Community Relations Officer, Solve, Sustainability

Cambridge, MA

Solve is a new initiative from MIT aimed at developing and implementing real and lasting solutions to the world’s greatest challenges— from education and health to energy and inequality.

Joining the Solve team offers the chance to play a leading role in defining this cutting-edge and diverse community. Solve brings together technologists and researchers, social entrepreneurs and business leaders, policy makers, change agents, and activists, from across the globe to work on specific actionable challenges. Solve then creates partnerships to fund and implement the best solutions.

To achieve its mission, a significant part of Solve’s work centers around hosting open competitions across four pillars – Learning, Health, Economic Prosperity, and Sustainability. Anyone can participate in a Solve challenge and submit a solution. If a participant’s idea has the potential for impact, they will be invited to one of our “Solve at X” events to pitch their idea, with the chance to receive support from Solve and its partners, and participate in our flagship Solve at MIT event.

For more information about Solve, please visit: http://solve.mit.edu/
For more information about Solve’s current open challenges, please visit: https://solve.mit.edu/challenges

Solve is seeking a Community Relations Officer to support the Sustainability pillar - e.g. energy, environment/climate change, agriculture, water, and sustainability. The Community Relations Officer will play a key role in supporting the Community Relations Senior Officer to develop the Solve community. They will notably handle the recruitment of and relations with exceptional leaders from the private, public, non-profit, and academic leaders whose expertise and interests align with the Sustainability pillar. They will support the design and management of challenges and manage existing ones, program events, and support Solvers through incubation, mentorship, and partnership brokering.

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who is not afraid to roll up their sleeves and build a movement to address the biggest issues of our time. This is a full-time position, located in Cambridge, MA. The Community Relations Officer, Solve - Sustainability will report to the Community Relations Senior Officer, Sustainability.

Major responsibilities:

  • Research and recruit private, public, nonprofit, and academic leaders in relevant pillar to create a community of excellent, diverse, cross-sector, cross-geography leaders within the Sustainability pillar
  • Handle relations and correspondence with above leaders including invitation to events, logistics of their participation, invoicing, and connections to other leaders
  • Manage and support the innovators selected through the Solve programme, helping refine trainings and programs as well as foster partnerships that foster their needs
  • Support the engagement of advisors and challenge leaders for each Solve challenge including invitation to events and judging opportunities, retreat organization, and connections with Solvers
  • Work with the Community Relations Senior Officers on developing program, planning and executing events that bring together the community physically and virtually to support Solvers and solve the challenges
  • Source potential sponsors and partners for “Solve at X” and Solve at MIT events that can be handed over to the Partnerships team
  • Promote new and existing challenges across the Solve Community and extensive networks to reach the best potential Solvers
  • Serve as point of contact for attendees at in-person events
  • Manage on-site registration of attendees for events
  • Manage volunteers and consultants as needed
  • Maintain and update databases, website content, and registration software
  • Support the Community Relations Senior Officer as needed

Minimum Required Skills

  • Minimum 3 year’s experience, with at least 1 year’s experience managing relationships and partnerships with high level stakeholders
  • Experience in social and/or environmental impact organization preferred
  • Highly developed organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment, handling multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to prioritize and plan work in an efficient manner to meet deadlines
  • Must be flexible and able to work independently, take initiative, and anticipate needs
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in an area relevant to Sustainability pillar

MIT offers an intellectually charged, creative work environment with competitive compensation and benefits through MIT.

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