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Associate Director, Co-op

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Career Services
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grade/range
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General Summary of Position:

The Associate Director, Cooperative Education assists in the overall, sustained growth and development of the university’s co-op program. The Associate Director provides leadership towards administration of the co-op program, provides direct service to students, and collaborates extensively with academic and administrative units.


  • Assist the Director in the administration, coordination, planning and development of the university’s co-op program.
  • Provide oversight for an administrative portion of the co-op program which may include, but is not limited to, curriculum management, operations and enrollment, or external and peer initiatives.
  • Work with academic and administrative units to develop, implement and manage smooth business processes and compliance with regulations and policies.
  • Collaborate with administrative units to proactively implement sound co-op policies and resolve individual student issues.
  • Proactively develop innovative and flexible solutions to meet varying demand for co-op students by identifying appropriate opportunities within the structure of the co-op program.
  • Promote co-op program.


  • Advise assigned students on how to succeed with their co-op goals. This includes
    • assisting students with career issues relevant to their individual situation,
    • preparing students with job search skills and tools to present themselves effectively,
    • evaluating student and employer evaluations and feedback,
    • mediating and resolving student-employer difficulties, and
    • teaching co-op courses.


  • In coordination with Employer Relations team, develop and engage employers as co-op partners. This may include
    • maintaining employer contact to ensure the success of the co-op program,
    • mediating and resolving student-employer difficulties,
    • monitoring students and employers through on-site visits or calls,
    • coordinating on-campus recruiting activities.


  • Provide supervision and training to Co-op Coordinators, Co-op Instructors, contract or student staff and/or other personnel, according to the Director.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Master’s degree and 8 years related experience OR bachelor’s degree and 10 years related experience
  • Related experience must include at least 3 years in higher education or working with college student populations


  • Career-related counseling/advising, communication (interpersonal, verbal, and written), teaching/presenting, program/project management

Additional Considerations:

  • Candidate should be flexible to work evenings and occasional weekends, as needed
  • Ability to travel locally and nationally
  • Strong understanding of UMass Lowell's student population, academic disciplines represented in co-op, and related career and graduate opportunities in academic majors is preferred

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with a co-op program in a higher education setting preferred
  • Ability to work and collaborate with both internal and external partners, such as academic departments and employers

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

This is a SEIU 888 Professional Union position, Grade P18.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.  

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.


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