About Northeastern: Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.
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. The International Advancement team plays an integral role in engaging the Northeastern community to create a stronger, more sustainable, and bright future.
Responsibilities: Reporting to the Executive Director of International Advancement this position also supports the Associate Vice President for International Advancement, and the International Advancement team. The international advancement team is charged with developing programs to engage major gift ($100,000 or more) and principal gift ($1,000,000 or more) prospects and donors.
The Senior Development Associate (SDA) is a critical member of the university advancement team and will work closely with members the International Advancement team, development staff, academic leaders across campus, the Office of Alumni Relations, the Office of the Vice President for Development, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Advancement, and the Office of the President.
The Senior Development Associate will support the International Advancement team in efforts to build a strong and supportive community of international parents and alumni. The SDA will be an expert in Salesforce applications, working as a liaison with Advancement Information Systems, testing rollouts of new system features, building comprehensive and strategic reports, and proactively creating report templates for the SVP, VP, AVP, Executive Director, colleges, and the rest of Advancement. They will also take the lead in developing a social media presence for the International Advancement team and ensuring that updated content is maintained for various platforms. They will manage work study students as hired by the team.
The Senior Development Associate also conducts research, prepares briefings, coordinates events, drafts, edits and prepares final documents and correspondence. They will assist with international travel for the Executive Director and the Associate Vice President, including setting and confirming appointments, developing comprehensive briefings that include biographical information, meeting logistics and cultural protocols, drafting follow-up correspondence, and recording results of meetings in database. They will work directly with the Executive Director of International Advancement to support the Northeastern Asia Ambassadors and other Asia initiatives and efforts in general. They will play a critical role in ensuring the logistical details of events that impact the International Advancement team are executed flawlessly. These events include on-campus delegation visits, dignitary visits, and International Family Receptions.
The Senior Development Associate regularly communicates with major, principal and presidential prospects and donors and coordinates high-level presidential meetings. The Senior Development Associate is responsible for monitoring and implementing systems to assure strategic follow up by senior administrators, and key faculty with major and principal gift prospects and donors. They will also collaborate with staff in the division to organize and execute high-level events designed to recognize and engage major and principal gift prospects. This work includes reviewing and identifying potential attendees, assisting in finding event hosts, and organizing post-event follow-up efforts.
This position requires strong interpersonal skills, the ability to listen, a service oriented attitude, a strong work ethic, knowledge of and interest in international fundraising, and an appreciation for and sensitivity to other cultures. The individual must be self-motivated and detail-oriented, able to manage workload independently, and prioritize and manage ongoing projects at the same time. Challenges include juggling multiple responsibilities in a very busy environment.
Bachelor's Degree required; at least three to five years of professional experience preferably in higher education and/or development.
Knowledge of and interest in international affairs; appreciation for and sensitivity to other cultures
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, and highly collaborative in approach. Ability to exercise good judgment when dealing with confidential and sensitive material.
Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office; Knowledge of Salesforce and Banner a plus
Proficiency in various social media platforms is a plus
Salary Grade: 10
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.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.