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Director - LEADERs Partnership Programs

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 7, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Marketing & Sales
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Director - LEADERs Partnership Programs

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 Director for LEADERs Partnership Relations will work as part of a small team to define, develop, and implement a strategic partner engagement strategy to secure partnership sponsorships that engage PhD students pursuing the Experiential PhD Leadership Certificate.

The Director is expected to develop relationships with regular - long-term LEADERs partners and to expand and deepen existing relationships yielding value to the LEADERs Experiential PhD Leadership program and broadly PhD students. The incumbent must have experience/understanding of research and development in industry, research laboratories, government and not-for-profit organizations with an appreciation about the drivers for resource decisions. The geographic locations that will be a focal point of this role will be initially focused in the greater Boston area with expectation of expansion to national and global industries. The Director will also partner with all relevant stakeholders across the university to ensure effective development, management, implementation, and growth of partnerships in support of PhD education. These internal stakeholders will include, but not be limited to the Department for Employee Engagement and Career Design, the Director of Career Development, the Directors of Cooperative Education and/or their co-op faculty designees, the Associate Deans for Graduate Education and Research, and all other key, partner-facing entities/individuals that can assist in the facilitation of LEADERs partner engagement opportunities required of this role. The Director will also partner with external resources as well - business associations, chambers, organizations, etc. - as a component of the strategic approach to partnered PhD education engagement activities.

Minimum of ten years of combined experience in business-to-business development, corporate research and / or product development, and/or career consulting required. Exceptional relationship management skills and have produced successful & measurable results required.
  • Significant corporate experience in research, product development or technical sales.
  • Higher education experience in a role tasked with building external partnerships preferred.
  • Proven success in developing and maintaining internal and external relationships at all organizational levels is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across functions & competing interests. Self-directed and outcome/results oriented.
  • Demonstrated strong social media, contact relationship management, and other technical skills preferred.
  • Successful candidate must have: strong communications skills (through writing, verbal, & interpersonal); excellent customer services skills (for both internal & external audiences) and value diverse perspectives in shaping organization strategies towards achieving mutual goals.
  • Technical sales type skillset is required combined with resourcefulness and initiative enabling navigation of complex environments.
  • Master's degree required; PhD degree preferred.

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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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