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Name: Arika "Simone" Traiforos
Licensure program: Elementary Education; Completed ILP June 2011
Employer: Minneapolis Public Schools (Emerson Immersion)
Position: 3rd grade teacher

Job Search

How did you learn about your current position?
I attended the Minnesota Education Job Fair in April of 2011. I gave my resume to about fifteen schools/districts, including Minneapolis Public Schools. At the MPS table, there was a sign that listed the high need areas in the district. One of these areas was Spanish. In addition to having a Spanish minor, I speak Spanish at home. When I told the district representatives that I am bilingual, they signed me up for an interview at the job fair.

Describe the application and interview process.
I was not sure what to expect of a job fair interview. There were two people interviewing me; a principal of an immersion school and an administrator. The interview was conducted in English and Spanish. They asked questions about lesson planning, technology in the classroom, how to engage all students in learning and many other questions. The interview lasted 20 minutes then I took the ACTFL, an oral Spanish language assessment. I actually did not feel incredibly confident about this interview. There were hundreds of people at the job fair and I thought, "I haven't even finished student teaching yet!"

One month later, I received a call (while I was student teaching, actually) offering me a position with Minneapolis Public Schools as a bilingual/bicultural teacher. I signed the contract within a week. It is interesting that I was hired in the district but I still had to interview with schools. I went to about five interviews in the district and ended up at Emerson.

How did you make yourself stand out during the job search?
I mentioned my love of the Spanish language and spoke about travelling to Mexico, minoring in Spanish at the University and speaking Spanish at home with my fiance from El Salvador.

Looking back, what did you find to be the most helpful during job search process?
Attending the Job Fair. Had I not gone to the job fair and shook hands with so many people, I likely would not have ended up with a job with Minneapolis Public Schools. They hired me based on my interview and resume. Had I just send in an application online, I probably would not have been hired. Also, I interviewed with a school in the Richfield district after meeting the principal at the job fair. He called me to set up an interview two weeks after I gave him my resume at the fair. The job fair is a great place to get your name out there, hand out your resumes and practice your spiel ("Hello. Firm handshake. My name is ______. I attended the University of Minnesota and graduated in ____ with a degree in ______. [INSERT WHAT MAKES YOU STAND OUT]. Big smile.")

Did you utilize career services? If so, what was your experience like?
I utilized the website and the links about writing resumes and preparing for an interview.

What advice would you like to share with others about your experience finding a teaching position?
Don't give up! I attended many interviews and believed that no one would want me. Be brave, exude confidence (but not cockiness) and believe in yourself. Sure, it sounds cliche but it is good advice in any situation.

Also, if [during an interview] you are not sure of an acronym (there are so many in this profession), tell them. During one of my interviews, they asked how I would incorporate something I had never heard of into the reading curriculum. I started blankly at them for a second then confessed with a smile that I was not sure what that meant but I was willing to learn.

Teaching Position

Describe your current position.
Starting at the end of August, I will be a 3rd grade teacher at Emerson Immersion. I will teach in Spanish for a portion of the day and in English for the other part of the day.

What do you most enjoy about your position?
I have seen many children that come from Spanish speaking homes "lose" their language as they grow up. I am so proud to be teaching in an immersion school because I will encourage students to maintain their home language and I will hopefully be able to instill a sense of pride in being bilingual.

What are some of its challenges?
I have not started yet but I anticipate a challenge in making my room look welcoming because I am a new teacher with limited resources. I have been stocking up on all the free teacher stuff I can get my hands on.

Please share your advice to students entering the teaching profession.
Soak up knowledge, hang on to your text books, keep taking language classes if they interest you and ask others for help if you need it.

TRIO Upward Bound is Hiring - Help Impact Youth!

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TRIO Upward Bound at the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development is seeking student applicants for the following academic year positions:

· Clerical/Admin Support
· Teaching Assistant
· Tutor
· Instructor

We have several positions open for each job. Applicants with work-study, experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds, and a passion for education are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please apply before Friday, September 9, 2011 for full consideration. All positions are posted at the University of Minnesota Employment website. To apply, click on the link related to each position:


Tutor
Requisition #173180
employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=96402

Teaching Assistant
Requisition #173007
employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=96285


Clerical/Admin Support
Requisition #173009
employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=96287


Instructor
Requisition #173006
employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=96282


ABOUT:
TRiO Upward Bound is a federally funded, U.S. Department of Education equal educational opportunity program. Specifically, TRIO Upward Bound is a college preparatory program for low-income and educationally disadvantaged high school students. TRIO Upward Bound works with students on a long-term and intensive basis and helps generate the skills needed for selected high school students to succeed in postsecondary education. TRIO Upward Bound has served 105 low-income and first generation students annually since 2001 and 85 students each previous year since 1965.

Visit out website at: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/trio/upward-bound/

Job Opportunity with Como Early Learning Center

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Como Early Learning Center is seeking qualified applicants for part-time assistant positions in classrooms with low staff-to-child ratios, utilizing a play-based curriculum.

Requirements:
-Must be able to work Monday 3-6 PM, and Tuesday and Thursday 8-10 AM
-12 credits in Early Childhood Ed, Elementary Ed, or Child Psych
-Experience working with young children in a licensed facility
-Must be able to lift 60 pounds

Diverse individuals encouraged to apply.

To apply, email resume to comoccc@umn.edu
1024 27th Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55014
www.comoelc.com

New Volunteer Opportunity for Education Students!

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After-School Literacy Program at Park Avenue Youth and Family Services is looking for community oriented individuals who are willing and able to make a commitment to the academic improvement of children in South Minneapolis.

Literacy Tutors are needed to work one-on-one with children grades K-8 who need support in reading. In order to insure the child's success, the tutor must be committed to spending 1.5 hours per week on on-site tutoring. Opportunities are also available for those wishing to work with Spanish-speaking students.

We offer training in various teaching methods and motivational techniques throughout the year, and each child is provided with individual learning goals and a lesson plan by a licensed teacher.

Key Qualifications:

1. Must possess strong reading and writing skills in English and/or Spanish
2. Must be able to tutor for 1.5 hours at least one evening a week (M-Th, 2-8 pm). A 3-9 month commitment is expected.
3. Must be able to spend a brief amount of time preparing before each tutoring session.

This is a prime opportunity for you to gain experience in education, and you will be part of the effort to improve the academic performance of underserved children in our community.

For more information or to get involved, please contact:

Jenni Schubert - Associate Tutoring Coordinator at Park Ave. Youth & Family Services
612-825-6864 ext. 503
jenni.schubert@gmail.com
3400 Park Ave. S., Minneapolis - Upper Level Office


New Fall Internship / Volunteer Opportunities!

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Please take a look at the attached three volunteer/internship students opportunities.

Some of these could also be converted into work study positions for qualified students.

Family Literacy Adult Ed Tutor Intern-colleges Fall 2011.doc

Family Lit Pre-K volunteer or intern-colleges Fall 2011.doc

Family Literacy Elementary Tutor-colleges Fall 2011.doc

Volunteer and Internship Openings at Planned Parenthood

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Planned Parenthood is seeking volunteers and interns in your area! For more information or to apply, contact the Volunteer Program at 1.800.230.PLAN, 612.821.6113 or volunteers@ppmns.org, or visit www.ppmns.org.

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Que Onda Youth Program Assistant Intern - Fall 2011: The Education and Outreach department at Planned Parenthood reaches out to educate youth and adults in the community about healthy sexuality and reproductive health care and rights. ¡Qué Onda! is a weekly, year-long after school education program for Latino youth at Richfield Senior High School. Intern will facilitate successful planning and implementation of Que Onda. As the Que Onda Youth Program Assistant Intern, you will pick up/order food and materials for program meetings, assist in contacting guest speakers, prepare documents and materials for sessions, assist with supervision of teens, and occasionally facilitate session activities. Required qualifications include availability on Tuesdays 2-6PM for meetings, mid-August through December 2011, consistent communicator either through e-mail, phone, or in person on a regular basis, bilingual Spanish-English, and familiarity with sexual health education. 10 hours/week, from mid-August through December 2011.

Volunteer Program Assistant Intern FALL: Under immediate supervision of the Director of Volunteer Programs, the Volunteer Program Assistant will carry out several tasks related to coordinating the recruitment, placement and management of volunteers throughout the agency. Major duties may include recruiting and screening volunteers, orientating/training new volunteers, placement of new volunteers and ensuring that Volunteer Program procedures and objectives are being met. Intern will gain valuable experience and career skills in volunteer program management. 10-15 hour/week commitment required, must have some availability Tuesdays, Thursdays and/or Fridays.

Human Resources Assistant FALL: The leading provider of reproductive health services has an opportunity for a Human Resources internship at its offices in St. Paul. The Human Resources Assistant intern will work with the HR team as they start of the new year, as well as gain experience in areas of payroll and benefits, recruitment, and other key HR areas. This intern will have many opportunities to assist the department based on the candidate's interests and needs of the department. Duties will include assisting the team in preparation for external audits of practices and personnel files, as well as play an essential role in the Recruitment & Selection process and help ensure a high level of accuracy in all HR operations. A 3-4 month commitment at 16-24 hours/week is preferred; however, time requirement is flexible and will work within the candidate's schedule and expectations. A great opportunity for students in HR Masters programs to gain some hands-on experience!

Clinic Administrative Assistant FALL: Make a great first impression on all of our patients entering the clinic as a Clinic Administrative Assistant! Responsibilities include greeting patients, answering phones, providing basic information and community referrals when needed and making our patients feel comfortable at the clinic. You will also be asked to maintain patient records, file lab reports as well as other miscellaneous office tasks as needed. This position is essential for the smooth and efficient operation of our clinics. Qualified candidates will have experience in customer service, answering phones and a basic knowledge of reproductive health and community services. Candidates should also be able to provide friendly and helpful assistance as well as the ability to observe patient confidentiality.

Kelly Heipp
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
1200 Lagoon Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(651) 696-5523

Part-time Nannying Job

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Family is looking for 1 or 2 part-time nannies for three children (ages 5, 2.5, 1). Undergrad and grad students are welcome to apply. Position starts soon, preferably by early September 2011. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

Location: home in Highland Park, St. Paul about 20 min drive from Coffman Union.

Needed: 12-15 hours per week per student (or one student at 25-30 hours); hours can be negotiated with family, around class schedules, but should be sometime Mon-Fri between 8AM and 6PM. Mom is a professor who works from home office much of the time.

TO APPLY: email your resume, including: 1) job experience, 2) 3-4 references (from past jobs and professors), 3) available hours during fall semester and J-term (if known); 4) academic background/major/degree progress.

Prerequisite: prior babysitting or child care experience.

Salary: $13-15/hour, depending on experience and time commitment (2 semesters minimum); paid hourly

Contact:
Kathleen (colli433@umn.edu; 651-698-1039 )

Analysis Group Information Session September 23

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Analysis Group Information Session-Full-time Analyst Position

Friday, September 23, 2011
12:30 to 1:30 pm

Science Teaching & Student Services, Rooms 518/520

GoldPASS Career Event #1119 and Job posting #66155 (deadline is October 11)
Lunch will be served--Students asked to RSVP in GoldPASS

U of M students selected to interview will be contacted by U of M staff.

Interviews will be held at Macalester on Monday, October 24th

Planning Analyst
Part-Time (16 hrs weekly), Non-benefit Earning
Limited Duration: 8/22/11 - 6/30/12
Salary: $17.804 hourly rate

This position is assigned to the Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCCR) Central Training Unit. The responsibilities of this position focus on design/maintenance of the APEX PeopleSoft Enterprise Learning Management System and Administrative responsibilities in deploying staff training department-wide:

The Planning Analyst in this position will:
· Work with Division Training Coordinators and Support Staff to ensure that the APEX PeopleSoft Enterprise Learning Management System is set up to
include departmental, division-specific and supplemental learning training offerings.
· Provide administrative support in the scheduling, coordinating and communication of Central Training Unit training offerings.
· Prepare, assemble and organize training materials for internal/external trainers.
· Respond to manager and staff training questions to include information on transcripts, registration issues and other training related questions.
· Assist in revisions and updates to the SharePoint Training website.
· Assist in the development of policies and procedures.

The required knowledge/skills for this position include:
· Effective analytical, organizational and time management skills; ability to organize and plan work effectively to manage multiple priorities.
· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of the organization and contribute in a team environment.
· Skilled in the use of Microsoft Office Tools: Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
· Knowledge/skill in working with Learning Management Systems and E-learning would be a plus.
· Willingness to be flexible in a fast-paced work environment.
· Undergraduate or Masters Degree in Training & Development, Human Resources, Business Administration or Social Sciences.

Interested candidates: Email Leanne.Rajtar@co.hennepin.mn.us your resume by August 31, 2011.


Leanne Rajtar
Recruiter
Staffing Division
Hennepin County Human Resources
Leanne.Rajtar@co.hennepin.mn.us

www.hennepin.jobs
Strong careers. Strong communities.

Diablo Stadium Student Internship

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Goal of Position: To provide students in the field of Parks and Recreation and/or Stadium Management opportunities to apply their academic study and fulfill their university requirements. To enhance the operations, programs, and services at Tempe Diablo Stadium with the assistance of intern.

Duties: To assist the Tempe Diablo Stadium in facilitating an improved quality oflife for Tempe's citizens and patrons of the Stadium. The intern will assist staff and management in planning, coordinating, operating the stadium, special events, and services. Areas include but not limited to: stadium management, customer service, Spring Training, special events, athletic events, and staffing.

Qualifications: Intern should be a junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in Parks and Recreation, Stadium Management, or Sports Management at an accredited institution.

Time Frame: Number of hours required by college or university. Typically 35-40 hours per week for 10 to 14 weeks. Hours vary throughout internship, requiring some evenings, weekends, and holidays. Internship will begin the third week of January.

Benefits:
Compensation is $10.50 an hour for 35-40 hours per week.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by Friday, September 30, 2011.

Contact:
Jerry Hall, Stadium Manager
Tempe Parks and Recreation
c/o Tempe Diablo Stadium
2200 W; Alameda Drive
Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: 480.350.5265
Fax: 480.350.5059
Email: jerry_hall@tempe.gov

Graduate Research Assistant Position
Social Inclusion and Friendship Project
Institute on Community Integration
College of Education and Human Development

Position Information: This position is in the Adult Services and Community Living Program area of the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) working on a 5-year NIDRR funded research project designed to determine which approaches are most effective for connecting adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and community members in social relationships. Project staff will work closely with group home staff and the project supervisor throughout the course of the project.

Appointment: This appointment is available @ a .25 FTE level beginning Fall Semester 2011 through Summer 2013.

Position hours: The individual serving in this position will work on a 10 hour/week basis with a work schedule determined by project tasks in need of completion.
Rate/Hour: Level I GRA @ $17.08/hour

Primary duties:
- Mailing out and following up returns on annual surveys
- Coding surveys and assisting in data analysis
- Conducting literature reviews including securing articles and drafting text for article summaries and manuscripts;
- Recruiting community members and organizations for potential relationships;
- Soliciting data from participating agencies and community members involved in grant related activities;
- Contributing to the interpretation of data analyses;
- Preparing text for reports of project findings including collaborating on the development of reports, journal articles, conference papers and other publications as needed;

Other duties:
- As assigned depending on skills and interest.

Minimum Qualifications Required:
- Enrollment as a graduate student for Fall 2011 Semester;
- Background in Special Education, Psychology, Social Work, or related field;
- One graduate level research design course;
- Intermediate Skills using Word, Excel, and SPSS;
- Effective verbal and written communication skills;
- Ability to work well as a member of team;

Desired Qualifications:

- Access to a car when needed for group home visitations;
- Availability for two years from Fall 2011 through Summer 2013;
- Experience with or interest in adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities

Application Procedures:

Please send a cover letter, resume, 3 references, and a current transcript (unofficial is fine) to Angela Amado, Ph.D: amado003@umn.edu

DEADLINE is August 26th

HR Internship Opportunity with MicroEdge

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Job Title: Recruiting Intern
Reports to: HR Recruitment Manager
Job Location: Minneapolis, MN

A job is just a job if there is no greater purpose behind it!

MicroEdge, LLC provides software and services to the philanthropic community. Our clients build schools, promote the arts, protect the environment, provide support for medical research, enrich communities, and enable one or two or thousands of individuals to live better, more productive lives. Located within Manhattan, MicroEdge provides a small and innovative workplace where individuals can learn and grow within their careers.

Job Description

The Recruiting Intern will be responsible for:
1. Supporting MicroEdge's recruiting strategy
2. Using Hirebridge, the Company's Applicant Tracking System to maintain accurate details on all of our candidates. Support data gathering, clean-up and analytics for assigned roles in support of report for the MicroEdge management team
3. Proactively sourcing candidates utilizing various methods including internet job boards, ad-reply, networking, direct sourcing, cold calling, etc.
4. Maintaining contacts with candidate sources, such as colleges, job boards, etc.
5. Coordinating interviews and scheduling travel for candidates, as assigned
6. Providing positive impressions as a representative of the MicroEdge to potential employees. Continually communicate and reinforce our brand and culture in the recruiting strategy
7. Other projects and responsibilities related to the Human Resources department, as appropriate

Qualifications & Requirements
The right candidate will be a motivated self-starter with excellent communication skills and a high level of integrity as he/she will be working with employees at all levels of the organization, candidates and confidential information on a daily basis. Candidate will be working toward a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Industrial Organization, or similar degree.

Other qualifications

• Familiarity with the college recruiting process, career services offices and related on-campus recruiting systems
• Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
• Knowledge of HR recruitment and staffing practices and all applicable labor, pay, benefits, health & safety laws & regulations
• Excellent communication, presentation, time management, decision making, organizational, and problem solving skills
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
• Familiarity with Applicant Tracking systems (ideally, HireBridge) a plus
MicroEdge has a friendly team environment, and looks for candidates who want to make a difference in their workplace and the global community.

To Apply
Email resume to cwilterdink@microedge.com and reference "Recruiting Intern" in the subject line.

MicroEdge, LLC is an equal opportunity employer M/D/F/V

Franciscan Community Volunteers

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New opportunity for young adults to volunteer long term in the St. Cloud area!

The Franciscan Community Volunteer program is designed to provide young adults, ages 20-30, a year of intentional living, dedicated to serving and advocating on behalf of the underserved. FCVs experience simple community living based on Franciscan and Gospel values. They also have the opportunity to serve and grow in solidarity with the poor and help those most in need. Volunteers work a full time job in a variety of settings in the St. Cloud area - schools, emergency food and dining programs, shelters, health clinics, social service agencies, mental health agencies, literacy programs, etc.

Volunteers are provided with all their basic needs - rent, food, health insurance, transportation and a small stipend. This experience is a priceless opportunity for college graduates to work a full time job while experiencing continued enrichment and learning opportunities.

Volunteer spots are still open for the coming year.

Contact:
Anna Zaros, Associate Director
Franciscan Community Volunteers
1600 11th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
320-229-0307
azaros@fslf.org

High School Math Teacher Job Opening

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City Academy High School
Job Opportunity:

Title: 9-12 grade Math Teacher (candidates with licensure, course work, or experience in Physical Science are priorities)

Job Description: Full time teaching position at City Academy High School for 2011-2012 school year. (http://www.cityacademy.org)

Required Qualifications:
• License to teach high school mathematics in Minnesota
• Training or experience working in an urban school
• Training or experience working with a diverse student population
• Able to create, modify, and implement your own curriculum
• Able to collect and analyze data on student performance

Preferred Candidates:
• Experience or license to teach Physical Science
• Able to create hands-on and minds-on lesson planning
• Flexible and able to adapt to wide range of students
• Able to teach many different courses
• Patience
• Interested in working in a small school
• Able and willing to create personal connections with students

Contact Information:
Oscar Schefers
City Academy High School
958 Jessie Street, Saint Paul, MN 55130
651-298-4624
inquiry@cityacademy.org

The 2011 Etiquette Dinner

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Thursday, September 22, 2011
5 p.m. Registration
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Program & Dinner
Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center

Do you know where to put the silverware when you are done using it? Where do you place your napkin when leaving the table? Should you tell someone they have food in their teeth? Join the University of Minnesota Alumni Association for the annual Etiquette Dinner and get answers to these questions and many more!
Enjoy a three-course meal from D'Amico while learning how to professional handle any dining situation.

Costs are:
$10 Alumni Association Student Members
$20 for U of M students
$30 for Alumni Association Members
$35 for General Public
No Refunds
Space is limited. This event usually sells out.

Register by Wednesday, September 14 at www.MinnesotaAlumni.org/Etiquette2011

For group registration, please contact Kat Snell at snel0065@umn.edu
Questions? Check our FAQ page. www.MinnesotaAlumni.org/EtiquetteFAQ

The 2011 Etiquette Dinner

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Thursday, September 22, 2011
5 p.m. Registration
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Program & Dinner
Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center

Do you know where to put the silverware when you are done using it? Where do you place your napkin when leaving the table? Should you tell someone they have food in their teeth? Join the University of Minnesota Alumni Association for the annual Etiquette Dinner and get answers to these questions and many more!

Enjoy a three-course meal from D'Amico while learning how to professional handle any dining situation.

Costs are:
$10 Alumni Association Student Members
$20 for U of M students
$30 for Alumni Association Members
$35 for General Public
No Refunds
Space is limited. This event usually sells out.

Register by Wednesday, September 14 at www.MinnesotaAlumni.org/Etiquette2011
Registration for the 2011 Etiquette Dinner will open Friday, August 19th.

For group registration, please contact Kat Snell at snel0065@umn.edu

Questions? Check our FAQ page.


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Name: Jane Dolan
Licensure program: Masters of Communication Arts and Literature, 5-12; Completed ILP August 2010
Employer: Northfield Public Schools
Position: Long term sub -1 semester at Northfield High School (10th and 12th grade); 1 semester at Northfield Middle School (7th grade).

Job Search

How did you learn about your current position?
I found it posted on the Ed post website....or rather, my mom found it!

Describe the application and interview process.
As a new teacher with very little teaching experience, you have to keep applying, applying, and applying for jobs! Don't allow yourself to become discouraged. You have to know that your U of MN degree speaks volumes and that the right job will come along.

How did you make yourself stand out during the job search?
As dorky as it sounds, I practiced my interview responses in front of a mirror. I made a list of potential questions and committed myself to practicing. I also tried to appear as professional as possible--a nice outfit, a polished credentials folder, a strong handshake and a smile on my face. Beyond that, I was myself. I like to laugh and I told related stories from my student teaching during the interview. For this particular interview, my personality just meshed well with the hiring committee. I knew when I walked away from the interview that if I were offered the job, it would be a good fit. I felt comfortable from start to finish.

Looking back, what did you find to be the most helpful during job search process?
Be open to all possibilities. You never know what type of school will ultimately be a good fit for you. If you had asked me a year ago if I could see myself long-term subbing in Northfield, I probably would have said "no." However, my response probably would have been rooted simply in that fact I had never really been to Northfield prior to my interview. As I drove through Northfield headed to my interview, I thought "I can see myself here."

What advice would you like to share with others about your experience finding a teaching position?
Be professional, be prepared, be yourself, and choose the job that feels like the best fit, even if you have to wait a little bit to find it!

Teaching Position

Describe your current position.
The first semester I taught at Northfield High School, I had two sections of 10th grade American Literature, two sections of 10th grade Advanced American Literature, and one section of College Prep Writing. Second semester I taught 7th grade, all day! The fact that I was able to long-term sub in two different buildings in the district was actually a blessing in disguise. I had the opportunity to experience both high school and middle school. I also had the opportunity to coach middle school track! And the added surprise? I was just offered a permanent job for next year--I will be teaching 8th grade English!

What do you most enjoy about your position?
I got into teaching because of my content area, but more importantly because I want to see young people succeed. There can be days in teaching when you think to yourself "Why do I do this job?" But, the vast majority of days are great. I feel like I am positively affecting students, they are equally impacting me, and I know I am helping these students develop both the academic and social skills they will use their whole live.

What are some of its challenges?
Teaching, like any job, brings its own challenges. For me, the greatest challenge as a new teacher has been finding a balance. As a new teacher, there is a never-ending need to lesson plan. To be honest, it's a lot--planning, writing assessments, revising your plans, making sure you have an end goal, etc. Furthermore, there seems to be an endless amount of papers to grade, especially as an English teacher! Therefore I have made a rule: Saturdays are my no school, no grading, no lesson planning days! This rule helps me feel like I can rest and do fun activities all day! Plus, I go into the next week far more mentally and physically rested than I would if I worked all weekend.

Please share your advice to students entering the teaching profession.
Obviously, as a teacher it's important to have significant quality time in class for teaching content area. However, I would argue there needs to be a certain amount of fun in class too, for the sake of the students and for your sake as well! It's amazing how much more the students learn when they feel invested in you as a teacher and when they feel like they can approach you. At first I thought I shouldn't show the students my silly side, but it's such a part of who I am. My students now know about my weird obsession with llamas, my Jonas brothers calendar, and my awesome (or perhaps, they would argue, not-so-awesome) dance moves. I think it's these quirky things about me that have made me seem human and approachable to my students.

Employer will be here from the Boston area to connect with candidates about their positions working with children, adolescents, and young adults with Autism and related developmental disorders

Information Session:Tuesday, September 22, 2011
Location: 325 Education Sciences-East Bank
Time: 5-6 pm

On-campus interviews: Wednesday, September 23, 2011
Location: 524 STSS Building, Interview Center
Time: 9am-12pm

Wednesday, March 28th 2012
3:00pm-4:30pm

Employers will be recruiting and promoting positions and internships within human resources, organizational training & career development.

Location: STSS 524 Interview Center

Serve Minnesota Employer Event

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Thursday, March 1, 2012
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Save the date! Come to the Science Teaching Student Services Building Interview Center to network with Serve Minnesota employers. This is a great time to learn about several Americorps employers and their positions.

Location: 524 STSS Interview Center

Wednesday, February 15th 2012
11:00am-1:00pm

Save the date! Employers will be promoting positions and internships within non-profit, social service, education & youth development

Location: McNeal Hall Atrium

CEHD Kinesiology Employer Recruitment Event

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Wednesday, February 8th 2012
2:20pm-5:00pm

Save the date! Employers will be promoting positions and internships within health & wellness, recreation, sports management

Location: TBD

Student Intern Positions Open in GLBTA Programs Office!

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The GLBTA Programs Office is currently hiring Student Interns for 2011-12. The responsibilities of these fun, flexible positions include communications, outreach, clerical duties, and assistance with planning & delivery of programs, trainings and events.

Requirements include being a current U of MN student (work-study funds preferred), the ability to work 8-12 hours /week, strong communication and multi-tasking skills, and a commitment to working on GLBTA issues within a social, racial and economic justice framework.

A full position description can be downloaded on the homepage of the GLBTA Programs Office website, or a hard copy can be picked up from our offices at 46 Appleby Hall.

If interested, please send the following to Ross Neely by email at neely010@umn.edu or mail/deliver to 46 Appleby Hall:

1) cover letter expressing your interest in the office and position
2) current resume
3) your fall semester 2011 work availability

Please direct questions about the position to Ross Neely, Assistant Director, at neely010@umn.edu or 612-626-8086. Interviews will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

About the GLBTA Programs Office:

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs Office is dedicated to improving campus climate for all University of Minnesota students, staff, faculty, alumni, and visitors by developing and supporting more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality.

We recognize the intersections of gender and sexuality with race, ethnicity, class, ability, age, culture, and all social systems; we are committed to holding ourselves and others accountable for working against all forms of oppression. The GLBTA Programs Office seeks to bridge and build communities that create affirming and welcoming environments in which people can be their whole selves and which honor all identities and experiences.

To contact the GLBTA Programs Office, please call 612-625-0537, email glbtapo@umn.edu, or visit our website at www.glbta.umn.edu.

Making the Team and Internship Opportunities

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This opportunity is with Project Footsteps, a non-profit organization located in Minneapolis. We work with the youth to help inspire and empower them to be change agents and social leaders in todays changing society. We do that by hiring facilitators (college students) to lead those group of youth to become the change they want to see in their lives.

On August 23-25, we are holding a recruitment event for facilitators called Making the Team. This event will be taking place at the St. Paul Episcopal Church in Minneapolis on August 23-25 from 5pm-9pm.

On a separate account, we also have internship opportunities available for the Fall 2011 season at Project Footsteps for students who are in need of an internship for credit. The program team is an essential component of Project Footsteps and plays an important role in helping the organization successfully fulfill its mission.

We are looking for a team of 10-15 interns doing 15-20 hours a week, working on collaborative projects as well as split into factions working on areas according to area of interest and skill-set. The internships available has positions available in Human Resource, Community Relations, Program Relations, Program Outreach, Program Operations, and Program Assistant - ImGettingBullied.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@projectfootsteps.org or go to our website www.projectfootsteps.org and fill out the involvement application and someone from the project footsteps staff will get to you shortly.

First Round Interviews: August 23, 24, 25

Second Round Interview: August 30, 31, September 1

Training: September 7-10

If you have any questions or require more information, please feel free to call the Project Footsteps office at 612-353-6927 or email ge@projectfootsteps.org.


Ge Pao Moua
Human Resource Assistant

Project Footsteps, Inc
1900 Hennepin Ave S
Mpls, MN 55403
Office: 612-353-6927
ge@projectfootsteps.org
www.projectfootsteps.org


making the team flyer.pdf

School-Based Literacy Project in Minneapolis

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Lori Helman in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction is seeking two Graduate Assistants for a school-based literacy project in Minneapolis schools. Must have teaching or tutoring experience at the elementary level in U.S. schools, and must be available during school hours for assistantship duties. Knowledge of reading development and instruction preferred.

Please send a resumé and intro letter to Lori Helman at lhelman@umn.edu.

Lori Helman, Ph. D.
Co-Director, Minnesota Center for Reading Research
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Minnesota

Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP) seeks mentors

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Mentoring Program Overview:
Together Obtaining Guidance Encouraged Through Healthy Empowering Relationships (T.O.G.E.T.H.E.R.) is a non-profit youth mentoring program offered by the Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP). Youth mentoring is important because it pairs an adult volunteer with a young person who needs or wants a caring, responsible adult in their lives. T.O.G.E.T.H.E.R. serves youth 5th-8th grade. Qualified children for the program live in North Minneapolis. The program aims to help children reach educational and personal goals by matching them with a mentor who will meet with them once a week for one hour. By matching a child with a qualified mentor, they will be able to see themselves grow from a child into a young adult.
Mentor Description:
Mentors come from all different backgrounds. The one thing they have in common is a desire to be a positive influence in a child's life. Mentors need to commit to meeting one-on-one with a child once a week for at least one school year. The mentor is someone who will help a child with their school work; as well as teach them skills they can use within the community. Examples include helping with homework, reading a book together, playing chess, filling out job applications together, cooking a meal, discussing professional goals, etc.
Mentor Screening:
The screening process includes the following: volunteer application form, interview, reference check, and federal & state criminal background checks
Youth Referrals:
Youth referrals come from a variety of places: parent/guardian, self, social worker, teacher, or other professional.
Contact:
If this sounds like a program you would like to be a part of, contact the program coordinator to find out more information.

Lacey Curtis
Mentoring Program Coordinator
612.276.1523

JOIN US AS A HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT

Come join our dynamic Human Resources team! Help us maximize our mission-driven and diverse culture by providing administrative/clerical support to facilitate the successful implementation of Goodwill/Easter Seals' Human Resource's goals and organization goals. Gain experience working with all aspects of Human Resources while building stronger communities.

Roles/Responsibilities

As a Human Resources Assistant, you will...

· Perform various administrative/clerical tasks, such as filing, data entry, scheduling meetings, copying/scanning, processing forms, preparing mailings/packets, researching information and more while being exposed to all areas of the Human Resources function

· Assist in maintaining employee and applicant records in electronic and paper-based formats

· Schedule interviews and conduct phone interviews

· Conduct new employee orientation for interns and other temporary staff

· Provide primary back-up support to the front desk area

Requirements

· One year of clerical or administrative assistant experience, preferably in a human resources department or human services environment

· Some college or technical school training with an administrative support certificate is preferred

· Computer experience, including advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook and using the Internet

· Must have very strong attention to detail

· Good oral and written communication skills

· Proven ability to maintain high levels of confidentiality

· History of dependability and reliability

· Prior experience in a front desk/receptionist position in a diverse environment

Benefits

Eligible employees will receive competitive pay with a benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, 401(k), 25% employee store discount and more.

Location

Saint Paul, MN

Additional Information

Goodwill/Easter Seals values a diverse work environment. AA/EOE

To Apply

Please apply online at www.goodwilleasterseals.org and click on CAREERS

JOIN US AS A RETAIL RECRUITING COORDINATOR

Help Goodwill/Easter Seals' mission in building stronger communities by recruiting top talent for our Goodwill stores and retail operations areas. Come and join our diverse work environment.

Roles/Responsibilities

As a Retail Recruiting Coordinator, you will...

· Support and track candidates through the recruitment and selection process while maintaining the applicant tracking system (iCIMS)

· Partner with Retail management to identify personnel needs and recruitment strategies while making recommendations through the entire recruitment process

· Source and screen all levels of Retail staff including management positions

· Represent Goodwill/Easter Seals at recruiting events

· Provide recruiting-related statistical reports

· Manage the employee referral program and providing administrative support to retail specific projects

· Ensure compliance with recruitment programs and processes

Requirements

· Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in related field

· Three to five years of multi-unit retail management recruiting experience

· Knowledge in all recruiting components including sourcing, qualifying, interviewing, assessing, networking and compliance

· Strong interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills

· Ability to work independently and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously

· Excellent organizational skills and planning skills

· Ability to interact with a diverse population


Benefits

Eligible employees will receive competitive pay, a benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, 401(k), 25% employee store discount and more.

Location

Saint Paul, MN


Additional Information

Goodwill/Easter Seals values a diverse work environment. AA/EOE


To Apply

Please apply online at www.goodwilleasterseals.org and click on CAREERS

Synico Staffing is currently seeking qualified candidates for a Recruiting Coordinator position. This position is with an international, privately held company headquartered in Wayzata, MN. THIS POSITION IS TEMPORARY, 12-month contract. Synico is a staffing service, recruiting on-behalf of the employer

Principal Accountabilities:
75% - Administrative & Customer Service support to Recruiters: coordinate interview schedules and travel arrangements; process timely correspondence to candidates; draft offer letters, coordinate new hire activities with managers and HR Reps, facilitate required background checks, physicals, and drug screens as necessary.

20% - Update and support the recruitment management system.

5% - Department projects as assigned.
Required:
•H.S. Diploma or GED
•At least one year of experience working in an administrative role
•Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, and Excel)
•Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
•Strong attention to detail, organization, and multi-tasking ability
•Demonstrated initiative and prioritization skills
•Flexibility/adaptability to work in a fast-paced environment, where priorities and timelines often shift
•Strong team player focused on assisting others as needed
•Ability to work overtime hours as needed
Preferred:
•Previous HR Assistance experience
•Applicant tracking system experience (Taleo)
•Post high-school education (Associate's or Bachelor's degree)
Please send your resume and cover letter to info@synico.com with "Recruiting Coordinator" in the subject line.

Job Opening at PPL Alternative Schools

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POSITION: SECONDARY TEACHER (CERTIFIED)
REGULAR FULL-TIME (40 HOURS/Week)

POSITION PURPOSE: To facilitate a positive learning experience for high school students in social studies and build and support the agency's mission of encouraging self-sufficiency through education and employment. (School is a member of the Metropolitan Federation of Alternative Schools, accredited by the North Central Association and is a Minneapolis Contract Alternative Program.)

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Diagnose and assess students' skills in social studies.
• Develop and implement remediation strategies for students with skill deficiencies.
• Teach Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) curriculum standards
• Develop and implement appropriate individual learning plans in addition to group curriculum.
• Monitor student progress and provide regular feedback to students, parents and team members.
• Identify appropriate learning resources.
• Disseminate information to students.
• Utilize appropriate technology in learning environment.
• Adhere to and enforce agency, community center and school's standards of behavior on a consistent basis.
• Participate in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating curriculum and student learning.
• Participate in development of appropriate programs to recognize students' achievements.
• Participate in developing and implementing appropriate community center and school structure, policies and procedures.
• Participate in establishing and implementing appropriate social activities.
• Work cooperatively with peers on teaching team and community center staff.
• Participate in registration process.
• Punctual and disciplined in teaching style.
• Occasionally may be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to duties listed in position description.
• Must believe in and act in accordance with agency, community center and school's mission.
• Participate in agency and community center functions.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Bachelor's degree in secondary education or equivalent
• State of Minnesota Certification in secondary social studies required
• Training and experience in alternative school setting preferred
• Training and experience in behavior modification techniques and class management preferred
• Experience working with diverse at-risk youth population (i.e., ethnic, cultural, economic, etc.)
• Training and experience in team teaching
• Good interpersonal relations skill
• Good oral and written communication skills
• Training and experience in assessments and testing
• Demonstrated leadership skills
• Ability to work cooperatively with staff, parents and administrators
• Training and experience with school-to-career programs desirable
• Proficient in a second language (other than English) desirable

How to Apply:
Qualified candidates can apply online at http://www.ppl-inc.org/about/jobs with a cover letter and resume. Questions about the position can be sent to hr@ppl-inc.org. AA/EEO

An Equal Opportunity Employer


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Morgan Koth

CEHD Degree program: Youth Development & Research

Graduation Year: 2011

Employer: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota

Position: Community Giving Intern (Development Department)


How did you learn about your current position? I learned about my current position on the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Job Board (http://www.minnesotanonprofits.org/jobs) . I had been checking the site quite religiously looking for an opportunity that would help me develop skills that I didn't gain from my degree.

What are some of your key responsibilities you have been charged with? In my role, I have had a broad exposure to various tasks in the Development Department. So far, I have worked on creating a comprehensive database for the Seasons of Wishes campaign. I have also been researching potential vendors for the Delicious Wishes event, written scripts for media personnel headlining our Walk for Wishes, generating community relations by contacting wish families and creating verbiage for donors to be used on the MAW website and print media. This internship is giving me great opportunities to expand my skills in event planning, fundraising development and communication.


What steps did you take in the application process? How did you help yourself stand out from all the other applicants?
Immediately after seeing the job posting on the MCN website I began creating a resume with a style that highlighted past-positions and experiences I had that were relevant to what MAW was looking for in a candidate. I also submitted a cover letter that allowed me the opportunity to give the hiring committee a better idea of who I am, what my past experiences have taught me and how passionate I am about Make-A-Wishes's mission statement.


After I submitted my application, I was invited to a phone interview with the Development Supervisor. The phone interview went well, and I was invited to attend a final interview at the MAW office in Minneapolis. Immediately after the interview I sent my interviewers a thank you letter--thanking them for their time, and their consideration. I made it personal by mentioning particular things I learned through the interview process, and highlighted how I felt I would be the perfect candidate based on my experiences, passions and career goals.

Looking back, what did you find to be the most helpful during job search process?
I set aside time every week to job search, write cover letters and research potential career options. With all of the free time a new grad has making weekly appointments to work on the job search and application process really helped me to find a job early. I also checked the job board often and applied to positions as soon as they are posted. Often jobs listed on websites receive applications on a rolling-until-filled basis so it is to your advantage to get a high-quality application in really soon.


What have you learned this far from your position that you have found to be the most valuable for your professional development?
If you have a desire to pursue a career in a field or capacity different from your degree, pursue opportunities to educate yourself and gain that experience volunteering or working as an intern. A degree is just a degree at the end of the day, but valuable experiences relative to your goal-career is key to unlocking future opportunities.


Do you have any tips or words of wisdom to share with others?
Be intentional about your job search--identify your passions and find a job that utilizes your passions. Don't apply for a job because of the salary, if it isn't what you are passionate about you most likely won't be happy. Do yourself a favor and apply for the jobs that excite you--they'll be worth getting up every day for.


Did you utilize career services? If so, what was your experience like?
A week before my interview with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, I met with Angie. She was incredibly helpful setting me up with various resources to prep for my interview. What amazed me the most about my experience at Career Services was that I felt like an individual and that someone cared about me on a one-on-one level. It is difficult to find at the U, but at Career Services it's possible.

Morgan's internship with Make A Wish will be finishing soon and so if you would like to connect with her, she has provided her information.

"I would love to connect with you! Follow my blog contributions throughout the summer at genyjourney.com. Or connect with me on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/morganelizabethkoth or Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/4goodmn"


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