The Jacobson Institute has need of student workers for camp counselor positions each summer. These are paid positions, and work dates for 2019 are June 10-14 and June 17-21. We are hiring for all our camp locations: Iowa City area, Marion and Des Moines. Gain hands-on, real-world job experience working with kids!

A special note to College of Education students: This is an opportunity to earn hands-on experience and interact with parents and the certified Iowa teachers who serve as lead instructors of our camps. It is possible to volunteer as a camp counselor with us to meet your graduation requirement for 40 volunteer hours, or you may apply for a paid position. Please specify your preference in your application. 

Required qualifications:

  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Outstanding attention to organization and detail
  • Ability to confidently communicate and network
  • Desire to ask questions and learn
  • Confidence in taking the lead on activities
  • Willingness to work with children and/or parents

Additional desired qualifications:

  • Experience with children

Hours required:

  • 40 hours per week

Job responsibilities include:

  • Assistance with summer camps: logistics, on-site program support, summer camp farmers market facilitation, supervision of children
  • Requires willingness and ability to travel off-campus
  • Other miscellaneous tasks as appropriate

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to the attention of Kelsi Ludvicek, Program Assistant, at Please note, the Jacobson Institute does not provide transportation or lodging for camp counselors.



Department: Tippie College of Business
Classification Title: Education Support Services Coord/Manager
Job Code: PCE3
Salary Range: $49,031 - $70,000
Percent of Time: 100
Type of Position: Regular

Supporting educational programs and initiatives STEM innovation and entrepreneurship – for K-12 educators and students


The Jacobson Institute (JI) with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business seeks a full-time Education Support Services Manager.  This position coordinates, develops, plans and manages the Jacobson Institute programs supporting K-12 youth innovation and entrepreneurship education, including and primarily focusing on the Institute’s STEM-based programs. This person must be detailed oriented and able to provide leadership and management to multiple programs/initiatives at one time. This person will work as part of a team, will be responsible for developing, designing and delivering all aspects of JI programs from the initial planning stages through implementation, and will supervise student intern(s) to ensure programs are executed with perfection. This position is also responsible for monitoring and assessing program implementation, gathering feedback, incorporating feedback for continuous improvement, as well as assisting with research-based assessment. This position works collaboratively with JI team members providing leadership in design and marketing on program specific promotions. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: grant identification and writing, database management, program management, project management, oral and written communication with educators, administrators, students, parents, faculty member and the community at large.

Responsibilities will require some travel and time outside the 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday workweek.


Enhance and Support Student Educational Experiences and Increase Retention

  • Manage series of state and national programs:
    • Teacher professional development
    • STEMinars
    • Curriculum toolkit(s)
    • Assessment portfolio
    • Competition
    • Workshops
  • Curriculum development, delivery and assessment
    • Assist with new product development (curriculum, professional development, competitions)
    • Assessment
      • Database management (student portfolio)
      • Pre- and post- evaluations
      • Create reports
      • Quality assurance
  • Additional activities include, but are not limited to managing administrative and operational functions, report and making recommendations aligning work to strategic goals, overseeing caseloads of others.

Establish and Maintain Relationships with Partners to Provide Educational Support Services

  • Assist in development of marketing strategy and plan (work closely with marketing personnel)
  • Assist in alignment of marketing strategy to program goals
  • Customer relationship manager (Point-of-Contact for potential and existing customers, partners, faculty, professional colleagues)
    • Serve as marketing resource including: execution of direct emails, social media, database management, assistance to marketing personnel as needed.
    • Assist in management of partner database

Administrative (HR, Budget), Supervision and Training

  • Assist in hiring and managing curriculum, instruction, and assessment staff and consultants.
  • Hire, train, schedule and supervise part-time student workers and interns to assist in implementing programs, events and required administrative services.
  • Grant identification, writing and support
    • Monitor grant compliance
  • Research support
    • IRB compliance
    • Communication with UI grant services (Division of Sponsored Programs, Tippie Research Support Office, etc.)
    • Data structuring
    • Database management
  • Work with program assistant and Jacobson Institute team members to support daily operations including coordination of meetings, calendars, facilities management and ordering supplies.
  • May require purchasing and cash handling for department in accordance with University policies.

Application Process:

Please submit a resume and cover letter that clearly indicates how you meet the qualifications listed. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions or additional information including complete job description, please contact Nancy Kroeze at

There is an expectation that the person in this position will maintain effective, civil, and respectful working relationships with the University of Iowa campus community and uphold a high standard of cultural competency and respect for difference that represents the Tippie College of Business’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Successful candidates will be subject to a credential and criminal background check.

Please note regarding references: Five professional references will be requested and required at a later step in the recruitment process.


  • Bachelor degree in Education or related area or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proven experience (typically 3-5 years) in educational field, such as an educator, educational program manager, academic program, grant manager or related business
  • Extensive knowledge of and ability:
    • Program management – experience planning, organizing, monitoring and controlling multiple programs while ensuring efficient use of resources in order to achieve program objectives.
    • Curriculum, instruction and assessment practices
    • Written and oral communications.
    • Organize and handle detailed and complex operations.
  • Working knowledge of event planning and execution.
  • Proficient in MicroSoft Office applications. 
  • Demonstrated ability to handle and creatively solve problems in a fast-paced, ever-changing work environment.
  • Ability to work weekends, evening hours, and travel overnight (limited).
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to meet and maintain UI Fleet Safety driving requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact positively with a diverse population.
  • Ability to handle physical requirement of event set-up and teardown.


  • Master’s degree in Education or related field
  • Extensive knowledge (typically 5+ years) in an education or education related field.
  • Prior experience with K-12 educational programming.
  • Education-based new product development
  • Experience hiring, scheduling and supervising student staff.