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Senior Manager, Programming and Community Affairs

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Position Description                                                

Become a leader within the community that invented the leading COVID-19 vaccines and is defining the future of science and technology – and define the way our innovation community collaborates for maximum impact. The Kendall Square Association (KSA) is a community platform that connects the people and advances the goals of the global epicenter of innovation– Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA. 

The KSA seeks a systems-driven and collaborative individual to drive impact on the organization’s strategic initiatives and support our community affairs efforts. The ideal candidate is a detail oriented project manager who loves solving problems and is passionate about creating real world solutions to major challenges. Working as part of a small and entrepreneurial team, this person will shift easily between strategic and externally focused work like surveying key leaders in Kendall to project execution including program communications and managing meeting logistics.


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Member Experience Focused Programming (70%)

  • Work closely with the VP of Strategy and Operations and Senior Manager of Programming to create and execute programming for each strategic initiative with a particular focus on our Placemaking and Transportation Initiatives:
  • Placemaking: Ground floor retail and restaurants have been deeply impacted by the pandemic. As Kendall prepares to welcome back thousands of employees in the post-vaccine era, the KSA will need to build back and increase the vibrance of our community, from open spaces to small and local businesses. Create partnerships and execute placemaking initiatives and campaigns on behalf of this effort.  
  • Transportation: In 2019, the KSA launched the Transportation ADVANCE, working with major employers to experiment with the commuting options they provide to their employees to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions and improve employee experience. In 2021 and 2022, the KSA will build on this work, further innovating to accommodate the new needs of our workforce. Support the execution and design of programming on behalf of this experimentation.
  • Bring a strong commitment to delivering an excellent user experience, analyzing member feedback and other data, and approaching all planning with a passion for experimentation and iteration. 
  • Respond to the dynamic needs of KSA members, and partner with colleagues and community members to design new programming. 
  • Manage end-to-end execution of all programming and events with attention to detail and logistical prowess. All programming and events are currently delivered online, but starting as soon as this fall will include a blend of online and in person programming.

Government Relations, Advocacy & Research (30%)

  • Partner with VP of Strategy and Operations to design and implement government relations and community affairs campaigns targeting a wide array of community stakeholders including elected officials. 
  • Develop a deep working knowledge of Cambridge local government and officials.
  • Monitor and report on issues that impact the Kendall community from all levels of government, such as new construction, state infrastructure projects and City of Cambridge policy and programs.
  • Research and generate comments on behalf of the KSA to support KSA member positions in public forums.
  • Represent KSA in community forums such as public hearings and community meanings. 
  • Lead and complete various research projects as necessary to deepen the KSA’s understanding of complex policy or employer issues.


QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5-7 years of professional experience including program management or project management and/or community or government relations
  • Comfortable in a public facing role
  • Experience working on small, entrepreneurial teams
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent writer with impeccable grammar
  • A Lara Croft, Tomb Raider/Indiana Jones style of on-the-go problem solving
  • Creative and strategic thinking
  • 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  


WORK CULTURE

  • The KSA is committed to becoming an anti-racist, deeply inclusive organization driven by policies and practices that center diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from Black, Brown and AAPI candidates, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.
  • We hire both proven and emerging leaders and invest in their growth and development to enable them to drive meaningful impact and grow to become the next generation of great civic leaders.
  • Leveraging new ways of working we discovered during the pandemic, we are experimenting with a hybrid work model with the expectation that everyone spends at least three days per week in the office.
  • We value and enable a strong work-life balance, however the Senior Manager of Programming will periodically need to be available outside of 9 to 5 office hours to be responsive to community meetings or other events.                    

 

COMPENSATION

 Full-time salaried with fantastic benefits, which include:

  • $55-70K salary (depending on experience) with an annual bonus, based on individual and organizational performance
  • 15 vacation days (20 days after 2 years of service) 
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Comprehensive medical and dental insurance 
  • Short and long-term disability insurance
  • 401K retirement plan, with up to 6% company match
  • Monthly IT and transportation reimbursement
  • Discounted health & fitness membership
  • Discounted Blue Bike membership
  • Free kayaking on the Charles River

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


SUBMISSION DETAILS

This position reports to VP of Strategy and Operations, Alana Westwater. If interested, please email programmanager@kendallsquare.org, with 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 June 29, 2021. The ideal start date for this position is on or before September 15, 2021.


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.

 

QUICK HISTORY OF THE KENDALL SQUARE ASSOCIATION

One hundred years ago, Kendall Square was an industrial yard, and today it is the epicenter of global innovation. Kendall companies are solving today’s problems with the technology of tomorrow and reimagining a future that is more resilient and inclusive. Kendall Square Association (KSA) is here to help our members thrive in this reimagined future as we build it, here in the most innovative square mile on the planet. Kendall is more than a place — it is a perspective.

Located in Cambridge, MA, Kendall Square is an internationally recognized innovation district propelled by the synergies of imagination and ingenuity. Curiosity, openness, and collaboration are revealed in every lab, office, restaurant, and public space. Kendall Square has the ability to address the most pressing challenges facing the world today.

Kendall Square Association enables the future by connecting the people changing the world. Please visit www.kendallsquare.org to learn more.

Position Description                                                

Become a leader within the community that invented the leading COVID-19 vaccines and is defining the future of science and technology – and define the way our innovation community collaborates for maximum impact…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 15, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    August 27, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Salary

$55,000 - $70,000

Benefits

Full-time salaried with fantastic benefits, which include:

  • Competitive salary $100-115K (depending on experience) with an annual bonus up to 10% of salary, based on individual and organizational performance
  • 15 vacation days (20 days after 2 years of service) 
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Comprehensive medical and dental insurance 
  • Short and long-term disability insurance
  • 401K retirement plan, with up to 6% company match
  • Monthly IT and transportation reimbursement
  • Discounted health and  fitness membership
  • Discounted Blue Bike membership
  • Free kayaking on the Charles River

 

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

Full-time salaried with fantastic benefits, which include:

  • Competitive salary $100-115K (depending on experience) with an annual bonus up to 10% of salary, based on individual and…

Location

On-site
Cambridge, MA, USA

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This position reports to VP of Strategy and Operations, Alana Westwater. If interested, please email programmanager@kendallsquare.org, with one PDF document (no more than 6 pages) that includes:

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