Managing Director of Communications & Content (Location Flexible)

Development · Boston, Massachusetts
Department Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced


At Thrive Scholars, our goal is to see talented students of color from low-income communities 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.

Thrive Scholars originated in Los Angeles as South Central Scholars (“SCS”) and spent the first 13 years refining its integrated high school-through-career program model. The founders replicated this model in Boston in 2014 as Noonan Scholars, and then merged the two programs into SCS Noonan Scholars in 2017. As part of its national expansion strategy, SCS Noonan Scholars recently rebranded as Thrive Scholars, and has begun launching new regions across the country, starting in Chicago and Cleveland, to enhance the organization’s fundraising capabilities and Scholar recruitment efforts, growing the number of students served by more than 300%.

For more information about Thrive, please visit our website.


Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer, the Managing Director of Communications & Content is responsible for developing donor stewardship materials to showcase Thrive’s storytelling capabilities, setting Thrive Scholars’ content strategy and language, and driving external media, production and communication work with vendors.

Specific duties and functions align with these key areas of focus:

Develop Content Strategy (25%)

  • Develop Thrive’s content strategy, ensuring consistent organizational language, messaging and talking points in alignment with our mission, values and unique value proposition
  • Design and implement an integrated communications strategy and project plan across all online platforms (web, email, social media, press), anchored in key media moments
  • Support planning and execution of Thrive Scholars’ 20th Anniversary campaign
  • Manage and enforce brand standards internally and externally

Design Constituent Communications (50%)

  • Design tailored marketing collateral and stewardship materials showcasing our Scholars and program to various donor constituencies (individual, foundation, corporate). This includes video-based and written content
  • Develop new approaches to engage and inspire current and prospective donors; leverage new media tools and traditional channels
  • Design Scholar recruitment collateral and marketing materials
  • Work collaboratively with program teams to create a story bank with ideas and content

Manage External Content Production (25%)

  • Engage and manage outside vendors, including PR firm and video production companies. This includes:
  • Reviewing and editing press releases and target media lists
    • Writing creative briefs to reinforce content strategy and streamline execution
    • Editing video scripts and managing production of organizational videos
    • Provide high-level oversight of Thrive’s social media platforms and website

This role is ideal for a seasoned leader who understands our competitive positioning, is entrepreneurial, and is passionate about unlocking opportunities for highly talented, underrepresented young people. The Managing Director of Communications & Content will manage the Development and Communications Manager to deliver excellent content across platforms and audiences.

Thrive is looking for a dynamic, driven leader who possess the following qualifications:

  • At least eight years of professional experience in strategic communications, social media, creative strategy, and/or digital content creation.
  • Demonstrated management skills and competencies.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, with the ability to synthesize complex information into a simple and understandable form. Strong ability to develop and tailor written material for different platforms.
  • Design skills to direct and design professional and compelling stewardship materials.
  • Experience with the education and corporate sector is a plus.
  • Detail-oriented with a desire to work in a fast-past, data-driven, entrepreneurial culture where agility is valued.
  • Ability to work independently while being an integral and collaborative member of a larger team.
  • Commitment to Thrive Scholars mission and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of the work.

This role can be located anywhere. Occasional travel to Thrive hub offices in Boston and Los Angeles.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

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.


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.

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