Minerva Institute

Experiential Education Manager, San Francisco


Minerva University is a highly selective four-year institution challenging the traditional approach to higher education. Minerva has been intentionally designed -- combining a reinvented curriculum, rigorous academic standards, cutting-edge technology, and an immersive global experience to prepare the most motivated students in the world to solve complex challenges. Students develop both academically and as culturally dexterous individuals, interacting with classmates from more than 40 different countries.

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 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.


The Experiential Education Manager will demonstrate a passion for designing and facilitating city experiences and large-scale events that bring skills, knowledge, and new cultures alive for first-year college students. This individual will embrace the opportunity to work with young adults from more than 50 different countries who are navigating college for the first time and are eager and excited to grow through engaging in experiences in the places in which they live. Directly reporting to the Global Director of Student Life, San Francisco, the Experiential Education Manager will be an integral member of the Student Life Team in San Francisco, supporting all activities in the city and providing students with a holistic two-semester experience. The posting will be a full-time salaried position.

The Experiential Education Manager will have the following core responsibilities:

Experience Design & Facilitation

  • Design, lead, and organize interactive and engaging experiential activities with local partners and organization which deepen and expand on student learning in the classroom and help students connect with the local community
  • Oversee weekly community programs to connect students through culture, provide a space for students to tell their personal stories, and promote well-being
  • Oversee Student Intiatives (SIs), including reviewing applications for establishing new SIs, fund requests for SI initiatives, and overseeing the SI Leadership Council
  • Facilitate experiences and discussions relevant to the Integrated Learning course
  • Support the Partnership and Events Manager to produce Civitas & Symposium, two class-wide events that connect students and local partners & showcase end of year learning, respectively
  • Support experiences, programs, and initiatives offered by the team, with particular support for Milestone Events and Civic Engagement events
  • Run the mid-semester student feedback session, the Pulse Survey, to gather insight from students’ lived experiences to assess the efficacy of programs, initiatives, and support measures

San Francisco Student Life Team Member

  • Recruit and supervise assigned student interns
  • Be familiar with and enforce the rules and regulations of the Minerva Student Handbook and Student Residential Agreement
  • City preparation, opening and closing, including orientation check-in and check-out duties
  • Close collaboration on all events, including milestones, with assigned lead responsibilities
  • Hold the emergency phone on a rotating weekend basis, once every five weekends from Friday (morning) - Sunday (nighttime), during which the on-duty staff must remain in the Bay Area to respond to emergencies as they arise. All emergency response staff will receive training to understand the building and resources to effectively respond to student emergencies.
  • Be visible to students during the Monday to Friday work week, with demonstrable active contributions during the entire semester, including the requirement for some weekend or evening work
  • Host weekly office hours, as well as 1-on-1 meetings with students as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Student Life, San Francisco


  • Comfortable public speaker, who has no trouble leading an all-class program for 100+ students
  • An expert at hosting and running events in person and on Zoom
  • Creator of meaningful experiences that have the power to transform lives
  • Strong project manager, who is expertly able to prioritize multiple projects at once, with familiarity with tools such as Asana
  • Proactive problem solver who pays close attention to details
  • Experienced team player, who is adaptable and committed to putting in the extra effort needed to get the job done
  • Dynamic individual who is comfortable working in ambiguity
  • Self-starter with an ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Person passionate about student development in multicultural environments and deeply aware of intercultural dynamics
  • Positive individual with an ability to give and receive feedback well


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in an applicable field.
  • 2-4 years’ relevant professional experience.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Broad working knowledge of San Francisco, including fluency in English and a local professional network.
  • Citizen of the United States, or in possession of work authorization documents.


The anticipated hiring salary range is between $66,500 - $80,000.

At Minerva University, we are proud to provide meaningful, competitive, high-quality health care plans (medical, dental, vision), tuition discounts, and more.


Applications received by May 15 will receive priority consideration.

Candidates should include a Resume, Cover Letter, and responses to the following Supplemental Questions:

  • What excites you about this role and Minerva’s Student Life department?
  • What does it mean to create meaningful experiences for students and what is the recipe for success?
  • What contributions do you hope to bring to this new role?
  • What changes do you foresee in this role compared to your previous role?

Minerva is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local law.