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Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Executive Director of Communications & Events

Cambridge, MA

Job Description

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) seeks an Executive Director of Communications & Events to lead the teams responsible for the creation and implementation of communications strategies, brand management, and philanthropic events that articulate MIT’s fundraising priorities with messaging that reflects the culture, values, and achievements of the MIT community; celebrates the generosity and involvement of its donors; and engages and acknowledges donors in the most thoughtful ways.

MIT is privileged to receive gifts from a loyal and generous donor population including members of its network of 136,000 living alumni as well as parents and friends who identify with MIT’s mission to contribute to the solution of global problems. MIT’s $5 billion capital campaign, The MIT Campaign for a Better World – which went public in May 2016 – has raised $3.7 billion to date. The campaign will support MIT's mission to bring its distinctive strengths in research, education, and innovation to bear on the world's most pressing problems. This important leadership position will play a significant role in presenting these global challenges to committed friends and alumni of MIT and thereby advancing its transformational vision and impact.

Directly reporting to the Vice President for Resource Development, the Executive Director will manage a staff of 24 individuals who are developing best-in-class materials and events to elevate the visibility and profile of MIT's fundraising efforts. This high-profile, high-volume office partners closely with the office of the president, campaign office, fundraising professionals across the institution, alumni relations, institutional communications, and other campus leaders to develop targeted events and communications and to engage and cultivate MIT's prospective and most committed donors and volunteers.

Most importantly, the Executive Director will be a proactive and inquisitive partner. He or she must constantly identify opportunities for partnerships and innovation while also tending to the real-time needs of the office’s customers – most notably, the vice president, campaign office, and front-line fundraising staff. The Executive Director will have a deep understanding and appreciation for the impact of philanthropic engagement, fundraising strategy, and campaign execution in a higher education environment.

The Executive Director will lead a team to articulate the importance of philanthropic support for key educational, research, and campus-life priorities to meet the needs of students, to support the faculty in their intellectual endeavors, and to maintain MIT’s world-class facilities. The culture at MIT is highly entrepreneurial, strategic, and innovative and celebrates the contribution of creative ideas and risk taking. The next Executive Director must embrace these values and lead through its example.

Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications should be sent via email to the university’s consultant, Melissa Fincher, at  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  All candidate materials will be treated as confidential and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of five references submitted via email as three separate attachments. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge of and approval by the candidate.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.






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