Associate/Senior Cooperative Education Coordinator and Director of MGEN Co-op
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 3666381
Associate/Senior Cooperative Education Coordinator and Director of MGEN Co-op
About the Opportunity
Northeastern University is a global leader in experiential learning and cooperative education in which students alternate between academic study and work experiences.
The College of Engineering's Multidisciplinary Graduate Engineering (MGEN) Department is seeking an Associate/Senior Cooperative Education Coordinator - MGEN Co-op Director Co-op Faculty member to work with its engineering co-op students and employers.
The Associate/Senior Cooperative Education Coordinator and MGEN Co-op Director will work with graduate students with a focus in the Information Systems, Software Engineering Systems, Data Architecture & Management, Cyber Physical Systems, and Telecommunication majors.
The position will be a non-tenure track faculty appointment with an associated administrative role as MGEN's Co-op Director. The administrative role will support and implement the university's and college's overall goals and advance the unit's cooperative education program.
Education of Students: The Co-op Coordinator guides students through their career development and co-op experiences. They educate, advise, and coach students, developing and delivering effective teaching and coaching programs that enable students to be successful in today's global engineering environment. This includes, but is not limited to, working with students one-on-one, in workshops and in the classroom. The Co-op Coordinator teaches a career education course each semester, and coaches students through group and individual meetings. Classroom preparation includes teaching interviewing skills, professional behavior and communication, workplace ethics, as well as leadership skills and self-awareness and emotional intelligence development. The Co-op Coordinator also maintains contact with students while engaged in their co-op experience and works with students through their post-co-op reflection.
Integrated Learning: 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 learning.
The Coordinator collaborates with academic faculty, administration, and the co-op community to guide students in the integration of their co-op and academic experiences. The Co-op Coordinator shares knowledge of industry with academic faculty to integrate employment-based learning with curriculum-based learning.
Employer Relations/Job Development: The Co-op Coordinator develops new partnerships and expands current employer programs by engaging with managers, human resources contacts, and alumni. They engage in lifelong learning to develop and maintain a current understanding of the industry, employers, and positions. Activities to support this endeavor include site visits to new and existing employers, outreach to potential new co-op employer partners, and active participation in relevant professional organizations. High-level customer-orientation, strong presentation skills, and expertise in building and maintaining client relationships is essential. Prior professional experience in industry is preferred.
Service: The Co-op Coordinator also engages in service to the Cooperative Education department, College of Engineering, and to Northeastern University. Service includes making presentations to prospective students and newly admitted students; participation on committees and task forces; and serving as an advisor to student organizations.
Additional administrative responsibilities for the appointment of MGEN Co-op Director:
Supervise and evaluate MGEN's 15 network cooperative education faculty, train new cooperative education faculty, and set team goals consistent with college and university's overall goals
Assist coordinators and staff in resolving issues regarding students, employers, and others in a timely manner
Oversee and implement co-op procedures for programs that support over 2000 graduate students across six campuses
Develop employer outreach efforts to increase the amount of co-op positions available for our students
Ensure that the college's cooperative education coordinators provide excellent service to students, maintain relationships with employers, colleagues, and staff members, and help ensure a diverse and extensive pool of positions for co-op students
Support the Executive Director with strategic initiatives
A master's degree in college student development, counseling, education, psychology or a related engineering field is required by the appointment start date, as well as a minimum of three years of professional work experience.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, and comfort presenting to diverse audiences.
Expertise in teaching in a classroom environment and working with diverse staff and/or student populations; and a demonstrated commitment to achieving and maintaining diversity in the workplace.
Proficiency in computer/technology and database maintenance, and strong organizational skills.
Knowledge and appreciation of cooperative education and its impact on an individual's career development.
Ability to effectively engage a diverse network of global stakeholders, across time zones.
Additional qualifications for the appointment of MGEN Co-op Director:
5-8 years of expertise of managing a large team with increasing leadership and supervisory responsibility in both remote and on-ground settings
Demonstrated comprehension of the areas of and relating to software engineering, IT, and/or higher education is desired
Demonstrated skills in strategic decision-making, negotiation, and analytic thinking
Strong team-building skills, the ability to work collaboratively, and a proven ability to interact with many areas both on and off campus
Expertise in working with diverse groups including students, employers, faculty, and administrators
Applicant should submit a resume and a detailed cover letter describing your interest in this position, how your experience relates to it highlighting relevant professional experience, how you could contribute to the further development and growth of cooperative education for graduate engineering students at Northeastern, and how you can support our commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students.
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.