Director, Office of Experiential Learning

The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world's great challenges.

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Office of Experiential Learning

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a world-class, independent research university committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world’s greatest challenges, seeks a visionary, collaborative leader to serve as the Director of the Office of Experiential Learning (OEL). The OEL is an office charged with unifying the Institute’s programs and learning opportunities that emphasize hands-on educational experiences.  Reporting to the Vice Chancellor, the Director will provide leadership and administrative oversight for five existing programs that embody aspects of experiential learning and comprise the OEL:  D-Lab, the Edgerton Center, Global Education, the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (PKG), and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).  The Director will coalesce the offices of the OEL to develop a more collective unit that is greater than the sum of its individual parts. The Director will serve as an advocate and spokesperson for experiential learning at MIT and play a key role in defining the long-term vision of the OEL in support of the Institute’s educational mission.

Responsible for the overall leadership of the OEL, the new Director will be charged with leading strategic planning and collaborating with entities outside of the OEL (MIT International Science & Technology Initiatives and MIT Sandbox) in the development and implementation of a vision for experiential learning at MIT. The Director will be a catalyst, sounding board, and thought leader, connecting people and stakeholders from across the Institute and externally. In this role, the Director will identify and establish new systems, policies and practices, and initiatives within the OEL, and develop a means for measuring and quantifying student participation across programs and initiatives as they engage in experiential learning at MIT. As MIT unifies and amplifies the Institute’s experiential learning activities and programs, the new Director will champion the OEL’s programs and work effectively to enhance communication and visibility of experiential learning opportunities, while securing the resources necessary to achieve the mission of the OEL and developing a unified fundraising strategy that enhances the fundraising efforts of its distinct units.  In leading an office with an emphasis on experiential education, the Director will promote the participation and inclusion of diverse groups of students and faculty in the OEL’s programs and will practice best practices and principles of management, administration, personnel, and finance/budgeting in supporting the OEL’s program directors. 

MIT has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this important recruitment. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence as noted at the end of this document.


Nominations, applications, and inquiries are being accepted for the position. Consideration of candidates will continue until the position is filled. Candidates must submit a resume and cover letter. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence. Confidential inquiries concerning this search should be directed to Isaacson, Miller via

Daniel Rodas, Vice President

Gregg Glover, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

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MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. The Office of the Vice Chancellor values diversity and inclusion and seeks to build and maintain a community and culture that celebrates and values diverse backgrounds, identities and perspectives.