Course Director Job Description and Application​​​​

Master Brewers is accepting applications for the role of Course Director, Packaging.


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Job Description

As Course Director for the Packaging course you’ll provide the leadership and technical knowledge and experience in order to deliver an outstanding educational experience to Master Brewers students in a manner that is engaging, respectful of diverse student needs and backgrounds and meets the learning objectives. As Course Director, you’ll work with a team of speakers and Master Brewers staff to make certain the course curriculum meets the current needs of breweries, to recruit subject matter experts as speakers, and to create case study projects that allow the students to apply what they are learning in a practical manner. In addition, as the primary on-site representative, you’ll work with local facility staff and Master Brewers staff to ensure the event runs smoothly.


Qualifications

The Ideal Candidate will hold the following attributes and qualifications; and fulfill the associated requirements:

Industry and Technical Knowledge, Experience and Requirements

  • Have a deep understanding of brewery packaging operations and management, including but not limited to such topics as bottling, canning, and kegging operations, glass bottle and aluminum can manufacturing, cleaning and sanitation, pasteurization, line layout, container and product movement, automation and technology, packaging quality assurance, and warehouse operations. In short, everything encountered between the bright beer tank and the loaded trucks leaving the plant.
  • 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.
  • Maintain a deep and accessible network of other industry experts with an ability to recruit them to serve on the faculty of the course.
  • Ability to develop appropriate and experiential case study assignments which encompass a broad range of typical packaging issues as capstone lessons for the students to complete.
  • Multiple years of experience working in beverage packaging and in brewery packaging, in a wide variety of roles.

Leadership and Management Traits, Experience and Requirements

  • Compel and inspire a culture of respect, learning and engagement in alignment with the Master Brewers vision, mission and code of conduct.
  • Ability to create and maintain a sense of warm community and camaraderie with and among class cohort and faculty , both through face to face interaction and technology based communication.
  • Ability to create and maintain a sense of warm community and camraderie with and among class cohort and faculty , both through face to face interaction and technology based communication.
  • Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds, with a particular ability to deliver direct, clear feedback to students, faculty and staff.
  • Will be available to students and faculty before, during, and after event as an informal mentor and resource.

Technology and Educational Development and Delivery Experience and Requirements

  • Exhibit an understanding of and comfort with basic instructional tools and technology, with a willingness to explore and learn tools for a future blended learning experience.
  • Instruct and/or monitor faculty and students in the use of learning materials and equipment, especially as new tools and technology are adopted for use in the course.
  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities.
  • Proven experience in delivering brewing and brewery education content.

Other Requirements

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Must be a self-starter who requires little to no supervision to meet goals of the course.
  • Excellent time management skills required.
  • Course Director’s membership is in good standing with the Master Brewers Association.
  • Strict adherence to Master Brewers Association Code of Conduct.
  • Ability to manage the on-site oversight of logistics associated with the course.
  • Assist in the preparation of the room for class activities and hospitality room.
  • Submission of required reports in a complete and timely manner.
  • Ability of required reports in a complete and timely manner.

The Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) is a nonprofit (501 C3) professional, scientific organization dedicated to advance, support, and encourage scientific research into brewing malt beverages and related industries and to make that research available to the public through conferences, discussion groups, journals, publications and seminars.


Application Process and Timeline

Interested candidates can expect the following process:

  1. Please indicate your interest in the position by completing the online application form no later than July 31, 2020. Be sure to attach your CV or resume when submitting the form.
  2. Your materials will be reviewed and those selected to move forward will be notified by August 11.
  3. Phone interviews with the selection committee will be scheduled for the week of August 24.
  4. Upon the conclusion of phone interviews, those still being considered for the position will be invited to a final interview with the selection committee. The interviews will be held via Zoom duint the weeks of September 7 or 14, 2020.
  5. The selection committee anticipates making a recommendation to the Master Brewers Executive Committee by September 21.
  6. Applicants will be notified of a decision by September 30, 2020.

Details Regarding the In-Person Interview

Upon conclusion of the telephone interviews, the Committee will select those they wish to interview for a second time. During this interview, the applicant will be required to make two presentations to the Committee.

  1. The first presentation should be an example of their introduction of the course to the students as if it were the first day of the course. It should reflect the expected culture and tone of the course as a respectful and engaged learning experience without tolerance for disrespect or harassment. Applicants will be asked to prepare this 5 minute presentation in advance. The intent of this presentation is to be certain the applicant is aligned with Master Brewers values and that he/she is able to clearly and effectively communicate this to the students.
  2. The second presentation will be a technical talk, based upon a presentation submitted by a current faculty member. The applicant will have a complete set of the course materials in advance of the interview but will not know which presentation they need to give until the day before the interview. The intent of this presentation is to assess the applicant’s ability to step in at the last minute and present someone else’s material should a faculty member fall sick or be unable to attend at the last minute.

In addition, 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 courses on maintenance and brewing & malting.
  • Potential learning objectives, any possible changes to the overall scope of the course, etc.
  • Appropriate ways of assessing the quality of the course

Questions about the role or process may be directed to MBAA@mbaa.com

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