Executive Director

The MBA Response

Posted: 10/23/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Community/Capacity Building

City: Boston

Postal code: 02134

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$0 - $1M



Mission statement:

To mobilize MBA students to act on the world’s most pressing issues.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Background on the organization

As business schools went virtual in March 2020 in the wake of COVID-19, our founders had a question: how can we mobilize our skills, as MBA students, to help? What started with a Google Doc, a dozen friends, and a handful of crowdsourced projects expanded into over 1500 MBA students from 22 MBA programs supporting over 1,000 small businesses and 200 organizations.

At our core, the MBA Response (formerly MBAs Fight COVID-19) matches MBA student volunteers with underserved organizations (e.g. non-profits, local governments, small businesses) to provide short-term pro-bono business support. For our student volunteers, we provide real-world, collaborative experiences to practice business lessons outside of the classroom on a range of projects that fit into the crowded MBA schedule, and the underserved organizations we support gain access to top MBA talent. The MBA Response fills that gap we saw in our graduate school experience: a purpose-driven student community that believes leadership - in business and beyond - is an opportunity to serve.  

The MBA Response has  two core products:

  • Small Business Strike Team: 1-on-1 coaching for small business owners on immediate concerns (e.g. federal funding programs, online strategy).

  • Service Team: Part-time (week to months long) bespoke engagements matching students’ profiles & interest to organization needs. 

Going forward, we dream bigger. The MBA Response can empower students to tackle the world’s most pressing global issues - from racial injustice to climate change. We want to revolutionize the way MBA students give back to their communities and, in doing so, create a generation of business leaders that will use their influence, skills, and network to address systemic inequalities around the world.

Opportunity of the Executive Director

  1. Continue to fight the effects of COVID-19: During this pandemic, non-profits, businesses, and governments require tremendous support, not only today, but over the next several years. Our Director will extend the success of our current COVID-19 efforts and determine the best way to ensure our programming supports those dealing with second and third order effects of the disease. 

  2. Broaden the fight to pressing global issues: COVID-19 has amplified systemic issues in our society. The MBA Response has begun addressing issues, such as racial injustice, by partnering with leading nonprofits, like the Harlem Children Zone, to provide additional support. Our Director will plan and execute a strategic extension of the MBA Response into pressing global issues and develop the infrastructure to ensure that the MBA Response can mobilize students to serve the systemic crises of our time. 

  3. Ultimately reshape the MBA Identity: Our Director will envision and build out a team and suite of products that would, over time, substantially reshape how MBAs view their role to society and create a generation of business leaders who will use their influence, skills, and network to build a better world. 

We are looking for an empathetic, community-oriented and entrepreneurial MBA alumnus/a who is passionate about our mission to embed service in every MBA student’s experience and cultivate cross-MBA collaborative experiences

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the MBA Response’s staff, programs, expansion, communications, partnerships and execution of its mission. The Executive Director will maintain and formalize our existing culture and systems, as well as develop a plan to scale the MBA Response to certified MBA programs across the United States (and potentially beyond) while cementing partnerships with organizations who share our mission and values. 


The ED will be thoroughly committed to the MBA Response’s mission. We particularly welcome candidates with proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific requirements include:

  • Advanced degree, ideally an MBA, with at least 2 years of management experience; track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth

  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation

  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget

  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships

  • Strong marketing and fundraising experience with ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills

  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning

  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people

  • Passion, empathy, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

The MBA Response is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


All work will be remote for the foreseeable future, therefore, location does not matter. 


$120k - 140k

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

If interested, please email your resume to: [email protected].  


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