Skip to Main Content

Development Associate

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions you should review before applying for the opening.  To apply for the job, please click the Apply for this Job link.

Please Note: Internal Applicants (current benefits-eligible employees only) must login to the applicant portal before clicking “apply for this job” in order to access the internal application.

Northeastern University Employee Benefits

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.

Posting Details

Certain positions will be posted internally for 5 business days from the posting date. External Candidates please be sure to use the External Application form. If the External Application form is not available, this posting is not yet open to External Candidates.

Position Information

Position Title Development Associate
Requisition Number STFR004166
Division/College University Advancement
Interdisciplinary Division/College
Location Boston Main Campus
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
Grade 9
Posting Date 11/07/2017

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, the Director of Development, Athletics, and a Development Officer, Athletics. 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 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 a plus.

Additional Information

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. References

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Pending