Director of Training & Exchange (closed)
Open Position: Director of Exchange & Training
LOCATION: Boston, MA
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Seeding Labs is a Boston-based nonprofit whose mission is to help universities in the developing world become world-class scientific research institutions. We provide practical and tangible assistance to improve infrastructure, community, training and policies with our partner universities abroad. Material infrastructure is improved through access to affordable surplus laboratory equipment; since its inception in 2003, Seeding Labs has provided access to over $1M worth of high-quality equipment to scientists in 16 countries. We recruit and train U.S.-based corporate and academic volunteers to mentor colleagues from around the world through exchange programs in the U.S. and Africa, focusing on technical and professional skills and building relationships and collaborations across continents. For more information, please visit www.seedinglabs.org.
ABOUT THE POSITION
Seeding Labs seeks an entrepreneurial, results-focused leader to oversee the day-to-day operations of its exchange programs and to expand the programs to reach more scientists and best prepare the next generation of leaders at universities around the world.
The Fellows Program brings scientists from the developing world to the U.S. for intensive summer programs in which they work part-time in labs at host R&D companies and universities, and participate in a Seeding Labs-designed training program in non-lab-based skills. The Ambassadors Program sends U.S. scientists for short trips abroad to teach and interact with new colleagues. Seeding Labs also expects to develop new opportunities for alumni of these programs.
The Director will report to Seeding Labs’ CEO with recruitment and management oversight of volunteers (and high potential for building a staff team). The Director will oversee the operations of the educational and social aspects of the programs as well as lead outreach for participants and hosts. The exchange programs were piloted in 2010, and the Director will have a mandate to set the broader vision for and ensure the growth of these programs. The ideal candidate, then, will be eager to think expansively about future impact as well as operate and execute.
A PhD in a scientific field or related higher education experience is preferred, and professional management and leadership experience are valuable.
Key responsibilities and qualities
- Operational Management: Experience overseeing a budget and managing timelines, with primary responsibility for daily operations for an organization or a significant initiative. Ideally, experience working within a resource-constrained environment. Detail-oriented, organized and able to prioritize and manage tasks, comfortable balancing ambitious goals amid evolving plans.
- Interpersonal Savvy – Relating well to all kinds of people inside and outside the organization, up and down organizational hierarchies and across cultures; using diplomacy and tact.
- Training and Talent Development: Instructional/training experience, and a strong sense of what’s needed to create robust and transformational experiences.
- Fostering Networks and Communities: Experience cultivating a broad community of engaged supporters who are aligned with and motivated by a common mission and purpose. A natural connector.
- Outstanding communicator: A clear writer and public speaker in small and large groups. Able to convey the mission and build enthusiasm among diverse communities.
- Entrepreneurial passion: Comfort in a start-up climate. Demonstrated skills in problem-solving; comfort executing when every question can’t be answered; and a strong ability to balance independence and collaboration.
COMPENSATION – Competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.
APPLY – Send a compelling cover letter and your resume to Nina Dudnik, CEO, email@example.com by March 31 2011.