Career Placement Officer

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: ; Dept of Biomedical Engineering

  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $70,000 to $76,000

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Department of Biomedical Engineering ( BME)  Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) and the SEAS Graduate Career Placement Team Assistant Dean, the Career Placement Officer assumes leadership for the placement of BME students in full time positions and internships. Career Placement Officer’s primary responsibility is to place all of the students enrolled in the MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering in full time positions and internships. The Career Placement Officer will broaden and deepen relationships with current and prospective employers as well as develop and support events, initiatives and strategies to achieve the goal.

Additional responsibilities include: collecting/analyzing employment data, generating placement and related reports for the Department/School, assisting with the placement of BS students as needed, supporting admissions and other student affairs related needs as they intersect with professional development and career placement, and other projects as requested


  • (70%) Place BME students in full time positions and/or internships.  To achieve this goal, the officer may engage in the following activities:

    • Plan, manage and execute career placement strategies

    • Source, cultivate and maintain relationships with employers to encourage the hiring of students in the discipline of Biomedical Engineering

    • Establish a liaison role between Department, Columbia Engineering Graduate Placement Team, and Professional Development and Leadership Team concerning career placement.

    • Manage employer, alumni and student events and initatives.

    • Post/advertise employment opportunities (full time, internships and part time).

    • Counsel students individually and in groups to achieve career readiness and to become familiar with as many students as possible.

  • (10%) Support and manage events and initatives and collect/analyze accurate placement statistics; generate reports for admissions, recruiting,  etc. Generate ad-hoc reports of student placement and related employment statistic
  • (10%) Collaborate with the Graduate Career Placement Team and Professional Development and Leadership Team on multi-disciplinary employers, cross departmental events, education, and School level efforts tailored to the needs BME students.
  • (5%) Assist with the placement of BS students in BME
  • (5%) Other related  duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor degree is required; graduate level work is preferred. Minimum of 2-4 years of related experience required.

  • Familiar with jobs and employers for biomedical engineering. Previous experience in career counseling, marketing, workshop planning or administration.

  • Understand the career development opportunities and challenges affecting the constituents, consisting of a diverse population - domestic and international.

  • Strong computer literacy/proficiency required: an understanding and appreciation of student services database software and on-line resources, and the willingness and enthusiasm to respond to the needs of PDL program students in an increasingly technologically-oriented society. Proficiency with Google suite of products, MS office (Excel (Pivot Tables, VLookup a plus), PowerPoint, publishing software, social media, etc. Ability to analyze and work with a large volume of students, employer and related data.

  • Must be willing to work on occasional evenings and weekends, on a need basis.

  • Possess excellent interpersonal and administrative skills. Ability to work independently and under pressure, with high level of attention to detail. Candidate must exercise good judgment and flexibility. Must be able to prioritize multiple tasks with minimal supervision. Must be able to communicate effectively and tactfully with staff, faculty, students, employers, and alumni in small and large group settings. Excellent command of English (verbal and written).

  • Positive, mission-oriented, forward-thinking attitude and sense of humor a must.

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