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Executive Director of Alumni Relations

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts, United States
$200,000.00 - $250,000.00
Closing date
Feb 21, 2023

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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the search for an Executive Director of Alumni Relations.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer of the MIT Alumni Association, the Executive Director of Alumni Relations will provide leadership and oversight to the Office of Alumni Relations, planning and executing the strategy and vision related to alumni engagement. The Executive Director will formulate and implement comprehensive and innovative Alumni Relations programs and volunteer support services that utilize the rich and varied resources of the Institution and offer value to MIT’s nearly 145,000 alumni who are geographically diverse and have a wide array of personal and professional interests. 

The Executive Director will provide direction based upon significant experience in the area of Alumni Relations, including understanding the critical impact of alumni and donor relationships in advancing a leading research university; building credible, productive relationships with MIT alumni and friends, as well as with colleagues within Resource Development, the President’s Office, the Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Vice Chancellor, Board of Directors, and other senior leadership throughout the Institute; and bringing energy, vision, and diplomacy to this position while creating an inclusive and equitable workplace that represents, supports, empowers, and celebrates diversity at all levels.

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 jobs. At the same time, MIT is profoundly global. The Institute’s community gains tremendous strength as a magnet for talent from around the world. Through teaching, research and innovation, MIT’s exceptional community pursues its mission of service to the nation and the world. Originally located in Boston, MIT moved to Cambridge in 1916. Offering students opportunities to study and research in state-of-the-art classrooms, as well as acres of green spaces, gardens, and playing fields, the campus is home to nearly 12,000 students. A low student-to-faculty ratio promotes intensive learning that allows students to excel. MIT offers 56 undergraduate majors and has 50 departments and programs offering graduate degrees across its five schools. As an institution with a global reputation, MIT has been home to many internationally prestigious award winners such as Nobel laureates and MacArthur Fellows to name a few.

Supporting the Institute’s alumni, the MIT Alumni Association (MITAA) operates with a vision to “engage and inspire the global MIT community to make a better world.” It is a network of 145,000 of the most STEM-talented alumni in the world, and the mission of the MIT Alumni Association is to connect alumni to the Institute and to each other by offering a range of services and resources to help alumni strengthen these ties. The MIT Alumni Association is overseen by a dedicated staff and advised by a diverse Board of Directors.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology's objective is to promote a workplace of inclusion that welcomes and supports people of varying backgrounds, different viewpoints, experience, talents, and ideas. By respecting and valuing differences in race, gender, ethnicity, age, physical and language abilities, culture, religion, and sexual orientation, opportunities become numerous. Approaches to problem-solving and decision-making are multi-dimensional, leading to success and empowering staff to thrive and do their best work. MIT is committed not only to meeting the requirements of laws, but also to creating an atmosphere of civility, collegiality, mutual respect, and inclusion that stimulates and supports all employees in their work at MIT.

A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required for this position as is at least ten years of direct experience in alumni relations, fundraising, or volunteer leadership development in a nonprofit setting including four years of experience supervising staff. 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. All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications must include a résumé and a cover letter of interest responsive to the mission of Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $200,000 to $250,000 annually based on years of experience.

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