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Program Management and Leadership Development Specialist

Apply now Job no: 508022
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Student Affairs

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:

This Specialist position focuses on the developmental support of a portfolio of university-recognized student organizations. The Specialist is responsible for working closely with student leaders and student-driven committees. This includes frequently assessing the needs of student leaders and developing plans for the enhancement and expansion of student group resources and training, in addition to administrative program management responsibilities. This role must work closely with campus partners such as legal counsel, risk management, NUPD and event management to ensure compliance with university policies and procedures when planning student programs. 


In addition, this Specialist supports the University’s evolving leadership education program (LEAD360) with the Assistant Director of Leadership Development and Collaborative Initiatives. In conjunction with the Assistant Director, the Specialist is charged with supporting two major components of the University’s mission: learner-driven leadership and inclusion through collaborative programming. A significant emphasis is placed upon empowering students to be successful professionals in a vibrant, diverse, and global workforce. As such, the Specialist will think critically about opportunities to engage students in experiential leadership opportunities that meet these goals through developing and evolving our LEAD360 programs. The Specialist will help lead the coordination of emerging leader programs as well as support our identity-based and social justice-oriented leadership programs while orchestrating the marketing, recruitment, and training/development of our student facilitators, mentors, and program participants.

Additional areas of responsibility will include; serving on departmental and university-wide collaborative initiatives that impact the student experience; assisting in the delivery of CSI and student affairs department events and initiatives (for example, Fraternity & Sorority recruitment days); acting as a chaperone on CSI trips; and all other duties as assigned.


A Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s degree in College Student Development or related field preferred with comparable consideration for years of service. 2-5 years of experience required. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with college students and student affairs programs. The Specialist must be able to work independently on a fast-paced, global campus and possess a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. The successful candidate must have excellent problem-solving skills and exceptional interpersonal, organizational, verbal/written communication skills. As a member of the Division of Student Affairs, the Student Engagement Specialist will align his/her/their work with the established mission, vision, and literacies of the division. Frequent nights and weekends are a must to ensure the success of divisional initiatives.

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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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