About the Kendall Square Association
Where innovation, imagination, and ingenuity thrive.
Fourteen 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) was established as a non-profit 501(c)6 organization with the vision of connecting people who are committed to solving today’s most challenging problems with the technologies of tomorrow, while imagining a future that is resilient and inclusive.
The Kendall Square Association is made up of more than 150 organizations across Kendall Square. From major employers like, MIT, Takeda, Biogen, Novartis, Google, and Broad Institute to local non-profit organizations, independent restaurants, retailers, research institutions, and startups, KSA represents the entire Kendall ecosystem. Our membership reflects the continued evolution of this innovation district, while also underwriting the KSA’s mission, both financially and intellectually.
Our mission has always been to build partnerships, host events, advocate for public policy issues, and tell Kendall’s story of transformation from an industrial center to a global innovation hub.
KSA aspires to be an increasingly impactful organization—one that will fully empower Kendall Square’s potential — locally, regionally, and on the world’s stage. The organization is overseen by a Board of Directors, who partner with the KSA team to advance the Association’s mission to build and enhance the relationship between Kendall and the larger Cambridge community. The KSA seeks to deliver value for our member organizations and the larger community through programming, policy work, collaboration, and opportunities to develop and diversify Kendall’s workforce. Meanwhile, the KSA offers an array of community-based activities to meet up, network, inform, learn and share ideas, or simply have fun!
Current initiatives and programming include, but are not limited to:
- Inclusion Drives Innovation Program – Providing employers and employees with necessary training and resources to enhance their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives.
- Future of (How We) Work Program – Answering critical questions about how our innovation ecosystem will return to work in a post-COVID-19 world. The Future of (how We) Work Task Force addresses topics including transportation, workplace safety, open space, and support of small businesses.
- Transportation ADVANCE – Educating our community about transportation challenges, advocating for improvements, and supporting members in taking direct action.
We 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 Executive Director.
We are looking for a visionary, strategic, and innovative thinker who is capable of building strong, trusting relationships both internally and externally to the organization. We also seek an exceptional communicator who has demonstrated the ability to lead, coach and motivate a team, while generating enthusiasm for the missions listed above. Our ideal Executive Director candidate would be familiar with the Kendall Square community, while having some non-profit or government relations experience and 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 Executive Director will provide intellectual leadership, grow and manage the Association’s budget and impact, and oversee a team of staff members. The ideal candidate has strong visionary and collaboration skills, and the ability to be a true team player who celebrates successes and is quick to learn from failures. This position is full-time and often requires in-person attendance at scheduled morning and evening events. The KSA has a flexible workplace policy that allows for occasional remote work when in-person attendance is not required.
Launched in 2020, the Stone Living Laboratory (SLL) is an innovative coastal resiliency laboratory within
the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. Established as a unique Partnership among the
University of Massachusetts Boston, US National Park Service, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy
and Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, City of Boston,
and Boston Harbor Now (BHN). With funding from The Stone Foundation, Cabot Corporation, and other
sources, the lab engages researchers, students, and the public in testing innovative, adaptive, nature based approaches centered around four core priorities: research, climate preparedness, education, and
policy in Boston, the Harbor Islands, and other coastal locations. Information about the Lab, including
its guiding principles and commitment to equity, is available at www.stonelivinglab.org. The need for
equitable approaches to coastal climate resilience cuts across all priorities.
The SLL seeks a skilled Managing Director with a commitment to leading a diverse partnership. This fulltime position will manage the Lab’s internal and external relationships, oversee the day to day and long range planning for the Stone Living Lab, and ensure coordination of the Lab’s activities.
Boston Harbor Now (BHN) and UMass Boston provide administrative support for the Lab, including each
hosting a director of the Lab – the Managing Director at BHN and the Scientific Director at UMB. This
new partnership position will report directly to the President and CEO of BHN and be responsible to the
Board of Directors of the Stone Living Lab.
Under our uniquely creative management structure, the Managing Director will work alongside the Lab’s
Scientific Director to ensure consistency between the Lab operations and scientific/research Lab goals.
As the Stone Living Lab continues to evolve, the Managing Director will be instrumental for
overseeing the growth and progress of the Lab and serving as a leader and facilitator among the partner
organizations. We expect that the Managing Director will have excellent leadership capabilities, program
management skills, fundraising experience, and knowledge of/interest in environmental and climate
By guiding the work of the Lab, this position will advance research, education, and policy to further
climate resilience, while maximizing social, economic and environmental co-benefits. Working with
dedicated leaders from federal, state, indigenous, and municipal government, academia, and the nonprofit sector, the Managing Director will have an opportunity to play an influential role in a rapidly