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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. 

As we emerge from the pandemic, the KSA is positioned to tell the story of what our innovation community has achieved, and set the goal posts for where we will go next. We are hiring our first-ever Vice President of Marketing and Communications – a strategic, creative and analytical leader who can effortlessly toggle between the forest and the trees while scaling Kendall’s influence and impact.

The VP of Marketing and Communications will be an entrepreneurial, results oriented leader charged with creating and implementing the strategy that shapes the public view of Kendall Square and the day-to-day experience of our members and stakeholders. The position reports to the President of the KSA, includes at least one direct report and requires strong collaboration with every member of the team and a variety of external stakeholders. Responsibilities include brand marketing, program marketing and member engagement, external communications and government affairs. 

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Define a brand marketing strategy to deliver smart content and thought leadership that promotes Kendall Square’s creativity and local and global impact
  • Use research and firsthand experience to enhance the public facing identity and dramatically improve the accessibility of Kendall Square to key audiences
  • Amplify the successes and positive contributions of our member organizations to generate awareness using our website, weekly community newsletter, social media channels and other tools and outlets 
  • Create systems that measure the effectiveness of communication and marketing strategies and optimize all activities on an ongoing basis
  • Enhance email marketing and social media footprint by growing followership, influence and engagement 
  • Build thought leadership strategy and public influence on key priorities such as transportation reform and innovation, future of work, future of cities, and scientific, technological and social innovations coming out of Kendall
  • Drive sales and conversion for our learning and development programs such as Inclusion Drives Innovation and Future of (how we) Work task force
  • Manage Communications Director and freelancers to deliver smart content that reflects Kendall Square’s creativity and local and global impact
  • Utilize Scrum methodology (training provided) to manage cross-functional teams to deliver successful campaigns and projects
  • Work closely with the KSA President in preparation for public facing events, media appearances, interviews and other such events

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 10-15 years of entrepreneurial experience in marketing and communications with responsibility for and/or exposure to brand marketing, storytelling, and digital marketing
  • Proven ability to understand target audiences and drive conversion
  • Experience leading and working on small, entrepreneurial teams
  • Strong manager of people with a proven ability to empower direct reports
  • Proven digital presence with followership whether via Twitter, LinkedIn, a podcast or another format
  • Excellent storyteller with exceptional presentation skills
  • Comfortable engaging with media
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent editor and writer with impeccable grammar
  • Strong project management skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Accountable to expectations and deadlines
  • Organized, self-motivated and able to multitask
  • Motivated by mission and impact                                                            
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, 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 that 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 VP of Marketing and Communications will periodically need to be available outside of 9 to 5 office hours to be responsive to media opportunities, community meetings or other events

 

COMPENSATION

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.

 

SUBMISSION DETAILS

This position reports to KSA President C.A. Webb. If interested, please email vpcomms@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
    Executive

Salary

$100,000 - $115,000

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

Apply to This Job

Instructions:

This position reports to KSA President C.A. Webb. If interested, please email vpcomms@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.


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