Northeastern University is a national leader in cooperative education in which students alternate between academic study and work experiences. While the College of Engineering has had a robust program for undergraduates, the co-op program for graduate engineering students is relatively new. Starting in 2006 with a handful of students it has grown to 700 professional masters students participating this coming year. This 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 Masters of Science programs in Telecommunication Networks, Information Systems, Computer Systems Engineering, and Internet of Things.
Specific responsibilities include:
Employer Relations/Job Development: The Assistant Co-op 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, follow up communications, and continued efforts to develop new and enhance current relationships with employers.
Preparation of Students: The Assistant Co-op Coordinator will prepare students for the co-op search and work experience, both by teaching 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). He/she 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: He/she will also perform co-op, departmental, college, and university service as agreed upon by the Coordinator and Assistant Dean for Multi-Disciplinary Graduate Education of the College of Engineering. Further, he/she 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, and a minimum of five years of professional work experience is desired. An academic degree in the engineering profession or related discipline of assigned students or experience in career development, recruiting or counseling of engineering students is strongly preferred. Experience in working with engineers in a Human Resources setting is also valuable. Knowledge of cooperative education is a plus, substantial use of technology tools is required and excellent written, and oral communication skills are expected. Experience working with a diverse staff/student population, international students and a demonstrated commitment to achieving and maintaining diversity in the workplace is required.
Please include 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 Graduate School of Engineering at Northeastern.
Requisition Number: FTFR001140
Internal Number: 56553
About Northeastern University
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs, our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.