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Assistant/Associate/Senior Cooperative Education Coordinator - Multidisciplinary Graduate Engineering - Boston

Northeastern University

Northeastern University

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Monday, December 25, 2023

About the Opportunity

Northeastern University is a national leader in cooperative education in which students alternate between academic study and work experiences. The College of Engineering has a robust co-op program for graduate engineering students and its rapid expansion now requires more support to continue developing and growing the program. This is a full time, non-tenure track faculty position, primarily working with students in the College of Engineering’s Multidisciplinary Graduate Engineering (MGEN) Unit on the Boston campus.

The MGEN Cooperative Education Program at Northeastern University is committed to equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity and social justice while building a climate of inclusion on and beyond campus. In research and teaching environments, members of the University community work to cultivate an inclusive environment that denounces discrimination through innovation, collaboration and an awareness of global perspectives on social justice. We welcome individuals of all ages, backgrounds, beliefs, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, gender expressions, national origins, religious affiliations, sexual orientations, socioeconomic background, family education level, ability – and other visible and nonvisible differences.

Specific responsibilities include:

Employer Relations/Job Development: The Cooperative Education Coordinator is expected to develop partnerships with employers by working with executive, supervisory and human resources contacts; develop new and maintain ongoing co-op positions and make appropriate referrals for students to apply to these positions; maintain a current understanding of the industry/field, employers, and positions.

Activities to support this endeavor include: site visits to new and existing employers, outreach and follow up communications, and continued efforts to develop and enhance new & current relationships with employers.

Preparation of Students: The Cooperative Education Coordinator will prepare students for the co-op search and work experience, both by teaching and coaching co-op related courses each semester and through individual advising meetings.

Preparation includes teaching tools appropriate for co-op search (interviewing skills, resume writing, LinkedIn, professional behavior, and job search tools) as well as career foundations topics (such as ethics, mindset, mindfulness, motivation, and diversity). This role will be the primary point of contact for a large group of students in preparing for co-op and while on co-op. The Coordinator will collaborate with college faculty, administration, and other co-op coordinators to help students integrate their co-op and academic education and share knowledge of the industry with academic faculty to integrate work-based learning with curriculum-based learning.

Service: This role will also perform co-op, MGEN, college, and university service as agreed upon by the Coordinator and Executive Director for the MGEN Unit of the College of Engineering.

Further, he/she/they will be encouraged to engage in service opportunities outside the University to enhance the reputation of the co-op program and the University.

A master’s degree is required by the appointment start date. A minimum of five years of professional work experience is required. Previous experience with employers including outreach or consultation is required. Experience working with engineers in a Human Resources setting or in the career development, recruiting or counseling of engineering students is required. Substantial use of technology tools is required (internet, systems, word, social media). Communication skills including presentation are required. Experience working with a diverse staff or student populations, preferably with international students or candidates, is required. Demonstrated commitment to achieving and maintaining diversity in the workplace is required. The ideal candidate will have previous co-op experience and/or previous experience in developing professional partnerships, e.g., recruitment or employer outreach.

Application must include (1) a detailed cover letter describing your interest in this position, how your experience relates to it, and how you could contribute to the further development and growth of cooperative education for students in the MGEN unit at Northeastern; (2) resume; (3) names and contact information of at least three references; (4) Statement of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging: Please provide a statement of your commitment and/or contribution(s) that describe your past experience, activities, and/or future plans to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and the value proposition of belonging in your teaching, research, and service. Your statement should demonstrate an understanding of the barriers facing marginalized communities in your field/community and be in alignment with both Northeastern’s mission and BEYOND 2025: The Academic Plan Paragraph 4.1 A Magnet for Diversity, and a Place of Belonging. A more developed and substantial plan is expected for senior candidates.

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Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/ for more information.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.