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Minerva Schools at KGI

A unique four-year, accredited undergraduate program

Minerva offers a unique undergraduate experience for the brightest, most motivated students in the world. Minerva has been deliberately designed to teach the capabilities needed to solve complex challenges. Combining a reinvented curriculum, rigorous academic standards, cutting-edge technology, and an immersive global experience, Minerva provides an exceptional and accessible education to prepare future leaders and innovators across all disciplines. Minerva formed an alliance with Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) to establish the Minerva Schools at KGI in 2013, a WASC-accredited, four-year, undergraduate institution.

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Minerva Project

Driving pedagogical and technology advancements that are transforming higher education

Minerva Project is reinventing higher education to prepare future leaders and innovators in a global context. With a pedagogy and curriculum specifically designed to teach critical thinking, creative thinking and effective communication, combined with a technology platform built in service to the science of learning, Minerva is making higher education more accessible and affordable for the brightest and most motivated students from around the world. Minerva was founded by CEO Ben Nelson in 2012, received a seed investment from Benchmark Capital the same year, and a Series B investment from educational, technology and innovation investors including TAL (NYSE: XRS), Benchmark Capital, ZhenFund, and Yongjin Group in 2014.

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Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship

Ensuring accessibility for students and support for faculty research

The Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship, led by Executive Chairman Bob Kerrey, is a non-profit committed to making quality education accessible to qualified students, facilitating the administration of grant-funded research, and advocating for broad reform in higher education. By offering a variety of scholarship and loan programs, providing a mechanism for more efficient and effective grant administration for research, and recognizing thought leadership in higher education through the Minerva Academy and Prize, the Minerva Institute is dedicated to solutions that will improve higher education on a global scale.

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The Minerva Academy & Prize

Celebrating innovation and developments in higher education instruction

The Minerva Institute houses the Minerva Academy, a distinguished society of educators. Nobel Laureate Dr. Roger Kornberg serves as Governor of the Academy, an honorary institution and forum for open exchange of new ideas and enhanced practices in higher education instruction. The Minerva Academy awards the Minerva Prize, a distinguished honor and $500,000 award designed to recognize extraordinary advancements in teaching innovation, excellence and impact.

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January 16, 2014 Minerva Founder's Letter

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Leadership Team

Ben Nelson portrait
Ben Nelson Chief Executive Officer
Robin Goldberg portrait
Robin Goldberg Chief Experience Officer
Jonathan Katzman portrait
Jonathan Katzman Chief Product Officer
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Bob Kerrey Executive Chairman
Minerva Institute
Roger Kornberg portrait
Roger Kornberg, Ph.D. Governor of the
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Minerva is assembling an exceptional team, dedicated to reinventing every aspect of the university experience to provide students with the best education possible.

Employees will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic, collaborative, creative environment with other smart, talented people from around the world. Minerva is the right place for those who enjoy challenging assumptions, forging new paths and accomplishing things that have not been done before.

Every individual in our organization is driven to positively impact our collective future by ensuring the most exceptional students in the world fulfill their extraordinary potential.

Key Benefits

Equity Ownership

Generous equity stake, ensuring you share in the success of the organization

Unlimited Vacation

Unlimited vacation time, so you can get away when you need to

Excellent Healthcare

Health, dental and vision plans to keep you covered

Great Location

Centrally located in the heart of San Francisco, steps away from Civic Center, BART and Muni

Brilliant Team Members

Work side-by-side with some of the most talented people in business and academia

Continuous Learning

Enroll in Minerva courses taught by renowned professors

Fulfilling Mission

Help make a meaningful impact on higher education and society at large

Open Positions

Regional Student Outreach Manager, China

Outreach for China

Regional Student Outreach Manager, South Asia

Outreach for South Asia

Marketing Programs Associate

Lead generation enthusiast

Front End Web Engineer

Passionate about product and pixels

Full Stack Web Engineer

Builds single page web apps

Visual Experience Designer

Creative communication across a variety of media


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