We are looking for an experienced professional to source employers and positions, and assist our students in securing full-time employment and/or internships, the Career Placement Officer (CPO) is also responsible for the annual placement statistics. The CPO reports to the Director of Finance and Administration, with additional guidance from the Executive Director of Graduate Career Placement in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS).
The CPO's primary responsibility is to place students in the EE Department, with a primary focus on MS students. The CPO will collaborate with the Departmental staff/faculty and the school-wide placement team to deepen relationships with current and prospective employers and to develop and support events, initiatives and strategies to achieve the goal.The CPO will work with students to help them achieve their career and placement goals, and provide career counseling, designing and implementing EE specific career educational workshops and programming.
Additional responsibilities include: collecting/analyzing employment data, generating placement and related reports for the Department/School, developing relationships with alumni, building and enhancing a database of department specific alumni and employers, and other projects as requested.
(50%) Place Electrical Engineering students in full time positions and/or internships. To achieve this, the office may engage in the following activities:
(1) Cultivate new relationships and maintain existing relationships with employers to facilitate the hiring of students, striving for 100% placement of our MS population.
(2) Organize recruitment events with employers at the department level to facilitate hiring
(3) Develop and maintain student resume book/database
(4) Source, post/advertise employment opportunities (full-time and internships)
(5) Maintain relationships with alumni to facilitate the hiring of graduating students
(6) Conduct industry outreach and create marketing materials for social media outlets.
(35%) Provide individual career counseling to assist graduating students with achieving their career and placement goals. Organize career education workshops (job or internship search strategies, interviewing skills, resume and cover letter writing, networking, etc.) tailored to the needs of our students.
(10%) Act as a liaison role between academic departments, Columbia Engineering Graduate Placement Team, Columbia Center for Career Education concerning career placement. Collect and analyze accurate placement statistics; generate reports for admissions, recruiting, etc. Generate ad-hoc reports of student placement and related employment statistics.
(5%) Perform other duties as assigned
A bachelor degree is required; graduate level work is preferred. Minimum of 2-4 years of relevant experience is required.
Expertise in career development issues affecting our constituents (graduate engineering students) and associated professionals. Understanding and experience in working with international and domestic students in higher education.
Possess previous experience in career counseling, marketing, workshop planning and administration.
Ability to work independently and under pressure, with high level of attention to detail. Candidate must exercise good judgment and flexibility. Must be able to prioritize multiple tasks with minimal supervision. Must be able to communicate effectively and tactfully with staff, faculty, students, employers, and alumni. Excellent command of English (verbal and written).
Strong computer literacy and proficiency is required; an up-to-date understanding and appreciation of career services database software and in particular on-line resources is essential; good command of statistics and data processing is needed; a strong willingness to respond and adapt to the needs of students and employers in an increasingly technologically-oriented society.
Positive, mission-oriented, forward-thinking attitude and sense of humor a must.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
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