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Senior Development Associate

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Jul 29, 2021

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Senior Development Associate

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 plays an integral role in engaging the Northeastern community to create a stronger, more sustainable, and bright future.

Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President of University Advancement, the Senior Development Associate plays an integral role in managing and supporting the needs of the International, Family Philanthropy, and Library advancement teams. These teams are charged with developing programs to engage major gift ($100,000+) and principal gift ($1,000,000+) prospects and donors.

The Senior Development Associate is a critical member of University Advancement and serves as the primary liaison between the Senior Associate Vice President (SAVP) and high-profile major gift and principal gift prospects all over the world. In addition, they serve as the primary contact between SAVP's teams and the Office of the President, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Advancement, the Office of the Vice President for Development, and the Office of Alumni Relations.

The Senior Development Associate supports the SAVP's teams in efforts to build a strong and supportive community of international parents and alumni. As the direct provider of support to the SAVP, the Senior Development Associate executes a variety of responsibilities including the day-to-day scheduling and administrative needs of the SAVP, producing written and oral communication with university leaders, alumni, parents, students, donors, prospects, and community members on behalf of the SAVP, and organizing and planning meetings and small events on behalf of the SAVP. They oversee and manage domestic and international travel for the SAVP and other team members that may involve the President, Senior Vice President, and Vice President. This includes setting and confirming appointments, developing comprehensive briefings that include biographical information, meeting logistics, cultural protocols, and strategic objectives.

The Senior Development Associate will oversee the Salesforce database, conduct research, and independently prepare reports to be used by the SAVP in decision-making and reporting to the Senior Vice President for University Advancement and VP of Development.

They will work with other development and senior development associates, the SAVP, and other members of the team to prioritize projects, tasks, and workload as necessary.

This position requires strong interpersonal skills, the ability to listen, a service-oriented attitude, a strong work ethic, knowledge of and interest in international fundraising, and an appreciation for and sensitivity to Asian, Middle Eastern, European, and Latin American cultures. The individual must be self-motivated and detail oriented, able to manage workload independently, and prioritize and manage ongoing projects at the same time. Challenges include juggling multiple responsibilities in a very busy environment.

  • Bachelor's Degree required; at least three to five years of professional experience preferably in higher education and/or development.
  • The university is seeking a highly motivated, entrepreneurial, energetic individual who can think independently and analytically and seeks to build a career in advancement and/or international affairs.
  • Ability to manage and facilitate an intense workload and produce quality results in a fast-paced environment. Must be able to manage multiple priority projects at once with ease and efficiency.
  • Must be proactive, anticipate problems, be resourceful and work effectively with colleagues and external constituents at all levels
  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary for building relationships with external (donors, prospects, trustees) and internal (deans, faculty, staff, colleagues) constituents.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of and interest in international affairs; appreciation for and sensitivity to other cultures
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Highly collaborative in approach.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment when dealing with confidential and sensitive material
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel
  • Proficiency in various social media platforms is a plus

    Salary Grade:

    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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