Admissions Specialist (Part-Time)

Richmond, CA

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Who we are

Across the country, college completion rates are abysmal. Nationwide, students take 6.5 years on average to earn a BA. Traditional college is no longer a gateway to economic opportunity, especially for traditionally underserved students.

We think this status quo is unacceptable. At Rivet School, we’re creating a new college experience to help our students (who are working parents, activists, aspiring teachers, Dreamers, and more) earn an affordable and job-relevant bachelor's degree. We recruit students who have dropped out of college or never started, enroll them in a rigorous online degree program, and support them with one-on-one coaching, a community of peers, and real-world resources like a laptop, co-working space, and more.

Why we need you

After two years of perfecting our program model, we’re starting to grow rapidly — that means more people interested in learning about Rivet School, and more people enrolling as students. As an Admissions Specialist, you’ll work on the front lines of this growth, managing and supporting all aspects of our admissions process alongside our Admissions Lead, Angelina.

You’ll work directly with prospective fellows (what we call students), supporting them as they navigate our application and onboarding process. But you’ll do more than just execute; you’ll also join our Admissions Lead in thinking critically about how we communicate with applicants, how we manage our admissions process and pipeline, and how we can best set up new fellows for success. As an Admissions Specialist, you’ll:

  • Serve as a Rivet School brand ambassador, discussing our program with prospective students with empathy and honesty 
  • Conduct initial outreach (via phone, text, and email) to prospective students and field incoming questions and requests for support
  • Communicate expertly on all things RIvet School — from our financial aid options to our university partners to our onboarding process
  • Assist our Admissions Lead in supporting applicants through their application — from conducting interviews to reviewing submitted applications
  • Support students through their onboarding period (a 6-week, free trial period that all students complete before being accepted) by helping them create a financial aid plan
  • Work with the Admissions Lead on strategic projects like creating new resources (how-to videos, one-pagers) to better support prospective students

Who you are

  • You’re a “people person” who draws energy from relationships and working with others. You are exceptional at quickly building rapport with people that you’ve just met. You’re charismatic, but more importantly, you care.
  • You sweat the small stuff, and are meticulous about documenting, communicating and organizing your work.
  • You love using technology, and have a knack for using and customizing tech systems.
  • You hustle (in the best sense of the word) and are relentless in pursuing your goals. You love the thrill of a big, meaningful challenge and aren’t easily discouraged.
  • You’re creative, adaptable, and like variety.
  • You’re an excellent writer and a keen communicator. You can readily tailor a message for a variety of audiences.
  • You find the idea of building a new college experience from (just about) scratch thrilling. In particular, you care deeply about supporting students who’ve traditionally been underserved by existing education options.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree, or are studying for one. Even better if you’re a current Rivet School fellow, worked while attending college, attended a community college en route to a BA, were an adult or parent learner, or in some other way deviated from the so-called “traditional” path.

Why you should apply

In your role, you’ll make a difference by helping us find, support, and onboard students who otherwise might not earn a college degree. Your work will directly benefit students like Myiah, who writes:

I enrolled in Rivet School program in October of 2018 and earned my AA in 6 months! I was able to make it happen because of the program's flexibility and all of the support the program offers.

If you join us, you’ll also become part of a small but mighty team tackling a huge problem with real consequences. You can also expect to grow — a lot. We’re committed to doing everything we can to help you achieve your professional and learning goals.

The nitty gritty

  • Target start date: Monday, 10/19/20. We’re looking to fill this role as soon as possible, and will consider applications as they’re submitted.
  • This is a part-time, hourly role (approximately 20 hours/week). Initially, this role will be for six months, though there may be an opportunity to extend (and potentially an opportunity to convert to full-time).
  • Our office is in Richmond, CA. Due to the pandemic, we’re all working remotely right now — when things return to normal, you’ll come into the office 1-2x a week to meet prospective students and have meetings with the rest of the team. Otherwise, you’re welcome to work from wherever you’d like.
  • Compensation: $26-$28/hour.

Rivet School works to upend historically entrenched inequities by reimagining the post-secondary school experience, especially for first-generation and non-traditional students. We commit to living our mission and values by hiring a diverse team, and especially welcome candidates who reflect the identities and experiences of the students we serve—who are majority parents, Black and Latinx, and low to middle-income—to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Rivet School is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Why Rivet School

Rivet School isn’t just a great place for students.

Just as we pour our energy into making Rivet School an amazing place for students, we invest just as much in making Rivet School a great place for our team. While we’re serious about our work — and about pushing ourselves to grow — we’re also serious about having fun, showing up for each other, and taking time to pause when we need it.


Here’s what our team members say about working here:

“I’ve never worked in a more supportive organization.”

“It’s hard to imagine a better workplace. Team members are genuine, empathetic, open to feedback, and competent.”
“There’s high-quality work produced across the team. Things are systematized, well-documented, organized, and clear.”

If this environment speaks to you, speak to us! We look forward to getting to know you.