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Assistant Director of Graduate Student Programming

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 14, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Director of Graduate Student Programming & Events

About the Opportunity

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) honors the student-driven experience by providing support and resources to inspire and embolden lifelong learners. CSI intentionally develops and educates students through innovative leadership programs, fraternity and sorority life, student organizations, and employment opportunities. In collaboration with partners and stakeholders, CSI encourages and facilitates a broad spectrum of educational and social co-curricular opportunities designed to advocate for and empower Northeastern students.

The Assistant Director of Graduate Student Programming & Events is a newly created role within the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) to provide dedicated leadership and programmatic support to graduate students and graduate student organizations throughout the Northeastern global network. The Assistant Director is responsible for demonstrating a high level of service and a strong commitment to program development and support that is specifically geared towards the master's and Ph.D. level student experience. This position will serve as a program manager for graduate student organizations while also working closely with Graduate Student Government and additional stakeholders to identify key areas of needed support within graduate student life, including ongoing opportunities for professional development and immersion within the local community. This position will support the expansion of existing graduate student programs such as the Graduate Leadership Institute and will also develop a focused compliment to existing signature University programs, including Convocation, Welcome Week, Fall Fest, and the Winter Involvement Fair for graduate students to be experienced in person and virtually throughout the network.

  • Ability to make sound decisions over major projects.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and exceptional interpersonal, organizational, verbal/written communication skills as well as demonstrated skills and knowledge in virtual event planning.
  • Ability to work independently on a fast-paced, global campus and possess a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Occasional nights and weekends may be required to ensure the success of divisional initiatives and priorities.
  • Knowledge and skills required for this position are typically gained through a master's degree in higher education/student affairs (or related field) with at least 2-4 years of demonstrated experience supporting student organizations and coordinating and executing large scale events.
  • There is a strong desire for candidates with previous experience working with international and diverse cultural student populations. As a member of the Division of Student Affairs, the Assistant Director will align their work with the established mission, vision, and literacies of the division.


1) Student Leader/Organization Education & Development -
  • Oversee the creation, development, facilitation, and maintenance of diverse programs/events and student leadership development offerings specific to graduate student life (Masters and Ph.D. level students); These programs may include online platforms, conferences, presentations and off-site leadership retreats
  • Develop and facilitate educational opportunities for student leaders (both executive members of organizations and general NU population.)
  • Collaborate with CSI staff and network stakeholders to identify opportunities to strengthen our graduate student organization educational offerings.
  • Foster an open, safe and inclusive environment for our student leaders.
  • Partner with campus partners and stakeholders to effectively ‘tell the story' of graduate student life on campus.
  • Develop continued opportunities for students to gain experience by working for CSI.

2) Program Management -
  • |Provide event planning support to graduate student organizations and serve as a collaborative team member within the administrative workflow.
  • Meet with students and student organizations to develop a vision and budgets for their events. Informs students and organizations of policies and helps with coordinating of their programs.
  • Communicate effectively with performers, vendors, agents & middle-agents.
  • Negotiate contract terms in conjunction with Legal Counsel and talent agents.
  • Perform monthly reconciliations of all budgets and purchasing cards.
  • Attend events as necessary to ensure on site success.

3) Global Network student engagement -
  • Serve as a lead CSI liaison in cross-campus collaborations to enhance graduate student engagement opportunities available to the larger Northeastern Network of campus locations
  • Support and engagement surrounding the development of graduate student programming and relationships with campuses and experiences outside of Boston.
  • Ensure that programming is scalable, and policies are consistently applied across all Northeastern experiences in collaboration with the CSI Director.

4) Other Duties and Logistics -
  • Participate in the overall management of the Center for Student Involvement and provide professional development support to staff.
  • Collaborate with external colleagues on divisional committees and projects, as required.
  • Consistently review and increase the Center's use of technology to improve customer service and student development.
  • Seek innovative strategies to engage our globally distributed student body.

Position Type

Student Services

Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more 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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