Background

Minerva offers an innovative approach to top-tier higher education for the brightest, most motivated students in the world. Both undergraduate and graduate degree programs are deliberately designed to teach the capabilities needed to solve complex challenges, and prepare students for success in an uncertain future. Through rigorous academics, advanced technology, and global experiential learning, students from around the world gain the skills needed to be effective leaders, innovators, and global citizens.

The completely reinvented curriculum is intentionally interdisciplinary and based on decades of research into the science of learning; classes are exclusively small seminars, requiring thorough preparation and active participation; the four-year undergraduate program includes a global residential experience, during which students live and learn in seven diverse cultural, economic, and political centers; and Minerva attracts and selects students from everywhere in the world, with applicants from 179 different countries and 80% of students coming from outside the U.S.

The Role

We are looking to hire an associate to support our student outreach process in Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus) and Central Asia. Reporting to the Regional Director for Europe, based in Belgrade, the Student Outreach Associate will work to identify and attract the most talented students from the region — highly motivated students, who will push themselves to grow intellectually and socially, students with a desire to challenge themselves, travel the world, and learn in an unconventional setting.

The ideal candidate is similarly curious, ambitious, and talented — looking for an entrepreneurial environment, excited about the opportunity to rethink the student outreach process, and with the drive and responsibility to deliver impressive results. We are looking for someone who is passionate about the future of higher education, motivated to engage and inspire tomorrow’s leaders, and with a desire to advance the Minerva mission.

Key responsibilities

  • Work with Minerva’s Regional Director to develop and implement a student outreach and recruitment strategy, reaching highly talented students across Eastern Europe for the next freshman class and beyond

  • Identify regional PR and media opportunities, and liaise with key stakeholders and influencers in the region to build and reinforce the Minerva brand

  • Develop a network of school counselors, directors, and teachers, and actively engage with them on an ongoing basis, through regular communications and visits

  • Identify, attend, and speak at events that will help raise Minerva’s profile and brand in the region

  • Identify and build partnership opportunities

  • Work with the Regional Director and the Marketing Team to use CRM and advanced, trigger-based marketing campaigns to connect with high potential students

  • Help advise students during the admissions and enrollment process, provide input on key acceptance criteria, and implement admission procedures so students can properly submit grades, transcripts, English assessment, visa applications, etc.

  • Assist the Regional Director with strategy, operational needs, and communications

Location

This role is based from home, ideally in Eastern Europe or Central Asia, with extensive (approximately 50% of the year) travel throughout the region required.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, or higher

  • Demonstrated success in student recruitment for higher education within Eastern Europe (experience in Central Asia is a plus)

  • A deep understanding of the student outreach and admissions world and ideally have a strong, existing network of guidance counselors, heads of school, scholarship organizations, etc.

  • Experience working in fast-paced business (start-up) and education (mission-driven) environments

  • Experience working in cross-functional and cross-cultural environments, with fluency in marketing and operations

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully work independently in a home-based environment

Skills & Personal Characteristics

  • Passionate about improving higher education and excited about the Minerva mission

  • Thorough understanding of Eastern European and U.S. higher education systems

  • Ability to speak Russian, with a Central Asian language a major benefit

  • Excellent and persuasive presentation skills, in large groups and more intimate settings

  • Entrepreneurial drive and desire to build something lasting from the ground up

  • Self-starter with the ability to develop the effective solutions and ask the informed questions

  • Ability to work independently against tight deadlines, under pressure

  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to make data-driven decisions

  • Flexible and able to deal with ad hoc situations, on-the-spot decisions, and last-minute changes

  • Excellent communication, intercultural and interpersonal skills — ability to confidently engage with a broad range of people across different roles, capacities and cultures

Application details

Please send your CV and cover letter, expressing your enthusiasm and suitability for the role

Starting date: ASAP