Senior Mentor - Business (closed)

The Imaginary Institute is looking for highly motivated and diverse talent with industry or academic experience to join the mentor team at the University of Naples Federico II’s Apple Developer Academy. Candidates are required to work in a highly dynamic, fast-paced and flexible environment and collaborate within a team of mentors to create and facilitate the learning experience for students in the Apple Developer Academy and associated Apple Foundation Programs based on the Challenge Based Learning framework. For more information about the University of Naples Federico II’s Apple Developer Academy, visit

The position requires in-depth experience in the field of mobile app development for iOS, watchOS, iPadOS, tvOS or MacOS, knowledge of the Apple technology ecosystem as well as the the app economy. Ideal candidates also provide experience in mentoring individuals and collaborating groups from diverse backgrounds. As a mentor within the program, the candidate is expected to learn alongside students and has to be open to explore new teaching methods to augment the learning experience. Mentors will be involved in creating learning materials, technical demos or solutions for use within the program and take responsibility for key parts of the learning experience. They will be conducting activities, mentoring students on their learning journey and facilitating the overall learning experience. 


  • Creating learning materials and conducting activities
  • Providing mentorship to individuals or groups of students
  • Providing constructive feedback on student artifacts and deliverables
  • Executing daily operational tasks as required by the program
  • Sharing personal experience and expertise with others
  • Working independently with clearly defined deliverables
  • Collaborating cross-functionally with other team members 

Key qualifications:

  • Strong Hands-on experience in in creating digital product for the app economy
  • Experience with business and marketing strategy and general management
  • Knowledge of business modeling (e.g. business model canvas, lean method, MVP, etc.)
  • Knowledge of sales and marketing principles, business analytics and monetization strategies
  • Knowledge of legal issues (licensing, intellectual property, privacy, GDPR etc.)
  • Experience in project management and creating an engaging and motivating mood
  • Experience in scaling up projects from inception to high impact
  • Experience in designing learning challenges with the Challenge Based Learning framework
  • Experience working in agile teams or with specific development methodologies
  • 3+ years of job experience or formal training in a design-related field (e.g. university, training program, etc.)
  • Professional or personal experience in collaborating with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to work in highly-dynamic environment and collaborate as a team player
  • Excellent verbal and written communication as well as presentation skills
  • Proficiency in English (C1 or C2)


  • 3+ years of experience as mentor in the academy program is a strong plus
  • BA, BE or equivalent business or economic degree required
  • MBA or equivalent business degree desired, but not required

Additional Information:

The role is a temporary full time position for the academic year 2021/2022 and to be filled as soon as possible. The position requires on site presence at the University of Naples Federico II’s Apple Developer Academy and ability to work within Italy (EU citizenship or working permit required). 

The Imaginary Institute is a trans-disciplinary community of researchers, teachers, designers, engineers and entrepreneurs, challenging the status quo of how education and innovation are designed.

All qualified applications will be considered for the position. Applications will be reviewed as needed and until all open positions are filled. The Imaginary Institute is happy to receive your application with a CV and Cover Letter at Application Deadline is August 12, 2021.


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