Student Philanthropy Officer

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 16, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Student Philanthropy Officer

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
The Northeastern community has a tradition of giving back, and each day, we witness the impact of our community's remarkable generosity. Our students are pursuing co-ops in all corners of the globe, growing their cultural fluency and preparing to thrive in the world. Our faculty are delivering leading-edge scholarship, teaching and mentoring tomorrow's leaders. And our researchers are pioneering new lines of inquiry, accelerating discovery in emerging fields. Northeastern University Advancement and the Office of Alumni Relations team play an integral role in engaging the Northeastern community to create a strong, more sustainable, and bright future.

Under the direction of the Director for Student Engagement + Philanthropy, the Student Philanthropy Officer is responsible for coordinating and executing a comprehensive philanthropy program for current Northeastern undergraduate students. This position will create and implement creative opportunities for undergraduate students that will promote a lifelong philanthropic relationship with the Office of Alumni Relations (OAR), the Advancement Division, and ultimately the university. Additionally, the Student Philanthropy Officer will recruit and manage student volunteers thereby ensuring peer-to-peer connections and creating ambassadors to promote our philanthropic mission.

As the primary point of contact for student philanthropy for undergraduate students, the Student Philanthropy Officer will focus on:

1) cultivating the beginning of lifelong philanthropic relationships for undergraduate students and the university through education, programming and events, and by creating meaningful opportunities for students to become involved with fundraising objectives;
2) conducting at least 90 face-to-face meetings per year with undergraduate students to discover their needs, learn more about their experiences, and ensure they know how to continue their philanthropic relationship with Northeastern following their graduation;
3) collaborating with the Engagement Officer, Senior Year Experience on cultivation, stewardship and recognition strategies, collateral, and events for the senior class to achieve the senior class donor participation goal;
4) creating and managing the student philanthropy council by cultivating, training, and retaining a network of student volunteers who will serve as ambassadors and peer educators for philanthropy;
5) managing the student crowdfunding program by developing a comprehensive outreach strategy that will result in increased participation by students and alumni;
6) building partnerships and cultivating relationships with key departments across campus to foster collaborative interactions, communications, and engagement; and
7) ensuring administrative responsibilities, including but not limited to meeting follow up, post visit call reports, data tracking and entry, inquiries, and information updates, are performed accurately and responded to in a timely manner.

Additionally, the Student Philanthropy Officer will be required, as their schedule allows, to participate in university-wide, student-focused activities that will provide additional opportunities to connect with students. This position may also be asked to perform other duties and special projects as assigned.

The Student Philanthropy Officer must be able to represent the university, the Advancement Division, and the OAR team in a professional, enthusiastic manner with customer service and team focus. As a member of the Advancement Division, it is essential for the Student Philanthropy Officer to understand and actively support the role philanthropy plays in engaging the Northeastern community. This position interacts with undergraduate students on Northeastern's Boston campus, and requires the Student Philanthropy Officer to perform their duties in person on the Boston campus.

Bachelor's degree required (graduate degree preferred). Two (2) to five (5) years of formal development experience required. Experience working in higher education with students and alumni is a plus. This role requires excellent coordination, organization, and written and oral communication skills, including a strong phone presence. Ability to work independently and be productive with minimal supervision as well as in a team environment on several projects at a time is necessary. The ideal candidate will also be detail-oriented with strong customer service and interpersonal skills and have a high level of interpersonal skills, self-confidence, and enthusiasm, as well as proficiency with virtual communication platforms and online learning tools. A self-starter who is flexible to changing priorities, adaptable to new systems and able to interact professionally and diplomatically with students, alumni, volunteers, parents, staff, faculty, vendors, and external entities is preferred.

Strong computer skills including proficient use of Microsoft Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word are required; Experience with Salesforce and Cvent is helpful.

This position requires the selected candidate to work in person on Northeastern's Boston campus. Frequent evening and weekend work required as student group meetings, event, program, and activity needs dictate, along with occasional local and regional travel.

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