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Education: Higher Education

Director of Development Planning and Strategic Initiatives

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School
Cambridge, Massachusetts

MIT Sloan School of Management is recognized for its commitment to academic excellence and innovation in business education. Committed to fostering principled, innovative leaders who contribute to global betterment, MIT Sloan’s programs are renowned for their selectivity and impact. With a mission to advance management practice and generate transformative ideas, MIT Sloan sits at the intersection of business and technology, addressing the world’s most pressing challenges.

Its commitment is evident through various centers and initiatives, such as the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and others, which actively engage faculty, alumni, and donors to support groundbreaking research and initiatives. At MIT Sloan, the convergence of bright minds and cutting-edge research creates an environment where leaders are equipped to tackle complex problems and invent the future, making it a global leader in business education.

The Opportunity

The Director of Development Planning and Strategic Initiatives plays a pivotal role within the MIT Sloan School of Management External Relations team, serving as a key strategic partner in engaging alumni and donors with faculty research and initiatives.

Tasked with fostering collaborative relationships across MIT Sloan and the broader Institute, the Director drives efforts to secure major support for the school’s priorities. This includes aligning fundraising strategies with short- and long-term goals while ensuring consistency and efficiency. With a focus on impact, outcomes, and innovation, the Director of Development Planning and Strategic Initiatives embodies MIT Sloan’s commitment to developing principled, innovative leaders who drive positive change in the world through philanthropic support and strategic initiatives.

The Director works closely with various stakeholders, including gift officers, faculty, program directors, and senior administrators to translate academic and institutional priorities into compelling funding opportunities. They should bring a deep understanding of fundraising best practices, campaign experience, and the ability to navigate complex higher education environments.

In addition to strategic planning and relationship management, the Director oversees campaign execution and evaluation, utilizing data-driven insights to monitor progress and make necessary adjustments. The Director also plays a critical role in team leadership and management, providing guidance, mentorship, and performance feedback to ensure a high-performing and collaborative environment.

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