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Design Associate

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

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Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies
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Design Associate

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:
The Northeastern community has a tradition of giving back, and each day, we witness the impact of our community's remarkable generosity. Our students are pursuing co-ops in all corners of the globe, growing their cultural fluency and preparing to thrive in the world. Our faculty are delivering leading-edge scholarship, teaching and mentoring tomorrow's leaders. And our researchers are pioneering new lines of inquiry, accelerating discovery in emerging fields. Northeastern University Advancement and the Advancement Communications team play an integral role in engaging the Northeastern community to create a stronger, more sustainable, and bright future.

An entry-level professional with design training relevant to both print and electronic formats, the Design Associate works alongside the Associate Director of Design to create brochures, proposals, programs, email templates, email headers and imagery, signage, PowerPoint presentations, and other publications. This person employs programs such as InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat to advance the fundraising efforts of the office of University Advancement and help our gift officers secure and steward philanthropic donations.

The Design Associate is integral to the success of the Annual Fund, helping the Associate Director of Design with annual giving appeal letters and graphics. Further, Northeastern is in the planning phase to launch a major university-wide fundraising campaign, and the Design Associate will help bring the campaign to life, creating materials for print, mail, and web-based applications.

The ideal candidate will have both creative design and project management skills to support Northeastern's efforts to engage our donors, cultivate their profound long-term commitment, and disseminate information about our fundraising efforts. This person should enjoy creative problem-solving, juggling multiple projects, and being part of a fun, fast-paced communications team in a thriving fundraising office. The Design Associate reports to the Associate Director of Design and is available to Senior Advancement Leadership for special projects.

  • Bachelor's degree with a concentration in graphic or digital design.
  • One to two years of creative design experience in print and electronic mediums.
  • A vibrant portfolio that shows an eye for artistic and creative detail.
  • Good working knowledge of the following programs: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, WordPress, Microsoft Office, and Excel.
  • Interpersonal communications and project management skills.
  • The ability to work well with diverse audiences, manage workload independently at times, and oversee ongoing projects concurrently.
  • A strong desire to serve the needs of a fast-paced communications operation that is moving toward greater incorporation of the full range of print, multimedia, and online communications tools to meet strategic goals.
  • Knowledge of the design and creation of apps or websites is a plus.

    Salary Grade:

    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

    To apply, visit

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