Director, Visiting Fellows Program

Job Type

Full Time




92 Hayden Ave
United States


About the Program

The Visiting Fellows Program at the Christensen Institute is an immersive research experience designed to train visiting researchers in applying Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s theories of Disruptive Innovation to sectors and industries undergoing disruptive change. Visiting fellows, seconded to the Institute from sponsoring organizations for 1-2 years, are trained in Professor Christensen’s theories and, alongside Institute leadership and its team of researchers, conduct research on topics of mutual interest to the Institute and sponsoring organizations.

Job Description

Reporting to the President of the Institute, the Director will provide strategic, tactical, and intellectual guidance to the visiting fellows, helping them to develop thought leadership that is consistent with the Christensen Institute’s brand and theory-centered focus. He/she will work closely with the President of the Institute and with sponsoring organizations to build alignment on research objectives, and act as a liaison with sponsoring organizations on an ongoing basis. The Director will collaborate with the Institute’s External Relations team to oversee the research publication process, as well as with Institute leadership to refine the strategic vision for the Fellows program as the organization continues to grow.

The ideal candidate has a deep understanding of Professor Christensen’s work on Disruptive Innovation. This role requires intellectual curiosity and the ability to conduct research in a wide variety of disciplines and industries. Prior experience as a researcher, consultant, or manager with a proven track record of producing thought leadership is preferred. The ideal candidate will build processes and procedures that maximize the impact of the fellows’ research on the sponsoring organizations, the Christensen Institute, and the public at large.


  • Train new visiting fellows with an understanding of the theories of Disruptive Innovation, working closely with Professor Christensen, Institute leadership, and other outside collaborators.
  • Guide research development using the theories of Disruptive Innovation, tracking fellows’ research activities and acting as a thought partner as research evolves.
  • Build processes both externally and internally to strengthen research, including identifying and collaborating with outside experts when appropriate.
  • Work closely with sponsoring organizations to refine research topics and build alignment with the larger work of the Christensen Institute.
  • Manage relationships with fellows and sponsoring organizations on an ongoing basis.
  • Work in tandem with the external relations team to manage all publications, including white papers, blogs, case studies, etc.
  • Ensure research deliverables are consistent with the Christensen Institute brand and mission.


  • Experience as a researcher and writer, with strong understanding of the process of publishing and creating influence.
  • Deep understanding of Professor Christensen’s theories on Disruptive Innovation, Jobs to be Done, business model innovation, and others.
  • Strong collaborator with the ability to build relationships and trust among internal colleagues and external partners.
  • A track record of successful team management, focused on creating structures and needed processes for managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • Master’s degree, MBA preferred
  • Minimum 6-8 years experience leading research and/or managing teams, with a track record of delivering on outcomes.

About the Organization

The Clayton Christensen Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through Disruptive Innovation. Founded on the theories of Harvard professor Clayton Christensen, the Institute offers a unique framework for understanding many of society’s most pressing issues around education, healthcare, and economic prosperity. The Institute works to influence the way policymakers, community leaders, and innovators address these problems by distilling and promoting the transformative power of Disruptive Innovation.

Location: Lexington, MA                                                     

Position Type: Full Time

To Apply: To apply, email your cover letter and resume in PDF format to

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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