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Program Assistant

Apply now Job no: 503245
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: College of Social Sciences and Humanities


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 Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI), a center based in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, convenes researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and community leaders to envision and realize the future of the city, with a focus on how data and technology can enhance equity, justice, and democracy.


We seek a Program Assistant to manage the administration of BARI’s outward-facing programs and communications, as well as day-to-day operations of the center. This will include the promotion of BARI’s work via social media channels, the organization of events--most notably BARI’s annual conference and series of community based-trainings--contributing to fundraising efforts, and coordinating BARI’s seed grant program. This position will operate at the intersection of universities, public officials, and other community leaders with the goal of maintaining and building the partnerships that are central to BARI’s programs. Applicants should have a considerable interest in urban policy and a general understanding of the impact modern digital data and technology can have on both science and policy.




Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in policy, sociology, or economics with an urban focus, or related degree a plus. Three to five years collective professional experience. The ideal candidate must be able to handle complexity in a fast-paced environment. He/she must possess excellent writing, organizational and interpersonal skills; strong initiative; ability to think creatively and work under deadlines.



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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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