrive’s Marketing and Communications team to support Scholars and partners in various public relations and media opportunities
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date Scholar and partnership database records, leverage data to track and assess the Scholar and partner experience and inform program design and improvements
  • Assist in systemizing program operations, including Salesforce development, data reporting and analysis
  • Collaborate with Thrive’s College Access, College Success, Career Development and Corporate Partnership teams on partner activations including workshops, capstone projects, conferences, and career experiences (e.g. externships and internships)

Design and Lead the Mentorship Year program component

GOAL: Effectively engage corporate partner employees to provide relevant, responsive and impactful mentorship to Scholars, in support of Scholars’ personal and professional ambitions 

  • Building on our established Mentorship Year blueprint, collaborate with Mentorship team colleagues and with corporate partners to tailor a program that meets the needs of partners and Scholars
  • Advise partners in identifying volunteers for the mentor role from within their employee teams 
  • Onboard, orient, and provide coaching and individualized support to mentorship matches to promote engagement, positive relationships, and learning outcomes for both Scholars and employee mentors
  • Work with partners to plan mentorship events and steward employee engagement ranging from entry level to C-suite employees at the company
  • Collaborate with the rest of the Mentorship team to create and deploy self-guided resources for partners and mentoring pairs.

Student Coaching and Professional Development

GOAL: Ensure Scholars are equipped to successfully navigate and benefit from their corporate partnership engagement

  • Through orientation and ongoing education and skills-building, prepare students for effective interactions with partner companies and representatives 
  • Ensure Scholar-centered selection processes by providing clear expectations and individualized support
  • Provide culturally-responsive coaching and support to students as they navigate new professional spaces
  • In collaboration with the career development team, provide training and support for students to prepare them for internship experiences at partner sites, where applicable
  • Aid students in building their understanding of industry norms and potential career pathways via their corporate partner engagements
  • As needed, ensure that Scholars are engaged with the Program team for coaching and support

Partner Management and Engagement

GOAL: Assist in the management of an assigned portfolio of partners, with a focus on partner satisfaction, growth, and renewal, including managing program engagement and activations for assigned partners.

  • Serve as a point of contact with partners as it relates to the Corporate Sponsors Program, which includes understanding partner priorities, and advising partners on the program events, processes, and big picture program goals, in support of employee engagement and partnership growth
  • Manage components of partner communication strategy, and provide responsive and high-quality customer service to company contacts and leaders, ensuring overall partner satisfaction 
  • Attend and prepare for ongoing partner meetings to manage communications and planning
  • Collaborate with partners to ensure a positive and high impact experience by creating and communicating Scholar-centered programming expectations
  • Design and facilitate events which are enjoyable for Scholars and partner employees alike, which enable industry exposure and promote positive connections across background and experience
  • Build relationships with employees ranging from entry level to C-suite at partner companies, through the delivery of each partners’ unique engagement activities
  • Track and manage partnership programmatic activation timelines related to the Corporate Sponsors Program, collaborating with internal colleagues and partner contacts to ensure efficient execution
  • Collaborate with program and development staff to envision and develop additional corporate partner engagement programming, including new mentoring, volunteering, and industry immersion experiences connecting Scholars with our partner companies.

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. If you believe you can meet the expectations and responsibilities of this position, we want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. 

  • Minimum of three years of professional experience; minimum of two years managing youth programming/events
  • Experience in youth mentoring, including mentor training and/or support
  • Experience in volunteer management and stewardship
  • Experience in partnership management and stewardship; corporate partnership preferred
  • Experience in and a passion for working with first-generation and BIPOC high school and/or college students
  • Deep understanding of the systemic barriers underrepresented students encounter in the pursuit of higher education and career placement and advancement
  • Expertise in and passion around issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in corporate settings
  • A highly skilled relationship-builder who can effectively engage and develop trusting connections with high school and college students as well as seasoned professionals, industry executives, and corporate leaders
  • Effective at understanding the motivations of diverse groups of stakeholders, identifying opportunities for connection and alignment, and promoting buy-in
  • Experience designing and facilitating employee engagement activities
  • Track record of success creating and delivering on a calendar of partner engagements, toward mutual benefit and stakeholder satisfaction, including effectively managing choice points and collaborative processes
  • A strategic decision-maker who can make choices that demonstrate Scholar-centeredness and strategy alignment
  • Ability to work independently while being an integral and collaborative member of a larger team
  • High degree of effectiveness in cross-departmental and cross-functional collaboration, and across leadership levels, with success in establishing credibility and promoting shared understanding
  • Skills in engaging corporate partners and external stakeholders with agility, creativity, and enthusiasm
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to create varied messaging that effectively motivates and directs students, non-profit professionals, and corporate audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to collect and manage data with accuracy, and to leverage data in managing program processes and identifying program improvements; experience with Salesforce or other database a plus
  • Ability to leverage technology to build rapport with, and facilitate highly engaging interactive training and events for, students and corporate professionals across the country
  • 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 
  • Interest in working within a growing national organization, demonstrating flexibility, openness to collaboration, and a commitment to achieving results


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 non-exempt position.

 Compensation Range: $69,000 - $83,000

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 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, equity, and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse staff team and community. We strongly encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. 

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