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Deputy Director Cambridge, MA

The MIT Museum (The Museum) seeks an experienced and highly motivated leader to serve as its first Deputy Director. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the MIT Museum sits at the heart of one of the world’s premier universities, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT” or “The Institute”). The Museum stands alone among university museums in its focus on the nature and significance of the research, teaching, scientific, and technological innovations of its parent institution. The Deputy Director will join the Museum at a key inflection point, as it prepares to transition to a new headquarters building in the newly imagined MIT Kendall Gateway in Cambridge, where the Museum will occupy more than 58,000 square feet of galleries, classrooms, and state-of-the-art program and performance spaces. Scheduled to open in spring 2022, the MIT Museum in Kendall Square will herald a new era: one in which the museum plays a larger and more prominent role in the life of the Institute. At this buzzing, lively gateway location in Kendall Square, the new Museum will strengthen the connection between the Institute and the Kendall Innovation District, becoming a meeting ground for MIT community members, entrepreneurs, and the wider community.

The MIT Museum’s galleries, exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops, performances, conversations, and debates invite visitors to participate in the ongoing adventure of research and innovation. The Museum displays objects from its vast collection and features rotating exhibitions on a wide range of topics in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) field. The Museum also presents regular programs, events, and festivals, including guided gallery tours, demonstrations by MIT faculty and students, workshops in its educational classrooms, hands-on activities in its Maker Hub, and the annual Cambridge Science Festival.

The Deputy Director will serve as second-in-command at the Museum and report directly to the Mark R. Epstein (Class of 1963) Director, John Durant, in leading the MIT Museum at a most important moment. In the wake of an international health crisis and systemic racial injustice that cannot be ignored, museum leaders have been called to action. This period will require expansive thinking through both global and local efforts as the MIT Museum examines its role as an inclusive, accessible, and thought-provoking leader in an evolving museum landscape and society.

The Deputy Director will take on a significant scope of responsibility in this newly created leadership role. Broadly, this individual will function as the senior advisor and strategic partner to the Director and share responsibility for the general operations of the Museum. The Deputy Director will maintain momentum across all areas of the Museum while simultaneously preparing for the transition to the new headquarters. This individual will be responsible for: the financial administration and operations of the Museum, including the development and implementation of an operating financial plan for the new headquarters in Kendall Square; administrative oversight of the Museum, including Human Resources; managing the Museum’s finance, visitor services, information technology, communications, and development departments; and representation of the MIT Museum to key stakeholders, including the Advisory Board, the Institute’s Senior Administration, and individual and corporate donors. This individual must demonstrate an inclusive leadership style and a deep appreciation for science and technology while simultaneously recognizing and articulating the critical role all museum staff play, including frontline service and operational professionals of all levels.

Diversity and inclusion are core values at the heart of what the MIT Museum does and, as a cultural institution, the Museum benefits from the rich diversity of the communities that it represents and serves. The Museum is committed to recruiting candidates from historically marginalized or underrepresented backgrounds and identities, as well as individuals who embrace the values and practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their leadership.

Confidential nominations, inquiries, and resumes with cover letters can be submitted electronically below.

Micah Pierce is leading this search with Ryan Leichenauer.

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.

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