Northeastern University is a national leader in cooperative education in which students alternate between academic study and work experiences. This is a full time, non-tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Cooperative Coordinator rank.
Preparation of Students: The 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 career advising meetings. Preparation includes teaching interviewing skills, resume writing, communication skills, professional behavior, ethics, and other relevant learning objectives. The Coordinator will be available to advise students during their co-op assignments, and will provide an opportunity for students to reflect about their co-op experiences.
Employer Relations/Job Development: The Co-op Coordinator is expected to develop partnerships with employers and academic research faculty by working with managers 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 and outreach to potential new co-op employers via alumni contacts, professional networking, etc.
Service: The Co-op Coordinator will also perform co-op, departmental, college, and university service as agreed upon by the Coordinator and Director of Co-op for the College of Science. Further, she/he will be encouraged to engage in service opportunities outside the University to enhance the reputation of the co-op program and the University.
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 dialogue. The Co-op Coordinator will collaborate with college faculty, administration and other co-op coordinators to help students integrate their co-op and academic experiences. She/he will also share knowledge of industry with academic faculty to integrate work-based learning with curriculum-based learning.
A master's degree or its academic equivalent is required, and a minimum of five years of professional work experience is desired. An academic degree in a related science profession, or experience in career development and counseling of undergraduate students is preferred. Knowledge of cooperative education is a plus, and excellent written and oral communication skills are expected. Experience working with a diverse staff/student population and a demonstrated commitment to achieving and maintaining diversity in the workplace is required. Proficiency in computer/technology and database maintenance is necessary. Applicants must have personal transportation and a valid driver's license, in order to travel locally to co-op sites.
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.