The NYU Stern Experiential Learning Program is searching for an adjunct faculty advisor for specific MBA Stern Signature Projects. Adjunct Faculty at Stern are part-time instructors, hired on a term-by-term basis.
NYU Stern Experiential Learning provides MBA students with opportunities to develop skills through real-world experiences. Through Stern Signature Projects, we offer project-based learning with the goal of a) providing qualified MBA students with a rewarding strategic consulting experience, b) introducing students to the challenges and dynamic forces impacting an organization's strategies in an international market, and c) providing clients with valuable strategic consulting advice. These projects are aimed at expanding the depth and breadth of business opportunities for selected firms in local markets and/or the U.S.
Student teams of 4-5 are paired with an individual faculty advisor with relevant expertise in the project scope or industry for a semester long project engagement. Advisors are to personally meet with their teams face-to-face for at least one hour every week throughout the semester. In addition, there will be times where more frequent interaction and feedback is necessary as teams approach key milestones in the program (e.g. submitting their final report). This is not a typical faculty role as there is minimal in-class presenting and lecturing. There is a maximum emphasis on mentoring, guidance, feedback, and counseling.
Role of faculty member:
Subject matter expert: Help students gain an understanding of the specific subject and research related to your area of expertise.
Mentor the team as it performs research, analyzes data, and develops appropriate strategic recommendations.
Encourage the students to dig deeper into their research, analysis, ideas, etc. Students often need push-back and constructive criticism typically leads to better ideas and recommendations.
Guide the students through the project management and process aspect of the consulting engagement. It is particularly important to help the students structure the problem and finalize scope early on. In general, the concept of "challenge and support" – ie let the students work with a challenge and support them through the solution- is SSP's preferred approach.
Ongoing engagement: Meet with the students weekly to answer questions and provide extra support if needed. Provide ongoing written and verbal feedback throughout the semester. An engaged, committed faculty member is one of the most crucial factors for success and student learning.
Share knowledge: Provide the student team with pertinent reading or background information on the project prior to your kick-off meeting and throughout the semester; so students can be as prepared as possible.
Evaluation/Grading: You will be responsible for evaluating the students on their academic work and reflection assignments throughout the semester. This grade should be submitted to the Experiential learning program manager. Students should be assessed on an individual basis and all team members need not receive the same grade.
Project Opportunities and Qualifications (2 projects)
Project Title: COVID-19 Pivot
Project Background:Partners for Andean Community Health (PACH)'s mission is to empower our local partner FISBUSPAM by providing resources and international volunteers to support the medical care of vulnerable populations in Ecuador. Due to Covid-19, we can no longer conduct medical missions which limits our ability to support FIBUSPAM and its patients and provide cash resources to fund FIBSUPAM's work.
Project Description: The objective of this project is to create a clear and concise business and marketing plan to help PACH pivot in the Covid-19 environment. The business and marketing plan would have the ultimate goal of 1) raising funds to support the work of FIBUSPAM, 2) Keeping our current volunteers engaged while also attracting new constituents via new program offerings, and 3) continue to provide technical support to FIBUSPAM.
Advisor Qualifications: experience/specialty in one of the following areas: consulting, non-profits, working with global clients, Latin America
Project Title: Strategic Positioning
Project Background: The advisory firmhas successfully launched its services with clients in the financial inclusion and energy transition space. There is an emerging sense that the firm is building a clear expertise and competitive advantage in sustainable finance. Clearly articulating the firm's raison d'etre and how its activities are consistent with this mission is integral to continuing to build onto Ubora's early success. Finally, this is a minority led advisory firm. Positioning the firm as a minority partner of choice to mainstream banks or clients is another key ingredient of future success.
Project Description: Taking all its disparate points of client engagement, how should the firm think about, articulate and execute on its strategic advantage?
Advisor Qualifications: experience/specialty in one of the following areas: investing, sustainable finance, emerging markets investing, consulting
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