Assistant Cooperative Education Coordinator - Global Engineering
About Northeastern: Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.
About the Opportunity: Northeastern University is a national leader in cooperative education in which students alternate between academic study and work experiences. Cooperative education is an integral part of the academic experience at Northeastern and our philosophy is that learning in the classroom is enriched by practical experience, and practical experience enriches classroom dialogue. This is a full time, non-tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Cooperative Coordinator rank.
The College of Engineering has experienced significant growth in our graduate and undergraduate programs and is seeking a Co-op Faculty member to work with our engineering co-op students seeking a co-op abroad. The Coordinator will work with an initial focus on the Global Co-op program to provide co-op opportunities and support for students working globally.
Responsibilities: Employer Relations/Job Development: The Global Co-op Coordinator is expected to develop and manage partnerships with international employers, cultivating viable leads through direct employer contact, as well as collaboration with faculty and students; 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 engineering industry/field, employers, and positions. Activities to support this endeavor include international travel to new and existing employers, and continued efforts to develop new and enhance current relationships with employers. Coordinators communicate co-op activity by utilizing varying internal databases and by collaborating with the co-op team.
Preparation of Students: The Co-op Coordinator will prepare students for the global co-op search and work experience by teaching co-op related courses, developing global co-op curricular elements, hosting workshops, and advising in student appointments.
The Global Co-op Coordinator provides advising support for students interested in global experiences which may include selecting appropriate positions, providing guidance around the logistics of moving abroad and navigating a new living environment, identifying sources of funding, building cross-cultural awareness, sharing health and safety and visa information. The Coordinator will deliver information sessions, create website content, and develop a student ambassador program to promote the global co-op program. They will coordinate the marketing and promotion of global co-op opportunities to students.
Preparation for global co-op includes teaching interviewing skills, resume writing, communication skills, professional behavior, ethics, and other relevant learning objectives in a global cultural context. The candidate will maintain contact with students during their co-op assignment to address any problems that might arise and will provide opportunities for students to reflect upon their co-op experience. The Co-op Coordinator will collaborate with college faculty, administration and co-op coordinators across other disciplines to help students integrate their global co-op and academic experiences and share knowledge of industry with academic faculty to integrate work-based learning with curriculum-based learning.
Service: The Co-op Coordinator will also perform co-op, departmental, college, and university service as agreed upon by the Coordinator and Assistant Dean and Director/Assistant Directors of departmental co-op for the College of Engineering. Further, the Coordinator will be encouraged to engage in service opportunities outside the university to enhance the reputation of the co-op program and the university including collaborating with professionals in the field of global internships and presenting at national conferences.
The Coordinator will serve as the College of Engineering liaison to the various stakeholders on campus that collaborate in global education including, but not limited to, the Global Experience Office, International Safety Office, Student Financial Services, Global Employer Relations, and Office of Global Services.
Some extended evening and occasional weekend hours will be required to accommodate events for students and employers.
A master's degree or its academic equivalent is required, preferably in a relevant field (e.g. International Education/ Relations, Global Studies, or Engineering)
A minimum of five years of professional work experience
Working knowledge of principles and logistics of living abroad, including the ability to advise students considering global experiences
Ability to interact with global program representatives, faculty, students, and parents in a highly professional manner with an understanding of protocol and confidentiality
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including intercultural and interpersonal communication
Experience working with a diverse staff and/or student population and a demonstrated commitment to global education
Ability to effectively represent the University to outside institutions and universities
Strong organizational, project management, and computer skills including database management and proficiency in Excel and Microsoft Office software required
Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
Previous experience studying, working, or living abroad
Knowledge of international visa requirements and restrictions
Knowledge of cooperative education and/or experiential learning
Ability to speak a second language advantageous but not required
Salary Grade: FAC
The College of Engineering co-op team at Northeastern University consists of Co-op Faculty and support staff fully committed to their students' success. The College of Engineering co-op group is teamwork focused, collegial and vibrant. The leadership team actively supports team members' engagement in opportunities for professional development, collaboration across colleges, and scholarship.
How to apply:
Please include a resume and 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 graduate and undergraduate engineering students at Northeastern.
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.
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.