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Associate Director, Innovation

Overview: We are seeking an Associate Director, Innovation to lead research activities on governance innovation. The position will support the faculty principal investigator with developing, planning, and leading the execution of governance innovation strategies that advance GOV/LAB’s approach to governance innovation and with building an innovative and creative culture within GOV/LAB; lead the governance innovation research team and collaborate with partners to apply human-centered design methodologies to facilitate and pilot processes, models, and training experiences for governance innovation in the Global South, including project cycles, timelines, and work plans; maintain existing and initiate new partnerships to grow and guide GOV/LAB’s governance innovation research; lead monitoring and evaluation strategies to assess progress of research activities and produce research papers and reports; lead strategy design for research communications, including production of reports, briefs, blog posts, and other materials; contribute to grant proposals, reports, presentations, and other materials to grow support; assist with monitoring research budget; and perform other duties as necessary.


Required:  bachelor’s degree in social sciences, design, or related field; four years’ professional experience; experience in the public sector or applied social sciences; experience creating project strategies, leading interdisciplinary and/or international research teams, and creating and maintaining senior/director-level partnerships; experience in human-centered design, design thinking, participatory design, or related areas; excellent writing, communication, presentation, and project management skills; flexibility; initiative; ability to work as part of a team and as an independent researcher in a dynamic and ambiguous environment.

Preferred:  master’s degree and professional experience in the Global South (with demonstrated interest in sub-Saharan Africa).

Must be able to travel internationally as needed (25% time or less). This appointment is for one year with possibility of extension based on needs, funding, and performance.

To apply: All applications must be submitted through MIT HR (Job #20161).

Graphic Designer/Illustrator (Freelance)

Overview: We are seeking a part-time graphic designer/illustrator to support design needs and development of new materials to communicate and share our research and policy impact. The position will work with MIT GOV/LAB staff to support visual and digital design that communicates lab activities and research in accessible, non-technical ways for online dissemination.

We are looking for someone with creative energy, excellent design and artistic skills who is excited to collaborate with a cross-disciplinary team and can generate output with minimal supervision. The ideal candidate will be able to comprehend and clearly convey technical academic work through design intended for diverse international audiences. Preference will be given to candidates with previous science communications experience and demonstrated ability to translate nuanced research into visual communications materials. 



— Work with the MIT GOV/LAB team to refine and support execution of a work plan and design strategy to generate visual and interactive materials that communicate MIT GOV/LAB  insights, research results and ideas.

— Collaborate with the MIT GOV/LAB design team to create easy-to-understand toolkits, workshop materials, infographics, interactive features, layouts, illustrations and other visual narrative products that foster innovative thinking for governance in the Global South.

— Contribute to the design, pilot, and building of communication materials and graphic synthesis, including website, newsletter, presentation templates, infographics and others as requested.


— Bachelors or equivalent degree in graphic design, communications, or a related field.

— Minimum of one to two years professional experience within the design field.

— Demonstrated interest or experience in the fields of international development and/or social science research a plus. 

 Skills and Experience

—Solid understanding of digital and graphic design fundamentals and awareness of current design and creative trends. 

— Solid illustration and editorial skills to transform complex ideas into appealing visualizations for different online platforms

— Knowledge of design and technical specs for online media, including visuals viewed on smartphones, desktop, and for social media

—Proficiency with Adobe Suite tools, especially Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and After Effects

Basic to intermediate experience in programming online interactive visualizations (eg. Webflow, D3, Squarespace, WordPress or similar platforms)

—Self-motivated with strong attention to detail and academic accuracy.

—Ability to anticipate, plan, prioritize, and meet deadlines. Capacity to handle multiple projects at once, effectively manage time, and interface confidently with co-workers.

—Professionalism, discretion, and good judgment when sharing news and information publicly.

—Resourcefulness to problem-solve independently and ability to grasp new procedures quickly 

Compensation and Logistics: This is a part-time freelance position, with expected workload of approximately 8-12 hours/week. The initial position is for three months with the strong possibility of extension depending on performance and needs. We are looking for someone who can start in January or February. The position will be paid hourly, commensurate with experience. 

Application Information: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. Please send the following application materials to mitgovlab@mit.edu with the subject line “Graphic Designer – Name”: 1) Resume; 2) Cover letter (~1 page) explaining your interest/relevant experience and including desired hourly compensation; 3) Portfolio showcasing your work. We are especially interested in examples of projects that demonstrate your ability to convey complex or technical detail to a public audience.