College Events Manager

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Boston, MASSACHUSETTS
Job Type: FullTime

About the Opportunity

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) is a leader in the Experiential Liberal Arts. The College is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcomes applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education administration.  

The College’s schools, departments, and programs—with disciplines ranging from economics and history to English, urban affairs, international affairs, and American Sign Language Interpreting—form an interdisciplinary environment with global perspectives and a culture of inclusion. Our faculty connects liberal arts education with the challenges of our time, fostering ethical reasoning and critical thought with attention to the enduring significance of history, literature, and culture. Strategic Areas of Focus for the College’s education and research throughout its global network are (1) Resilience, Sustainability, Health, and Equity, (2) Cultural Transformations, Governance, and Globalization, and (3) Network Science, Computational Social Science, Digital Humanities, and Information Ethics.  

CSSH has long been committed to creating a culture of inclusion for our students, faculty, and staff. Diversity and inclusion, as well as questions of race, racism, and anti-racism, are part of all our programs, all our research centers, and our three areas of strategic focus—and are always works in progress. At the same time, we focus on how modes of constructing social hierarchies, including race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and others, intersect with one another. 


The College Events Manager ensures the excellent implementation and oversight of all College-level events and programs (on the Boston campus and throughout the Northeastern global network), while providing support for events originating within the college’s units and Advancement. This role reports to the Director of Marketing and Communications in the CSSH Office of the Dean. The Manager will work closely with the Marketing and Communications team (including unit Marcom Admins) to ensure events for the college are planned and executed appropriately, in concert with other staff in the Dean’s Office and beyond. The Manager leads to execution of a multitude of event logistics including, but not limited to, venue research; identifying and securing event space; coordinating with service providers including catering, audio/visual, facilities, rental companies, and the sign shop; vendor negotiations and oversight; developing and coordinating programmatic elements; RSVP tracking and guest management; creating event visuals and signage; exceptional onsite customer service and hospitality; interfacing with attendees; and post-event follow up and project completion.

The Manager will be responsible for planning all College-wide events, working closely with leadership including the Dean and will be primarily responsible for ensuring these events run smoothly, efficiently, and according to budget. The Manager will be the College’s lead on events and will provide training and support for all staff responsible for event planning and execution.

The Manager facilitates collaboration among university units for co-sponsored programs and events. The Manager also tracks budgets and expenses for such events.

This position will require working some night or evening hours. This position may supervise student workers and/or co-ops, as well as one staff member who provide additional support for college-wide events.


Bachelor's degree required with a minimum of four years’ experience in event planning, preferably in an academic environment. Master’s degree preferred.  Extensive experience running events for multiple constituencies and at a high level of visibility. Strong project management, attention to detail, time management, and organizational skills are required. Experience working with budgets and paying external vendors preferred.

The employee must be a quick learner, clear and competent writer, and be capable of leading teams. Must have excellent public relations skills and be able to communicate effectively with the public, faculty, vendors, designers, and administrative contacts throughout the university. Must be flexible and highly organized, with the ability to work iteratively and with competing demands. Ability to create and coordinate calendars, meeting and event timelines, maintain accessible files, and manage multiple events, programs, and projects at once. The Manager needs to be flexible and responsive to changing demands and circumstances, creative, self-directed, and an effective member of a team.

Documents to Submit:  

Resume and cover letter required. 

Position Type

Marketing and Communications

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.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see .

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