Executive Director

Where to Apply

D-Lab is an interdisciplinary program at MIT working with a global network of innovators to design and disseminate technologies that meaningfully improve the lives of people living in poverty. Through academic offerings and technology development projects, D-Lab seeks scalable solutions that are low-cost, locally sustainable, and relevant to agriculture, energy, health, water and sanitation, housing and education. In addition, D-Lab partners with people and organizations around the world to implement projects that emphasize collaborative design, local capacity building, and community-led development. D-Lab has a staff of 25 people and a handful of research groups at MIT, serves around 250 students yearly, has active partners in 20 countries around the world, and operates on a multimillion dollar budget.


The Executive Director is responsible for D-Lab’s consistent achievement of its mission to advance the discipline of collaborative design and delivery of technologies that improve the lives of people living in poverty, as well as the achievement of D-Lab’s financial sustainability. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in international development, will be an organizational leader, convener and communicator, and systems thinker, as well as possess strong managerial, financial and fundraising skills.

Additional Information


Assure that D-Lab has a long-range strategy to achieve its mission, and to ensure consistent and timely progress implementing the strategy.
Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the management team.
Supervise, evaluate and support an effective management team.
Facilitate, develop and manage partnerships between multilateral agencies, international non-governmental organizations, universities and corporations that enhance the breadth, depth and effectiveness of D-Lab’s academic, technology development, and fieldwork programs.
Envision and execute fundraising strategy with D-Lab’s Resource Development Officer.
Oversee and support D-Lab’s administrative and communications functions.
Represent D-Lab in public, professional and community meetings and activities.
Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.
Travel Requirements

Must be able to travel 10% of the time.
Summary of Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, social sciences, international development or related field (advanced degree preferred).
At least 10 years of relevant experience, including field experience working in developing countries with a technology focus, and in a leadership role at an international development organization.
Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to successfully manage multifunctional or diverse program areas and staff.
A proven track record of growing nonprofit resources and fundraising.
Proven record of accomplishment in a position requiring independent planning and efficient utilization of time and personnel resources.
Experience at higher education institutions with strong science and engineering program preferred.
Flexibility and a positive attitude are critical.

More information: http://d-lab.mit.edu/opps/executive-director