Assistant Director of Operations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Please note: this job has already been filled by Gardner Innovation Search Partners.


MIT’s collaborative, hands-on, curiosity-driven ethos in the classroom and lab extends across their campus — and beyond. On the stage or field, in makerspacesliving communities, and the surrounding area, MIT is where brilliant, committed, creative people come together to learn, work, live, and play.

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The MIT Technology Licensing Office’s mission is to “move innovations and discoveries from the lab to the marketplace for the benefit of the public and to amplify MIT’s global impact.” They cultivate an inclusive environment of scientific and entrepreneurial excellence, and bridge connections from MIT’s research community to industry and startups, by strategically evaluating, protecting, and licensing technology.

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The soul of MIT is research. For more than 150 years, the Institute has married teaching with engineering and scientific studies—and produced an unending stream of advancements, many of them world changing.


Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

MIT is committed to helping employees achieve a healthy balance between their careers and the full lives they lead off-campus.  Here are some of the ways they accomplish this:

  • MIT offers a full range of benefits and resources designed to keep you healthy and build long-term financial security.
  • MIT Medical provides a wide range of services.
  • The Center for WorkLife and WellBeing meets the personal and professional needs of faculty, staff, postdocs, graduate students, and their families and offers a wide range of programs and services to enhance your quality of life, both at home and at work.
  • HR provides learning and development opportunities to grow in your role, career and engage in MIT’s diverse and inclusive community.
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The Assistant Director, Operations is a member of the Technology Licensing Office (TLO) Senior Management Team (SMT) and is responsible for the management of TLO HR, IS/IT infrastructure, office space and lease matters, federal and corporate IP compliance, data management and data integrity and associated technology transfer administrative processes in the TLO.  Supported by a team of staff, the Assistant Director ensures fulfilment of MIT IP policies, obligations to sponsors manages case disclosure and compliance systems, ensures accuracy and conformity in data, and identification and implementation of new procedures and processes. 

Job Requirements
REQUIRED: Bachelor’s degree; seven years’ experience in an administrative or management position or equivalent combination of education and experience; technology transfer experience in an academic/research environment; extensive knowledge of federal rules/regulations, particularly Bayh Dole, federal compliance, and industrial compliance related to sponsored research; experience supervising individuals and/or teams; excellent problem-solving, project management, analytical, interpersonal, oral and written communication, data management, data integrity, and new technology skills; familiarity and comfort with complex databases; and experience managing and handling sensitive and confidential information. 

PREFERRED:  Experience managing facilities/office space, experience in a large research university; experience handling HR responsibilities, and Salesforce experience. 


Interested applicants should send their resume and a cover letter to:

Lisa Rooney

(740) 251-7390

Glen Gardner

(614) 354-8400

Additionally, you must apply online at:


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. MIT’s full policy on Nondiscrimination can be found here.

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