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Assistant Director, Experiential Learning

Apply now Job no: 492636
Work type: Full-time exempt
Location: Chester
Categories: Administrative (Exempt)

Widener University is currently seeking an Assistant Director of Experiential Learning. Reporting to the Executive Director of Career Design and Development, the Assistant Director, directly oversees the University’s Co-op Program and serves as a key advisor on best practices in student experiential learning overall. This position interacts with a wide range of constituents including current students, alumni, and employers, and also serves as the Co-op Program ambassador for prospective students and their families.

Widener University is committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. The division of Academic and Student Affairs holds a deep commitment to an inclusive culture that supports the work of faculty and staff members across the institution, and works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to facilitate that commitment. Faculty and staff are active participants in our work to enhance diversity, equity, & inclusion, including representation on the Faculty Council Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and the Diversity Leadership and Inclusion Council.

Duties and Responsibilities:  (include but are not limited to)

Essential Duties

  • Directly manages Co-op Program, from student recruitment and program orientation to professional skills training, co-op search support, and site development and approvals
  • Partners with department chairs, administrative liaisons, and the Office of Alumni Engagement to identify pipelines for experiential learning site development
  • Designs and facilitates summer professional development series for first-time co-op participants
  • Provides career coaching in one-to-one and group forums
  • Serves as knowledgeable resource on best practices and industry trends in cooperative education, internship, and externship programs
  • Collaborates with career counseling colleagues on alumni-hosted winter break job and graduate school externship program
  • Serves as primary career liaison to School of Engineering students and as cross-trained, secondary liaison to other student populations as assigned

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Supports office programming ranging from industry-specific career fairs to mock interview weeks
  • Serves as ambassador for co-op program at admissions events
  • Additional duties as assigned

 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (education/training and experience required):

  • Master’s degree in a counseling- or higher education-related discipline and at least two years of counseling, job development, or industry recruitment experience.


  • Requires conducting early-evening student workshops 2-4 times monthly, as well as participation in scheduled Saturday admissions marketing events.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation, and leadership.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive University, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law School located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the University, please visit our website at


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