The Foundry Consortium is currently hiring a Program Assistant. This is a part-time contract position. Details of the job are as follows:

Background: The Foundry in East Cambridge and the Foundry Consortium  

The Foundry is an adaptive reuse project to build a self-sustaining center for creativity and collaboration for the Cambridge community. At the intersection of the Kendall Square Innovation District and the East Cambridge neighborhood, the Foundry building will provide space and programs for community gatherings, the visual and performing arts, entrepreneurship, workforce development, STEM, and more within its historic industrial setting. The Foundry will also help facilitate access for residents, especially underrepresented communities and adjacent neighborhoods, to the dynamic working and learning environment of Kendall Square.  

The City is managing the Foundry design and construction process as the building, located at 101 Rogers Street, is transformed into the new center.  Operations for this new community resource will commence in the summer of 2021 and will be the responsibility of the Foundry Consortium, a newly formed nonprofit organization.  In 2020, the Foundry Consortium Board of Directors will be working together to prepare for the commencement of operations.  This will include the hiring of staff, most of which will happen on a staggered basis 12 months before opening day. The Board intends to hire a permanent executive director in August 2020.

Summary: Program Assistant Position

The Foundry Board of Directors seeks an interim Program Assistant who will support the work of the Foundry Consortium Board of Directors before the permanent executive director is hired.  They will conduct a wide range of activities as outlined in the responsibilities section below.

During this interim period, the Program Assistant’s day-to-day work will be supervised by the Foundry Consortium’s Board President. Office space will be provided, with the possibility of conducting some work from home. The contractor, however, will be expected to have their own phone and computer.

This is a part-time contract position to be paid on an hourly basis. The average weekly schedule will range from 20-30 hours at a rate of $20-$25 per hour (depending on experience). The Board aims to fill the position by January 31, 2020. The position is at-will, and may be ended by either party at any time. It is anticipated, however, that the position may be needed for a 10-12 month period.  

Responsibilities of the Program Assistant

  • Assist the board during its search for a permanent executive director, serving as a liaison between the board, a professional executive search firm, and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA). The Program Manager will provide regular updates to the board of directors related to the hiring process and will coordinate the scheduling and materials for calls and meetings associated with the search.
  • Assist the board with the planning, preparation of materials, and creation of minutes for meetings of the board and its committees.
  • Maintain contact lists and rosters of committees. 
  • Establish a filing system and maintain records needed by the nonprofit (such as copies of board meeting packets and meeting minutes).
  • Answer calls, emails and other correspondence from interested parties.
  • Assist with maintaining information on the Foundry Consortium’s website.
  • Assist with the recruitment of additional board members. 
  • Manage funding relationships and make solicitations to donors that may be willing to assist with initial start-up costs for Foundry operations. 
  •  Oversee outreach event planning and execution.  
  • Coordinate related activities of the board of directors and Foundry volunteers.  
  • Responsibilities may evolve based on changing needs of the Foundry Board of Directors.

Desired Qualifications

Ideal candidate will have nonprofit management experience, proven administrative capabilities, and demonstrable experience managing complex projects.  Event and volunteer management experience strongly desired.  Other personal or professional experience relating to the mission of the Foundry with arts and/or STEM knowledge a plus. Must be able to use a computer, Microsoft Word and Excel, and attend occasional meetings during evenings and/or weekends. 

Application Process and Timeline

Interested candidates should email or send a hard copy of a cover letter and resume to:

Stephanie Couch, President
Foundry Consortium
222 Third Street, Suite 0300
Cambridge, MA 02142

The Board of Directors of the Foundry Consortium will begin reviewing letters and resumes of qualified applicants as early as January 31, 2020.

Questions about this position can be directed to Dr. Couch at