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Officer, U.S. and Indigenous Communities

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Location: Cambridge, MA [MIT Campus]

Solve is an initiative of MIT that advances lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world’s most pressing problems through open innovation. Within each of Solve’s pillars – Learning, Health, Economic Prosperity, and Sustainability – a specific, actionable challenge is announced each year calling for solutions from anyone, anywhere. Solve’s current cycle of challenges includes: Community-Driven Innovation, Early Childhood Development, Healthy Cities, and Circular Economy.

Solve is seeking a Community Officer to focus on Solve’s expanding work within the US. The Officer will play a key role in deepening and growing Solve’s engagement with cross-sector organizations in the U.S. heartland, as well as Solve’s ongoing Indigenous Communities Fellowship. They will support recruitment of and relations with exceptional leaders whose expertise and interests align with Solve’s mission of tackling pressing global challenges through open innovation and partnerships.

Major responsibilities:                                                               

  • Serve as primary liaison to Indigenous Communities Fellows to understand their work and barriers to successful impact, with the objective of brokering partnerships between Fellows and Solve Community leaders to advance their work
  • Identify, pilot, plan, and implement programs to engage non-coastal US communities in Solve activities both physically and virtually
  • Research, recruit, and engage private and public-sector leaders as Solve members, Challenge and Fellowship judges, and programmatic funders to build an ongoing community around non-coastal US innovation
  • Bring tribal and regional perspectives to Solve’s Global Challenges through challenge design, challenge promotion, and solution support
  • Lead the planning and execution of events that bring together the community physically and virtually to support Indigenous Fellows and Solver teams and build durable relationships
  • Cultivate and engage with interested potential partners to identify potential mutually beneficial connections for Solver teams, Indigenous Fellows, and Solve’s work
  • Manage volunteers and consultants related to above tasks as needed  
  • Support Managing Director as needed

Minimum Required Skills

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience, with at least 1 years’ experience managing relationships and partnerships
  • Experience in and knowledge of non-coastal regions in the US
  • Experience in cross-cultural stakeholder and community engagement
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment, handling multiple projects simultaneously
  • Must be flexible and able to work independently, take initiative, and anticipate needs
  • Bachelor’s degree

Beneficial Skills & Background

  • Knowledge and experience in engaging with Indigenous communities
  • Master’s degree in an area relevant to Solve’s work
  • Experience in a social and/or environmental impact organization
  • Experience in sales or nonprofit development 
  • Project management training or experience

In keeping with MIT’s Institute Community & Equity Office, Solve is committed to advancing a respectful and caring community that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion and empowers everyone to learn and do their best at MIT. People of color, especially those who identify as AI/AN and/or Indigenous, are strongly encouraged to apply.  

To apply: Please visit web.mit.edu/jobs, reference #18249. No phone calls or recruiters, please.

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