The fields of architecture, city planning, media, design, real estate, and art are first and foremost dedicated to improving the human condition and quality of life for all people. This credo applies in all the varied communities in which we are engaged, including our own here at MIT. We value each member of our community—students, faculty, postdocs, staff, and visitors—as human beings, with all our wonderful differences. These differences in culture, life experience, and opinion, fuel creative ideas and actions, which are the core of our School’s educational mission.

In 2021, the ACT community articulated the following foundational values:

  • We use technology as a tool and subject of critique to impact and transform culture through the lens of art.
  • We embrace inclusivity. Without agonistic difference and empathy for the other, our society remains static.
  • We embrace pluriversal ways of making and world-building.
  • We embrace discovery and inquiry.
  • We create new ways to connect and thread meaning.
  • We forge new ways of narrating and shaping time.
  • We embrace the tools of fine art alongside other tools and strategies for civic, scientific, and social engagement.
  • We insist on cross-sector dialogue and creative production.
  • This all has to do with technology and new ways of communicating, celebrating, building infrastructures, and bridging horizontally.

Program Overview

The Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) program was formed in 2010 from two multi-decade organizations: the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) and the Visual Arts Program (VAP). ACT  is MIT’s primary research center and academic program offering art classes and an art-based degree. ACT provides a two-year Master of Science in Art, Culture, and Technology (SMACT) degree and an undergraduate minor and concentration. Currently, we have 15 graduate students and 150 to 200 students enrolled in our classes. The academic program is supported by a staff of five professionals, five tenured and tenure-track faculty, and three to six lecturers.

Position Overview

ACT’s Administrative Officer manages a staff of five to six professionals in finance, communications, fabrication, media, and administration. The Art, Culture, and Technology program at MIT has a budget of $2.5M. The AO serves as the senior administrator with comprehensive responsibility for managing ACT’s administrative functions, such as — human resources, finance, student services, building operations, resource development, special services and programs, e.g., media production, fabrication, public programming, and space allocation. The person in this position must be able to develop and implement program policies and procedures, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and adapt to multiple changes in a relatively young organization that will continue to evolve.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

  • Manage and develop strategic and operational plans and systems to ensure ACT achieves its mission and goals;
  • Provide counsel and wide-ranging support to the ACT Director, faculty, students, staff and visitors regarding operations and other policy matters;
  • Collaborate with ACT specialists, faculty, and students to conceptualize programs (often multi-dimensional in nature) and programming and creatively represent ACT to internal and external audiences;
  • Identify and seek solutions for all administrative problems;
  • Identify multiple sources of funding, e.g., public and private grants, gifts, and manage the process from donor and foundation cultivation to proposal writing and post award;
  • Develop a variety of reports as necessary;
  • Maintain statistical data for financial, development, and strategic planning;
  • Coordinate faculty search processes;
  • Monitor tenure track promotions and appointments;
  • Develop budget and financial projections and advise on financial matters;
  • Act as a resource on issues associated with graduate and undergraduate academic programs;
  • Consult with SA+P’s and MIT’s resource development office as appropriate;
  • Oversee monitoring of all program accounts, pre- and post-research awards;
  • Facilitate effective communication across many levels of the program, the Institute, and with alumns;
  • Coordinate unit repair and maintenance, space changes, and environmental health and safety compliance;

The ACT AO deals with confidential information and/or issues requiring discretion and judgment; and performs other duties as needed or required.

Administrative Officer (Job #21426); to apply, visit MIT’s career website at

Download a copy of the job description here: Administrative Officer.

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.