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Executive Director of Cooperative Education and Industry Liaison

Posted: 01/15/2020

Wayne State College is seeking an Executive Director of Cooperative Education and Industry Liaison.

Wayne State College is one of the most dynamic, regional public colleges in the Midwest, located in Northeast Nebraska, close to Sioux City, Iowa, and within a two-hour drive to Sioux Falls, Omaha and Lincoln. Wayne State College has educated students for over 100 years. One of three members of the Nebraska State College System, the College distinguishes itself by providing educational excellence in a small, personalized setting. The beautiful 128-acre campus serves over 3,600 students who have a choice of more than 130 majors. In fall 2018, the College welcomed its largest first-year class since 1995, and it experienced a 10% increase in overall enrollment driven by new academic programs and partnerships, updated and new facilities, and a continuing focus on supporting students in their academic and co-curricular experiences. Wayne State has been the recipient of a number of awards, honors, and distinctions due to its commitment to service, student success, and providing an exceptional education at an affordable cost. The entire community is focused on making Wayne State a great place for students to thrive and advance their futures, and there is a collective sense of excitement about the future of the College.

Nature of Work:
The Executive Director of Cooperative Education and Industry Liaison will provide executive, administrative, and analytical support for the cooperative education program. They will work with industry to identify cooperative education opportunities as well as collaborate with the faculty to develop academic requirements. The Executive Director will identify and prepare students for the cooperative experience by coordinating placement interviews, class presentations, and individual career advising meetings. Preparation includes communicating with students about specific cooperative education requirements including learning and outcome expectations. The Executive Director is also expected to coach students to improve individual learning outcomes such as critical soft skills, interviewing skills, resume writing, professional communication, professional behavior, ethics, and other applicable skills. The Executive Director will be available to support the advisement of students prior to and during cooperative assignments as well as an opportunity for students to reflect about their experiences. This position will also serve as the contact for business and industry leaders to engage in the cooperative education program. This Executive Director position exercises a high level of discretion independent judgement in matters of significance to perform these duties.

Examples of Work Performed:
1. Develop and execute a plan that supports the strategic priorities of the cooperative education program and the needs of the key stakeholders.
2. Serve as the industry liaison for the cooperative education program which includes identifying and cultivating strong working relationships with industry managers and human resource units.
3. Develop partnerships with faculty and assist with creating learning outcomes for the cooperative education experience.
4. Identify new and maintain ongoing cooperative education positions. Facilitate placement of students into cooperative education positions.
5. 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 cooperative education employers via employment development agencies, alumni contacts, professional networking, etc.
6.Responsible for the maintenance of cooperative educational student records.
a.Monitors compliance with records retention and FERPA policies.
b.Maintain files on cooperative education students regarding academic progress.
c.Ensure pertinent information on cooperative education students is posted in the Student Information System.
7. Coordinate and oversee professional and support staff as necessary.
8. Meet and collaborate with students, faculty, and staff on cooperative education projects. Provide regular reports on student numbers, program progress, and industry or business leads.
9. Create and manage a Cooperative Educational Advisory Council.
10. Analyze assessment data and prepare annual reports to aid in evaluation of student progress and program effectiveness.
11. Chair a co-op steering committee.
12. Attend and/or present at local or national meetings and conferences.
13. Conduct monthly site visits to businesses involved in the cooperative education program. Extensive travel will be required to fulfill this responsibility.
14. Manage and support students participating in cooperative education positions.
15. Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
• Master’s degree or equivalent business experience.
• Minimum of five years of related professional work experience.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work both collaboratively and independently to manage complex projects.
• Ability to build positive working relationships and foster strong partnerships with industry leaders.
• Experience working with a diverse staff and student populations.
• Proficient in computer/technology and database management.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with cooperative education programs.
• Experience in career development of undergraduate students.
• Advising and counseling of undergraduate students.

Salary Information:
Competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Attractive and comprehensive fringe benefit package.

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