Massachusetts Institute of Technology Director for Strategic Initiatives in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job Description

DIRECTOR FOR STRATEGIC INITIATIVES, MIT Press, to operationalize key developments within the Press’s strategic plan, helping establish a foundation for ongoing growth and innovation by bridging the vision for the business with its operational implementation. Will help build the Press’s capacity for digital innovation. A primary objective will be to obtain external funding to support the creation of a Publishing Futures Lab at the Press, a new model for incubating and insourcing digital innovation within a nonprofit publisher. Key responsibilities include grant writing and project proposal and development, establishing technical capacity for open source alternatives, building out an author services model across workflow, and helping grow a technology-centric experimental culture at the Press. Will also manage complex projects and lead internal stakeholders. Data-driven decision making will guide this development and coordination and inform project execution, including that of ebook platform(s) product launch and maintenance. In addition, the director will define and identify relevant roadmaps, research and analyze key performance indicators and the broad competitive marketplace, and synthesize findings using financial modeling in creative and compelling technical communications.

The MIT Press is implementing a bold strategic plan that features a diversified portfolio of publications and services and enhanced technical capabilities.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: ten-plus years’ experience with a proven track record in managing technical and business relationships across the publishing industry, including experience in nonprofit publishing environments with a strategic focus on electronic products and digital innovation; evidence of the ability to design, develop, and lead enterprise-wide initiatives; strong supervisory and project management experience; ability to write clear, concise technical documents; outstanding analytical skills; and attention to detail. Job #14965-Q

This is a three-year term position.


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment 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.

Job Number: 14965

Functional Area: Administration

Department: MIT Press

School Area: Libraries, MIT Press, Tech Review

Employment Type: Full-Time

Employment Category: Exempt

Visa Sponsorship Available: No