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 Advancement Communications team play an integral role in engaging the Northeastern community to create a stronger, more sustainable, and bright future.
Responsibilities: The Communications Associate is an entry-level communications professional with a strong desire to develop writing and editorial skills that support Northeastern's efforts to engage its donors and prospects at all levels. Reporting to the Senior Associate Director of Advancement Communications, the Communications Associate works closely with University Advancement's Annual Giving team and interacts frequently with other division staff, including gift officers, and senior-level administrators, faculty, and donors, striving to communicate compelling reasons to support Northeastern.
This position will focus on learning to draft engaging, targeted print and electronic annual giving appeals, while editing appeals written by other members of the team. As part of the Advancement Communications team, the Communications Associate will also be enlisted to write brochure copy, craft webpage content, edit proposals, proofread documents, and handle other appropriate projects as they arise. Additionally, this person will compile, draft, and publish content for the division's internal newsletter.
This junior-level employee should have good writing skills, be flexible and comfortable working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, and be willing to learn to develop creative ideas into compelling, donor-centric communications pieces. S/he should also work to develop an understanding of the essential role fundraising and campaigns play in building a successful nonprofit environment.
One to two years of professional experience in nonprofit writing/communications, media relations, or a related field.
Good editing, proofreading, and writing skills.
A willingness to learn to craft persuasive, donor-centric appeals and other communications pieces.
A strong desire to work effectively within a valued, fast-paced communications operation of writers, designers, and video producers utilizing a full range of print, multimedia, and online communications tools to meet strategic goals.
Good interpersonal skills and the capacity to collaborate effectively with colleagues throughout the division.
Knowledge of standard concepts, practices, and procedures related to the position, including strong knowledge of English grammar, punctuation, and matters of style.
The ability to write from the perspective of university leaders, students, faculty, alumni, and donors for various audiences.
The capacity to learn subject-specific terminology for use in developing written materials for diverse disciplines.
Good organizational and project management skills.
Salary Grade: 9
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.