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Along with competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package, employment at Principia includes the unique advantage of a professional workplace embedded in a family-friendly environment. Employees are welcome to attend the many concerts and talks on campus as well as student athletic events, productions, and presentations.

In addition, both campuses are close enough to St. Louis that employees and their families can easily take advantage of the city’s museums, theaters, professional sports teams, symphony and jazz venues, and more.

NEW! TO APPLY FOR JOBS: Principia’s online application system allows you the ability to access full job descriptions and to submit your application 24 hours a day.

If you find a job of interest that matches your qualifications, click the link for that post, and it will direct you to the online application form and a more detailed job description. When applying for each position, at the time it prompts you to attach your resume, please include a cover letter with your resume in one document. If you are interested in more than one position, you will need to submit an application for each position.

If you have any questions about our automated application system, please contact the Human Resources office directly at either 314.514.3120 or 618.374.5202.

Principia is currently seeking applicants for the following positions:

St. Louis, Missouri, Campus:

Elsah, Illinois, Campus:


St. Louis, Missouri, Campus:

Elsah Bus Chaperone/Study Hall Supervisor
- Full-time, school-year position beginning fall 2016
Supervises children from Pre-K through seventh grade to ensure their safety and to help maintain a harmonious environment on the bus. Maintains an organized, comfortable, productive, and supportive atmosphere during study hall. Motivates students to use study time effectively. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction preferred; willingness to turn readily to God for guidance; bachelor’s degree or relevant experience preferred; experience working with preschool-age children in an educational setting; willingness to model the character traits that Principia students are expected to demonstrate; proficiency with computers and technology; ability to employ group management strategies and maintain discipline. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. Applications currently being accepted.
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General Counsel
- Full-time, 12-month position beginning as soon as possible
The General Counsel’s primary responsibility is to provide legal advice to the Chief Executive (CE) and represent The Principia in all legal matters involving outside agencies or complainants. The General Counsel also provides legal advice and services on a wide range of matters of institutional importance to all Vice Presidents and Executives Committee (EC) members, and their subordinate offices; advises the Board of Trustees with respect to its governance and responsibilities. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction required within a reasonable period; willingness to turn readily to God for guidance; JD from an ABA-accredited school of law; membership in the Bar of the State of Illinois and the State of Missouri or eligibility to practice law in those states within six months after hiring; minimum of ten years of relevant experience as an attorney dealing with a broad range of legal areas, including litigation, employment, and government or public law issues (including public records law, ethics laws, and federal and state constitutional issues); specific experience representing schools and/or institutions of higher education or similar institutions, preferred; demonstrated experience in some or all of the following areas of practice: business or contract law, intellectual property, technology transfer, intercollegiate/interscholastic athletics, Title VII, Title IX, ADA, Clery Act, Missouri Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting, HIPAA, and FERPA, preferred; management experience, including experience managing other lawyers and support staff. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position (please visit application link for a more detailed description). Applications currently being accepted.
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Investment Analyst
- Full-time, 12-month position beginning as soon as possible
Responsible for operational tasks related to Principia's investment portfolio; provides administrative, analytical, and accounting support, including for audit procedures and survey filings. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction preferred; willingness to turn readily to God for guidance; bachelor's degree required; familiarity with financial markets and accounting principles; advanced competence with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; willingness and ability to travel when needed. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. Applications currently being accepted.
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On-Call Campus Security (Nights and Weekends)
- Part-time, on-call position beginning as soon as possible
Serves the Principia community, guests, and the general visiting public by upholding and prayerfully supporting Principia's standard of safety and security; provides a security presence and monitors traffic, events, and the activities of people on campus; responds to and assists the community with security matters and/or emergencies as a campus first responder. Immediate need for weekend coverage (all shifts) and some weekday/night coverage as needed. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction preferred; willingness to turn readily to God for guidance; experience working security preferred; ability to endure frequent periods of standing, walking, climbing stairs, traversing uneven or slippery terrain, and lifting heavy items (up to 50 lbs) without assistance; must have a valid driver's license; must pass the police/agency background security check, as well as the police/security professional training course(s). *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. Applications currently being accepted.
For an application and job description, e-mail Human Resources - St. Louis at pers-stl@principia.edu or call 800.218.7746, ext. 3509 or 314.275.3509 from outside of the U.S. and Canada. If you know individuals who may be interested in this position, please tell them about it.
On-Call Daycare Workers
- Part-time, school-year position beginning as soon as possible
Lovingly cares for and implements age-appropriate curriculum outlined by the managers for children six weeks through three years of age; supports and guides student workers. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction preferred; willingness to turn readily to God for guidance; bachelor’s degree preferred; experience working with infants and toddlers; ability to model the character traits that Principia students are expected to embody. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. This position is not eligible for benefits. Applications currently being accepted. This position is not eligible for relocation benefits.
For an application and job description, e-mail Human Resources - St. Louis at pers-stl@principia.edu or call 800.218.7746, ext. 3509 or 314.275.3509 from outside of the U.S. and Canada. If you know individuals who may be interested in this position, please tell them about it.
On-Call Switchboard Operators
- On-call, ongoing position starting immediately
We are looking to hire community members to train on our Cisco Unified Attendant Console System and serve as substitutes for our regular operators; serves as the initial contact for incoming calls. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; familiarity with both Principia campuses, preferred. The ideal candidate is punctual, dependable, positive, upbeat, service-oriented, and displays a strong love of and desire to serve The Principia and turns readily to God for guidance. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. Applications currently being accepted.
For an application and job description, e-mail Human Resources - St. Louis at pers-stl@principia.edu or call 800.218.7746, ext. 3509 or 314.275.3509 from outside of the U.S. and Canada. If you know individuals who may be interested in this position, please tell them about it.
School Athletics: Boys' Basketball Head Coach
- Part-time, seasonal position beginning in the 2016–2017 school year
The boys' basketball coach is a whole-man character educator whose presence makes players want to strive to be better. This position builds and coaches a team of young Christian Scientists; understands that coaching is educational; demonstrates and communicates that the purpose of playing the game is to grow spiritually and that the objective of playing the game is to win. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction required within a reasonable period; willingness to turn readily to God for guidance; bachelor’s degree; group coaching, teaching, and/or instructing experience; previous experience with the sport of basketball; ability to communicate and interact effectively with parents and students; capacity to understand and build rapport with students; evidence that one is compassionate, creative, persistent, responsible, and organized; ability to maintain team momentum and a spirit of accomplishment. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. This position does not receive benefits. Applications currently being accepted. This position is not eligible for relocation benefits.
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School Faculty: Lower School
- Full-time, school-year position beginning fall 2016
Plans and teaches reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies lessons within a multilevel learning environment using an inquiry-based approach; implements a workshop approach to scaffold learning and teach for deep understanding. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction preferred; willingness to turn readily to God for guidance; bachelor's degree in education (elementary degree/certification preferred); master's degree preferred (in education or a related field); teaching certification preferred; graduate coursework in reading education preferred; willingness to demonstrate support of Principia's mission and philosophy through promotion of a positive image of the School at all times. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to the position. Applications currently being accepted.
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School Faculty: Pre-K
- Full-time, school-year position beginning fall 2016
Purposefully plans and provides engaging and experiential learning opportunities in a full-day program that includes core academics, social development, and spiritually based character education; teaches within a multilevel learning environment using an inquiry-based approach. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction required within a reasonable period; willingness to turn readily to God for guidance; bachelor's degree in education (early childhood or elementary degree/certification preferred); teaching experience in early childhood education. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. Applications currently being accepted.
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School Faculty: Upper School Social Studies
- Full-time, school-year position beginning fall 2016
Teaches social studies to Upper School students; displays an ability and interest in teaching history and, possibly, business management, entrepreneurial studies, and economics; uses a variety of teaching methods to teach for understanding, ensuring students are effectively applying their knowledge and skills; mentors students as their teacher, character educator, and advisor. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction preferred; willingness to turn readily to God for guidance; teaching certification preferred; bachelor's degree required, master's degree preferred (in education, history, or related field); relevant teaching experience with high school students; ability to teach a range of social studies, including U.S. government, American history, geography, and parallel world history events; ability to also teach business management, entrepreneurial studies, and economics preferred; ability to relate well to students and adults. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. Applications currently being accepted.
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Student Activities Director
- Full-time, school-year position beginning fall 2016
Fosters a developing sense of leadership, accountability, and self-government in students; coordinates social activities for all Houses, supporting students and Heads of Houses; directs and works closely with students to plan and promote Upper School student activities that include special events, outings, and social gatherings; works some weekend hours and other times when social activities take place. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction preferred; willingness to turn readily to God for guidance; bachelor’s degree; a sincere interest in students and student life; experience connecting with youth in daily interactions; genuine enjoyment of young people’s activities; well-developed conflict resolution and mediation skills; management/supervisory experience; commitment to academics and to building links with the academic program; experience as an approachable and inspirational role model; ability to see the larger picture for programs and communications concerning students. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to the position. Applications currently being accepted.
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Substitute Teachers--Pre-K through Upper School
- On-call, part-time opportunities; available immediately
Supervise students and presents lesson plans prepared by lead teacher; work individually and in small groups with students; act as classroom teacher if lead teacher is away; in Preschool and Lower School, substitutes normally take the role of teaching assistant. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction preferred; bachelor's degree (education degree or certification preferred); classroom experience; ability to work well with children and adults; willingness to turn readily to God for guidance. This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. Applications currently being accepted. This position is not eligible for relocation benefits.
For an application and job description, e-mail Human Resources - St. Louis at pers-stl@principia.edu or call 800.218.7746, ext. 3509 or 314.275.3509 from outside of the U.S. and Canada. If you know individuals who may be interested in this position, please tell them about it.

Elsah, Illinois, Campus:

Admissions Counselor (Dual-Campus Position)
- Full-time, 12-month position beginning as soon as possible
Effectively manage a geographic territory to identify, cultivate, and recruit prospective students who qualify for admission to Principia; coordinate Principia's outreach to these students in cooperation with faculty, administrators, alumni, and other Christian Science organizations. Minimum qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction required within a reasonable period; bachelor's degree; two to three years' relevant work experience preferred; ability to travel; an understanding of Principia's mission and a desire to share Principia with prospective students and their families; love for and appreciation of Principia as an educational institution; ability to shift work hours to come in late and stay late in order to reach prospects in the evenings; evidence of success as a self-starter who functions independently and coordinates effectively with others; excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively and intuitively interview prospective students and family members; working knowledge of computers, word processing, data entry, and spreadsheets; ability to work effectively with faculty/staff/students on both campuses; ability to maintain strict confidentiality and handle sensitive information appropriately; willingness to turn readily to God for guidance. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. Applications currently being accepted.
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Archives and Special Collections Librarian (Ranked Faculty)
- Full-time, 10-month position beginning as soon as possible
Responsible for ensuring preservation of and access to the permanent historical records of The Principia in multiple formats; provides professional leadership in the management of the Principia Archives and rare book and manuscript collections; works collaboratively with department members to provide reference services, cataloging, preservation, exhibits, and digitization; works as part of the library team to maintain excellence in collections, services, and programs. Minimum Qualifications: Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction required within a reasonable period; willingness to turn readily to God for guidance; master’s degree in library, information or archival sciences from an American Library Association-accredited program, or relevant advanced degree with special collections experience; minimum of two years’ full-time experience working in a library, archives, or related field; experience with library or archival database software using MARC records; experience with the following programs/software preferred: ExLibris Voyager, PastPerfect Museum Software, CONTENTdm digital collection management; facility using Microsoft Office Suite; institutional knowledge of The Principia preferred; ability to lift 30 lbs., push a loaded book cart (approx. 200 lbs.), and climb stairs. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. Applications currently being accepted.
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Campus Security Officer
- Full-time, 12-month position beginning as soon as possible
Serves the Principia community, guests, and visiting public by upholding Principia's standard of safety and security and by prayerfully and metaphysically supporting campus safety and security; provides a security presence and monitors traffic, events, and the activities of people on campus; responds to and assists the Principia community, guests, visiting public, and the police with security matters and/or emergencies; expresses good judgment, attention to detail, and respect; maintains confidentiality and displays a strong sense of principle and integrity. Minimum qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction preferred; work experience in the security field preferred; ability to work effectively without immediate supervision; effective verbal and written communication skills with strong attention to detail; high comfort level with public contact and a diverse campus population; willingness to turn readily to God for guidance. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. Applications currently being accepted.
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General Counsel
- Full-time, 12-month position beginning as soon as possible
The General Counsel’s primary responsibility is to provide legal advice to the Chief Executive (CE) and represent The Principia in all legal matters involving outside agencies or complainants. The General Counsel also provides legal advice and services on a wide range of matters of institutional importance to all Vice Presidents and Executives Committee (EC) members, and their subordinate offices; advises the Board of Trustees with respect to its governance and responsibilities. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction required within a reasonable period; willingness to turn readily to God for guidance; JD from an ABA-accredited school of law; membership in the Bar of the State of Illinois and the State of Missouri or eligibility to practice law in those states within six months after hiring; minimum of ten years of relevant experience as an attorney dealing with a broad range of legal areas, including litigation, employment, and government or public law issues (including public records law, ethics laws, and federal and state constitutional issues); specific experience representing schools and/or institutions of higher education or similar institutions, preferred; demonstrated experience in some or all of the following areas of practice: business or contract law, intellectual property, technology transfer, intercollegiate/interscholastic athletics, Title VII, Title IX, ADA, Clery Act, Missouri Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting, HIPAA, and FERPA, preferred; management experience, including experience managing other lawyers and support staff. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position (please visit application link for a more detailed description). Applications currently being accepted.
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Guest House Assistant: On-Call
- On-Call
Provides welcoming and professional service to current and prospective guests; answers phone and takes messages; prepares business correspondence and e-mail with accuracy and professionalism; assists guests with various service and supply needs; keeps snacks supplied and available; launders room linens; maintains tidy kitchen with light cleaning and dishwashing. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; customer service experience; ability to provide welcoming and professional service; strong customer service and communication skills; strong attention to detail and accuracy; good understanding of College campus locations, services, etc. and of surrounding areas. Applications currently being accepted.
For an application and job description, e-mail Human Resources - Elsah at hr-elsah@principia.edu or call 800.277.4648 ext. 2846 or 618.374.5202 from outside of the U.S. and Canada. If you know individuals who may be interested in this position, please tell them about it.
Head Coach: Women's Basketball
- Full-time, nine-month position beginning July 1, 2016
Manages the intercollegiate women’s basketball program in accordance with NCAA, conference, and Principia College rules; conducts a recruiting/student enrollment program; works with students in effectively balancing their academic and athletic responsibilities; fully participates in professional advancement. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction required within a reasonable period; bachelor’s degree required, master’s preferred; demonstrated knowledge and support of Principia policies; strong oral and written communication skills; three to five years’ progressive collegiate coaching experience; head coach experience preferred (will consider recent experience at high school, amateur, or professional levels); demonstrated ability to build successful relationships; demonstrated ability to recognize and recruit talent; ability to couple vision and initiative with experience and consistency to effectively manage an intercollegiate women’s basketball program; ability to be an effective, professional role model for students. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. Applications currently being accepted.
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Institutional Research Officer
- Full-time, 12-month position beginning as soon as possible
The Institutional Research Officer is responsible for data collection and analysis in support of student learning, reaffirmation of accreditation, strategic planning, budgeting, and college operations. The Officer will review and interpret data, reporting the findings through both written reports and oral presentations. The Officer will work collaboratively with the administration, faculty, staff, and students on both curricular and co-curricular programs. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction required within a reasonable period; Willingness to turn readily to God for guidance; Master’s degree or higher in a field of study emphasizing quantitative reasoning; Knowledge and experience with statistics, data analysis, and predictive modeling; Experience with statistical analysis software; Demonstrated expertise in research design, preferred; Experience in higher education, preferred Applications currently being accepted.
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Mail Services Supervisor
- Full-time, 12-month position beginning as soon as possible
Supervises all mail service activities, including the accurate and timely delivery of mail, and the work of student employees; assists with print production projects. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction required within a reasonable period; willingness to turn readily to God for guidance; high school diploma or GED, bachelor's degree preferred. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. Applications currently being accepted.
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On-Call Security Officer
- On-call (part-time) position, beginning as soon as possible
Serves the Principia College community, guests, and the visiting public by upholding Principia's standards for safety and security; provides a security presence and monitors campus traffic, events, and activities; responds to and assists with security matters and/or emergencies; maintains professional training and standards in accordance with departmental requirements. Minimum qualifications: Current Christian Science Mother Church membership and active local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction preferred; ability to work effectively without immediate supervision; effective communication skills; good judgment and attention to detail; respect for confidentiality; comfort with public contact and a diverse campus population; a strong sense of principle and integrity; a valid driver's license; solid understanding and support of Principia's purpose, rules, and regulations.This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. Applications currently being accepted.
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Resident Counselor (Upperclass Co-Ed Dorm)
- Full-time, nine-month position beginning July 1, 2016
The resident counselor lives and works in the dorm and is a character educator, assisting the dean of students in the implementation of Student Life's educational charge (with emphasis on Principia’s Policy 19, College-Wide Learning Outcomes, and Student Life Outcomes). Through example and counsel, the resident counselor encourages students to grow in their understanding of Christian Science, in moral courage, and as world thinkers and healers. The resident counselor provides a spiritually nurturing home life for students and is most effective when able to see beyond accepted paradigms and from new perspectives. Special Requirements: Ability and willingness to work long, flexible hours in both team and self-directed settings; willingness to have at least 50 percent of meals in the student dining room (three meals/day are included in compensation); ability to obtain college van certification; CPR certification or ability to complete Principia-provided training within 12 months. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science Mother Church and local branch church membership; Christian Science class instruction; bachelor’s degree; at least five years of professional or life experience; computer literacy; working knowledge of Microsoft Office; experience with college residential life or college-age individuals preferred. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. Applications currently being accepted.
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Seasonal Assistant Baseball Coach
- Part-Time, Seasonal Position, beginning Spring, 2016
Assists in management of intercollegiate Baseball program as determined by the Head Baseball Coach and Athletic Director. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science church membership; College coaching experience preferred; Work toward professional development through attending clinics and/or conventions; Participate on committees; Pursue advanced degree; Demonstrated knowledge and support of Principia policies; Willingness to turn readily to God for guidance. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. Applications currently being accepted.
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Seasonal Assistant Indoor/Outdoor Coach, Track and Field
- Half-time, 7-month position beginning November, 2015
Assist in management of intercollegiate program for Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field (Fields events—Jumps, throws, multi-events). Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science church membership; Christian Science Class Instruction preferred; College coaching experience preferred; Work toward professional development through attending clinics and/or conventions; participate on committees; pursue advanced degree; Knowledge and support of Principia policies; Willingness to turn readily to God for guidance. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. Applications currently being accepted.
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Seasonal Assistant Women's Tennis Coach
- Part-time, Seasonal Position beginning Fall, 2015
Assist in management of intercollegiate tennis programs as determined by the Head Tennis Coach and Athletic Director. Minimum Qualifications: Active Christian Science church membership; College coaching experience preferred; Work toward professional development through attending clinics and/or conventions; Participate on committees; Pursue advanced degree; Demonstrated knowledge and support of Principia policies; Willingness to turn readily to God for guidance. *This description includes some, but not all, of the activities and responsibilities assigned to this position. Applications currently being accepted.
For an application and job description, e-mail Human Resources - Elsah at hr-elsah@principia.edu or call 800.277.4648 ext. 2846 or 618.374.5202 from outside of the U.S. and Canada. If you know individuals who may be interested in this position, please tell them about it.

 

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