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Reporting to the Associate Director, Experiential Learning & Career Services, the Experiential Learning & Career Advisor delivers high-impact career advising & experiential support to diverse student populations, including a large population of international students by:
Fostering relationships with students throughout their educational journey at CPS and facilitate development of customized Career Action Plans (CAPs) for all CPS learners to provide guided experiences through experiential pathways to achieve career aspirations and post-matriculation employment.
Incorporating intentional career planning and exploration informed by industry data to advise, educate and coach students on co-op search and placements, career issues, self-assessment, job search preparation, experiential learning opportunities, career development and management, and career decisions.
Working with the Associate Director on YoY growth of CPS co-op to ensure co-op placement opportunities for 100% of eligible CPS learners through a multi-year strategy.
Collaborating with and making referrals to student-focused campus partners, including Office of Global Students (OGS), Student Financial Services, (SFS) academic departments and student affairs offices to establish a team of networked professionals serving the individual student journey through the experiential process.
The Experiential Learning & Career Advisor creates collaborative opportunities for co-op placement and support career development for CPS leaners across the institution's global network, emphasizing experiential learning, engagement with industry partners and professional networks and communities serving CPS graduate and undergraduate learners throughout NU's global network.
Finally, the Experiential Learning & Career Advisor is responsible for continuous improvement of career and experiential pathways leading to improved YoY student satisfaction and co-op participation growth, in part to support CPS goals for persistence, retention, graduation rates, and post-matriculation career. The Advisor leverages internal and external resources to scale and sustain programs, publicize initiatives, safeguard and serve the unique experiential needs of CPS learner populations, and establish CPS experiential learning as a widely recognized differentiator for the college, on par with the rest of the university.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITIES
60% Experiential Pathways & Career Advising
As experiential learning strategists, manage a caseload of CPS graduate and/or undergraduate students in specific academic professional studies programs to secure co-op placements, experiential opportunities including internships, XN project-based learning etc.
Accountable for delivery of high-quality and impactful advising and career coaching, including experiential learning planning, career exploration and decision-making. Develop Career Action Plans (CAPs) (monitoring and interventions) to provide students a guided path for taking advantage of experiential learning opportunities well aligned with academic curriculum.
Guide and direct all learners through co-op search and placement process, with particular attention for international learners relative to U.S. law employment guidelines and visa status. Provide resource referrals as needed. Ensure culturally responsive and inclusive practices. Collaborate with academic advisors to ensure a coherent narrative around co-op process and access to experiential pathways.
Work with academic programs & OGS to ensure access to and appropriate participation in experiential pathways for 100% of eligible CPS learners. Provide individual and group advising to students engaged in or participating in experiential learning (co-op). Work closely with student participants to help them secure future opportunities.
20% Career Resources Collaboration & Programming
As career experts work with advisees to discern their professional development and career interests related to academic concentration choices and preliminary co-op and experiential planning. This requires collaboration and resourcing with other student-facing units for industry engagement, alumni affairs, career design office, academic advising, OGS, student clubs, professional organizations, etc.
Provide support with the development of career tools (ex. resume, cover letter and profile development) and when appropriate create opportunities to discuss interviewing techniques and networking opportunities. Use of tools including VMock, Big Interview, Burning Glass, etc.
Assist in planning and delivering classroom presentations, workshops, and panels in small and large group settings on career-related topics: career planning, resume/cover letters, networking, interview skills, job search strategies, and industry specific topics, Support CPS student open houses and orientations for new and continuing learners.
Provide active referrals to Employer Engagement and Career Design colleagues.
10% Tracking, Monitoring and Reporting
Embrace a data-informed approach to student services and support. Responsible for data collection and reporting for all co-op and experiential pathways activities in their portfolios.
Under the direction of the Associate Director, monitor and report student engagement, student outcomes and other deliverables for each student in their portfolio caseloads.
Use required unit tech platforms (Salesforce, Simplicity, etc.) as directed to track and report. Support any new, innovative approaches to measure and evaluate experiential learning, assist in the adoption and use of appropriate assessment tools, and work with the Associate Director and other leadership to project and plan resources and budgets
10% Communication focus
Leverage tools and systems to maintain communication and update resources and career materials for on-demand access. Conduct research on market trends and advances in the field and disseminates information.
The successful candidate will have a passion for educating and supporting the career aspirations of a diverse learner population in a professional studies and adult learning higher education environment. A demonstrated sensitivity to their unique needs, empathy and knowledge of professional development and career advising best practices for diverse students, international learners, and adult and professional learners. Knowledge and experience in in-demand industry domains a plus, knowledge of technology platforms including Salesforce, Simplicity, Handshake, LinkedIn, etc., preferred. Ability to connect with students from different cultures, backgrounds and lived experiences in person and virtually to help them become career ready and progress on their journey. Ability to work collaboratively and independently in a rapidly changing and constantly evolving professional environment. Ability to adopt and adapt changing technology and embrace data acquisition and data reporting needs to ensure continuous improvement for the student experience. Strong prioritization, time management, and follow-through skills. Excellent interpersonal, writing and presentation skills. Initiative to exercise sharp critical thinking skills and sound judgment to problem solve independently within organizational guidelines and policies. Innovative and creative in coming up with ideas to improve student services Knowledge and skills required for this position are typically obtained through a bachelor's degree (master's degree preferred) with at least 2-4 years' experience supporting co-op, experiential learning and career development at a higher education institution or job-focused training program.
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 www.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.
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.