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Columbia University Career Placement Officer in New York, New York

Position Summary

Reporting to the two Director of Finance (CHEM & EEE) and the Executive Director of Graduate Career Placement, the Career Officer’s primary responsibility is to place students in the Chemical Engineering and Earth and Environmental Engineering Department, for all students. We are looking for a seasoned professional to source employers and positions, and then place our students into full time positions and/or internships; the incumbent is responsible for the annual placement statistics.

The Career Placement Officer will collaborate with the Departmental staff/faculty and the school-wide placement team to deepen relationships with current and prospective employers and to 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, and other projects as requested.


  • (75%) Place Chemical Engineering and Earth & Environmental Engineering students in full time positions and/or internships. To achieve this goal, the office may engage in the following activities: Source, cultivate and maintain relationships with employers to encourage the hiring of students in the discipline of Chemical Engineering. Source, cultivate and maintain relationships with employers to encourage the hiring of students in the discipline of Earth and Environmental Engineering. Establish a liaison role between Department, Columbia Engineering Graduate Placement Team, Columbia Center for Career Education concerning career placement. Manage employer, alumni and student events and initiatives. 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%) Collect/analyze accurate placement statistics; generate reports for admissions, recruiting, etc. Generate ad-hoc reports of student placement and related employment statistics

  • (10%) Collaborate with the Columbia Engineering Graduate Placement Team to cultivate employers and placement of students for the School.

  • (5%) Perform other 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 the employment trends and career development of Chemical Engineering and Earth/Environmental Engineering fields. Identify, analyze and predict trends in the associated professions. Expertise in career development issues affecting our constituents (graduate engineering students) and associated professionals. Understanding and experience in working with international and domestic students in higher education. Possess previous experience in career counseling, marketing, workshop planning and administration. Possess excellent interpersonal and administrative skills, with a strong command of written and oral expression. A good sense of humor is a must. Computer literacy/proficiency required: an understanding and appreciation of career services database software and on-line resources, and the willingness to respond to the needs of students and employers in an increasingly technologically-oriented society.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.