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Development Associate

Apply now Job no: 508020
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Advancement and Alumni Relations

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 plays an integral role in engaging the Northeastern community to create a strong, more sustainable, and bright future.



Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President, Development (SAVP), this position is a critical member of the University Advancement team and will work closely with the SAVP, the Athletics Development team, the Director of Major Gifts for CPS, and the Director for Regional Advancement, other Development staff, academic leaders across campus, and the Office of Alumni Relations, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Advancement, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the President. The position requires an energetic and affable individual who is eager to contribute through excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, and collaborative interaction with other members in Advancement, academic departments, and external constituents. The Development Associate will also provide key support and management of logistics for one to two additional development staff members. The Development Associate acts as an office manager by ensuring that day-to-day communications are clear and timely. Handles expense reports and reconciles departmental budgets. Composes, proofreads, edits and prepares correspondence, reports and other materials. S/he will contribute to departmental goals by accomplishing related duties as required and work on a variety of mailings and weekly acknowledgments of gifts to respective colleges. S/he is also responsible for answering phones, proofreading, drafting, word processing, filing, mailing, photocopying, general office administration, etc. The Development Associate works independently with minimal supervision, proactively updating the SAVP on the status of projects. The Development Associate manages databases, conducts research, prepares briefings, coordinates events, and drafts, edits and prepares final documents and correspondence. S/he will provide administrative support for the SAVP, the Athletics Development team, the Director of Major Gifts for CPS, and the Director for Regional Advancement, and will also manage the development of comprehensive briefings that include biographical information and meeting logistics for the SAVP. S/he will gather and maintain data and assist in preparing paper and/or electronic reports using a variety of computer software systems. Organizes and implements administrative systems and procedures to ensure that the SAVP, the Athletics Development team, the Director of Major Gifts for CPS, and the Director for Regional Advancement are being supported and working efficiently and effectively. The Development Associate must be comfortable talking to alumni, parents and faculty via telephone and face-to-face interactions. S/he acts as a liaison with other groups across Northeastern University.




-Bachelor's Degree required; at least two (2) years of professional experience preferably in higher education and/or development required. -The university is seeking a highly motivated, entrepreneurial, energetic individual who can think independently and analytically. -Ability to manage and facilitate an intense workload and produce quality results in a fast-paced environment. --Must be able to manage multiple priority projects at once with ease and efficiency. -Must be proactive, anticipate problems, be resourceful and work effectively with colleagues and external constituents at all levels -Strong interpersonal skills necessary for building relationships with external (donors, prospects, trustees) and internal (deans, faculty, staff, colleagues) constituents. -Excellent verbal and written communication skills. -Strong organizational skills. -Highly collaborative in approach. -Ability to exercise good judgment when dealing with confidential and sensitive material. -Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel



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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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