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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 801823
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Personnel Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Provost And Academic Affairs
Department: Apple Developer Academy 40001200
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Detroit
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Academic Specialist - Coding Mentor

Position Summary

Michigan State University is looking to bring highly motivated and diverse mentors with industry and/or academic experience to the Apple Developer Academy. Successful candidates need to be critical thinkers in a fast-paced, flexible environment, and work with the mentor team to create new learning experiences for students in the Apple Developer Academy and associated Foundations Program.

The ideal candidate has general industry experience in mobile development and can demonstrate knowledge of the iOS ecosystem. The candidate must have good experience with different programming languages. They must also bring experience in teaching, coaching, or mentoring individuals from diverse backgrounds. The candidate must be open to learning and exploring new pedagogical models, and the candidate will be expected to learn alongside students. They will be expected to work with an extended team to build a strong collection of high-quality inclusive teaching practices and materials, including creating technical solutions for in-house use by students and mentors of the Apple Developer Academy and Foundation programs. For more information about the Apple Developer Academy with Michigan State University in Detroit, please visit

Job Duties:

  • Provide mentorship to students
  • Review student deliverables and provide constructive feedback
  • Continuously develop own skills and learn with/from colleagues
  • Share personal expertise with others
  • Occasional evening meetings with teams outside of the Detroit Academy
  • Openness to international business travel for professional development, training or collaboration engagements


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Bachelors -Coding

Desired Degree


Minimum Requirements

Key Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent 
  • Coding: Knowledge of one or more programming languages (e.g., Java, C++, Objective-C, Python and/or Swift)
  • iOS Ecosystem: Familiarity with SwiftUI and UIKit
  • Formal coding experience: Demonstrated 1+ year of job experience or training in a coding-related field (e.g., , higher education courses, training, certifications, online courses, etc.) or combination of education and experience
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Demonstrated personal or professional commitment or experience engaging with diverse groups of people.  


Desired Qualifications

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Knowledge in programming logic and computational thinking
  • Knowledge about Xcode Server and Continuous Integration is a differential
  • Experience developing IDEs including Xcode
  • Experience building and deploying tools, (e.g., Git, Maven, Gradle)
  • Experience with Learning Management systems
  • Experience with UI Testing and Testing tools
  • Experience with debugging and profiling testing tools 
  • Experience with networking and protocols (IP, TCP/UDP, HTTP, HTTPS) and Web Services (REST) 
  • Experience working in Agile teams and other development methodologies
  • Experience developing software as a Scrum team member
  • Interest in new pedagogical models (e.g., Challenge Based Learning or experiential learning models)
  • Interest in experimenting with new classroom practices
  • Interest in empowering a diverse range of students to reach their potential

Other Qualifications:

  • Team player with good interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with a dynamic, diverse team setting
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and demonstrated leadership ability


Required Application Materials

Applicants are required to submit CV and Cover Letter.

Applicants must also respond to the following prompt:

The Apple Developer Academy distinguishes itself from traditional education settings by relying on mentorship as a teaching model--where mentors interact with diverse students to share their professional expertise and practical insight to encourage their creativity and confidence as they develop their own skills. Tell us about a personal or professional connection that made a long-lasting impact on your life. How would you leverage this experience to be a mentor to a diverse range of students in the Academy?

Together-we-will Statement

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MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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