Massachusetts Institute of Technology Executive Director, Communications and Events in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job Description

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS AND EVENTS, Resource Development, to lead the teams responsible for creating and implementing communication strategies, programs, and events that articulate MIT’s fund-raising priorities with messaging that reflects the culture, values, and achievements of the MIT community; celebrates the generosity and involvement of MIT’s alumni and donors; and engages and acknowledges donors in the most thoughtful ways. Will lead and mentor staff; assign and direct projects and oversee day-to-day operations, including budgets, hiring, performance management/development, etc.; cultivate a strong, team-oriented culture of accountability, with a focus on creating best-in-class experiences for donors and internal partners; advise the vice president for Resource Development on communications strategy; develop and implement methods for coordinating Resource Development communications planning and execution other areas of the Institute to ensure consistency and leverage resources and relationships.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor's degree; ten years’ progressive communications experience delivering proven strategic communications; two years’ experience supervising a large communications staff; track record of developing and leading communications teams and developing strategic communications plans and programs for large, complex organizations; wide-ranging expertise and experience with progressive use of digital and web-related communications; deep understanding of social networking and emerging web technologies; comprehensive understanding of best-in-class communications programs, mediums, and vehicles; superior oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to build relationships with and advise people at all levels of an organization and to direct outside business partners and service providers; proven expertise as a strategic thinker and implementer; ability to keep multiple projects moving forward simultaneously; ability to influence, build a case, and market it to others; and collaborative and collegial leadership style. Job #15145-S

MIT has retained Witt/Kieffer to assist in the search for an Executive Director, Communications and Events. For more information, to make a nomination, or to apply for this role, please visit

reposted 9/29/17

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: 15145

Functional Area: Resource Development/Fundraising

Department: Vice Pres for Resource Development

School Area: VP for Resource Development

Employment Type: Full-Time

Employment Category: Exempt

Visa Sponsorship Available: No