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Senior Executive Director of Resource Development

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
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Feb 18, 2022

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The Massachusetts institute of Technology (MIT or the Institute) is seeking an experienced, innovative and results-oriented advancement executive to serve as its Senior Executive Director (SED) of Resource Development. A new position, this role will bring together all the major fundraising activities housed in MIT Resource Development, including principal gifts, major gifts, planned giving and foundation relations.

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. 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. The Institute's community gains tremendous strength as a magnet for talent from around the globe. Through teaching, research and innovation, MIT’s exceptional community pursues its mission of service to the nation and the world.

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. MIT has an opportunity to increase alignment of its fundraising teams in order to raise more gifts and improve efficiencies of operations. The SED will provide strategic leadership and vision for all these efforts and integrate them into a unified vision for philanthropy within RD.

The ideal candidate for SED will be a distinguished fundraiser and leader who is eager to utilize their experience to bring together the varied fundraising functions within RD and shape the future of one of the most successful advancement teams in higher education. Specifically, the ideal candidate should have at least ten years of direct fundraising management experience including management of frontline development staff, preferably at a higher education institution. In addition, the next SED 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 the leadership profile at

WittKieffer is assisting MIT in this search. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a successful placement is made.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

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.

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. More information may be found at

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