Cambridge, MA

Executive Director - D-Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Organization

MIT D-Lab works with people around the world to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty challenges. With projects in more than 25 countries, D-Lab’s international partners–such as local nongovernmental organizations and social enterprises–define student projects, participate in research and the design of technologies, host design summits and trainings, and more.

Position Overview

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a world-class, independent research university committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world’s greatest challenges, seeks a skilled and experienced leader to serve as the Executive Director (ED) for MIT D-Lab.

The ED will provide leadership and vision and establish priorities and partnerships; strategically direct the development, implementation, and sustainability of D-Lab initiatives; oversee partnerships and collaborations with a wide variety of stakeholders; and represent and advocate for D-Lab within and outside of MIT.  At a high level, the ED will also be responsible for the administration and management of D-Lab’s business operations, including staff and program management and evaluation, communications, partnerships, and finances; optimize the organizational structure, delegating responsibilities and supporting staff in their professional success and growth are key responsibilities; and work closely with D-Lab’s administrative officer to oversee financial operations and with a full-time development officer on D-Lab’s overall fund-raising and stewardship activities.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least seven years’ progressively responsible experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills and ability to articulate a compelling message about D-Lab’s mission
  • Experience building successful partnerships and collaborations
  • Track record of success in major fund-raising

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Advanced degree
  • Experience navigating a university setting like MIT
  • Leadership experience in the global development sector

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. MIT’s full policy on nondiscrimination can be found at

How To Apply

Interested candidates may apply on-line at  Please reference job number 19246.

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