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Assistant Director, Leadership Relations

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 21, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Management
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Director, Leadership Relations

About the Opportunity


The Assistant Director of Leadership Relations must be able to execute multiple projects, tasks, and priorities in support of the Office of University Advancement's Leadership Relations efforts to engage the next generation of global volunteers for Northeastern's Global Leaders, Women Who Empower Ambassadors, emerging philanthropists, and other signature Leadership Relations alumni networks.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Leadership Relations, the Assistant Director will establish and own network global volunteer recruitment timelines and processes and will manage data and reporting needs throughout each cycle. Consistent communication and thorough documentation are required.

In conjunction with the Associate Director, this role will align volunteer initiatives in support of team and division prospect strategies with opportunities for philanthropic programming and engagement, and important one-time and ongoing activities regularly and consistently. They anticipate the Leadership Relation team and division needs and modify tasks as necessary.

The Assistant Director is responsible for promoting 100% annual campaign participation from a portfolio of global network volunteers across Leadership Relations inclusive of personalized cultivation and solicitation of donors and potential donors as appropriate.

Candidates interested in volunteer management, with an interest in working in a fast paced, task-oriented office who demonstrate personal initiative and thrive under autonomy are ideal for this role.

This role will act as a liaison for the Leadership Relations team, collaborating with colleagues to integrate global volunteer work and individual prospect strategies to achieve annual and long-term fundraising goals with internal and external stakeholders.

Major duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Strategy, implementation, and execution of global volunteer programming in collaboration with Associate Director and Leadership Relations team.

  • Oversight of a portfolio of global network volunteers, inclusive of relationship management and curated connections in support of professional and personal development.

  • Work with the Associate Director of Leadership Relations and advancement volunteer leaders of the university to determine communication cadence, programming needs, and meeting agendas based on regional themes, including recruitment of presenters, preparation of talking points and presentations, and conducting post-event surveys.

  • Salesforce data and reporting management owner for prospect and global volunteer management activity.

  • Management for the administrative oversight of student employment in conjunction with Leadership Relations Coordinator.

  • Management of personal travel, expense, and reimbursement form processing; meeting and appointment calendar coordination; travel arrangements.


    Volunteer Portfolio Management
  • Support strategic network initiatives from ideation through execution, inclusive of infrastructure and implementing workflow processes.
  • Oversee implementation of global volunteer activities working in close collaboration with university leadership and stakeholders.
  • Execute global/regional volunteer programming and collaborate with colleagues to determine agendas aligned with regional themes, recruit presenters, and conduct follow-up.
  • Lead recruitment and nomination process to identify new candidates for volunteer networks.
  • Work with internal and external partners to develop an annual slate of nominees, and to execute on nominations per annual review.
  • Drive audience for signature Leadership Relations events.
  • Manage personalized cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of volunteer gifts driving participation and leadership giving.
  • Develop reporting function and cadence to regularly share volunteer network successes and newsworthy stories.

Data Management and Administrative Support
  • Ensure consistent, timely updates of data to maintain integrity of prospect files and prospect records on Salesforce, TechShift, and other university platforms.
  • Develop relationships with cross-functional internal stakeholder teams to identify opportunities for collaboration to ensure alignment of processes and reporting.
  • Identify areas and processes needing updates and offer innovative and implementable solutions.
  • Provide website content management for university website pages utilizing WordPress as needed.

Student Management
  • Lead the recruitment, training, and management of student employees and/or ambassadors who work with University Advancement.


-Bachelor's degree required;
-At least three (3-5) years related office 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;
-Must be able to exercise absolute discretion and good judgment when dealing with confidential and sensitive material;
-Maintain standards of professional competence and adheres to a professional code of conduct;
-Ability to manage and facilitate an intense workload and produce quality results in a fast-paced environment;
-Will manage multiple priority projects at once with ease and efficiency;
-Will be proactive; anticipate problems; be resourceful and work effectively with colleagues and external constituents at all levels;
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills; enjoys working with people and possess skills necessary for building relationships with external (donors, prospects, trustees) and internal (deans, faculty, staff, colleagues) constituents; highly collaborative in approach;
-Strong organizational skills required;
-Must possess a strong knowledge of Microsoft Office software and a strong technical understanding of database management and reporting

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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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