Chief Executive Officer
Founded in 1996, the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, or MassINC, is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide the people of Massachusetts with the information they need to participate fully in our democracy. The organization achieves impact through nonpartisan research from our Policy Center and polling group, independent reporting of politics, ideas, and civic life from CommonWealth magazine, and inclusive civic engagement.
In 2007 MassINC’s Policy Center began a new focus on the Commonwealth’s small- and mid-sized urban communities with a high potential for revitalization and branded them Gateway Cities. In 2012 MassINC launched the Gateway Cities Innovation Institute to help unlock the economic potential of these communities, leveraging our research and policy expertise. We aim to strengthen connections across the cities and assist Gateway leaders to develop and advance a shared policy agenda.
In 2010 MassINC founded the for-profit subsidiary The MassINC Polling Group (MPG). Since that time MPG has earned a reputation as a leader in measuring and interpreting public opinion in Massachusetts and nationwide. MPG dividends, paid annually to MassINC, have become a reliable source of income for the non-profit.
MassINC is distinguished by its rigorous research and journalism, extensive statewide network, expertise in how state and local government works, and thoroughly collaborative approach. We have demonstrated a record of achievement in education, transportation, housing, economic development, and criminal justice policy.
CEO Duties and Responsibilities
The CEO reports to the MassINC Board of Directors and oversees the entire portfolio of MassINC programs and initiatives in support of the organization’s mission, including the Policy Center, CommonWealth magazine, and The MassINC Polling Group. The CEO is also responsible for overall strategy and execution, financial management, staff management, fundraising and setting policy priorities that support the overall mission of the organization.
Strategy and Planning
The CEO leads strategy and planning for the 501(c)(3) MassINC, including the Policy Center and CommonWealth. This includes all fundraising strategy, financial planning, policy agenda strategy, and the expansion of CommonWealth to CommonWealth Beacon. The CEO also leads an organization-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion effort.
- Governance. The CEO reports to the Board of Directors and two standing committees – a nominating committee, and executive committee. The CEO works closely with the board chair to prepare for and lead three full board meetings and at least one nominating and one executive committee meeting each year. The CEO works with the board chair to recruit and recommend new board members.
- Fundraising. The CEO is responsible for creating and implementing a multi-dimensional fundraising strategy and plan to meet the organization’s annual financial objectives. As a member of The MassINC Polling Group board (ex officio), the CEO also supports MPG in its marketing strategy and outreach.
- Financial Management. The CEO establishes and manages MassINC’s annual budget, which for 2022 is $2.8M. Working with the director of finance and administration and COO, the CEO is responsible for cash management, contract administration, and meeting grant and sponsorship deliverables.
- Human Resources. MassINC’s values are firmly rooted in diversity, equity, and inclusion and the CEO is responsible for leading MassINC’s DEI efforts, not only in hiring but in contracting as well.
- Communications. The CEO serves as MassINC’s primary spokesperson and interfaces with elected officials, policy makers, and the media. The CEO also hosts and leads multiple civic convenings and events.
Together with the COO and the director of research, the CEO sets MassINC’s policy and civic engagement agenda, and supervises the COO in overseeing the deliverables of all research and policy projects.
The following is a brief description of current research and civic engagement projects for 2022-23, including the status of each effort:
- Return on investment in community colleges. After a pause to await the outcome of community college provisions in the Build Back Better Act, we recently revised and completed a study examining return on investment in the community college sector. We are currently working with the Boston Foundation on a release strategy.
- Digital equity. Together with the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, we recently completed a paper assessing opportunities to close the digital divide with the more than $500 million Massachusetts will receive through ARPA and the federal infrastructure bill.
- Early college expansion. Last spring, we published a report that put forward 45,000 students by 2027 as a “north star” for Early College expansion. As a part of the grant, we work closely with the Early College coalition to advance the budgetary and policy priorities for Early College in the Massachusetts legislature. In the spring, we will present a follow up analysis on how the considerable growth that occurred over the past year informs the next phase of expansion. In the fall there will be new research accompanied by a release event and communications plan.
- Community college transfer pathways. Partnering with a team of economists at Brown University, we are working on another community college study charting outcomes for students who transfer to four-year institutions. We are entering the final stages of this analysis and drafting a report in preparation for a release event with the Boston Foundation.
- Equitable procurement policy. Collaborating with Lawyers for Civil Rights, we are preparing a research report examining strategies to help businesses of color access contracts from state and local governments and large private sector institutions. We are finalizing agreements with the City of Lawrence and the City of Lynn. These two communities will serve as case studies to explore the issues in depth in Gateway City-scale municipal governments. In addition to the case study work with Lynn and Lawrence, we are working with Lawyers for Civil Rights to draft and implement statewide legislation. We meet biweekly to advance the distinct segments of this grant. This research will be released at our annual Gateway Cities Leadership Summit in July.
- Educator diversity study. We have built a new partnership with a team of researchers at Boston University and Latinos for Education. Together we will forecast the supply of and demand for educators of color for K-12 schools in Massachusetts through 2030. We aim to complete this work in the fall of 2022 or early 2023 (the timing for this project will be heavily dependent on a data use agreement with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education). Team meetings with BU and Latinos for Education will happen monthly and be amended as needed.
- ESOL study. With a new grant from Eastern Bank, we will conduct an analysis of supply of and demand for vocationally-focused English language services in regions across the state. Our study will also look at how programs are adopting new technologies and responding to changing post-pandemic labor market trends. We are currently working to find a strong research partner to assist. We aim to complete the study this fall.
- Transformative Transit Oriented Development. 2022 is year one of a three-year grant from the Barr Foundation – an extension of a previous three-year grant. Over the next three years, MassINC will collaborate with Gateway City leadership to launch the next phase of this TTOD work, titled Gateway Hubs, focused on multi-modal downtowns, civic governance, and improved regional mobility, including zero-fare bus service and commuter rail transformation.
The MassINC CEO is also Publisher of CommonWealth, and oversees planning, strategy, and fundraising for the digital civic news organization. CommonWealth is a very highly regarded independent, free, digital news source, and a must-read for anyone in Massachusetts interested in public policy. CommonWealth is led by its editor, Bruce Mohl.
A campaign is currently underway to transition and rebrand CommonWealth as “CommonWealth Beacon.” Modeled after the nation’s largest civic news organization, The Texas Tribune, fundraising is underway to expand statehouse coverage and local news coverage – particularly in Gateway Cities. The CEO supervises a CommonWealth Beacon consultant, Charlie Kravetz, on strategy and fundraising, with key decisions to be made in 2022 regarding the future of this expanded platform.
CEO Core Competencies & Experience
The CEO of MassINC must share MassINC’s mission and values, including a commitment to non-partisanship, and a dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion in every aspect of our work.
- Executive and management experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector
- Fundraising strategy, planning, and execution
- Financial management, particularly establishing and managing budgets
- Public speaking and superior communications and writing skills
- Strong understanding of and experience navigating all branches of state and local government
Salary and Benefits
- Salary range is $175,000 to $225,000 and is commensurate with experience
- The benefits package includes health and dental insurance, 401(k) with 6% company match, generous parental leave, unlimited vacation and paid time off, and short and long term disability
Qualities of MassINC CEO
- An entrepreneur with a strong work ethic and a sense of humor to weather the ups and downs of managing in the nonprofit sector
- A strong interest in helping to recruit and retain a young, diverse staff
- A collaborative builder of trust, inclusivity, and partnerships, with strong relationship-building skills
We are committed to advancing equitable access to opportunities and resources at MassINC and across the Commonwealth, and to addressing barriers and structural systems that perpetuate inequity. To achieve this, we encourage robust debate, shaped by a wide range of lived experiences and informed opinions.
At MassINC and CommonWealth, we believe that diversity and inclusion is not only critical to our workforce, but to our overall mission and purpose to move the organization, and Massachusetts, forward. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org