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Development Associate

Apply now Job no: 508581
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.




Northeastern University seeks a self-motivated, detail-focused, and service-oriented individual who is able to independently manage workloads, prioritize and manage ongoing projects, and handle multiple responsibilities. This position requires excellent interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, and knowledge of and interest in development. The Development Associate will provide a high level of administrative and organizational support to the Assistant Vice President, Interdisciplinary Initiatives, and one to two additional development staff members.

This position sustains the mission of University Advancement to create a donor-centric environment that encourages and supports philanthropic investment by alumni, parents, and friends to advance the mission and goals of Northeastern University. The Development Associate works independently with minimal supervision; proactively updates supervisors on status of projects. Schedules travel and manages complex calendars. Handles expense reports and reconciles departmental budgets. Organizes events (on/off-campus), handling all details to ensure successful completion; works with University Events and the Office of Alumni Relations colleagues on larger events. Gathers/maintains data and assists in preparing paper/electronic reports using variety of computer software. Organizes and implements administrative systems and procedures, including management of the team's stewardship program. The Development Associate acts as liaison with other groups across Northeastern University; provides for smooth day-to-day flow of communications. Composes, proofreads, edits and prepares correspondence, reports and other materials. S/he must be comfortable talking to alumni, parents, and faculty on the phone and in person. Works on a variety of mailings and weekly acknowledgements of gifts to respective colleges. Also responsible for other administrative tasks as required. Contributes to departmental goals by accomplishing related duties as required.



The University is seeking a highly motivated, entrepreneurial, energetic individual who can thinking independently and analytically and seeks to build a career in advancement. | Bachelor's Degree required and one to three (1-3) years of demonstrated success in a comparable position, preferably in development, or equivalent years of professional experience required. | 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 | Experience with graphic design, specifically InDesign, preferred | Strong organization skills and detail-oriented | Highly collaborative in approach | Ability to exercise good judgement when dealing with confidential and sensitive material. | Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel. Knowledge of Salesforce and experience creating budgets a plus.



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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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