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Leadership Giving Officer, Materials Science and Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Engineering
Massachusetts, United States
$100,000.00 - $125,000.00
Closing date
Mar 2, 2023

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the search for a Leadership Giving Officer, Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering (DMSE).

Reporting jointly to the Head of Department, Materials Science and Engineering and the Assistant Dean for Development, School of Engineering, the Leadership Giving Officer will create and execute a comprehensive strategic development plan, designed to raise financial support and awareness for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The Leadership Gift Officer will manage, build, and execute successful fundraising strategies for a mature portfolio, creating individualized solicitation plans leading to major and principal gifts in support of MIT's fundraising priorities, capital projects, and other departmental priorities. The Leadership Giving Officer will work collaboratively with the DMSE Department Head, key faculty and investigators, administrative officers, and events and communications staff to increase the visibility of DMSE and establish a thriving community of supporters, including both philanthropic and industry partnerships.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is home to the world’s premier program focused on Materials Science and Engineering—the study of matter and how it is made. Its community members undertake interdisciplinary materials projects that draw on fundamental sciences in pursuit of beneficial engineering solutions. From construction materials to virus-grown nanostructures, DMSE seeks to understand the creation, composition, structure, properties, and performance of materials and to derive new, effective, and sustainable alternatives. The field welcomes original thinkers who embrace complexity, aspire to drive positive change, and harness the power of ambitious research to shape a better future. DMSE's collaborative community of students, scientists, practitioners, and scholars from across the globe are dedicated to that mission. In its labs and classrooms, current and future leaders in the field expand knowledge through experiments and projects that link diverse scientific disciplines. From novel manufacturing methods to high-capacity batteries, their work has resulted in powerful discoveries and innovations that positively influence virtually every corner of society.

DMSE sits in the School of Engineering, the largest of MIT’s five schools and home to 70% of the Institute’s undergraduate majors and 45% of graduate students. More than a third of MIT’s faculty are in the school, and they generate more than half of the sponsored research for the Institute. Eight academic departments and two institutes make up the school, along with a giant collection of research laboratories, centers, co- and extracurricular programs, professional and interdepartmental education initiatives, and more. Among these unique learning environments there exists 130,000 square feet of maker spaces across the Institute. Students at the MIT School of Engineering are encouraged to use both mind and hands to achieve the best in learning, and from their first day on campus are in the labs putting that theory to work.

The MIT School of Engineering is ranked at the top of its field. U.S. News & World Report has given the top spot to MIT’s undergraduate engineering program since 1983. In the most recent publishing, six programs were placed in the number one spot, with four other programs ranking in the top ten. MIT is a magnet for talent from around the world, allowing this exceptional community to pursue its mission of service to the nation and the world. As an institution with a global reputation, MIT has been home to 98 Nobel laureates, 59 National Medal of Science winners, 30 National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners, 79 MacArthur Fellows, and 15 A. M. Turing Award winners.

A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required for this position as is at least three years of direct fundraising experience, preferably in higher education. Experience with research university culture and administration is desirable. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus. Preference will be given to applications received by March 9, 2023.

The salary range for this position is $100,000 to $125,000 annually.

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