|Organization||Kendall Square Association|
|Reporting Relationship||Reporting to the Executive Committee|
The founding of the Kendall Square Association
Nine years ago, leaders of some of the most innovative organizations in Cambridge’s Kendall Square met to discuss the impact they could affect by proactively guiding the trajectory of the world’s densest innovation district. The Kendall Square Association (KSA, a non-profit 501(c)6 organization) was established with the vision of making Kendall Square a household name synonymous with high performance, innovation-driven institutions, and emerging companies. MIT, Google, CIC, Genzyme (now Sanofi Genzyme), the Broad Institute, and others were all there at the beginning to explore how they might find new ways to collaborate and how they might unite around urban development aspirations and shared interests. Additionally, the founders were interested in enhancing community offerings to make it a true 24/7 neighborhood full of dynamic retail and cultural offerings.
Kendall Square Association today
Today, the Kendall Square Association’s membership reflects the evolution of the innovation district with most of the world’s leading life sciences companies headquartered here and many of the world’s leading technology companies having a sizeable presence in the neighborhood. Indeed, the regional influence and global reputation that had been imagined has been realized. These large companies are complemented by a stunning array of biotechs, research institutions, startups, venture capital firms, service providers, and a growing residential and retail community all anchored by MIT. Over one hundred and seventy-five of these organizations underwrite the KSA’s mission, both financially and intellectually.
Our mission statement is as follows: The Kendall Square Association (KSA) advances Kendall Square’s vibrant innovation ecosystem through its convening power and vital programming. The KSA is the resource and advocate for “the most innovative square mile on the planet.” Made up of more than 175 diverse member organizations, the KSA works to tell their stories, connect them with their neighbors, and create a community where everyone can live, work, play, learn, and eat!”
The KSA Board, comprising 26 industry leaders and five committees (Marketing & Events, Sustainability, Transportation, Development, and Retail), works to advance the Association’s four current objectives:
Meanwhile, an array of community-based activities creates weekly opportunities for those in Kendall Square to meet, learn and share ideas. Last year, the organization hosted over 30 events ranging from Kendall Community Day that drew several hundred people to create public art projects and Little Libraries throughout the Square to our Annual Meeting featuring New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman.
An expanded vision for our second decade
As the Kendall Square Association approaches its 10th anniversary, we are asking ourselves what’s next. How should the world’s most connected innovation district evolve? How do organizations realize the value of being located within a dynamic ecosystem and how do the people who work inside these organizations maximize the benefit of coming to work here every day? How can Kendall Square pave the way and provide insights for other innovation- centric communities across the world? In short, the KSA aspires to become an increasingly impactful organization—one that will fully empower Kendall Square’s potential — locally, regionally, and on the world’s stage.
We see the KSA as a laboratory for change, a community-based resource for pursuing evidence-based experimentation and data-driven prototyping of solutions to issues that impact the wellbeing and effectiveness of our members and the district. We also see the KSA as a critical catalyst in creating a connected community of innovation leaders. Above all, the KSA seeks to be nimble and solution-oriented as we respond to the evolving needs of the broader community.
As we move toward the KSA’s second decade, primary priorities are:
Recruiting an entrepreneurial leader to take us to the next level
The Board of the Kendall Square Association is conducting a search for a proven, entrepreneurial-minded leader to serve as the organization’s third President (formerly referred to as Executive Director). While much of the Association’s roadmap has been designed, big, exciting questions remain to be asked and answered about how the organization can be a powerful force for meaningful community building, advocacy, and collective action.
The Executive Committee is looking for a critical, strategic, and innovative thinker, strong relationship-builder and exceptional communicator, skilled at leading and mobilizing others. The new President should be familiar with the Kendall Square community and have a track record of accomplishments relevant to the work described above.
Reporting to the Executive Committee and working closely with the Board of Directors, the new President will provide intellectual leadership, grow and manage the Association’s budget and impact, and oversee a small but mighty team of full and part-time staff members. This position is full-time and requires frequent attendance at morning and evening events.
Specifically, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following:
Full-time salaried with benefits commensurate with experience.
To apply: Please send cover letter and resume addressed to Interim President C.A. Webb via firstname.lastname@example.org.