Who we are
Across the country, college completion rates are abysmal. In our home state of California, just over a quarter of students enrolled at a state university (CSU) campus graduate within four years. Of students who do graduate from college, around four in 10 end up underemployed in a first job. Traditionally underserved populations — like working students, students of color, parent learners, and those who are first in their families to attend college — disproportionately suffer.
We think this status quo is unacceptable. Rivet School is college built for real life — a new type of college experience designed from the ground up to support traditionally underserved students. Rivet School students earn an accredited, job-relevant bachelor’s degree in as little as 2-3 years, and for around $10,000, total.
Rivet School is a fast-growing nonprofit currently supporting 150+ students across California, and aiming to nearly double in size this year. We’re a tight-knit, supportive, and diverse team of ~15 (mostly full-time but with a couple of close outside collaborators). And we can’t wait to learn more about you — and to see if you might be a fit for this newest role.
Why we need you
We’re growing quickly — and quickly outgrowing our existing processes and operations. You’ll help us build stronger, more sustainable, and more scalable systems across our organization. In brief, your role is to support Rivet School’s two co-Executive Directors on ongoing and new operational tasks and projects.
Over your first year or so, you’ll specifically focus on the following projects/initiatives:
In addition to the project-based work above — and workload dependent — you might also assume a number of (smaller) regular operational responsibilities — like supporting our accounting and bookkeeping, managing bill payments, and helping maintain our data dashboards.
As our organization grows, you’ll help hire new team members to staff these workstreams and others. As you do so, you’ll likely have the opportunity to specialize — in one of the functions above, or elsewhere across the organization.
Who you are & what you can do
Why you should apply
As an early member of our team, you’ll play a crucial role in taking Rivet School to the next level. Your work will directly impact the lives of our growing student body, and will help increase equitable access to high-quality higher education and life-sustaining careers.
You’ll also join a committed, high-performing, thoughtful, and very fun (if we say so ourselves) team. Here’s what a few team members say about working at Rivet School:
- I've never worked in a more supportive organization. The team fosters a culture of collaboration and openness that makes me feel comfortable bringing my whole self to work everyday.
- It’s hard to imagine a better workplace. Team members are genuine, empathetic, open to feedback, and competent.
- Collaborative work is woven into the Rivet School culture. As an introvert who usually prefers to work alone, I find collaborating with my team to be fun, productive, and supportive.
- I appreciate our open discussions on race, equity and inclusion and how each of us takes responsibility to use this lens in our work.
The nitty gritty
Who we are
Across the country, college completion rates are abysmal. In our home state of California, just over a quarter of students enrolled at a state university (CSU) campus graduate within four years. Of students who do graduate from…