Summer Academy 2 - Writing Professor

Summer Academy 2:  June 28th - August 3rd, 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 Writing Professors to each teach one writing section of approximately 25-30 students, focused on helping our Scholars further develop the writing skills they will need to excel in any subject area 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 specifically meant to ready them for the most frequent and meaningful modes of study in college. 

The Writing Professor will be supported by two Teaching Assistants (TAs), who may be graduate students or college instructors that the Professor selects,  with approval from Thrive Scholars staff; alternatively, Thrive can support with identifying a qualified TA, if needed. The Professor and TAs are expected to be present for the entirety of the program and the course time each day, and available for a minimum of 4 hours of office hours during the week. 

The Writing Professor and TAs will be expected to participate in virtual pre-summer onboarding sessions as well as an on-campus orientation at the beginning of the summer. The professor will also be expected to plan their course (in collaboration with other instructors and the Department Chair) before the program begins. Professors and TAs will also be accountable for administering growth-oriented common assessments and meeting shared learning outcomes, while still maintaining autonomy over instructional methods and day-to-day coursework. 

It is crucial to note that the Summer Academy environment provides a bridge between high school and college – it is not exactly one or the other.  The majority of Scholars in our programs are minors. We want Scholars to experience and practice a new level of agency and freedom, but we are also responsible for their well-being and their full participation in our program. Professors must maintain Thrive’s expectations for Scholar attendance and engagement, and they should act as partners in our mission. Professors are also expected to participate fully in required meetings and collaboration sessions and to interact collegially with Thrive permanent staff and seasonal staff as well as with campus employees.

Salary: The Writing Professor will be paid $13,500

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

Location: Hosted at Northwestern University

Dates: June 28th - August 3rd, 2024

Qualifications and Experience

  • Track record of success teaching writing-based course in a selective college setting preferred

  • Track record of success teaching high school students or first-year college students required

  • Passion for and experience in working with a diverse, historically marginalized community

  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States

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. 


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