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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Sr Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager in Lexington, Massachusetts

As a Department of Defense Research and Development Laboratory, MIT Lincoln Laboratory conducts research and development aimed at solutions to problems critical to national security. In 2019, the Laboratory celebrated its 68th anniversary of service to the nation. The areas that constitute the core of the work performed at Lincoln Laboratory are sensors, information extraction (signal processing and embedded computing), communications, and integrated sensing and decision support, all supported by a broad research base in advanced electronics. Research at the Laboratory includes projects in air and missile defense, space surveillance technology, tactical systems, biological and chemical defense, homeland protection, communications, cyber security, and information sciences. The Laboratory takes projects from the initial concept stage, through simulation and analysis, to design and prototyping, and finally to field demonstration.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory employs approximately 3,550 individuals across a range of technical, administrative and support functions. Together, these employees contribute to and sustain the Laboratory’s mission of “Technology in Support of National Security. MIT Lincoln Laboratory embraces the reality that attracting, developing and retaining employees of different backgrounds, cultures and experiences advances the Laboratory’s mission and contributes to its excellence.

Advancing Diversity and Inclusion: Opportunities for Leadership

Diversity and Inclusion at Lincoln Laboratory, has long been a priority for the Laboratory Director (CEO-equivalent) and he continues to innovatively lead by example in this space. In 2019, LL elevated the senior D&I role to the Director’s Office (C-suite equivalent) and hired its first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. The Lab’s goal is to become the national security industry exemplar in the critical disciplines of D&I. In order to do this effectively and sustainably, we are seeking a SPM who is deeply experienced creating, leading and assessing programs at the organizational level. The following terms of reference and strategic goals will provide a foundation of understanding regarding the direction of the Lab’s current and future efforts.

Vision: to deliver a transformational competitive advantage by becoming the national security industry exemplar in strategic diversity and inclusion leadership and application.

Mission: to maximize individual and organizational performance and effectiveness by incorporating holistic D&I operations across people, business and R&D systems and processes.

Strategy statement: leverage a systems approach integrating D&I with our enterprise, division, department & functional strategies / systems / processes.

Strategic Goals:

  • Establish a holistic and integrated approach to D&I in order to create sustainable results

  • Develop and maintain diverse talent management as a core competency

  • Create an inclusive culture in order to fully leverage the skills of all employees

  • Develop a strategic communications capability designed to maximize the internal and external impact of our D&I commitment

Job Summary

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is seeking a Senior Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager (SPM). Reporting to the Deputy Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, the SPM will collaborate with colleagues across the Laboratory to execute strategies, develop programs, and practices that support and advance MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s continuing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Senior Program Manager works in close partnership with the CDIO, DCDIO, Lab Divisions and Departments, the Business Transformation Office, MIT Campus, ERGs and other Lab stakeholders and leaders across MIT Lincoln Laboratory. The role helps provide additional strategic thought leadership using evidence-/data-based methods and solutions to support a holistic approach to Diversity and Inclusion.

The ideal Senior Program Manager will need a breadth and depth of experience and skills that will allow them to perform at a very high level across a range of roles such as:

  • Subject Matter Expertise - Have an advanced level of knowledge in the critical competencies that make up the diversity and inclusion discipline. These include but are not limited to unconscious bias; dimensions of diversity, gender, generational diversity, race and intersectionality; business / operations acumen; change management; strategic planning; cultural competence; and talent management.

  • Consultant /Collaborator /Advisor - Work in close collaboration with lab technical and functional leaders, leads of ERGs, community partners, and other strategic stakeholders while helping drive the culture and total employee experience as it relates to diversity and inclusion. Perform intra-organizational consulting across each functional area.

  • ERG Thought Leader - Extensive Experience with Affinity and Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and Community Partners. Should have deep prior experience in working with the associated groups and managing the complexities that come with them. Spearhead the development of these groups, and their leaders, so they are best prepared to represent both their constituencies and Lincoln Laboratory. Develop a cohort of individuals that serve as laboratory ambassadors/champions internally and externally. Develop plans that augment group efforts in leadership and member advancement.

Duties and Responsibilities con't

  • Organization Development – Understand basics of organization development, learning theory, leadership / management, training and change management programs. Experience providing coaching and consultation to senior leaders, managers and business units; demonstrated ability to participate in diagnostic / recommendation discussions and interventions and in capturing / interpreting data and converting to documentation and intervention plans; proactively implementing best practices and creating "next practice" solutions.

  • Program Manager – Deep experience creating and/or managing strategic plans and the associated implementation plans for leading edge and new D&I or transformation concepts. Broad experience with content development, education / training and budgeting at the organizational level.

  • Research and Benchmarking: current on industry/associated best practices and synthesizes areas of opportunity; represent Lincoln Laboratory at key conferences. Conceive, design and lead the implementation of a range of enterprise level initiatives aligned with D&I strategic priorities to drive progress against organizational goals.

  • Relationship Manager and Team Builder - Establish/maintain positive relationships with employees/managers/leaders across the organization and serve as a brand ambassador by demonstrating thought leadership and sharing next practices internally and with industry professionals; build and maintain long-term associations based on trust; develop a network of contacts and target specific influential people to reach goals.

  • Data and Analysis – Understands multiple pathways to identifying and collecting quantitative and qualitative data. Also delivers comprehensive analytics which provide more complete understanding of the data. Creates surveys to evaluate, assess, and measure against diversity and inclusion goals established as criteria and outcomes for the success of programs and events; compiles and analyzes data for the purpose of growing and strengthening future programming; prepares reports as needed.


  • 5+ years of experience in diversity and inclusion, learning and development, and talent management roles.

  • 7+ years of demonstrated, and increasingly broad, leadership expertise in complex organizations.

  • Track record of success in strategic planning, and building and executing learning strategies in an organization with multiple business functions.

  • Significant program management experience with demonstrated ability to influence change management.

  • Exceptional listening, oral, written communication and presentation skills with ability to work with all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to manage through horizontal and vertical influence.

  • Excellent consulting skills- understands basics of organization development, learning theory, leadership, management, training and change management programs and perform intra-organizational consulting across each functional area.

  • Flexibility & Tolerance for Ambiguity: Able to positively deal with changes that affect job requirements; adapt to shifting priorities in response to the needs of internal and external clients; work to clarify situations where information, instructions, or objectives are ambiguous.

  • Facilitation Skills: Able to adapt challenging presentations to suit a particular audience; present to authority figures; elicit appropriate involvement from various audiences; teach utilizing adult learning principles.

  • Reading the System: Able to thrive in a complex organization; identify key people to bring about change and understand underlying cultural dynamics of work; be aware of significant contributing factors to manage change.

  • Master's degree desired in Organization Development, Business Administration, Human Resources Development, Training or related field.

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Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

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