Career Lead / Director of Career

Richmond, CA

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Who we are

Across the country, college completion rates are abysmal. Here in California, for instance, just over a quarter of students enrolled at a California 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, 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.

Why we need you

At Rivet School, our objective isn’t just to help students earn a college degree — it’s to enable students to unlock new career opportunities.

As our Career Lead / Director of Career, you’ll help build and execute on Rivet School’s strategy for supporting students beyond the degree to a great job.

As our first full-time career development hire, your role will initially involve a variety of responsibilities, including strategizing and planning, curriculum development, partnerships development, and direct student support. Over time — depending on your capacity and on Rivet School’s needs — you’ll likely use what you learn to help us build out a small team focused on career development.

Who you are

  • You’re likely a generalist with a deep interest in helping traditionally underserved students access opportunity. (A typical Riveter is in their late 20s — though we also work with younger students — is a first-generation college student, is Black, Latino, or AAPI, has previously enrolled in and stopped out of college, and either is a parent or has significant family responsibilities.)
  • You like building new things, and are comfortable navigating complexity and ambiguity.

  • You might have experience in career coaching or in developing career curriculum — but you might also just be a savvy job-seeker and career navigator yourself.
  • You’re comfortable owning and executing on big projects — but you’re also willing to dive into the nitty gritty. You are excellent at building and stewarding authentic relationships, and deftly navigate operational and organizational hurdles to make partnerships work.

  • You are a data-driven and rigorous thinker, but you also jump at the chance to solve problems collaboratively. You sweat the small stuff, always follow through on your commitments, and are meticulous about documenting, communicating and organizing your work.

  • You have the disposition of a coach. You believe all students are whole people with complex lives, and you believe anyone can succeed with the right support and environment. When interacting with others, you first listen, ask questions, and then speak. You can efficiently diagnose problems and generate solutions. You’re a keen communicator with the emotional intelligence to effectively shepherd a conversation to a desired outcome.
  • While this isn’t a requirement, we are enthusiastic to consider candidates who share proximity to our learners — for instance, who worked while attending college, attended a community college en route to a bachelor’s degree, or who were an adult or parent learner.

Why you should apply

As the tenth 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 120+ students (and growing), and will help increase equitable access to high-quality higher education and family-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.

Learn more about the Rivet School team on our website here, or on Glassdoor

The Nitty Gritty

  • Target start date: As soon as November 1, 2020
  • This is a full-time role based in Richmond, CA. Our team works flexible hours, and regularly works from home. Our entire team is currently working remotely as a precaution during the pandemic, but hope to return to our offices sometime in early 2021. 
  • We offer health benefits (medical, dental, and vision) and 30 days of PTO per year (15 days of PTO and 15 recognized holidays).
  • At Rivet School, we use a competency-based hiring and leveling framework to ensure equity and fairness in promotions and compensation. For this position, we are open to candidates with a wider variety of experience levels, ranging from manager-level to director-level candidates. The associated salary range for these levels is ~$75,000 - $95,000 / year.
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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.