Applications are due by December 8, 2022
As the Brewery Maintenance Systems course director, you'll provide the leadership, technical knowledge, and experience to help mold the next generation of brewing technicians. The goal of this course is to connect Master Brewers students with industry experts and peers in a manner that is engaging, respectful of diverse student needs and backgrounds, and meets the learning objectives.
The course director works with the program manager and instructional designer to organize and direct six weeks of virtual content and one week of in-person instruction, tours, and demonstrations. The virtual part of the course consists of pre-recorded lessons and assignments from subject matter experts, a discussion board on the Master Brewers Community site, and a weekly three-hour Zoom Q&A/ discussion session featuring the subject matter experts from that week. View the course webpage for course details and requirements.
Time Commitment & Compensation
Virtual: June 9 - July 28, 2023 (No class July 3 - July 7)
In-Person: August 6-11, 2023 (Minneapolis, MN)
- Four hours per week on average (beginning six months prior to the course)
- One-week onsite time for the in-person part of the course
- This is a compensated position. Contact MBAA@mbaa.com for more details
Course Director Tasks
- Identify course content in line with industry standards and trends.
- Recruit a group of instructors (SMEs) to contribute content from their unique areas of expertise.
- Collaborate with an instructional designer to teach content in an engaging and effective manner.
- Teach & lead student discussion on any of the topics if an instructor is not able to attend live sessions.
- Identify real-world scenarios commonly experienced in the brewing industry and create multiple case studies or projects for students to investigate and present solutions.
- Interact with students as a mentor and connect students with SMEs, networking contacts, and resources to help them along their professional path.
The ideal candidate will hold the following attributes and qualifications; and fulfill the associated requirements:
Industry Technical Knowledge and Experience
- Having a deep understanding of brewery maintenance, engineering, and planning with multiple years of experience working in varied roles.
- Must be a subject matter expert in a variety of the
topics associated with the course, with a willingness and ability to present a topic should the designated presenter be unable to attend. Please review the list of topics from the 2022 course.
- Maintain a deep, accessible network of other industry experts with the ability to recruit them to serve as course instructors (SMEs).
Technology and Education
- A passion for sharing industry knowledge and working with students.
- Proficient with basic instructional tools and technology (Zoom, PowerPoint, etc.) with a willingness to explore and learn tools for virtual instruction.
- Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in a timely fashion, using the necessary detail, to address the intended goals.
- A good people manager, ability to coordinate subject matter experts (instructors) as they design engaging and relevant learning experiences.
- Adept at collaboration, working closely with the course instructional designer and program manager to provide robust learning opportunities and networking experiences.
- Excellent time management and organizational skills.
- Membership is in good standing with the Master Brewers Association of the Americas.
- Strict adherence to Master Brewers Code of Conduct.
- Must be available for course planning, live virtual sessions, and onsite for the full duration of the in-person course.
The Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) is a nonprofit (501 C3) professional, scientific organization dedicated to advancing, supporting, and encouraging scientific research into brewing malt beverages and related industries and making that research available to the public through conferences, discussion groups, journals, publications, and seminars.
Please indicate your interest in the position by completing the online application form no later than December 8, 2022.
** Be sure to attach your CV or resume when submitting the form.**
- Applicants selected for an interview will be notified by December 12, 2022.
- Zoom interviews with the selection committee will take place December 14 - 20, 2022.
- The selection committee will make a course director recommendation to the Master Brewers Executive Committee on January 2, 2023.
- Applicants will be notified of a decision by January 11, 2023.
- One-hour Zoom interview
- The first half will be dedicated to traditional interview-type questions regarding the applicant's experience and interest in the position.
The applicant should be prepared to discuss:
- Your vision of the course as a key component of the Master Brewers education program, in conjunction with the packaging and brewing & malting courses.
- Learning objectives, any possible changes to the overall scope of the course, etc. (Please refer to the course web page to see the previous course schedule and list of topics.)
- Appropriate ways of collecting and addressing feedback, and how identifying areas of improvement for the course.
- The second half of the interview will be a model discussion/ Q&A session on a specific topic covered in the course. The purpose of the second half of the interview is to see how the applicant will handle a situation where the subject matter expert is unable to attend their live Q&A/discussion session.
- 24 hours in advance of the interview, the CD applicant will be sent the course lesson materials for a specific topic. The applicant should review the lesson materials prior to the interview and be prepared to lead student discussions and answer follow-up questions.
- The interviewers will observe how the applicant conducts themselves when interacting with students, their teaching style, and their technical knowledge of the subject matter of the course.
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