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. Northeastern University Advancement and the University Events team play an integral role in engaging the Northeastern community to create a stronger, more sustainable, and bright future.
The Director of University Events reports to the Executive Director of University Events. Working in collaboration with the other members of the Office of University Events the Director is responsible for the creative and logistical aspects of special events in support of the goals and objectives of the Office of University Advancement, the Office of the President and other offices throughout the University as needed. He/she will coordinate, facilitate, oversee, and evaluate the execution of special events as assigned by the Executive Director of University Events. The Director provides leadership, professional expertise, and direction in the planning and execution of high-quality events and functions to advance the visibility and influence of Northeastern University. He/she identifies and facilitates discussion and decisions about issues affecting events, and ensures that the priorities of the Office of University Advancements and the Office of the President are reflected in the planning and presentation of events. He/she ensures implementation of events objectives in compliance with University policies and procedures. The Director is responsible for the supervision of five staff members. The Director of University Events must demonstrate the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and possess high levels of customer service and professionalism, particularly in stressful situations. He or she must be available for evening/weekend hours and able to travel as needed. This position requires strong time management and multi-tasking skills by completing various overlapping tasks to meet critical deadlines for multiple complex events. Diplomacy is critical to this position, as it requires communicating with constituents at every professional level from students, to members of the university's senior leadership team, to high-level corporate executives and government officials. In addition, the Director serves as part of a team that provides general support as needed for other University events.
Bachelor's degree required, master's degree preferred, and a seven + years of event management experience required. Project management experience, preferably from an educational institution. Excellent communication, time management, and computer skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint and the internet. Experience working with clients, vendors, and internal departments. Excellent writing and editing skills. Three - five years of experience managing staff required. The Director must be a self-starter, work well independently, set priorities, demonstrate follow-through, anticipate and resolve problems, juggle diversified tasks simultaneously, instill confidence and trust with the various clients, and present a professional demeanor and appearance. Must have confidence dealing with all levels of constituents from students, to senior-level executives and the University president, to corporate executives and government officials. The proper and timely execution of assisting and independently planning events requires the skills to multi-task, set priorities, anticipate problems, communicate clearly, be a team player, and adapt to change. Creative and innovative approach that results in unique special events. Attention to detail, ability to work independently and problem-solving skills are essential attributes for this position. Strong project management and budget management skills are preferred. Flexibility with working hours is required to accommodate early morning and evening events.
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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.