Minerva University


Minerva University, based in San Francisco, California, 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 undergraduate students come from all over the world to spend their first year in residence in San Francisco, and then live and study in a different major world city every semester thereafter: Seoul, Hyderabad, Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, and Taipei. These rich international experiences provide students with deep global understanding and skills.


The Student Life team oversees the growth and development of students outside the classroom. Student Life staff members work within and across teams focused on residential life and Minerva community development, civic engagement and city/cultural immersion, mental health and wellbeing, and professional development of students to prepare them for post-graduation employment or graduate and professional school. These teams are unified by a shared goal of providing and/or supporting opportunities for integrated learning for our diverse and global student community.

Directly reporting to the City Director will be a Residential Life Manager (RLM) and a Experiential Education Manager (EEM) in the assigned city, supporting as a team of three all activities in the city, and providing students with a holistic semester experience. In addition to the core general functions outlined below, the City Director will have overall responsibility for the following:

  • The full operation of the rotation city in collaboration with their assigned Global Director and in the supervision of their own direct reports (RLM and EEM).
  • Ultimately responsible for development and implementation of the high-level strategy, overarching narrative and cohesion of goals and timeliness of messaging to students and staff relative to their rotation city, holding the Student Life Team accountable to content deadlines, facilitating meetings and checking in and providing feedback on deliverables, in collaboration with the entire Global Oversight team.

The City Director will oversee and be responsible for:

  • The full city budget for the semester
  • City calendar programming in collaboration with the Global Oversight team
  • City Preparation, opening and city closing (with the full city team working check-ins and check-outs)
  • Crisis and emergency management response (HSSE): implementation and management
  • Oversight of visa application process for 100+ students to Taiwan and support for student applications for visas to their next rotation city.
  • Effective team delivery of milestone events (the City Director will project-manage Elevation, and oversee the Residence Life Manager’s work on milestone events such as Elevation/Friendsgiving/Quinquatria (as relevant) and Continuum in coordination with the whole Student Life Team. Similarly they will oversee the Experiential Education Manager’s work on Civitas and Symposium connected to vivid engagement in the city
  • Maintaining ongoing relationship(s) with residence hall property management, the local technology provider in collaboration with Minerva’s technology consultant, and the local visa partner (if applicable). Will be the primary point of contact for partnership opportunities with local professionals and organizations, passing on contacts to the Partnerships Manager when applicable.
  • Defining, reporting and administering general incident reports and policy violations, including formal student conduct cases in collaboration with the relevant Global Director.
  • Other duties as assigned.

It is preferred that the City Director have a broad working knowledge of Taipei, including fluency in the local language and a local professional network. In addition, it is required that the incumbent be a citizen of the country to which they are assigned, or in possession of work authorization documents valid for at least the six months of the program in that country. City Directors should have 5-7 years of work experience and at least 2 years of experience managing staff.

This is a 6.5 month contract position beginning July 1, 2023. Salary will be based on $50,000-$65,000 yearly compensation.