Assistant Cooperative Education Coordinator - Mechanical and Industrial 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:
Assistant Cooperative Education Coordinator - Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 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 departmental engineering co-op students and employers. Undergraduate, Masters and PhD student disciplines within our departmental team include: Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering/Operations Research/Data Analytics, Energy Systems and Engineering Management. The Coordinator will work with both graduate and undergraduate students with an initial focus within the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department majors.
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.
Employer Relations/Job Development: The MIE department has grown tremendously over the last 3 years and therefore has a large need for development of new employer partnerships. The Co-op Coordinator is expected to increase partnerships with employers by working with engineering 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.
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. Additionally, the Coordinator will help to prepare the international student population for employment in the United States. 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.
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.
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. The Coordinator 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 three years of professional work experience, five years is preferred.
An academic degree in a related engineering profession, or experience in career development and counseling of engineering students.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Experience working with an international staff/student population.
Experience working with a diverse staff/student population and a demonstrated commitment to achieving and maintaining diversity in the workplace.
Proficiency in computer/technology and database maintenance.
Proven success in collaborating with a team and in working autonomously; self-starter and independently motivated to achieve goals.
Applicants must have personal transportation and a valid driver's license, in order to travel locally to co-op sites.
Salary Grade: FAC
Additional Information: The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Co-op team at Northeastern University consists of 12 Co-op Faculty and 3 support staff who are immensely committed to their students' success. The College of Engineering, and the MIE Department specifically, has experienced an exciting period of year over year expansion and growth in both undergraduate and graduate programs. The departmental spirit is teamwork focused, collegial and vibrant. Although MIE Co-op is one of the largest co-op teams at Northeastern, it boasts a small departmental feel and a strong mentoring community.
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 undergraduate and graduate 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.