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Executive Assistant

Apply now Job no: 503031
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Provost’s Office

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 Executive Assistant will provide comprehensive executive level project and administrative support for David Luzzi in his roles as Senior Vice Provost for Research & Innovation (SVPR), Vice President of the Innovation Campus at Burlington, MA (VP ICBM), and Senior Advisor to the President (SATP).


This individual is responsible for supporting the enterprises of the Senior Vice Provost for Research responsible for a Carnegie Tier 1 research institution on a rapid growth trajectory and the Vice President of the Innovation Campus at Burlington, MA, also in a rapid growth phase. He/she will be responsible for monitoring, working on the execution, and tracking of the many strategic projects relating to the Senior Advisor role.

The successful Executive Assistant will thrive in a fast-paced environment, where assignments include interacting with high-level internal and external stakeholders. This position requires a candidate with excellent organization, proactive planning, adaptability, and a customer service focus who will respond with flexibility to a wide variety of multiple and shifting priorities.

This role need to travel between the Boston and Burlington campuses and reports to Senior Director of Administration, Finance, and Planning of the ICBM

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Provide complex calendar management for SVPR/VP ICBM/SATP, which is strategic, efficient, and managed with flexibility to accommodate shifting schedules and priorities of SVPR/VP ICBM/SATP, senior university leaders, and equally high-level external constituents.

• Monitor, game plan, contribute to the execution of, and track strategic projects as relate to the SATP role.

• Craft and deliver consistently high quality written and oral communications behalf of the SVPR/VP ICBM/SATP.

• Arrange travel, itineraries, and agendas for the SVPR/VP ICBM/SATP, and for other leadership team members and external visitors as required.

• Complete timely and accurate expense reports.

• Monitor incoming requests to the SVPR/VP ICBM/SATP and establish a tracking/watch system to insure timely responses and continued momentum of ongoing projects and discussions.

• Arrange both large and small internal and external meetings, special events, and activities, prioritizing agendas for the most efficient and effective use of available time.

• Provide administrative support to councils and board committees as needed.

• Research and provide background information and data as needed for meetings or projects to advance the priorities of the SVPR/VP ICBM/SATP.

• Travel as needed to provide on-site support for meetings and activities.

• Perform other duties as required or directed in a rapidly growing organization.


• Bachelor’s degree required, masters preferred.

• Minimum of 5-8 years’ experience in higher education supporting a Dean, Vice Provost or Vice President level executive; or in business supporting a Director, Vice President or similar higher-level executive.

• Ability to interact with tact and diplomacy amongst a wide variety of stakeholders both internal and external to the university or firm.

• Must be a self-motivated worker who can anticipate problems and demonstrate significant independent judgement.

• Must be able to take initiative and follow through on tasks independently.

• Must have high standards of professional conduct and a demonstrated record of dependability and a strong work ethic.

• Experience and comfort handling confidential and/or proprietary information relating to employer and other organizations interacting with the employer.

• Ability to project and maintain a high standard of professional appearance and demeanor.

• Must be detail-oriented with a high level of attention to accuracy and completeness and superior office/time management capabilities.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills needed.

• Must have excellent Microsoft Office and overall computer skills, as well as the ability to learn new software and web based programs.

• Ability to travel as needed.


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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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