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Assistant Director of Global Launch Services

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Sep 28, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Other Business & Management
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Assistant Director of Global Launch Services

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:
Northeastern University seeks a forward-thinking operations professional to assume a newly created position as Assistant Director of Global Launch Services to support the university's rapidly expanding global network of campuses. With a university system comprised of colleges and campuses across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, the Assistant Director will join an institution with a long history of infusing global experiences throughout its learning and research programs.

The Global Launch Service Team's primary responsibility is to lead the launches of new programs, as well as the launch and integration of new global network sites, in alignment with the university's goals and applicable legal, regulatory and academic compliance obligations. The Team's resident expertise in academic governance, regulatory compliance, government relations, business modeling and strategic analysis will inform decision making on site and program selection, ensure compliance and promote efficient project management and execution.

The Assistant Director will work in collaboration with partners throughout the global network and Northeastern's nine colleges to support the launch and integration of new global sites and programs. The Assistant Director will be responsible for supporting the rapid, reliable, repeatable and efficient launch and integration of new sites and academic programs across Northeastern's global network of campuses.

The Assistant Director will coordinate projects with teams in academic compliance, regulatory affairs, government relations and business/market analysis to support the execution of site and program launch and integration plans. They will support site launch efforts by building networks with key external stakeholders, including but not limited to government agencies, accrediting bodies, employer organizations, higher education institutions, global HR, tax & finance contractors and service providers, and others. The Assistant Director will prepare analysis, develop recommendations, present findings, integrate feedback and execute scalable solutions to support launch and integration projects and related global activity.

The Assistant Director must be self-directed with exemplary interpersonal communication skills. They must demonstrate excellent prioritization and organizational skills, personnel management skills, cultural agility, immediacy in communication, and attention to detail. Preferred candidates will have experience in project management, IT/Systems integration, regional program launches, and/or site launch coordination.

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3-5 years of direct experience supporting the development, launch and/or integration of new physical sites and academic programs in markets outside of the institution's home jurisdiction
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) a plus
  • Experience with international academic or business initiatives a plus
  • Working knowledge of the project management process and implementation using MS suite of products
  • Ability to build relationships and experience working collaboratively on broad cross-functional projects serving multiple stakeholders
  • Proven track record in managing competing priorities and working effectively under pressure when facing short deadlines and a dynamic flow of information
  • Ability to make consistent and fair decisions based on facts and data
  • Excellent diplomacy and negotiation skills; the ability to converse easily, with courtesy and clarity, with all members of the Northeastern community and beyond
  • Flexibility when adapting to evolving priorities
  • Intellectual curiosity and the mental agility to troubleshoot and make sound decisions in response to rapidly changing, often complicated situations
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as a strategic thinker who thrives when working as a member of a dynamic leadership team
  • An understanding of global learning mobility programs is welcome
  • The ability and willingness to travel nationally and internationally when required, and as university policy allows

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Additional 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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