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Development and Communications Officer
MIT PKG Center for Public Service
Full Position Description

Job Number: 19794
Functional Area: Administration
Department: PKG Center
School Area: Chancellor’s
Employment Type: Full-Time
Employment Category: Exempt
Visa Sponsorship Available: No

Development and Communications Officer, Priscilla King Gray Center for Public Service (PKG Center), to lead and execute resource development and communications activities that engage students, donors, and internal and community stakeholders with the PKG Center, housed in the Office of the Vice Chancellor. Will report to the PKG Center’s Associate Dean/Director.

The PKG Center taps and expands MIT students’ unique skills and interests to prepare them to explore and address complex social and environmental challenges including health equity, using technology for social good, climate change, and racial justice. We educate students to collaborate ethically and effectively with community partners to engage in meaningful public service, today and in their lives beyond MIT.

The Development and Communications Officer will deepen and implement strategic fundraising for the PKG Center, which raises about half its budget annually, and will lead the PKG Center’s internal and external communications across multiple channels to support the Center’s mission.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

Resource Development: (70%)

  • Deepen and implement a fundraising strategy for the PKG Center.
  • Cultivate, solicit, and steward individuals identified as donors and prospects, including those with the capacity to make a financial commitment of 6+ figures.
  • Steward existing PKG Center donors including writing stewardship reports.
  • Collaborate closely with the MIT Office of Resource Development to maximize giving and leverage the Office’s resources.
  • Grow and lead the new Friends of the MIT PKG Center, a group of PKG Center ambassadors and fundraising volunteers. Drive strategy and implement events and communications with this group.
  • Source and prep students for panels/meetings/events.
  • Write grants and grant reports in partnership with PKG team members.

Communications: (30%)

  • Lead internal and external communications for the PKG Center to position public service at MIT as rigorous, academically-aligned, prestigious, and impactful.
    • Key internal audiences: students, faculty, leadership, administrators, colleagues at Departments/Labs/Centers, MIT News
    • Key external audiences: community partners, alumni, funders
  • Develop content, including writing, reviewing, and disseminating collateral and newsletters. Responsible for mailing list data management (MailChimp), graphic design, and message set-up and testing for multiple devices.
  • Identify opportunities to further engage our existing audiences and reach new ones.
  • Serve as PKG website (WordPress) and social media administrator.
  • Manage and art direct external vendors for multimedia endeavors (e.g., video, graphic design, swag).
  • Connect with communications colleagues at MIT to stay abreast of communications practices and resources at the Institute and increase their awareness of the PKG Center.


  • Supervise one part-time Graduate Assistant with the possibility of additional student assistants.
  • Hybrid (in Cambridge office + remote) working arrangement.
  • Work nights/weekends and travel as required.
  • Other duties as needed or required.

Education + Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Experience: minimum of 2 years’ experience in resource development including donor cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and volunteer management and/or marketing, communications, or relatedfield (including content creation, digital communications, project management, and media relations).
  • Demonstrated written and spoken communication skills.
  • Proven record of accomplishment in a position requiring sound project management skills, planning, and implementation; and a demonstrated record of securing gifts
  • Strategic, creative thinking and planning with proficiency for prioritization.
  • Ability to work effectively with personnel of all levels and across the Institute, including leadership and students, and handle confidential information.
  • Self-starter, self-directed, and strong work ethic.
  • Passion for public service and experience in mission-driven settings and/or higher education
  • PREFERRED: front-line fund-raising experience, preferably with either non-profit or higher education organization; and/ or prior MIT experience encouraged.

A cover letter is required in order to be considered for this role.

To apply, click here.

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. The
Office of the Vice Chancellor values diversity and inclusion and seeks to build and maintain a community and
culture that celebrates and values diverse backgrounds, identities and perspectives.

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