Summer Academy 1 - Teaching Assistant

Amherst College
June 21st - August 1st

Move-in date: June 19, 2024

The Organization

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 graduating from college and graduating from a top college with the grades, degree, career skills, and networks needed to thrive in any career. Throughout our six-year program, Scholars benefit from admissions guidance and intensive academic preparation before college, and a comprehensive set of academic, personal, social-emotional, financial, and career supports throughout college – all meant to contribute to their economic mobility, starting from their very first job post-graduation. 

(Please read Thrive’s Economic Mobility Statement below.)

The Program

As rising high-school seniors, and rising college first-years, students attend our Summer Academy Program (six weeks in the first summer, five weeks in the second). At its core, Summer Academy (SA) is an immersive academic experience where students learn the quantitative, writing, and critical thinking 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 campuses of Amherst College and Northwestern University. This year, we will serve approximately 500 students across both sites. 

The Position

We are seeking multiple Teaching Assistants (TAs) to assist in teaching courses of approximately 20-25 students at Amherst College focused on helping our students further develop the skills they will need to excel in courses at a selective college. The course will meet between 12-15 hours per week and will include a combination of professor-led instruction and opportunities for students to engage in hands-on and collaborative work. Scholars are required to attend all classes and will have the opportunity to attend optional office hour sessions during the week, with office hours being held twice per week. TAs will be required to take attendance for assigned courses and office hours, as well as follow up with any Scholar who has missed class during the week.

TAs are expected to be present for the entirety of the course time each day, and available for a minimum of 2 hours of office hours during the week. TAs will be paired with Professors based on skill set and need. TAs will also be expected to participate in an orientation before the program begins.

Salary:  TAs will be paid $6,750 for the Summer.

Housing: Room and board will be provided, and covered by Thrive Scholars, for non-local TAs.

Opportunities and requirements:

Writing TA

  • Experience working with diverse student populations

  • Capable of working with students in individualized, small group, and full class settings

  • Bring a compassionate, collaborative, and student-centered approach to teaching

  • Be prepared to contribute to both course design and evaluation of student work

  • Have strong written and oral communication skills

  • Have the ability to lead, plan and to host workshops

  • Have a proficiency  of APA 7th edition

  • Have a proficiency of Canvas Learning Management System 

  • At least 2-3 years in graduate program, preferred

Math TA

  • Experience working with diverse student populations

  • Capable of working with students in individualized, small group, and full class settings

  • Bring a compassionate, collaborative, and student-centered approach to teaching

  • Have the ability to lead, plan and to host workshops

  • Have a mastery of Canvas Learning Management System 

  • At minimum, has taken, and passed, two calculus courses in a college setting

  • At minimum, has one year experience in supporting students in undergraduate calculus courses

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 their 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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Thrive Scholars’ Economic Mobility Statement:

We know that everywhere in our country, there are incredibly high-achieving BIPOC students from economically disadvantaged communities who have big aspirations for their future. By virtue of everything they have achieved—academically, personally, and extracurricularly—these students demonstrate tremendous promise to continue to achieve at great levels in college and in their careers. However, as a result of structural barriers they encounter during the pivotal transitions from high school to college to career, we know that many are hindered from reaching their career ambitions and their goals of economic mobility and financial security. We understand these barriers to be complex and rooted in deep societal inequities and in systemic racism, and we believe they must be addressed at all levels—individual, institutional, and systemic.    


At Thrive Scholars, we have found that we are well-equipped to make a meaningful impact on the individual student level. As an organization, we have identified some of the main barriers that get in the way of Scholars getting that first job out of college that will position them to realize economic mobility. We have developed, over the last twenty years, key interventions, delivered through our College Access, Summer Academy, College Success, Mentorship, and Career Development programs - all aimed at helping high-achieving students from economically disadvantaged communities overcome these obstacles to experience economic mobility. This is our North Star. We do not believe that is all of the work that needs to be done at a societal or even individual level in order to promote a just society where every individual can succeed holistically, but we believe this part of it is where we as an organization should focus. 


Amherst, MA

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