Academic Specialist Business/Marketing Mentor

Job description

Job no: 698491
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Asc Prv Teaching Learning And Technology
Department: Hub Innov In Learning And Technology 40001001
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Detroit
Categories: Non-Union, Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Education/Training, Information Technology
Working/Functional Title

Academic Specialist Business/Marketing Mentor

Position Summary

Michigan State University is looking to bring highly motivated and diverse mentors with industry and/or academic experience to the Apple Developer Academy. Successful candidates need to be critical thinkers in a fast-paced, flexible environment, and work with the mentor team to create new learning experiences for students in the Apple Developer Academy and associated Foundations Program.

DESCRIPTION: The ideal candidate has industry experience in today’s fast-paced business environment and/or background teaching business and marketing courses. The candidate is skilled and knowledgeable in strategy services, consumer behavior and marketing processes. They must also bring experience and some expertise in teaching, coaching, or mentoring individuals from diverse backgrounds. The candidate must be open to learning and exploring new pedagogical models, and the candidate will be expected to learn alongside students. They will be expected to work with an extended team to build a strong collection of high-quality inclusive teaching practices and materials, including creating technical solutions for in-house use by students and mentors of the Apple Developer Academy and Foundation programs. For more information about the Apple Developer Academy with Michigan State University in Detroit, please visit

Job duties

  • Provide mentorship to students
  • Review student deliverables and provide constructive feedback
  • Continuously develop own skills and learn with/from colleagues
  • Share personal expertise with others
  • Occasional evening meetings with teams outside of the Detroit Academy
  • Openness to international business travel for professional development, training or collaboration engagements.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Bachelors -Business and Marketing

Desired Degree


Minimum Requirements

Key Qualifications

  • Business/Marketing: Knowledge of app economy business models and features
  • iOS Ecosystem: Familiarity with App Store review and identity guidelines
  • Formal Business/Marketing experience: Demonstrated job experience or training in a business/marketing-related field (e.g., higher education courses, training, certifications, online courses, etc.)
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Demonstrated personal or professional commitment or experience engaging with diverse groups of people.
Desired Qualifications
  • Knowledge of business modeling (e.g., Business Model Canvas, Lean Start Up, pitch models, etc.)
  • Knowledge of sales and marketing principles (understanding of the App Economy, and the Apple ecosystem, app analytics, how to acquire users, retain them and monetize apps)
  • Knowledge of user privacy and data use
  • Experience with business and marketing strategy and management (e.g., competitive positioning, value chain, legal issues, intellectual property, finance and accounting, etc.)
  • Experience tackling complicated and impactful business challenges
  • Experience scaling initiatives from zero to high impact
  • Experience creating product pages, localizing apps, offering in-app purchases, or measuring app success
  • Interest in new pedagogical models (e.g., Challenge Based Learning or experiential learning models)
  • Interest in experimenting with new classroom practices
  • Interest in empowering a diverse range of students to reach their potential

Other Qualifications

  • Team player with good interpersonal skills
  • Experience working in a dynamic, diverse team-based setting
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated leadership ability
Required Application Materials

Applicants are required to submit CV and Cover Letter.

Applicants must also include within their cover letter their best written narrative to the following prompt:

The Apple Developer Academy distinguishes itself from traditional education settings by relying on mentorship as a teaching model--where mentors interact with diverse students to share their professional expertise and practical insight to encourage their creativity and confidence as they develop their own skills. Tell us about a personal or professional connection that made a long-lasting impact on your life. How would you leverage this experience to be a mentor to a diverse range of students in the Academy?

Special Instructions

Applications will be reviewed as needed.


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Apr 7, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Mar 17, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time




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Job No:
Posted: 4/8/2021
Application Due: 3/17/2023
Work Type: Full Time