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Senior Director , Strategic Programs – Kendell Square Association

Are you a creator, community organizer, and strategist all rolled into one? Are you looking for a cutting edge community and impact-driven organization where you can drive real change? Then we invite you to join the Kendall Square Association (KSA) to lead the organization’s top strategic initiatives: Placemaking, Transportation Reform and Innovation, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

The KSA is a next-generation community platform that connects, advocates for, and advances the goals of the world’s leading innovation ecosystem. We are seeking an entrepreneurial and community-oriented team player with an urban planning and/or a consulting background.

The ideal candidate is a big picture thinker who can connect the dots, brings relevant frameworks and ideas to apply to Kendall Square, and is ready to take his/her/their career and network to a higher level. The 3 main pillars of this role are: Strategy development, Program execution; and Insights.

The KSA is committed to building a culturally diverse team and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


Strategic Programs (50%)

  • Lead and execute on 3 strategic initiatives:
    • Placemaking: Work with Kendall leaders to usher a new wave of placemaking to A) Generate awareness and refine the narrative about what’s happening in Kendall Square now and B) Increase the conditions for innovation
    • Transportation: Create experiments, policy recommendations, and collaborations in order to advance the KSA’s goals around safety, public transport reliability, and mobility
    • DEI: Level up our diversity, equity, and inclusion work by creating new programming and engagement opportunities beyond our current Learning Community
  • Assist President with activating and mobilizing the KSA membership on key policy initiatives (e.g. Immigration Reform)

 Strategy & Organization Development (25%)

  • Work closely with the President to ratchet up the quality and impact of the organization in the pursuit of ambitious goals including making Kendall Square a globally recognized brand and reshaping the Kendall Square lived experience
  • Serve as an internal consultant on select projects in order to identify process improvements and value creation opportunities
  • Identify and develop new funding strategies including, but not limited to, expansion of membership and sponsorship programs, exploring creation of a Business Improvement District, grant funding, public/private partnerships, and placemaking
  • Lead strategy development and long-term planning process with staff and board

Insights (25%)

  • Develop feedback mechanisms to create a member-centric organization and to enable ongoing evaluation and improvement, such as Annual Member Survey
  • Create State of Kendall Square publication, collecting and sharing key statistics on all things Kendall Square


  • 7-10 years of professional experience in urban planning, business development, and/or consulting
  • Multiple industry experiences preferred
  • Must have worked with C-Suite/VP level leaders
  • Has a business mindset
  • A Lara Croft, Tomb Raider/Indiana Jones style of on-the-go problem solving
  • Budget management experience
  • Team management experience and aspirations to become an A+ manager
  • Creative and strategic thinking
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Accountable to expectations and deadlines
  • Organized, self-motivated and able to multitask
  • Mission driven
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, along with a sense of humor


Full-time salaried with fantastic benefits, which include:

  • $80-95K salary plus eligible for annual bonus, based on individual and organizational performance
  • 15 vacation days, 12 holidays off (20 vacation days after 2 years of service)
  • Comprehensive medical and dental insurance
  • 401K retirement plan, with up to 3% company match
  • Discounted health & fitness membership
  • Discounted BlueBike membership
  • Free kayaking on the Charles River

In addition, there are many intangible benefits of working in our centrally located office – a 3 minute walk from the Kendall T stop, a Bluebike station 20 meters away, and a 2 minute walking distance from the riverfront – all within a bustling community of the world’s leading researchers, engineers, and scientists. Learn more at our website.


If interested, please e-mail yeseul@kendallsq.org, with the subject line “Sr. Director – Strategic Programs.” Please attach one PDF document (no more than 6 pages) that includes:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Optional: Work portfolio that demonstrates relevant experience is appreciated.

This job description was posted on February 12th, 2019. The ideal start date for this position is on or before March 11th, 2019.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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