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The KSA is committed to building a culturally diverse team and strongly encourages applications from minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We are looking to hire a new Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives, please see below for the job description and contact

  • Position Description

    The Kendall Square Association (KSA) is a next-generation community platform that connects, advocates for, and advances the goals of the world’s leading innovation ecosystem.

    The KSA seeks a systems-driven, self-motivated, and dynamic individual to drive impact on the organization’s three strategic initiatives: Transportation, Placemaking and Diversity Equity & Inclusion. The ideal candidate is a detail oriented project manager who loves solving problems and is passionate about creating real world solutions to major challenges. This person will tackle every task with enthusiasm, from building relationships with key leaders in Kendall to managing meeting logistics. No task is too big or small in the name of progress.

    This role would be perfect for someone looking to accelerate their way up the career ladder into a more senior programming role and sharpen their skill sets in program management.

    The KSA is committed to building a culturally diverse team and strongly encourages applications from minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

    Primary Responsibilities

    Strategic Initiatives (60%)

    • Work closely with the VP of Strategy to create and execute programming for each strategic initiative.
      • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: In 2020, the KSA will launch a series of new programs on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion that focus on sharing and promoting best practices to create a more inclusive and diverse work environment.

      • Placemaking: In 2020, the KSA will curate community events and programming and become the central source of information for the Kendall community.

      • Transportation: In 2019, the KSA launched the Transportation ADVANCE initiative, supporting major employers in experimenting with the commuting options they provide to their employees to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions and improve employee experience.

    • Design and manage logistics for initiative meetings and events, including monthly Transportation Learning Community meetings.
    • Draft communications promoting programming related to the initiatives and support member outreach and engagement.

    Advocacy (20%)

    • Monitor and report on new developments in the Allston I-90 Multi-Modal project, the Grand Junction railway, Lechmere redevelopment, and other major state infrastructure projects that impact the Kendall Community and align with KSA strategic priorities.
    • Support the VP of Strategy and Operations in engaging KSA members in advocacy campaigns.

    Research (20%)

    • Support the KSA team in becoming an expert on all things Kendall by researching and reporting on important topics and news in the community.
    • Track member satisfaction by designing and implementing annual member survey.
    • Lead and complete various research projects as necessary to deepen the KSA’s position as a thought leader.


    • 5-7 years of professional experience including program management or project management
    • 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


    Full-time salaried with fantastic benefits, which include:

    • $55-65K salary (depending on experience) with an annual bonus, based on individual and organizational performance
    • 15 vacation days, 10 holidays off
    • Comprehensive medical and dental insurance
    • 401K retirement plan, with up to 3% company match
    • Discounted health & fitness membership
    • Discounted Bluebike membership
    • Free kayaking on the Charles River

    In addition, there are many intangible benefits of working in our centrally located office – a 3 minute walk from the Kendall T stop, a Bluebike station 20 meters away, and a 2 minute walking distance from the riverfront – all within a bustling community of the world’s leading researchers, engineers, and scientists.

    Submission Details

    If interested, please e-mail, VP Strategy & Operations, with one PDF document (no more than 6 pages) that includes:

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