Kendall Square Association

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Executive Director

Cambridge, MA

Primary Responsibilities

Specifically, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following: 

  • Demonstrating resourcefulness and an entrepreneurial spirit in expanding the Association’s outreach, membership and impact; 
  • Leading, inspiring and developing the KSA team, both individually and as a unit, in support of organizational priorities, including goal setting, performance feedback and management;
  • Serving as the spokesperson and chief advocate for the KSA on matters relating to Kendall Square;
  • Working closely with the Staff and the Board, to create an impact-focused five-year strategic plan and annual operating plan, while organizing the resources and activities of the organization to support it;
  • Creating and catalyzing the planning and implementation of strategic programming and events reflective of a world-leading innovation district, while being inclusive of a diverse membership; 
  • Retaining and growing the membership, staying attuned to their evolving needs and interests;
  • Building, growing, and effectively managing the Association’s annual budget while stewarding the balance sheet assets;
  • Managing KSA branding strategy to expand awareness including marketing and message development and public relations;
  • Partnering with the Chair of the Board to coordinate and lead monthly Board Meetings, the KSA Annual Meeting and regular Executive Committee meetings. 
  • Initiating and managing effective relationships with key stakeholders including public officials, commissions, community groups, business associations, and other non-profit organizations;
  • Ensuring that the KSA is attuned and responsive to Cambridge challenges related to social, racial, and environmental justice.


  • A BS/BA is required. Master’s degree in an appropriate field preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  •  Minimum of 7-10 years success in senior management/leadership experience, preferably in non-profit or government/public relations role;
  • A strong leader and confident listener and communicator who brings integrity, a calm presence, patience, and the ability to build consensus and engender trust;
  • Strong belief in the principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, with a proven track record of influencing and educating others to champion these causes;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, as well as problem-solving and conflict resolution skills. 


This is a full-time salaried position, including a comprehensive benefit package. 

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