Minerva, based in San Francisco, California, has been deliberately designed to teach the capabilities needed to solve complex challenges and provide a unique undergraduate experience. 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.

The Role

You will play a lead role in evolving our student-centric approach to helping students define short- and long-term goals relevant for today and tomorrow’s world, grow professionally, and achieve their desired career outcomes. You will guide students through the appropriate mix of 1-1 coaching, small group interactions and workshops.

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

The role is based in San Francisco, with the potential for travel in the future. You’ll be a core member of the Coaching and Talent Development, which is part of Minerva’s Professional Development Agency. We are open to part-time or short-term contract-based arrangements with the potential to turn into full-time roles.

You’ll know if you are successful in this role if:

  • Students, who come to Minerva with diverse exposure to and understanding of professional experiences, feel comfortable and confident engaging with Professional Development at Minerva
  • Students demonstrate progress on the knowledge, attitudes, skills and habits related to professional readiness by the end of the academic year (based on self assessment and staff assessment)
  • Students form testable short- and medium-term career hypotheses and identify target opportunities that are in line with their interests, skills, experiences, values and constraints, and do so with enough time to make the effort required to secure meaningful summer and post-graduate opportunities
  • Students understand and act on term-time opportunities to engage with professionals in San Francisco (created by our Student Experience team), and summer and post-grad opportunities (enabled by our Professional Development Partnerships team), in the context of their professional growth
  • Students understand and are able to articulate the relevance and benefit of Minerva’s academic curriculum in their professional pursuits
  • Managers who work with students over the summer provide positive feedback on students performance

To be successful, you will need to demonstrate:

  • Cultural dexterity: To connect with students from more than 60 different countries (and even more diverse backgrounds) who are undergoing a rigorous, reimagined educational experience, the most important attribute for this role is the ability to understand where students are coming from and connect with them authentically.
  • Curiosity: The world is changing around us, and the interests of Minerva students are broad; to keep up, you’ll need to be curious about topics in which you may have no prior background.
  • A bias towards action: Minerva is not a typical university environment — we move fast and evolve our practices on a regular basis; you’ll need to be comfortable testing ideas quickly and iterating on a regular basis.
  • Resilience: Professional development fits in alongside a demanding academic program, exciting opportunities to explore global cities, and community experiences with peers from around the world — our work needs to be relevant to students amidst a sea of competing priorities and accomplishing this task will require overcoming obstacles (with the support of your teammates and peers) on a regular basis.
  • Collaboration: You need to be able to work with a diverse range of staff and faculty to understand how the different pieces of Minerva fit together, and identify opportunities to work across teams for the benefit of student development.


  • Evolve Minerva’s coaching program, which focuses helping students understand their aspirations, assets and market realities, and on equipping students with skills around career exploration, research, goal setting, self-assessment, presentation of self, networking and decision-making.
  • Provide career coaching to students in small group and one-to-one settings
  • Lead action-oriented workshops that enable students to practice and internalize career-related skills in interactive one-to-many settings
  • Engage and incorporate professors and professionals into programing to enhance the experience for students
  • Identify ways to integrate aspects of Minerva’s reinvented academic curriculum and city immersion into programming and coaching to create a seamless and differentiated student experience with regard to professional development

Required Qualifications

  • Prior coaching experience, ideally related to career development
  • Experience designing and delivering workshops and programs
  • An understanding of and ability to work with individuals from diverse 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

  • Prior experience defining and implementing coaching methodologies utilized by others in an organizational setting
  • Knowledge of career development theories, adult development theory, counseling processes, career decision making, 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
  • Knowledge of trends in career development, the economy, and technology
  • Experience working with an globally diverse population