Assistant Director - Education Initiatives
About the Opportunity
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
- 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,
- Support the planning and implementation of the series, Lifelong
Learning: On Demand as well as other team initiatives as
- 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)
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/
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
To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and
support of diversity and inclusion, please see
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