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Assistant Director - Education Initiatives

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Nov 9, 2023

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Assistant Director - Education Initiatives

About the Opportunity

Job Summary

The Assistant Director of Educational Initiatives plays an integral team role in the engagement efforts of Alumni Relations (AR).

Under the direction of the Director of Educational Initiatives, the Assistant Director will:

  • Aid in the strategic development of AR educational initiatives and lifelong learning goals, in order to meet the needs of alumni through in-person and online programming.
  • Manage a portfolio of colleges, as assigned. He/she will develop and cultivate relationships with college partners, to impact the growth and continued connection to AR and alumni.
  • In partnership with the Director of Educational Initiatives, manage existing programs and events, maintain existing relationships, and build new relationships within the colleges.
  • Assist in developing, planning, and producing programs and events that strengthen and grow college-based affinity engagement through the cultivation of experiences, the creation of new affinity opportunities and enhancement of current programming, including NU@Noon.
  • Support the planning and implementation of the series, Lifelong Learning: On Demand as well as other team initiatives as directed.
  • Assist in collaborating with all AR colleagues and the colleges, to engage and steward the diverse network of alumni and faculty talent as part of events and programs.

The Assistant Director is a full contributing member of the Educational Initiatives team, who all work to provide programs and services to meet the growing needs of Northeastern University alumni. Additionally, the Assistant Director will perform other duties and special projects, as assigned. Programming is developed through partnerships with college partners and faculty, in addition to partnerships internally within AR. This allows AR to streamline and produce regionally based, content driven (lifelong learning) events.

The Assistant Director must represent the university and the AR team in a professional, enthusiastic manner with a customer service focus and team mentality. Evening and weekend work required, as needs dictate. Periodic travel may be necessary. As a member of the Advancement Division it is essential for the Assistant Director of Educational Initiatives to understand and support the role philanthropy plays in engaging the Northeastern community.


Event Planning and Production

Plan, produce, and market successful programming and stand-alone

events from concept to post-mortem including, but not limited to, in-person and online events with a focus on educational initiatives and lifelong learning, involving partnerships and/or highlighting faculty research within a given budget and in a fiscally responsible manner. Collaborate with university colleagues in order to engage and steward the diverse network of alumni talent and volunteers to be showcased as part of events and programs.

Relationship/Partnership Management

Support AR's educational initiatives and lifelong learning strategy to meet the needs of Northeastern alumni. Manage a portfolio of colleges, as assigned. Develop and cultivate relationships with college partners, to impact the growth and continued connection to AR, alumni, and the greater Northeastern community.

Constituent Services

As a contact within AR for alumni, parents, students, volunteers, and faculty/staff, the Assistant Director will provide a high-level of consistent customer service to both internal colleagues partnering with OAR and external constituents as it relates to events, programs, communications, and general inquiries.

Team Operations and Cross Collaboration

Provide administrative support to the Director of Educational Initiatives in the planning and management of college partnerships and educational programming and events. Support includes, but is not limited to: project management, database administration, event marketing, research, registration management, and oversight/management of student employee assignments. To maximize resources and provide meaningful engagement opportunities to all Northeastern community members in an effective and efficient manner, collaboration with other teams and individuals is a must.

Experience Required

Bachelor's degree required. Three to five years of experience in a combination of planning and producing all aspects of programs and events and relationship management including volunteers; excellent management, organizational, communications (written and oral), interpersonal, public speaking, and computer skills; detail oriented; high level of self-confidence and enthusiasm; ability to be a self-starter; strong customer service focus; ability to interact professionally and diplomatically with alumni, volunteers, students, staff, faculty, vendors and external entities; ability to work independently and in a team environment on several projects at a time; experience working in higher education, with alumni a plus. The ability to do some lifting of heavy items and/or use of a hand truck for event supplies and equipment is required.

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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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