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Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Drexel University is a world‐class, comprehensive, R1 research institution and a global leader in experiential education. For more than 100 years, our renowned Cooperative Education (co-op) program has enabled students to gain professional work experience before they graduate, setting them apart from their peers.

Committed to becoming the nation’s most civically engaged university, Drexel supports engagement along three dimensions: research and academic programs that directly benefit communities, business practices that support equitable local and regional economic development, and public service by students, faculty, and staff. Our engagement is long‐term, multigenerational, and fundamental to the University’s mission, heritage, and future.

At Drexel, we are devoted to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment that promotes healthy lifestyles and is based on integrity, trust, and respect. We center equity, inclusion and belonging, and incorporate an anti‐racism approach to our strategic plan, organizational systems, policies and structures.

Drexel offers its highly engaged faculty and professional staff a comprehensive and world‐class benefits package that includes generous vacation and paid time off as applicable (including civic engagement days), up to an 11% 403(b) Retirement Plan match with immediate vesting, and remote and flexible work options for many roles. Our exceptional medical plans include domestic partner and fertility assistance and our award‐winning A Healthier U wellness program. In addition, faculty and professional staff at Drexel enjoy free tuition for themselves and their dependents for Drexel degree programs, certification, and non‐certification programs. And as part of the tuition offering to employees, Drexel participates in a tuition exchange program for dependents with other higher education institutions. These are just a sample of our extensive benefit offerings. Please see this Benefits Brochure for more information.

Co-op Advisor

Apply now Job no: 503105
Work type: Full-Time
Location: Hybrid/Flexible Work Arrangement
Categories: Drexel University, Enrollment Management and Student Success

Job Summary

The Co-op Advisor will assist students in achieving suitable cooperative education experiences across a variety of majors around the globe.

Essential Functions

Student Relationship Management:

  • Function as the primary contact with a group of students, creating and managing student employment opportunities in assigned fields in regional, national and international setting.
  • Assist with career-related programs for undergraduate students.
  • Meet with students one-on-one to assist them with resumes, cover letters, interview skills and job search techniques.
  • Respond to student and employer concerns while they are working and develop jobs in assigned majors through networking, faculty leads and outreaching to new employers.
  • Run reports to monitor and analyze student eligibility for coop, progress in the job search and credit awarded for co-op.
  • Use professional judgement to evaluate, consider and approve jobs for co-op credit.
  • Process paperwork for co-op related major changes and concentration changes.
  • Monitor progress of students in online modules and follow-up with students who are not progressing successfully.

Employer Relationship Management:

  • Serve as a liaison between the University and employers regarding administrative and operating requirements for the cooperative education program.
  • Review and audit all posted jobs for accuracy and appropriateness.
  • Maintain the high quality of the co-op program by auditing satisfaction rates with regard to employers and consulting with Office of Equality and Diversity, Office of General Counsel and in the case of Drexel University as the employer, Human Resources as needed.
  • Makes site visits to employer locations, as requested or required, if challenges with the employer are made known.

Academic Partner Relationship Management:

  • Work closely with the academic departments in supporting the integration between academics and cooperative education, including developing career/industry related programming. This also includes much work regarding the students academic plan and progress towards degree.
  • Help mitigate administrative hurdles between Academic Advisors and Drexel administrative offices including the Bursar, Financial Aid, Registrar.
  • Represent the Co-operative Education program at Admission/Enrollment events.

Other duties/opportunities:

  • Support required for the following Steinbright related functions:
    • Mock Interviews
    • Career Fairs
    • Career Preparatory Workshops
    • Information Sessions
    • Hiring committee
  • Opportunity to:
    • Teach COOP 101 as needed
    • Chair committees and/or be a committee member

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience. (Please review the Equivalency Chart for additional information.)
  • Minimum of 2 years of work related experience.
  • Strong interest assisting students to locate meaningful work experiences in related majors and ability to discuss specific jobs in these areas.
  • Ability to counsel students in a variety of majors regarding job search techniques and provide knowledge of industry specific trends and information.
  • Ability to maintain strong relationships with current employer partners and develop new co-op positions related to student majors.
  • Ability to support Department events on evenings and weekends a few times a year as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree.


Hybrid: Remote/University City, Philadelphia PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt, grade J. Compensation for this grade ranges from $47,490.00 -$71,230 per year. Please note that the offered rate for this position typically aligns with the minimum to midrange of this grade, but it can vary based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, department budget, and an internal equity review.   

We encourage you to explore Drexel's Professional Staff salary structure and Compensation Guidelines & Policies for more details on our compensation framework.  

You can also find valuable information about our benefits in the Benefits Brochure.  

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.



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