Assistant Director for SVP Projects and Leadership Advancement

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 22, 2021
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Director for SVP Projects and Leadership Advancement

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:
Reporting to the Associate Director, SVP Projects and Leadership Relations Officer, the Assistant Director for SVP Projects and Leadership Advancement will support the Office of the Senior Vice President through project management, relationship management, communication, and special projects.

Specifically, they are responsible for:

1. Project Management: manage various projects and special initiatives led by the Office of the Senior Vice President in support of the major goals of the SVP. Track, anticipate needs, and drive next steps to keep projects and initiatives of the SVP and team moving forward. This will include working with colleagues in Advancement, throughout the university, and externally to ensure effective, high-quality, and timely execution of projects and events. Examples include fundraising, Board of Trustees, correspondence, and major initiatives such as Women Who Empower programming, leadership summits, and other strategic, global programming.
2. Relationship Management: act as liaison between the SVP, President's Office, members of the Board of Trustees, senior leadership team members, Advancement staff, high-level prospects and donors, corporations and foundations, and faculty and staff across the university to help drive strategic university relationships and initiatives forward.
3. Communication: assist with drafting and reviewing correspondence to internal and external audiences on behalf of the SVP. Prepare VIP briefings for meetings or Board and Committee meetings as necessary. Collaborate with colleagues to obtain research and background information.
4. Special Projects: lead various special projects and initiatives on behalf of the SVP team, such as presidential-level speaker series, innovation awards, etc.

The Assistant Director must possess an extraordinary level of professionalism at all times. They must be highly skilled at time management, project management, and verbal and written communication. They must be an innovative and collaborate self-starter. They must demonstrate the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and possess high levels of customer service and professionalism.

Bachelor's degree and at least 4-6 years of experience required, preferably in higher education. Experience managing student workers or volunteers preferred. Strong organizational and communication skills, both verbal and written, are critical. Must be extremely detail-oriented, able to work independently, and prioritize work to meet expectations and deadlines. Must have demonstrated ability to multitask. Strong project management and budget management skills are preferred. Must demonstrate the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and possess high levels of customer service and professionalism, particularly in stressful situations. Must be available for evening/weekend hours and able to travel as needed.

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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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