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Senior Director, Development Planning Initiatives (DPI)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Nov 17, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Annual Fund, Donor Relations, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising
Academic Centers, Education
Salary Band
Not Specified
Employment Type
Full Time
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POSITION SUMMARY Working closely with the Associate Vice President (AVP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Senior Director ensures the successful implementation of the Campaign for a Better World closing strategy while transitioning the team to a new set of post-campaign activities. The position supports this effort by: Implementing approved plans for campaign closure; Developing and finalizing post-Campaign analysis to inform and refine fundraising and stewardship strategives; Collaborating with RD colleagues and with faculty and academic leadership across the Institute to conceptualize, track and execute strategic fundraising plans aligned with MIT priorities; Managing the RD relationship with the Chair of the MIT Corporation, working collaboratively with the Special Advisor to the Chair;  Managing the RD relationship with the Chancellor and her office staff; Overseeing a highly functioning team within RD that operates as a project management consultancy, providing objective guidance to the broader advancement community; Overseeing the MIT Corporation Partners Program which entails producing three educational programs for partners of Corporation members each year; Managing and tracking progress on specific MIT-wide priority initiatives such as Climate and Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (fellowships for underrepresented groups), capital projects, fundraising efforts residing in the Chancellor's Office, and others that will follow in time; Formulating and executing an advancement education program for the entire advancement community; Overseeing the MIT Corporation Development Committee (CDC) and its role in MIT fundraising; Ensuring the Office of Development Planning and Initiatives is a connector to the fundraising industry, benchmarking MIT’s performance against peers and recommending best practices.

REQUIRED:  Bachelor’s degree; seven years’ experience in a complex higher education/healthcare fundraising setting; three years’ experience supervising staff, setting goals, and managing performance and budgets; experience setting and implementing strategy, establishing goals/priorities, and meeting deadlines; track record of building relationships and engaging effectively with people from diverse backgrounds within a complex and/or highly public organization; strong project management, communication (written, verbal, listening), and presentation skills; meticulous attention to detail; ability to gain the confidence of others, manage change, influence peers toward a common vision/goal, and build a case and market it to others; collaborative leadership style; support for MIT’s commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion; a strategic, results-oriented, facts-driven approach to work; proficiency with standard applications (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Zoom); and willingness and ability to travel up to 10% and work occasional evenings and weekends is required.

PREFERRED:  Advanced degree; experience in a campaign leadership role, preferably connected to a campaign of $1 billion or more; knowledge of best practices in campaign analytics and performance metrics, fundraising communications, and higher education issues and decision-making; experience with Ellucian Advance Web; support for MIT’s mission and values; and comfort with scientific material.  

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS PACKAGE MIT is proud to offer its staff multiple options for best-in-class health plans, a pension plan, fully subsidized T passes, tuition assistance, career development workshops and counseling, and a wide range of parenting benefits. Employees also have access to world-class athletic facilities, the MIT Museum, and even free movies. Explore our exceptional roster of benefits for details.

MIT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and is committed to building a diverse workforce. We 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 REQUIRES COVID-19 VACCINATION for all MIT employees who will have an on-campus presence. Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. You can find more information at MIT NOW - Adapting to COVID, Coming Together

NOTE: this position will be hybrid, with a combination of on-campus and remote work.

FOR CONSIDERATION, please apply for Job #20270 on the Careers Page of the MIT website.




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