Massachusetts Institute of Technology — Manager, Graduate Student Professional Development, Media Arts & Sciences Program

Job Description

The Media Lab brings together designers, engineers, artists and scientists to develop technologies that transform the ways people live, work, learn, and play. Students come to the Media Lab through the graduate Program in Media Arts and Sciences (MAS), based within MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning. Current enrollment in the program is 94 masters, 80 doctoral candidates, and 54 outside research assistants with backgrounds ranging from computer science, to music, to architecture.

The Manager, Graduate Student Professional Development is responsible for helping students prepare for and explore their post-graduation options. Will work with campus partners to develop and implement programs that provide professional development opportunities and guidance to MAS students and outside RAs. The Manager, Graduate Student Professional Development will contribute to improving the Lab climate, working with the MAS administrators and the student committee to address areas of concern.

This is a three-year appointment with possibility of extension based on funding and program priorities.


  • Connecting students with professional development resources and opportunities at MIT and elsewhere
  • Creating and implementing an alumni/student mentoring program
  • Coaching students on job searches, interview prep, and career development
  • Partnering with students on the What’s Next career fair
  • Developing professional development skill building opportunities throughout the year, including a half day conference in the Fall
  • Working with the Media Lab program managers to connect students to Member companies in strategic and efficient ways
  • Maintaining the MAS website up to date on relevant content
  • Spearheading the fellowships process (internal, external)
  • Working with campus partners, including the Global Education and Career Development office, to craft events that are relevant to MAS students
  • Creating and distributing communications to students that feature activities, opportunities, and student accomplishments
  • Other duties as assigned


  • At least three years of experience and track record of success in offering career development services to graduate students
  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in higher education or in any STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) field strongly preferred
  • Experience developing and managing budgets and planning events
  • Function autonomously in a highly visible position
  • Sensitive to organizational dynamics with ability to build and foster relationships within the Lab and with colleagues at MIT
  • Superb written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Self-starter who possesses initiative, versatility, flexibility
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate issues, analyze data, and solve problems creatively and effectively
  • Ability to handle varied tasks concurrently in a fast-paced setting
  • Discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Must be willing to travel and be available for occasional evenings and/or weekends
  • Facility with standard office software applications and data base tools

To apply, go to and search for job ID # 14790.