Executive Assistant-Faculty Senate

Oct 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Northeastern University

Executive Assistant-Faculty Senate

Requisition Number: STFR004074

Division/College: Provost

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time


Support the goals of the Faculty Senate to maintain and enhance faculty governance at Northeastern University. The Executive Assistant, reporting directly to the Chair of the Senate Agenda Committee (SAC) is responsible for organizing, directing and implementing all operations of the Faculty Senate in accordance with University and Senate standards and policies on governance.

Responsible for supervising other Senate Office staff; participates with the SAC Chair in developing Senate budgets, and is responsible for the allocation and expenditure of those budgets. Responsibilities also include coordinating committees; channeling communications among SAC, Senate committees (including standing, search, ad hoc, and grievance mediation), and the offices of the President, Provost, Deans, student governments, and other administrative units. Maintain Senate continuity and all official Senate documents and history.

Among the job's challenges are developing a comprehensive knowledge of the University's administrative and academic structure, communicating effectively with all levels of University faculty, student governments, administration and staff members, and facilitating the Senate's operations. In the quasi-legal aspects of Senate Office work, particularly with respect to the faculty grievance procedure and searches for key academic administrators, interpersonal sensitivity and an understanding of and the ability to maintain confidentiality are critical.

The Executive Assistant manages an operation where the immediate supervisor, elected annually by the Senate, may change from year-to-year, and, due to other faculty duties, is not usually nearby to provide supervision. This position provides long-term continuity in Senate operations and requires one to be able independently to manage and to make appropriate decisions.


Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of experience in an academic setting with broad understanding of academic operations and governance are required. Demonstrated administrative, organizational and interpersonal abilities; strong communication skills, both written and oral. Experience in a quasi-legal or academic environment in which confidentiality is important. Ability to interact well with all levels of University personnel with tact and sensitivity. Responsible approach to decision making; ability to take initiative and work independently; demonstrated ability to attend to detail. Excellent computer skills coupled with the ability to conduct internet research on a variety of topics and effectively utilize Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel. Can effectively troubleshoot and resolve office technology issues.

Additional Information:

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: Careers@Northeastern

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.


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