Events Program Director, Solve

Cambridge, MA

Solve is a new initiative from MIT aimed at developing and implementing real and lasting solutions to the world’s greatest challenges— from education and health to energy and inequality.

Solve brings together technologists and researchers, social entrepreneurs and business leaders, policy makers, change agents, and activists, from across the globe to work on specific actionable challenges. Solve then creates partnerships to fund and implement the best solutions. Joining the Solve team offers the chance to play a leading role in defining this cutting-edge and diverse community.

To achieve its mission, a significant part of Solve’s work centers around hosting open competitions across four pillars – Learn, Cure, Fuel and Make. Anyone can participate in a Solve challenge and submit a solution. If a participant’s idea has the potential for impact, they will be invited to one of our Solve events to pitch their idea, with the chance to receive support from Solve and its partners, and participate in our flagship Solve at MIT event scheduled for May 2017.
For more information about Solve, please visit: http://solve.mit.edu/
For more information about Solve’s current open challenges, please visit: http://solvecolab.mit.edu/

The Events Program Director will play a key role in supporting the Executive Director to set up this new initiative within MIT. They will notably spearhead the program content strategy and operations for Solve, including the execution for all Solve events.

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who is not afraid to roll up their sleeves and build a movement to address the biggest issues of our time. This is a full-time position, located in Cambridge, MA, and the Events Program Director will report to the Executive Director, Solve.

Major responsibilities

  • Overall strategy
    • Work with Executive Director and other stakeholders to design all Solve’s events and in-person convening strategy. Develop strategy for Solve finalist fellowship activities including potential trainings and bootcamps
  • Management and oversight
    • Oversee staff (in FY 2017, expected to be 3-4) and consultants as needed
    • Oversee and manage finance, operations and reporting for all Solve activities
    • Set timelines and requirements for all events, including the flagship Solve at MIT event scheduled for May 2017, as well as other Solve at x events in the US and internationally
    • Oversee and manage work plans for all events
  • Content and format for Solve events
    • Working with Solve Community Directors and designated advisors, develop content strategy and content modules for all events
    • Support Solve Content and Digital Director to produce relevant marketing and website collateral
    • Develop and maintain deep knowledge of Solve’s identified challenges and how technology is playing a role in addressing them. Translate dense material into broadly digestible programming for event attendees and community participants
    • Brief speakers on-site ahead of their intervention
  • Execution of Solve events
    • Lead and oversee speaker-selection process and recruit high profile speakers and moderators, managing all aspects of speaker and moderator participation including scheduling and briefing document production
    • Oversee all operational and logistical aspects of events including scheduling, facilities, catering, and production
    • Oversee outsourced event vendors including production and catering
    • Collaborate with Technology Review and MIT internal departments including Events, Marketing and PR teams as needed
  • Thought leadership
    • Participate in conferences, write op-eds and spearhead other activities to position Solve as a thought leader in the social impact space

Minimum Required Skills

  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in project management, with at least 2 years’ experience of content development production of world-class events
  • At least 2 years’ experience managing a team of staff
  • Proven ability to effectively brief and build relations with world-class speakers and personalities
  • Demonstrated interest and expertise in technology
  • Background in STEM a plus; ability to speak the language of researchers, academics, and policy makers a must
  • Experience working in a complex multi-layered environment with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to build and leverage relationships both internally and externally
  • Strong executive presence; effective leadership skills
  • Must be flexible and able to work independently, take initiative and anticipate needs
  • Confident decision maker
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills a must
  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s preferred

MIT offers an intellectually charged, creative work environment with competitive compensation and benefits through MIT.

To apply: please visit web.mit.edu/jobs #13982. No phone calls or recruiters, please.

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