Assistant Director - Strategic Initiatives

Updated: 3 days ago
Location: Boston, MASSACHUSETTS
Job Type: FullTime

About the Opportunity


The Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives provides tactical support for the process of integrating new campuses into the Northeastern Global Network. Supports Northeastern’s ambitious network expansion plans and strategic priorities, coordinating with the various units of the University working on integration, and determining which decisions/ facts to act on and which need to be elevated to senior leadership for decision or awareness.

In partnership with the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Assistant Vice President for GLS, work to establish integration goals, schedules, and scope of work to be completed. Support and coordinate the cross-institutional teams charged with completing integration projects. Work with the GLS & GNSI Leadership Team in supporting and coordinating various workstreams, advancing key institutional initiatives as they arise (such as, mergers and/or acquisitions). Assist GNSI colleagues to continually assess internal structures, identify gaps/needs, and present recommendations to improve efficiencies/structures. Prepare analyses, develop recommendations, present findings, integrate feedback and execute scalable solutions to support integration projects and related global network activity.


Knowledge and skills required for this position are normally obtained through a Bachelor’s degree with four to five years of direct experience supporting the development, launch and/or integration of new physical sites and academic programs in markets outside of the institution’s home jurisdiction. 

  • Experience with international academic or business initiatives a plus. 
  • Working knowledge of the project management process and implementation using MS suite of products. 
  • Ability to build relationships and experience working collaboratively on broad cross-functional projects serving multiple stakeholders. 
  • Proven track record in managing competing priorities and working effectively under pressure when facing short deadlines and a dynamic flow of information. 
  • Ability to make consistent and fair decisions based on facts and data. 
  • Excellent diplomacy and negotiation skills; and the ability to converse easily, with courtesy and clarity, with all members of the Northeastern community and beyond. 
  • Flexibility when adapting to evolving priorities. 
  • Intellectual curiosity and the mental agility to troubleshoot and make sound decisions in response to rapidly changing, often complicated situations. 
  • Effectiveness as a strategic thinker who thrives when working as a member of a dynamic leadership team. 
  • An understanding of global learning mobility programs is welcome. 
  • The ability and willingness to travel nationally and internationally when required, and as university policy allows.


1) Project Management Leadership & Implementation • Continually assess and review global operations practices, policies, processes, and support structures. • Establish an optimized global operations framework leveraging internal and external resources to promote compliance, efficiency and flexibility. • Support continuous improvement of administrative tools for integration projects, seeking to improve reliability, repeatability, efficiency, compliance and to mitigate risks.  • Lead and participate in GLS/GNSI project initiatives to ensure effective prioritization, stakeholder engagement, resource allocation and on-time deliverables. • As a key member of GLS, be apprised of activity/projects within the Global Network that may require GLS involvement and/or advisement.

2) New Campus Integration • Manage issue-level inter-department working groups to address specific aspects of campus integration. Work across the University to achieve results in the workstreams. Maintain detailed documentation and data related to all workstreams pertaining to any opening of a new campus activity. Ensure project staff meet productivity targets and achieve integration project deadline.  Post campus opening, remain involved in campus operations to troubleshoot emerging issues, and help incorporate lessons learned from campus integration into GNSI’s growing body of knowledge.

3) Global Network Optimization • In partnership with GNSI Finance & Operations team, identify, assess and introduce cross-functional efficiencies/structures aimed at ensuring a holistic approach to the current and future expansion and success of the Global Campus Network.   Participate on university-wide working groups and committees to support international activity, and facilitate collaboration and best practices across the University.  Help recognize, advocate for, and develop solutions-oriented opportunities, relating to efficiencies within the Global Campus Network.

Position Type

General Administration

Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.  

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more 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.

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