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K-12 Teaching Jobs!

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Southern Teachers Agency will hold two Teacher Recruitment Fairs in early 2012.

Atlanta, GA: February 10 & 11

Washington, DC: March 10

Hiring administrators from schools around the South will be interviewing candidates for K-12 teaching jobs in all fields and subjects.

Southern Teachers Agency was founded in 1902 and is the oldest teacher-placement service in America. The hundreds of private & independent schools that STA serves offer something special: a teaching environment that helps young teachers succeed. What creates this environment? Small classes of college-bound students, supportive colleagues and administrators, and the academic freedom of a curriculum that is not hyper-focused on standardized testing.

For more information about STA and these opportunities, please visit our website at

Thank you for your consideration.
Southern Teachers Agency . . . when only the best will do!

Career of the Week--- Sports Agents

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*** Wondering how to become a Sports Agent?

What? Do you enjoy the thrill sports give you? Do you have the skill to build contacts and network? Check out the career path of Sports Agents. Sports agents represent and support athletes of all kinds by negotiating contracts of athletes and even negotiating media contracts. This career path will give you the ability to work hands-on with professional athletes and coaches. Therefore communication and business skills are essential to being successful in this field.

How do you get there? Most Sports agents start out with a degree such as Sports Management. Click here to learn more about a major in CEHD Sports Management. Although many Sports agents start here, many also go on to further their education to become attorneys. The law component of negotiations is critical, but some agents prefer to hire their own. Overall, sports agents are motivated individuals who work to promote their own business and clientele (athletes). Click here to read more about Sports agents' jobs and to job search.

Networking is a huge part of Sports agents' careers so why not start now? Create a profile on LinkedIn and begin researching other agents and connect with other professionals.

Job outlook? The United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are 17,000 agents representing athletes and entertainers and projects these positions to grow 14% between 2006 and '16.

Check out these organizations:
North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM)
Sports Careers

***Don't forget to check out GoldPASS for internship and job opportunities!

Current opportunities available at Global Citizens Network

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There are a variety of internship opportunities available at Global Citizens Network in our Minneapolis, MN office.

Currently accepting materials for spring 2012 (January - August commitment preferred). A minimum of 200 hours per semester is required. The position is unpaid. A small stipend may be available upon completion of internship pending any budgetary constraints. Please see below if you are interested in learning more about our current opening.

Current Internship Opportunities:

Program Intern

Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician

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Do you like helping people? Do you like working in a medical environment? Do you enjoy hands on work? If so, this career may be for you!
WHAT?: Some patients may have a birth defect, disease, accident or amputation that causes them to need orthoses (braces, supports, corrective shoes, etc.) or prostheses (replacement limbs, such as a leg, arm, hand or foot). This is where the work of orthotic and prosthetic technicians comes in as they are called upon to work with and create these devices. Some specific tasks include examining, interviewing and measuring patients to determine their needs; fit, test and evaluate devices on patients and build, repair and modify prosthetic and orthopedic appliances. There is also an option to work in the area of dental prosthetics. Most orthotic and prosthetic technicians work in clean, well-lighted, and well-ventilated laboratories.

HOW?: A degree in Kinesiology is great for this field of work and many tasks will be taught through on-the-job training. It is helpful to have background knowledge in kinesiology or a related field to fully understand the needs of the patient. There are no formal educational requirements, however certification may increase chances of advancement. Certification is available through the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC). Overall employment is expected to grow faster than average and job opportunities should be favorable for this career.

For more information please visit:

American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education Occupational Outlook Handbook Don't forget to check out GoldPASS for internship and job opportunities!

Teacher Long Term Sub- Language Arts JobID: 4451
Language Arts teacher at North High School in North Saint Paul need for long-term substitute position

Teacher/High School
Date Posted: 9/19/2011
Location: North High School

Posted: 9/19/2011
Position: Long Term Substitute- Language Arts
Location: North High School
Start date: 1/2012
Salary: Per Teacher Master Agreement (may be viewed at
Benefits: Per Teacher Master Agreement (may be viewed at
Work Year: 2011/12 School Year

Required Qualifications:

1) Must possess appropriate teaching license;

2) Ability to establish and maintain high academic standards and positive working relationship with students;

3) Demonstrated ability to work well with colleagues;

4) Effective communication skills.

5) Demonstrated ability in classroom management.

The Career Center for Science and Engineering is hiring a Graduate Assistant in the area of Employer Relations. This position will be December 2011-May 2012 and will coordinate on-campus recruiting visits and other employer relations programming.

Details and application instructions can be found at:
(Requisition #174823)

Veteran Services Representative- Hennepin County

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Veteran Services Representative
Hennepin County, Minneapolis, MN

Are you a Minnesota Veteran and interested in assisting fellow veterans?

Veterans' Services of Hennepin County is looking for a Veterans Service Representative (VSR) to join our dedicated team. This area assists veterans, their dependents and/or survivors in obtaining federal and state-funded financial and medical benefits. The VSR will also visit homeless veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers, shelters or community sites.

To qualify for this position, you must:
· Be a Minnesota Resident and a Veteran (Served in Active Duty in the U.S. Armed forced) as determined in Minnesota State Statute 197.447.

Best Qualified Candidates will have:
· One of the following"
o Two years of work experience interpreting policies and procedures
o Two years of related public contact work
o A bachelor's degree or higher in the behavioral sciences
· A valid class "D" driver's license
· Good interview, assessment, listening and communication skills
· Skill in team building, relationship building and ability to build a trust relationship

Hennepin County offers a comprehensive compensation package and an atmosphere that promotes dedication and commitment to public service.

To view the online posting, learn more information, and access the online application process, visit our website at . The position is open until 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2011. This position also requires a copy of your DD214 (that indicates your character of service) by the posting deadline by one of the following:
· Fax (612-348-6224)
· Email (
· Mail (Hennepin County Human Resources, A-400 Government Center, 300 South 6th St., Minneapolis, MN 55487)

Group Ticket Sales & Service Representative
MN Twins is currently accepting applications for the full-time position of Group Ticket Sales & Service Representative. A full job description, including functions and qualifications, is listed below. Interested EXTERNAL applicants should apply online via

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

· Prospects, identifies and secures new group sales business and new season ticket business in order to achieve prescribed ticket and revenue objectives.

· Maximizes new sales opportunities through constant and consistent sales/prospecting techniques.

· Provides consistent and superior customer service in all dealings with existing and prospective customers.

· Adheres to the established policies and procedures in performing all account creation, invoicing, payment, ticket printing and distribution functions.

· Adheres to the established policies and procedures in utilizing CRM solution and any other technology-based tools.

· Maintains strong, cooperative inter/intra-departmental relationships.

· Participates in various sales promotions, events, and existing/potential client entertainment activities, as required.

· Cooperates in collecting and forwarding any premium seat, sponsorship, advertising, and team promotions leads to supervisor.

· Maintains and is able to produce on a regular basis accurate reports regarding sales, service, appointments and other activities.

· Works in conjunction with the entire Ticket Sales & Service team to uphold the mandates of the department regarding sales & service goals and objectives.

· Assists with game day operations as required.

· Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Skills, Experience & Abilities

· Prior experience working for a professional sports franchise is preferred.

· Prior group ticket sales and account management experience, including direct sales presentations and telephone sales, is preferred.

· Excellent relationship building and people skills, with the ability to interact effectively with internal and external clients at all levels within the organization.

· Superior communication and presentation skills, with the confidence and ability to deliver persuasive presentations.

· Proficient in Microsoft Office products

· A commitment to service excellence and customer satisfaction.

· Ability to multi-task and meet required deadlines.

· Assertive, confident, persistent and results-oriented.

· Solid team player with excellent interpersonal skills

· While looking to succeed personally, you must be able and interested in supporting a team environment and adhering to the Ticket Sales & Service department's objectives, goals and mandates.

· Familiarity with event ticketing system and CRM system a plus.

· Ability and willingness to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as required.

Physical Requirements

· Able to lift and carry boxes & promotional equipment weighing as much as 50 pounds

· Must be able to walk steps to visit fans during games

· Must be able to work in a seated position for majority of work day

· Must be able to be productive utilizing a computer keyboard and telephone

· Must be able to be productive in an work environment where the noise level can be high at times

Watertown-Mayer High School Position

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Watertown-Mayer High School Position Opening

A part-time ( .7363 FTE) position as a Agricultural Teacher at Watertown-Mayer High School beginning November 7, 2011 for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year.

Responsibilities include:
• Develop curriculum and instruct 9th-12th grade students in the area of agricultural education. Classes include Animal Science, Introduction to Engineering, Exploring Agriculture (9th grade course), CIS Animal Science, and Small Engines. (Other courses have also included Biotechnology, Horticulture, Forestry & Wildlife Mgmt., and Natural Resources.
• Coordinate the Agricultural Education Department's Advisory Board
• Advise members in all aspects of FFA chapter activities, programs and competitions. Opportunities include:
o Preparing teams for Career Development Events
o Advising students with Supervised Agricultural Experience
o Developing and carrying out community service programs
o Facilitating members' attendance at leadership conferences and conventions
o Conducting fundraisers
o Attending FFA Alumni and Booster meetings
Minnesota Agricultural Education teaching license (or equivalent) required. Comprehensive knowledge of State/National Agricultural Education Standards.
Additionally, qualified applicants must demonstrate the following: applicable experience and demonstrated success in working with high school students; excellent classroom management skills; ability to differentiate instruction to a varied level of learners; a positive attitude and strong communication skills; openness and availability to students; desire and ability to work cooperatively with other department members; and committed to the Site and District Strategic Plan.

FTE: .7363
Starting date: 2011-2012 School Year

Questions: Contact Scott Fitzsimonds, HS Principal, 952-955-0600 or

Apply to be a 2012 Orientation Leader!

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Interested in a paid, life-changing, leadership experience for next summer? Stop by one of our info sessions this week for some free food and to find out more, presentations run every 30 minutes:

· Tuesday, October 25th
o 11:30-1:30pm, CMU 307

· Wednesday, October 26th
o 6:00-8:00pm, STSS 131a

· Friday, October 28th
o 11:30-1:30pm, CMU 307

Apply online at by November 4th!

MN Reading & Math Corps| Information Session

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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
STSS 524 interview center
Drop by the interview center when you can during the scheduled session

How do you kick-start a career? By changing the world. Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps tutors change worlds every single school year. In fact, they'll change over 20,000 worlds in 2011-12 alone. These tutors work with students to help them achieve reading and math proficiency benchmarks critical for lifelong success. All while building valuable professional experience. Get a kick start on your career while making a difference as either a Minnesota Reading Corps or Math Corps tutor! Visit a representative of the programs on October 26th between 3:00 - 5:00 pm.

Information Session: Life Time Fitness

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Life Time Fitness is visiting different campuses around the Midwest to promote our career opportunities in Personal Training, Personal Training Management, Nutrition and Weight Loss coaching and the many benefits of working for Life Time Fitness - the Healthy Way of Life Company. They will be on-campus to recruit students and alumni for their positions.

"We offer the most competitive compensation plans in the health industry, as well as full time benefits and career advancement opportunities. We have state of the art facilities with unparalleled continuing education!" Campus Recruiter, Life Time

Who: Open to all U of M students and alumni
Where: STSS Building 518/520
When: Monday, October 24th
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm

For more information check out the 'Career Events' section on GoldPASS.
Sponsored by, CEHD Career Services

Career of the Week--Family Life Educators

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*** Do you enjoy contact with others, have concern for others, and are curious about how families work? Check out the role of a Family Life Educator!

WHAT: Family life educators focus on healthy functioning within a family systems perspective. The goal is to teach and foster knowledge and skills (strong communication skills, knowledge of typical human development, good decision-making skills, positive self-esteem, and healthy interpersonal relationships) to enable individuals and families to function optimally. Check out the National Counsel for Family Relations (NCFR) to get a better understanding of this rewarding career.

HOW DO YOU GET THERE? Are you wondering what kind of degree can get you this particular job? Check out CEHD Department of Family and Social Science to learn more about a degree in Family Social Sciences. You must have completed a baccalaureate (BA) or advanced degree from an accredited college/university. You can also receive certification through the NCFR which requires a BA degree and a certain number of experience hours.

Meet with others in this profession to learn more about the field and set up informational interviews to learn more about their experiences. The CEHD Career Services website is a great tool in assisting you with informational interviews. Also learn about LinkedIn to find other professionals in the field and see how they have grown into their position.

There is a wide array of exciting venues in which a Family Life Educator works. To name a few: Employee Assistance programs, Day Cares, Food Assistance Programs, Youth Development Programs, Adult Day Care, Public Schools, Family Therapy Support Services, Crisis and Hotline Services, and the list goes on. To see more visit here.

Employer Interview

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Peter Hodne, Principal
Highlands Elementary, Edina Public Schools

Please describe the hiring process and timeline for teachers at your school.
The most common time for hiring is near the end of the school year. April and May are generally the months when most hiring takes place. There is some hiring in June, less in July and a little more in August. There can be hiring during the school year but it is not as common. During the year we are more likely to hire people in long term substitute positions. When we have an opening we post the position on our website and screen applications. Once we have a pool of candidates we interview. The interview team consists of teachers, a parent and the principal.

In this competitive teacher job market, how can applicants stand out during the application and interview process?

We are looking for passion, skills, a determination to keep growing and a philosophical match. I think teachers applying for positions should talk about their education, their experiences and share their passion. Be yourself.

How do you recommend students from the MEd/ILP program speak about having their master's degree, or credits toward their master's degree, during their job search?
I believe that having your master's degree is a benefit. You have a higher level of training and this will help you be a better teacher. I would talk about it when you are talking about your education, experiences and dedication.

What skills, abilities, and/or experiences have you appreciated most after hiring CEHD students?
We have hired a lot of teachers from the University of Minnesota. We appreciate their high level of training and development. They are knowledgeable and have a variety of experiences in different educational settings.

Please share your advice to students entering the teaching profession.
You have chosen a wonderful profession where you can make a difference for people every day. The successful teachers I know work hard every day and continue to grow as teachers and people.


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University of Northern Iowa
February 3-5, 2012
-Registration deadline is January 13-save $40 if registered by Dec. 2.
-120+ American international schools will be in attendance.
-Teachers may obtain a registration packet on our web site:

Incredible teaching opportunities await in American K-12 schools around the globe! Over 800 teaching positions were posted last event! Teachers of all disciplines are needed! Last year, OVER 60% OF NEW TEACHERS SECURED EMPLOYMENT!

Employment-based Visas and Permanent Residency Workshop

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H-1B Visa Workshop

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2011
Time: 4:00 5:30 pm
Location:150 Blegen Hall

An immigration attorney from a local law firm will provide information on H-1B eligibility requirements, the application process, and the necessary timelines. This workshop is specifically for people who are interested in becoming an H-1B for employers other than University of Minnesota.

Employment-based Visas and Permanent Residency Workshop

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
Location:1-108 Hanson Hall

An immigration specialist from a local immigration law firm will give an overview of employment-based visa options including H-1B Temporary Worker Visas, O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visas, as well as information on the process for becoming a permanent resident.

Success Story | Ann Peckskamp, Family Social Science

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Ann Peckskamp
Family Social Science, Senior
Family Communication Project
Assistant Project Manager

How did you learn about your internship position?
It's a long story - My advisor, Bibiana Koh, works as the recruiter for the project, so at my Family Social Science orientation meeting she asked if anyone would be interested in a position. I'm lucky that I was in the right place at the right time, otherwise I would have had no idea that this project even existed. I applied for the only open position of coder. How the project works is that families come in and are video taped doing a variety of activities. Then, a coder watches the video and assigns codes to different types of behaviors or interactions (e.g. how well the father communicates with the daughter, or how good the parents' relationship is).

After both the preliminary and second interview for the position, Bibiana decided that my personality and skill set would be better utilized in a different area of the project. She recommended that I contact the assistant project manager (who would be leaving the project soon) and ask her to interview me for her position. So that's how I ultimately found out about my current position.

What are your key responsibilities?
Administration: Taking minutes, writing agenda's for meetings
Finances: Keeping track of budgets that are used for the project expenses, doing purchase orders, keeping in contact with the FSoS accountant to make sure her accounts line up with ours
Website: Being the liaison between the web designer and the project in order to keep the website updated
Miscellaneous: Making copies, going to the reuse center to pick up free office supplies when needed
Advisory board: Communicate with advisory board members about meetings, setting an agenda, and working with researchers about what information they want to present and getting it ready

What steps did you take in the application process?
First, I e-mailed my advisor (who told me about the position) asking for more information about the position. Then I updated my résumé so that it was current and reworded or modified my previous experiences so that they were more relevant to my prospective position. I wrote a cover letter highlighting my strengths and how my skills from previous experiences could be transferred to the coding position.

I had a first interview, and was informed that I might not be a good fit for the position, but that I would still be advanced to the second interview. After the second interview, Bibiana was confident that coding would not be a good match for me, but she felt strongly I should find a way to become involved with the project. So, she recommended that I talk to Emily Becher, the assistant project manager (see question #1). Emily and I communicated via e-mail to set up a time and place to meet so that she could interview me. We met at Caribou Coffee and discussed what the position entailed, how I could benefit the project, and how the project could benefit me. She offered me the position at the end of our interview.

How did you help yourself stand out from all the other applicants?

As a former elementary education major, a lot of my previous volunteer experiences weren't relevant to my new position. While I was worried that this might make me a less desirable candidate, I worked really hard to show how my skills were transferable - and it actually worked to my advantage. It made me unique and it showed that I could bring things to the internship that other people couldn't.

I've had some really good jobs with a lot of responsibilities, which most other undergraduates just don't have. I've worked in a professional office and I also teach ACT test preparation for the same company. By having two positions in the same company, it shows that I'm loyal to my employers and that my employers believe that I'm a valuable employee, capable of accepting increasing responsibilities. I've made conscious efforts to grow my résumé with the most impressive positions that I can. It would have been easier to just get a job at a coffee shop or something, but in the long run, it's paid off that I've made getting valuable job and volunteer experiences a priority in my life.

During my final interview, for the position that I actually accepted, Emily said that the one thing a lot of applicants had had trouble with, was articulating how the position would benefit the applicant. It's unpaid, so she said that she wanted the position to go to someone that would get something out of it too. I said that I had gotten where I am today by means of making connections and knowing the right people, and that this position would give me access to a wide network of professors, professionals, and other students who could help to further me in my future careers. She seemed pretty impressed by that answer, so I would encourage other internship seekers to think about how they would answer a similar question.

What did you find most helpful during your internship search process?
Keeping myself on my future employer's radar. I made sure to follow up with Bibiana on the same day that she presented the position to me. After I sent her my résumé, I contacted her a couple weeks later to see if I would be able to have an interview. After she told me that I was not right for the position, I asked what my other options were, and I contacted the people that she suggested right away. Just being very proactive was the most helpful thing that I did.

Do you have any tips to share with others?
Take advantage of your resources! I made an appointment with a career services counselor and I found practice interview questions, cover letter templates, and action verbs to strengthen my job descriptions on my résumé all on the CEHD Career Services website.

Don't forget, your resources include people too! Build a network. I am friends with someone already working as part of the research project so I asked her what they look for in applicants. My advisor was the recruiter, so I made sure that I took the time to get to know her. I had my sister, an English major, read my cover letter and résumé. Anything that can give you inside knowledge or help to make connections will definitely make you stand out.

Government & Nonprofit Career Fair 10/21/2011

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Government & Nonprofit Career Fair
Friday, October 21, 2011
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Coffman Great Hall, Ground Floor
Coffman Memorial Union Bldg
University of Minnesota
300 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Attention CEHD students:

Please check out the list of employers who have registered for the Government & Non-Profit Job fair occurring on Thursday, October 21st, 2011. Now is your chance to connect with some employers and organizations as:

Minnesota Children's Museum
New Life Family Services
Planned Parenthood MN, ND, SD
Northwest Youth & Family Services
U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services
YWCA of Minneapolis
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Find out the complete list of employers by clicking here

Students are invited to attend the following workshop presentations:
10:00 a.m. Find and Apply Workshop - Annenberg Speaker
11:15 a.m. Human Resource Professionals: Finding a Government Job -The Employer's Perspective
11:15 a.m. Intro to Careers in Nonprofits
12:30 p.m. Professionals in Government: City, County, State and Federal Jobs
12:30 p.m. Panel: Year of Service Programs in the U.S. and Abroad
1:45 p.m. Internships in Government: Current Student Perspectives
1:45 p.m. Intro to Careers in Nonprofits

Several of these workshops would be great for CEHD students. For the complete list of workshops and room locations click here

Students from the U of M- Twin Cities do NOT need to register in advance

Career of the Week-Recreation Workers

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Do you get bored sitting at a desk all day? Do you like to spend time outdoors? Do you like to meet new people?

WHAT: Recreation workers plan, organize and direct organized recreational activities. Most of the activities take place in parks, recreation areas, community and senior centers, camps and tourist attractions. Some activities that recreation workers may lead are sports, performing arts, camping, outdoor trips and other special events. Recreation workers may work with businesses, children or senior citizens. This field allows you to think creatively, assist and care for others, establish and maintain interpersonal relationships, and participate in physical activities.

WHERE: There are a variety of fun and exciting settings to work in with this degree. Some settings include, cruise ships, nature parks, summer camps, or playgrounds in the center of an urban community. There is some time spent in offices planning the programs and other special events.

HOW DO YOU GET THERE? Pursue a degree in Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies! through the U of M College of Education and Human development.

Look for job and internship possibilities in GoldPASS to gain experience in the field!

JOB OUTLOOK: Faster than average growth is expected. Job opportunities are good for part-time, seasonal and temporary workers also.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
O*NET OnLine
National Recreation and Park Association website

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Visit SPA: An Educator's Introduction to St. Paul Academy and Summit School

November 1 & 2, 2011

St. Paul Academy and Summit School, an independent K-12 school with two campuses in the heart of St. Paul, invites you to learn about independent school education by touring our campuses, visiting classes, having lunch with students and teachers, and meeting with division principals. Come and see if independent school teaching is for you!

Middle/Upper School Visit Day

(Grades 6-12)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

9:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

1712 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul

Lower School Visit Day

(Grades K-5)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

1150 Goodrich Avenue, St. Paul

Directions to the Randolph and Goodrich campuses are available at

RSVP Information:
Please RSVP by October 25, 2011 by submitting your RSVP to Lucy Polk, English Department Chair, St. Paul Academy and Summit School at

1712 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105 or emailing

(Direct line: 651.696.1404

Fax: 651.698.6787)

CEHD Strengths Spotlight | Anna Mraz, Academic Advisor

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At the University of Minnesota and in CEHD we feel every student has what they need to be successful. We believe in taking a strengths based approach and work with students to learn to use their talents so they can be developed into strengths.

Anna Mraz, Academic Advisor, talks about her strengths.

What are your top 5 talent themes?
Woo, Communication, Positivity, Empathy, Developer

In what ways do you use your talents each day?
As an academic advisor, I find that I use many of my talents each day at my job. I don't think I could function very effectively if I did not understand and often demonstrate Empathy when students are explaining their concerns, questions and their lives to me.

My Developer theme helps me to notice and cultivate potential in others, something that I find well-suited to my job. I can think of many times in which I have been meeting with a student and remarked upon a previous semester of strong grades. "That is so great, well done!", I will say (and most of the time the student will smile and sometimes even agree with me).

My Positivity theme can take on many different forms throughout the day. At work, I find that I am often someone who is energetic and positive in meetings and in informal gatherings with my colleagues. I find it easy to get others excited about almost anything simply by expressing my own enthusiasm. Further, I am frequently looking for ways to make a presentation/meeting/appointment/topic more fun. People tend to be happier when things are more fun and I am drawn to people who I perceive to have positive energy and who are also fun.

Communication is probably the primary way I spend my day, meaning that I am constantly engaged in it. If I am not emailing a student or colleague, I am speaking with them, or presenting to them, or perfecting a written document that will be distributed to a larger audience. If I am not at work communicating, I am at home communicating with my two young children and spouse. While some people find solace in silence I am drawn to conversations, both in - person and electronic.

Finally, the Woo. Woo is a talent theme I am still striving to understand for myself but I believe that that it intersects with my Communication and Positivity quite easily. I will sometimes be speaking with a student in an advising appointment and I will find myself wanting to ensure that student leaves the appointment happy - both with the information received and with me personally. In a nutshell, I strive to be well-liked, sort of like Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman". In presentations I will find myself thinking of ways to engage with my audience so that they will enjoy the presentation (positivity!), understand the information presented (communication), and come away with a good opinion of the presented (Woo!).

How have you sought to develop your talent themes?
Before I knew anything about StrengthsQuest, I applied to a graduate program in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology in CEHD. As you might expect, much of the skills we worked to refine in this program were related to Empathy and Communication. Beyond graduate school, I frequently find that I volunteer to give presentations on various topics in order to practice my Communication skills while also better understanding how to use my Woo in group settings. Finally, I have taught an online class for the past several semesters that focuses on career planning. There are many instances in this class in which I draw upon my Developer theme as I encourage students on their career-planning journey.

I find that I can sometimes become more concerned about the feeling around a specific event (are people having fun, is the content clear, do they feel welcomed) as well as the enjoyment of simply meeting with colleagues with whom I enjoy spending time, that I can sometimes forget to step back and consider the ideas and processes related to the planning. In those cases, it is helpful for me to partner with colleagues with high Ideation, Achiever and Strategic.

What surprises you about your talent themes?

I was very surprised by the Woo. In fact, I emailed our Assistant Dean for Student Services to tell her that I thought StrengthsQuest was an invalid instrument because Woo was listed as my top talent theme! I was beyond surprised at that. After talking with her a bit and with some of my colleagues a bit more, I can see the Woo (or the drive to have others like me and to meet new people) but I am still working to understand how I express it.

Which talent themes fit you best and why?
While I can see aspects of my daily self in each of my top five talent themes, Communication and Positivity resonated the most with me when I first saw my results. I enjoy and appreciate good communication, both written and verbal and I appreciate it even more when it is delivered in an enthusiastic and positive way.

In presentations I will find myself thinking of ways to engage with my audience so that they will enjoy the presentation (positivity!), understand the information presented (communication), and come away with a good opinion of the presented (Woo!).

Visit Strengths at the U to learn more!

New opportunity to be a Special Education Assistant with Minneapolis Public Schools!

SEAs work at least 25 hours per week (five hours per day while the kids are there) and there is an option to be a bus aide as well (riding the bus to and from school with the kids), which adds a few hours per week.

For more information, please go to this link for a full job description:

Event Coordinator Position at the U of M!

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U of M Alumni Relations is hiring for an Event Coordinator. The position is now posted on the U of M Employment site (job requisition #174595)
Please consider applying to this position.

Apply Now! Public Service Fellows Program

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The Program:
The Partnership for Public Service is seeking current students or recent graduates to join our team and contribute to our mission.

Are your students passionate about public service?
Are they looking for an opportunity to develop their skills and gain valuable experience?
Are they looking for a paid position in the heart of Washington, D.C.?

If so, please encourage them to apply for the Partnersship's Public Service Fellows Program!

We anticipate the Spring Fellows term will begin in mid-January, but start dates are flexible based on teams. Full-time fellows with undergraduate or graduate degrees will receive a $1000 per month stipend. Full-time fellows who are currently undergraduate students will receive an $800 per month stipend. Volunteer applications will also be accepted.

Selection Process:
Fellowship positions are available in nine different focus areas. Recent graduates and students are eligible for the program, and they should apply for a particular position(s) based on their skills and interests. They may apply for multiple fellow positions, but must fill out an application for each position individually. Click here to learn more about the positions and how to apply!

If you have questions, please feel free to email Thank you in advance for spreading the word about this great opportunity.

The application deadline is October 28, 2011

The Fellowship Coordinators
Partnership for Public Service
(202) 775-9111

Logistics Specialist with Bay and Bay

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Bay%26Baysmallchrome2.jpgAs a Logistics Specialist at Bay and Bay Transportation Services you will help our customers move their inventory in the most cost effective way by identifying and providing logistics solutions. In this role, you will manage a portfolio of accounts while working in a team environment. Business is generated through inside and outside sales by way of industry referrals, prospecting and business to business selling. You will be addressing concerns and working with team members implementing solutions for both established, as well as prospective customers.

• College Degree (2yr or 4 hr) or Previous 3PL experience
• Ability to work in fast paced team oriented environment
• Strong negotiation and persuasion skills
• Competitive attitude and willingness to take chances
• Excellent verbal communication skills over the phone
• Computer experience and ability to type at least 25 wpm; previous experience working in TMW TruckMate is a plus

Send letter and resume notifying us how you found out about the position and how this position fits your career. Please send all to

Position and information is also posted in GoldPASS job ID 59078

CEHD Interview Center Open House & Networking Event

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CEHD Career Services would like to invite CEHD alumni, faculty, staff and employer partners to the Interview Center Open House & Networking Event. CEHD Career Services moved into a new career center which includes interview suites. We would like you to join us for an afternoon of light refreshments and networking with fellow CEHD, faculty, staff, alumni and employers. The purpose of the event is to showcase our interview center, encourage use of the facility and connect with colleagues.

CEHD Interview Center Open House & Networking Event

Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Time: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Location: 524 STSS Building, U of M East Bank

Interested in attending? Please RSVP Angie Soderberg at

Currently use GoldPASS ? register for career event ID# 1231

Volunteer Opportunities at Minnesota Children's Museum

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This fall the Minnesota Children's Museum is planning some events that would be a great way for volunteers to get involved! For more information about any of the events below, please contact Haley Buenzli , Volunteer Services Coordinator, at 651-225-6046.

MCM Halloween Party (20 volunteers each night)

Come help provide a spooky experience for members at this Halloween themed party!
Help with dinner and then move on to other spooky activities. Costumes encouraged.
Wednesday, October 26 - 4:30-9:30pm
Thursday, October 27 - 4:30-9:30pm

Prep Rally (up to 25 volunteers per evening)

It takes a lot of preparation to run all of the different activities at the Museum daily. We
always need help cutting, folding, ripping, and tearing paper to be used in the Paper
Factory, the Curiosity Center and more!
Tuesday, October 18 - 4:30-6:30pm
Tuesday, November 15 - 4:30--6:30pm

Target Free Third Sunday

These are our busiest days! Volunteers will help make sure all the families have
a fun time by welcoming people at the parking ramp, greeting families in the
lobby and helping kids share and playing at the busiest activities.
Sunday, October 16 - 9:45am-1:00pm or 12:45-4:00pm
Sunday, November 20 - 9:45am-1:00pm or 12:45-4:00pm
Sunday, December 18 - 9:45am-1:00pm or 12:45-4:00pm

Sparklerama (15 volunteers)

Come celebrate New Year's Eve at MCM! Volunteers are needed to help with the pre-
event dinner, assist with creative arts activitie, and help with the 8pm ball drop!
Saturday, December 31 - 4:30-9:30pm


**Do you want to be in a career that has moved from behind the scenes staff to leading the company in suggesting and changing policies?

WHAT: Human Relations, Training and Labor Relations Managers are just that. They provide connections to organizations that want to attract, motivate, and retain the most qualified employees and match them to jobs they are best suited for. Careers in this field have a wide array of duties and levels of responsibility. Examples of career paths include human resource generalists, employment and placement managers, recruitment specialists, job analysts, training managers, labor relations managers, and the list goes on.

WHERE: Are you open to traveling? Although many Human Relations Managers work in an office environment that is comfortable, clean, and pleasant, the majority travel extensively. Depending on your position you may travel to job fairs, college campuses, regionally, to main corporate offices, etc.

HOW DO YOU GET THERE? Human Relations Managers typically hold a bachelor's degree in a major such as Human Resource Development. Click here to learn more about this degree in CEHD. Because an interdisciplinary background is appropriate for this field, a combination of courses in the social sciences, business administration, and behavioral sciences is useful. Aside from obtaining a bachelor's degree in a related field, individuals may hold a master's degree. Employers seek applicants with a wide array of experiences. The importance of being able to work with the growing diversity of the workforce and working with or supervising people of various ages, cultural backgrounds and levels of education is essential. To get more experience in this field of work, search for internships on GoldPASS and research professionals in the field on LinkedIn to see their path of success.

JOB OUTLOOK: This career has a bright outlook according to O*Net and is expected to grow much faster than average. The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) shows that overall employment is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008-2018. The earnings of individuals in this field of work vary according to occupation, level of experiences, training, location, and firm size. OOH shows the middle 50 percent earning between $64,930-$113,480.

**If this career path sounds intriguing to you, and you would like more information visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*Net AND don't forget to visit CEHD Career Services to learn more about the major of Human Resource Development too.

As a member of the Ticket Sales & Service department of a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise, this position is primarily responsible for supporting the execution of all Database Marketing Division efforts related to the organization's sales and service goals. Specifically, this position is responsible for assisting in the organization, management and quality control aspects of customer and prospect data for use in marketing and sales programs for the ball team.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

· Assist in the execution of strategies related to managing internal/external database, direct marketing campaigns while maintaining an effective brand image and positive ROI
· Assist in the execution, tracking and analyzing of all database/direct marketing campaigns to build and maintain a profitable customer and fan relationship, and drive fan engagement
· Assist in all ongoing data collection efforts including the exporting and/or importing of data into or between various internal data platforms
· Assist in the development, translation, analysis and distribution of all reporting requirements of the Database Marketing Division
· Assist in the integration and maintenance of our CRM system
· Develop strong, cooperative relationships with inter/intra-departmental personnel and 3rd party vendors as needed
· Assist in ensuring the seamless integration & timely execution of all internal & external customer/prospect communication initiatives
· Act as a key stakeholder/resource in answering, identifying and creating solutions relating to all CRM & Ticketing system issues, questions and concerns; including future enhancement needs
· Participate in various internal 'sub-committees' as needed
· Participates in various sales promotions, events, and existing/potential client entertainment activities, as required
· Works in conjunction with the entire Ticket Sales & Service team to uphold the mandates of the department regarding sales & service goals and objectives
· Assists with game day operations as required
· Performs other duties as assigned

Required Skills, Experience & Abilities
· Experience working for a professional or minor league franchise preferred· Experience working with event ticketing systems (preferably· Experience working with CRM systems (preferably Microsoft Dynamics)· Understanding of the development, execution and analysis of sales and marketing campaigns
· Strong planning, organization, administrative, time management & problem solving skills
· Strong communication (verbal and written) and presentation skills
· Proficient in Microsoft Office product
· Ability to multi-task and meet required deadlines
· Assertive, confident, persistent and results-oriented
· While looking to succeed personally, you must be able and interested in supporting a team environment and adhering to the Ticket Sales & Service department's objectives, goals and mandates
· Ability and willingness to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as required

Physical Requirements
· Able to lift and carry boxes & promotional equipment weighing as much as 50 pounds
· Must be able to walk steps to visit fans during games
· Must be able to work in a seated position for majority of work day
· Must be able to be productive utilizing a computer keyboard and telephone
· Must be able to be productive in an work environment where the noise level can be high at times

Interested EXTERNAL applicants should apply online via INTERNAL applicants please apply via the internal job board link located on the HR Intranet site (http://twinsksvr/) or the ADP self service portal.

Graduate and Profession​al School Day!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Great Hall, Coffman Union

More than 100 graduate and professional programs from throughout the country will be represented at the University of Minnesota's Graduate and Professional School Day. This free, University-wide event provides students the opportunity to speak with representatives from law, business, education, health sciences and a variety of other graduate and professional programs. The event will also feature helpful workshops on "How to Apply" and "Funding Graduate and Professional School." This annual event is coordinated by CLA Career Services.
For more information, go to

MN Twins is currently accepting applications for the part-time position of Educational Tour Instructor.
Interested EXTERNAL applicants should apply online via INTERNAL applicants please apply via the internal job board link located on the HR Intranet site (http://twinsksvr/) or the ADP self service portal.


EDUCATIONAL TOUR INSTRUCTOR (Learning Through Baseball Program)

Learning though Baseball combines a tour of Target Field with instruction in a number of areas. The structure of the visit can be adjusted according to the levels and needs of the participating students and their teachers. All Twins "Learning through Baseball" experiences will incorporate the beauty of Target Field with well-organized tours, a knowledgeable staff, and a well-designed curriculum that meets Minnesota education standards.


Classroom instruction of subjects such as Math, Science, Art, Environmental Studies, Language Arts, and Social Studies at all levels
Create class outline design, perform class presentation, and promote the Learning Through Baseball program.
Lead walking tours of Target Field on a part-time basis.
Coordinate with the Tour Coordinator to accommodate tour requests for the public, as well as, private groups


Must be available from 8:30am to 5pm, Monday-Saturday, some evenings and Sunday afternoons.
Classroom teaching experience is preferred
Good verbal communication skills
Ability to walk extensively
Knowledge of baseball and Twins history

Project Footsteps Recruitment - Facilitators!

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Project Footsteps is a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis with a mission to inspire, empower, and prepare youth and community to be change agents, social leaders, and volunteers.

We are currently hiring for Program facilitators! These individuals will go to various locations throughout the Twin Cities and conduct youth programs to young people of all ages; all with the common goal of getting young people to realize their social leadership capacity and take responsibility for making the changes they want to see in our community.

Tryouts will be held October 5 at 3:30 or October 13 at 3:30 at 1917 Logan Ave S (St. Paul Episcopal Church). Below are the dates of all upcoming tryouts/training.

Oct. 5- 3:30 - Tryouts
Oct. 13 - 3:30 - Tryouts
Oct. 19 - 1:30 - 4:30 - Phase 2
Oct. 20 - 1:30 - 4:30 - Training Day 1
Oct. 21 - 1:30 - 4:30 - Training Day 2
Oct. 24 - 1:30 - 4:30 - Training Day 3

Nov. 2 - 3:30 - Tryouts
Nov. 10 - 3:30 - Tryouts
Nov. 16 - 1:30 - 4:30 - Phase 2
Nov. 17 - 1:30 - 4:30 - Training Day 1
Nov. 18 - 1:30- 4:30 - Training Day 2
Nov. 21 - 1:30 - 4:30 - Training Day 3

If interested in attending tryouts please email us at or call us at 612-353-6927 to RSVP or if you have any questions or concerns. Also, feel free to check us out at for more information on facilitating, volunteering, special fundraising, internships, and more!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities (BBBS) is seeking qualified
candidates for the position of Research Intern. The internship provides a valuable
opportunity to gain practical experience in research and evaluation. This is a volunteer

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The Research Intern will collect survey data from youth, mentors and parents via the
telephone. Data will be used to determine the impact of the BBBS community-based
mentoring program.
• Administer telephone surveys with mentors and parents to collect data on youth
• Administer a telephone survey with youth ages 9-18 to gather concerns needing
follow-up and also to give BBBS data about youth impact.
• Provide feedback to the Match Support staff about concerns raised or items needing
• Assist with activities for youth and mentors.

• Knowledge of youth development
• Must be able to work effectively with youth and adults
• Strong verbal and written communication skills, able to communicate effectively over
the telephone
• Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize and creatively solve problems
• Strong interpersonal and customer service skills and comfort working with diverse
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
• Upper-class undergraduate student (junior or senior)
• Able to volunteer 10 flexible hours per week for at least 3 months

To Apply:
Please send resume and cover letter to:
Barbara Alfrey, Director of Human Resources & Volunteer Services

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