Director, Partnerships

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 10, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director, Partnerships

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:
At the core of the Roux Institute strategy is building a learning, research, and entrepreneurship program hand in hand with industry and attracting, developing, and retaining talent for the State of Maine. As a result, the Roux Institute is hiring a Director of Partnerships, to develop, build and optimize partnerships. Reporting to the Senior Director of Partnerships, the Director of Partnerships will oversee the Roux Institute's partnerships and programming for a portfolio of Roux Institute partners.

This is an exciting opportunity to own relationships and programs with Roux Institute partners. These partnerships may be industry, community, or partnerships with other institutions of higher education. The substance of the partnerships may include talent acquisition and development, learning programs, and collaborative research. The Director of Partnerships will be responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships. These partnerships should grow and mature over time and be in service of the needs of the Institute's partners and support the Roux Institute's mission. This role will work closely with counterparts across the Institute to define and develop each partnership.

The successful candidate will be passionate about developing partnerships to achieve the mission of the Roux Institute and engaging partners in learning, talent acquisition and collaborative research projects and able to accurately convey the core mission and values of The Roux Institute. They will possess the ability to set a vision for each partnership and to see that vision through to execution. The Roux Institute establishes partnerships with industry, other institutions of higher education, and community-based organizations. The successful candidate should highlight previous relevant partnership experience in any relevant domains.

The successful candidate will possess the following skills, dispositions, experience, and qualifications:
  • B.A. required; master's preferred
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional work experience
  • 4+ years of experience in business development, program management, relationship management, strategic planning, program operations, and/or special projects or related field
  • The ability to establish relationships with the c-suite at partner organizations
  • The ability to develop a strategy for each partner rooted in partner goals and aligned to the Roux Institute mission
  • The ability to provide strategic advising to partners about the best ways to engage with the Roux Institute and the wider NU network to achieve business goals
  • The ability to develop novel collaborations leading to value for both the partner and Roux/NU
  • The ability to maintain relationships with multiple stakeholders within an organization
  • Situational awareness leading to excellent judgement, diplomacy, and tact
  • Excellent problem-solving and strong analytical skills with proven ability to strategize and prioritize to meet goals and deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills, sufficient to inspire others and work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to write clearly and concisely (e.g. a program overview document)
  • A strong sense of personal accountability to take engagements across the finish line
  • Familiarity working with high-level decision-makers within varying sizes of organizations
  • The ability to adjust priorities quickly and efficiently
  • The ability to develop authentic relationships rooted in the achievement of mutual goals
  • The ability to manage up to senior leaders and across to colleagues to accomplish critical, time-sensitive objectives
  • Strong project management skills paired with the ability to synthesize information from a variety of sources
  • The ability to present to external audiences and be an ambassador for the Roux Institute with a diverse set of stakeholders within partners
  • Acute attention to detail and a focus on efficiency
  • The ability to develop a vision and execute against that vision with minimal supervision
  • Risk-taking and entrepreneurial
  • Self-motivated
  • The ability to serve as an ambassador for the University
  • A culturally responsive mindset
  • The ability to cultivate positive relationships across lines of difference
  • A commitment to Maine and its people
  • A sense of humor and enthusiasm

Preferred Skills, Experience
  • Higher Education
  • Salesforce
  • Project Management
  • People management experience

Travel Requirement
  • You will be required to travel, mostly regionally, to meet strategically important partners
  • You may be required to travel to Boston a few days a month for meetings at Northeastern's Boston and Burlington campuses
  • There is limited travel further afield to meet companies who wish to move offices to Maine or to visit Northeastern regional campuses

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Additional Information:
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.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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