Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Associate Vice President and COO for Resource Development

MA, Cambridge

The Massachusetts institute of Technology (MIT) is seeking an experienced, innovative and relationship-focused advancement professional to serve as its Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Resource Development.

Founded in 1861 to accelerate the nation’s industrial revolution, MIT has risen over its history to become one of the most elite and productive higher education institutions in the world. The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the planet in the 21st century. To achieve this mission, the Institute is committed to generating, disseminating and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges. With ingenuity and drive, its graduates have invented fundamental technologies, launched new industries and created millions of American jobs. At the same time, MIT is profoundly global.

MIT Resource Development (RD) is responsible for all private support from alumni, parents, friends and foundations to the Institute. MIT’s most recent comprehensive campaign, MIT Campaign for a Better World, raised a record $6.2 billion and concluded in 2021. The Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (AVP/COO) of RD is responsible for enhancing the internal organizational processes and infrastructure that will allow RD to fulfill its mission. This includes leading and managing the organization’s day-to-day operating activities (such as human resources, advancement services and finance) and building capacity to support future campaigns and strategic planning.

The ideal candidate for AVP/COO will be an accomplished fundraiser eager to utilize these experiences to shape the priorities and operations of one of the most successful advancement teams in higher education. Specifically, the ideal candidate should have at least seven years of direct fundraising management experience including management of frontline development staff, preferably at a higher education institution. In addition, the next AVP/COO will have a deep commitment to transformational higher education in which remarkable students are educated, groundbreaking research is conducted and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems are developed, tested and implemented.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.

WittKieffer is assisting MIT in this search, which will remain open until an appointment is made.

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Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Greg Duyck and Jevon Walton

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. We value diversity and strongly encourage applications from individuals from all identities and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive equitable consideration for employment based on their experience and qualifications, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT’s full policy on nondiscrimination can be found here.

MIT considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.

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