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Officer, US Community

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Location: Remote/Cambridge, MA

Description:  

Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a mission to solve world challenges. Solve is a marketplace for social impact innovation. Through open innovation Challenges, Solve finds incredible tech-based social entrepreneurs all around the world. Solve then brings together MIT’s innovation ecosystem and a community of Members to fund and support these entrepreneurs to help them drive lasting, transformational impact. 

Joining the Solve team offers a unique opportunity to be part of a passionate and entrepreneurial team, and work at the heart of innovation in a thriving inclusive environment. At Solve, we drive innovation to solve world challenges and support social entrepreneurs and social impact leaders in advancing their work.

 

Position Overview: 

MIT Solve is seeking a Community Officer to be a key member of our US Communities work, and join the wider Community Team that hosts Solve’s Global Challenges around Sustainability, Health, Learning, and Economic Prosperity. This is an exciting opportunity to play a central role in developing, growing, and engaging Solve’s rich community and marketplace. This includes our hundred member organizations like The Nature Conservancy, Kauffman Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Raven Capital; leading voices from the private, public, nonprofit, and academic sectors; as well as the social entrepreneurs—Solver teams and Indigenous Communities Fellows —that Solve selects and supports. This position will specifically support teams from our 2021 Antiracist Technology in the US Challenge. The Officer will build relationships with this wide range of people and organizations, help design and facilitate interactive events of various sizes, and help drive and scale tech-enabled innovation on some of the most pressing challenges in the US, with a focus on the Interior and Gulf South.

 

Principal Responsibilities: 

  • Research, recruit, and manage relationships with private, public, nonprofit, and academic people and organizations focused on underserved US Communities to create a community of excellent, diverse, and cross-sector leaders.
  • Source funders, members and partners, to support Solve, which includes hosting sponsored events, funding Solver and Fellow teams, and participating in Solve’s full innovation cycle. 
  • Support an annual cohort of innovators, through curated introductions, cohort meetups, event design and delivery, as well as ongoing support for alumni teams. 
  • Collect and validate data to understand innovators’ needs, track program and innovations impact, and inform program design decisions. 
  • Facilitate and broker partnerships between Solver teams and Solve Community leaders to advance the growth of selected solutions.
  • Work with colleagues across Solve to plan, execute, and facilitate events that bring the community together physically and virtually. This includes Solve’s flagship events as well as smaller community programming to support Solver and Fellow teams and impact Global Challenges.
  • Promote annual Solve Global Challenges across the Solve Community and extensive global networks to find the most promising diverse applicants.
  • Maintain and update Customer Relations Management databases.
  • Report to the Lead, Sustainability & US Communities
  • Manage interns and volunteers as needed.

 

Requirements: 

Requires Skills & Background

  • Minimum 2 years of work experience in related area including relationship management
  • Able to plan work efficiently to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexible, able to work independently and take initiative
  • Bachelor’s degree. 

Beneficial Skills & Background

  • Experience in and knowledge of non-coastal regions in the US
  • Knowledge and experience in engaging with underestimated communities, particularly within the United States. 
  • Experience in social and/or environmental impact organization
  • Experience in sales, fundraising or nonprofit development
  • Experience working as or with entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Project management training or experience.


As an MIT Solve employee, you are eligible for a number of benefits, perks, and discounts, including:

This is a full-time position. While the team is currently working entirely remotely, starting this fall Solve team members will generally be expected to spend some days each week in-person in Cambridge, MA.

MIT Solve is committed to inclusion and diversity to build a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more diverse our team is, the better we can achieve our mission of solving world challenges.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

 

To apply: Please visit web.mit.edu/jobs, reference #20092-7. No phone calls or recruiters, please.

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