University of St. Thomas

Nonprofit Adjunct Instructor

St. Paul, MN, United States
Mar 28, 2012
Apr 27, 2012
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Job Summary: The Department of Executive Education and Professional Development in the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas is seeking qualified adjunct instructors for professional development nonprofit programs. This posting is intended to create a pool of candidates to call upon if vacancies arise. These appointments are made on a semester by semester basis and employment is contingent upon the course meeting its enrollment target. These are non-tenured positions paid on a per course basis.

Knowledge and practical experience must be directly related to the nonprofit sector. Areas of competency could include, but are not limited to: employment law, social media for marketing, cause-based marketing, governance, strategic planning, human resources, social entrepreneurship, fundraising, and leadership. The instructor(s) will have theoretical and practical knowledge in one or more of these areas and will also possess an understanding of adult learning principles.

Instruction will occur in either one hour or three hour blocks of classroom or web-based instruction; programs generally occur 3 to 4 times a year.

Reporting duties:
When scheduled for instruction, the adjunct instructor will report directly to the Program Manager. The Program Manager coordinates all aspects of the teaching appointment including dates of employment, payment for services, program material guidelines, and the contracting procedure. Prior to service, prospective adjunct instructors will be asked to meet with the Director of Program Development at the Department of Executive Education and Professional Development to demonstrate their knowledge of the subject matter and experience with teaching professional development adult learners.

Specific assignment of duties:
This talent pool is specifically related to vacancies that may occur within the Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations. Instructors included in the talent pool may be asked to teach in additional nonprofit programs based on their area of expertise and availability of opportunities.

Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree required, master's degree preferred
- Maintains a positive, energetic learning environment
- Passion for helping adults develop their professional capabilities
- Ability to design effective learning, including participant materials and learning activities
- Uses technology appropriately to enhance the learning experience
- Demonstrated experience teaching professional development courses to adult learners
- Recent or significant experience and expertise working in a role directly related to content area

The goal is to provide an interactive learning experience while providing an overview of the subject matter and tools for practical application. The facilitator must possess the instructional skills to teach participants of a broad range of learning styles and experience levels.

Measurement of Success:
Evaluations are administered after each teaching engagement. Positive feedback by the program participants will be vital to the long-term success of the adjunct instructor. Periodic scheduled visits with the Director of Program Development should be viewed as a positive and a developmental necessity by the adjunct instructor.

Inspired by Catholic Intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.

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