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Program Manager

Overview: We are seeking a Program Manager to coordinate and perform day-to-day operational activities and project planning for GOV/LAB. Will handle program management, including operational decision-making; oversee program and project budgets, purchasing, and account reconciliation; plan virtual and in-person events; and collaborate on a range of projects, initiatives, and events. Responsibilities include collaborating on developing, implementing, and monitoring program and multiple project plans with a range of partner organizations in the U.S. and abroad; monitoring grant application and management processes; coordinating seminars/conferences/meetings/events; managing relationships and coordinating contracts with external vendors; coordinating human resources activities, including drafting job descriptions, search plans, and staff on-boarding; coordinating research support activities, including submission of IRB protocols and arrangements for student and contract research staff; composing, editing, and proofreading correspondence and office materials; overseeing budgets and expenditures for research projects and lab activities; monitoring and reconciling accounts; making vendor and purchasing suggestions/decisions; managing operating budgets and income from different sources; tracking/monitoring the financial performance of grants/contracts; serving as point-of-contact for financial inquiries; preparing financial reports; developing program/project metrics; developing documentation and/or reporting for stakeholders; website maintenance; and a variety of other administrative functions.


Required: B.A; three years’ professional experience in an academic administrative position; excellent organizational, problem-solving, interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills; experience with program/project budgets, accounting, and forecasting; attention to detail; ability to multitask, take initiative, and perform a range of diverse duties independently with minimal supervision; computer proficiency, including experience with spreadsheets and databases; comfort learning new software; experience planning/running events, scheduling complex travel, and arranging meetings; and discretion and judgment with confidential information/issues.

Preferred:  MIT experience.

To apply: All applications must be submitted through MIT HR (Job #20213).

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.