The Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program provides students with a paid work experience for the duration of the summer/fall or spring/summer, in a field relevant to their major field of study. Co-op is a formalized academic program and is considered an extension of the classroom. Co-op provides students with a comprehensive education that blends curriculum with meaningful work experience. The Director of the Co-op Program is responsible for establishing and implementing the mission, strategy, goals, objectives, performance metrics, policies, standards, procedures, and practices of the program. The Assistant Director will work with the Director to increase the number of employer and student participants, increase the placement rate for student applicants, and provide assistance as needed.
1. Assist the Director in developing and implementing the CSE's co-op program
2. Responsible for increasing the number of employers for co-op placements; work with faculty to identify potential new co-op partners; make connections with small and medium-sized manufacturing companies; work with alumni to promote the co-op program and mentoring opportunities for students; create partnerships with national centers and laboratories for co-op opportunities, with an emphasis given to developing co-op opportunities for targeted disciplines.
3. Responsible for assisting students through the co-op process to include co-op preparation with resume reviews, mock interviews, coaching, small group orientation for select students, and tracking student participation and co-op registration.
4. Responsible for creating and implementing outreach strategies to engineering students to promote the co-op program
5. Create educational and marketing materials for employers and students
6. Initiate and execute student and employer networking and recognition events
7. Optimize the management of the co-op database for accurate reports and program assessments
8. Share in the creation and management of website content to maintain a strong, effective presence
1. Attend and participate in co-op conferences and professional presentations.
2. Attend co-op training seminars.
3. Provide assistance to the Division of Education and Student Programs (DESP) staff as needed
4. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director
Department: Frequent contact with the Director to ensure the successful operation and growth of the co-op program. Regular contact with DESP staff.
University: Regular contact with faculty to ensure that co-op aligns with the major curriculum and for co-op reports and student presentations. Regular contact with University offices such as the Career Center, engineering department assistants and faculty. Contact with other campus offices relative to the students¿ campus to co-op transition. Participate in Admissions events and presentations.
External: Frequent contact with employers and organizations to develop partnerships with the University for co-op opportunities, to assess the academic quality of the co-op assignment, for company visits, and co-op presentations.
Students: Frequent contact with students for the purpose of co-op preparation and co-op placements.
No supervisory responsibilities.
Experience: 3 to 5 years professional work experience in college career services or cooperative education required. Career coaching experience acceptable.
Education/Licensing: Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred in education or counseling. Valid driver's license.
1. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including effective presentation skills.
2. Understanding of the career development process as it relates to cooperative education.
3. Excellent organizational and time management skills.
4. Ability to work effectively with a diverse set of constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, corporate and industry partners.
5. Excellent follow-through.
6. Strong computer skills, including proficiency with contemporary electronic office tools, including word processing, spreadsheets, database management, internet.
Regular office conditions and hours with occasional evening and weekend hours. Occasional travel.
In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Case Western Reserve University - 11 months ago