Minerva Institute

About Minerva Schools at KGI

Minerva, headquartered 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 formed an alliance with Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) to establish the Minerva Schools at KGI in 2013, a WASC-accredited, four-year, undergraduate institution. Over the course of their four year experience, students travel to San Francisco, Taipei, Seoul, Hyderabad, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and London.

The Role

Minerva Schools is looking to hire a student-centered, results-driven, and experienced Career Coach who aims to help young people grow personally and professionally and achieve their desired career outcomes. In this role, you will guide students through the appropriate mix of 1-1 coaching and group workshops, leveraging your skills in coaching, rapport-building, workshop design and facilitation.

You will have the opportunity to shape a new approach to how universities prepare students for the Future of Work, while engaging with an intellectually diverse, mission driven group of students that come to Minerva from around the world (more than 60 countries are represented in our undergraduate population).

During their four years at Minerva, students live and study in seven cities around the world. As a Career Coach and Talent Development Lead, you will work with a portfolio of students across their four years. This model will allow you to develop and maintain relationships with students over time, helping them to navigate transitions and draw connections as they engage in diverse academic and professional experiences around the world. Given Minerva’s geographically distributed model, this means you will work on a small team of remote Coaches and Career Success experts with students across multiple time zones. As a result, a significant amount of your work with students will occur virtually.

Location and Travel: Although we are open to candidates based anywhere in the world, we have a preference for those based in the San Francisco region. This role may require some international travel, likely 1-2 trips during the academic year to the rotation cities in order to add an in-person component to your work with the students and participate in milestone events with our students and professional partners.

Focus Areas: While we believe coaching does not require domain expertise (e.g., academic discipline, industry or job function), we are looking for a coach who has experience, expertise, or strong interest in working with students pursuing careers in the Arts & Humanities, Natural Sciences, and/or Social Sciences. Many of these students aim to start their careers in research, nonprofits, government agencies, the arts, and/or social enterprises.

Key Responsibilities

  • Help students navigate their college experience and early career exploration through reflection, self-assessment, goal setting, research, and the internship/job search process
  • Motivate students to get both strategic & tactical and prioritize their pursuit of professional opportunities, in ways that are aligned with their values, goals and constraints
  • Provide 1:1 coaching to students & track their progress towards their goals
  • Design and implement a variety of talent development workshops and programs
  • Collaborate with Minerva’s teams (e.g., Academics, Student Life) to create sessions that help students understand the connection between their academic course of study, their global rotation experiences, and their career goals

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Minimum 1 year of relevant coaching experience
  • Enthusiasm for designing and delivering career-centric workshops and programs both in-person and virtually
  • An understanding of and ability to build rapport with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Comfort interacting with a variety of stakeholders including colleagues, faculty, Minerva students, employers, graduate schools and partners
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced startup environment
  • Comfort using and learning new technology; tech-savvy and eager to adopt new tools to better serve student needs

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3+ years of professional experience advising on career issues and opportunities, or recruiting undergraduate students into highly desirable non-technical roles, specifically in the US jobs market
  • Knowledge of career development theories, adult development theory, career decision making, learning styles, and job search techniques
  • Knowledge of employer recruiting strategies, job market trends, career and employment information sources as well as the application process for graduate and professional school
  • Experience working with a globally diverse population
  • Comfort with data analysis

To apply, please submit:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter
  • A short (1-2 minute) video explaining your definition of career development support and career coaching

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply ASAP.