Assistant Director, Planning and Initiatives

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
22 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
22 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, PLANNING AND INITIATIVES, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), to oversee Director’s Office operations/functions and advise the director on high-level strategic and administrative direction. Will work with senior leadership and play a critical role in facilitating a collaborative culture; act as a visible leader, interacting with members of the CSAIL community at all levels, engaging with the external community, and serving as a proxy for the director when needed; and serve on CSAIL’s cross-functional Enterprise Services Leadership team responsible for ensuring that the lab’s planning efforts and the director’s priorities and strategic and management initiatives are communicated, coordinated, and implemented.

Job Requirements
seven years’ experience in an advisory capacity; bachelor’s degree; demonstrated success managing large-scale projects including setting goals, establishing timelines, managing budgets, and meeting deliverables; diplomacy, tact, and ability to present compelling arguments; ability to represent MIT and CSAIL on the world stage, think strategically, set priorities and coordinate multiple tasks, build consensus, negotiate, work across boundaries, meet competing deadlines, and deliver results; ability to effectively engage, relate to, and negotiate with senior faculty, university administrators, and outside stakeholders; effective presentation and oral and written communication skills; ability to both work independently and collaborate within a decentralized environment; strong leadership, program management, organizational, relationship- and network-building, and mentoring skills; and the ability to develop and communicate big picture and long-term goals, foster an environment where innovative solutions and approaches are pursued, and generate win-win solutions. Experience in an educational environment desired, with knowledge of MIT administration preferred. Advanced degree and certifications in organizational, management, and leadership studies preferred; as is experience serving on leadership committees and/or executive boards.

Job #17017

Must be able to attend evening and/or weekend meetings and/or events and travel as necessary.