Join Our Team

Challenge Success is a non-profit school reform organization affiliated with the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. We are a small and dynamic team of educators, researchers, mental health professionals, and youth development experts committed to helping schools and families create a healthy, well-balanced, and academically engaging life for kids.




Part-time staff position (15-20 hours per week) supporting the Executive Director in the areas of Accounting, Finance, and Human Resources (HR) administration.


  • Monthly and Year-End Financial Reporting
  • Annual Tax Return Preparation
  • Funds Receivable and Payables Tracking
  • Payroll Administration
  • Personnel File Management
  • HR Compliance and Research
  • Banking, Insurance, and Database Management
  • Contracts Management and Negotiation


  • Expertise in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with QuickBooks and/or other Accounting software
  • 3-5 years of professional experience in finance or accounting
  • Experience with financial statements, payroll, benefits and/or other HR related administration
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, and can work independently
  • Experience working in a school and/or non-profit environment(s) a plus
  • Commitment to Challenge Success mission

Bachelor’s degree or higher preferably in accounting, finance or business related field

Commensurate with experience

Inquiries should be forwarded to Executive Director, Kathy Koo,


We have two summer internship opportunities that allow students to deepen their learning and build skills while contributing to a purpose-driven education organization. Summer internships will run for eight weeks; dates are flexible. We provide a modest monthly stipend. We also encourage students to explore grants or other funding that may be offered by your school for internships.

Summer Intern: Research Team 
Summer Intern: Social Media Marketing



The Challenge Success Research Team is looking for an energetic, curious, and resourceful student (college or graduate school) to join us as a summer intern. Working with our research team offers rich learning opportunities including:

  • experience with a variety of research methods,
  • an opportunity to work with a large dataset,
  • and analyzing and learning about complex issues that students face on a daily basis in our schools.

Working hours are flexible, but we expect the research intern to attend weekly research meetings as well as other meetings that occur during the typical work day. Since all members of the research team work remotely, the candidate must have access to a quiet work space as well as be able to utilize their own laptop or desktop computer. This position is part-time, 15-20 hours per week.


  • Conducting literature reviews on topics relevant to Challenge Success work, including issues related to adolescent health and development as well as education
  • Converting literature reviews into a variety of content (e.g. blog posts, webpages, social media posts, etc.) for sharing with external Challenge Success audiences including educators, parents, students, and others
  • Managing, cleaning, and merging quantitative and qualitative data in SPSS statistical analysis software
  • Running basic quantitative and qualitative analyses, interpreting and sharing results with research and other staff
  • Conducting brief phone interviews with Challenge Success partners including school administrators, counselors, and teachers.


  • Basic working knowledge of statistics and Excel required
  • Experience with Dedoose (or similar qualitative analysis software) and SPSS (or similar) preferred
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Self-starter, ability to identify tasks that need to be done
  • Able to work independently and take initiative
  • Willingness to reach out to new people and be helpful

The intern will be supervised by a member of the Challenge Success Research Team. Please contact with a cover letter and resume by March 15, 2019.  


The Challenge Success Marketing Team is looking for a media-savvy, curious, and resourceful student (high school, college, or graduate school) to join us as a summer intern and support our work to build brand awareness through online and social media channels.

Our team works remotely, so the candidate must have access to a quiet work space and be able to utilize their own computer/devices. This is a part-time, 10-15 hours per week position. Work hours are flexible and will include a weekly meeting with your supervisor.


  • Research social media best practices for our target market, including examples of comparison organizations’ use of social media
  • Analyze social media impressions and engagements on our website and social channels
  • Assist in curating, creating, and editing posts for Challenge Success social channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Medium, and our blog)


  • Active social media user/contributor
  • Basic understanding of design tools (e.g Adobe products, Canva) preferred
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-starter, ability to identify tasks that need to be done
  • Willingness to reach out to new people and be helpful
  • Attention to detail

The intern will be supervised by the Challenge Success Marketing & Communications Director. Please contact with a cover letter and resume by March 15, 2019.  

Challenge Success is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.