THE OPPORTUNITY

Established in 1904, Wentworth Institute of Technology was founded on the principles of action-based learning, dedicated to preparing graduates to meet the evolving needs of a growing economy—an ethos that continues to ground and inspire the institution today. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in STEM and management disciplines throughout its three colleges: Architecture, Design and Construction Management; Arts and Sciences; and Engineering and Computer Science. Interdisciplinary study complemented by dynamic co-op work experiences are hallmarks of a Wentworth education. The university enrolls approximately 4,516 students, of which 4,342 are undergraduates. Located in the thriving city of Boston, Massachusetts, Wentworth is a school of opportunity that is deeply committed to transforming lives through the education of first-generation students, military veterans, urban youth, and women breaking barriers in technical fields.

The Position

ROLE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION FOR WENTWORTH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

The inaugural vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion (vice president) will join Wentworth at a time of significant positive momentum as the university, inspired by the dynamic vision of its new president and evolving leadership team, has placed the achievement of inclusive excellence as its top strategic priority. Reporting to President Mark Thompson, the vice president will establish a new Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, providing strategic leadership in the development of a comprehensive and integrated framework for diversity, equity and inclusion, synchronizing and leveraging current efforts and initiatives, and introducing emerging practices to move the university forward in creating a welcoming and inclusive learning and working environment. The vice president will conduct a university-wide audit of policies, practices, and procedures as they relate to inclusive excellence and develop a plan to address issues and/or gaps. Following an initial assessment, the vice president will implement support services specifically designed to serve the needs of underrepresented and/or marginalized populations.

The vice president will oversee and champion the work of the Center for Diversity & Social Justice Programs—promoting inclusion and cross-cultural perspectives among and across students of all identities—and the Center for Community & Learning Partnerships—supporting college access, community engagement, and service learning initiatives that foster connection and service between the university and its surrounding community. Additionally, the vice president will serve on the President’s Advisory Council (PAC) and co-chair the President’s Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, working collaboratively with campus partners across the university—academic affairs, advancement, business, enrollment management, finance, general counsel, external relations, human resources, marketing, and student affairs—to provide guidance to ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion remain integral in all dimensions of the University. Throughout the year, the vice president will develop and support highly visible educational events and initiatives designed to further the university’s cultural competency goals and will be actively engaged in community-building including the development of allies to support a safe, welcoming, and inclusive campus for all students, faculty, and staff. In partnership with the provost, senior university leadership, Faculty Senate, deans, and department chairs, the vice president will collaborate on efforts to recruit, support, and retain faculty, staff, and students of all backgrounds. Through strategic policy development, practice, advocacy and mentoring, the vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion will endeavor to transform programs and processes to support a vibrant campus life, positive and respectful culture, and diverse curriculum at Wentworth.

HISTORY OF THE POSITION

The vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion is an inaugural senior leadership position at Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT). A call for the creation of this position arose out of recommendations from an external review that was further reinforced by the strategic planning process initiated by President Mark Thompson in the fall of 2019. The first pivotal action-step in the building of organizational structures to support inclusive excellence is to hire a cabinet-level officer who will lead this initiative. The vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion will report directly to the president and will be responsible for establishing a new Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Initial priorities for the vice president will be two-fold: 1) to conduct a university-wide assessment of policies, practices, and procedures as they relate to inclusive excellence, followed by a plan to address issues, gaps, or lack of policies, and 2) to complete a university needs-assessment that explores the establishment of centers and/or support services for underrepresented and marginalized populations.

At the time this position is filled, existing staff members in the Center for Diversity and Social Justice and the Center for Community & Learning Partnerships will realign their organizational relationships to report directly to the new vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion. This will bring approximately six individuals into the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Over time, and as assessments are completed, the Division may evolve to include other staff advancing key priorities on behalf of faculty, staff, and students. The vice president will also work collaboratively with other senior officers, the faculty senate, academic partners, and existing formal and ad hoc organizations throughout the university to further educational and training objectives, support and celebrate cultural and identity-based programs and events, and champion inclusive excellence as a bedrock value that permeates all aspects of the institution, its community, and its engagement with urban neighbors.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

With a new administration and soon-to-be approved strategic plan, the vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion will arrive at Wentworth at a time of positive momentum and change. Inclusive excellence is the institution’s top strategic priority and the new vice president will provide the strategic vision and action plan to advance this imperative. Important priorities awaiting the new vice president include: forging a strong partnership with the president; conducting initial assessments; building key internal and external relationships; identifying and sequencing the work that lies ahead; serving as a recognized expert; lending visibility and voice to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of the university’s mission; and ensuring that all students, faculty, and staff are welcomed and supported in their efforts to achieve their full potential at Wentworth.

Additional challenges and opportunities for the inaugural vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as articulated by stakeholders, include the following:

  • In consultation and collaboration with other senior officers of the university, conceive and implement the necessary infrastructure of systems, policies, organizational reporting, and personnel to develop and sustain a culture of inclusive excellence.
  • Actively address the fundamental factors defining inclusive excellence as a necessary condition for Wentworth to reach its full potential: connect the work of inclusive excellence to the university’s mission to “empower, inspire, and innovate through experiential learning;” educate the campus community on the critical relationship that exists between inclusive excellence and institutional stability, given changing demographics in the Northeast and the country at large; demonstrate Wentworth’s potential positive impact in preparing a diverse workforce that will fuel economic growth in the Greater Boston area; and strengthen the university’s commitment to serve and positively impact its immediate urban neighbors by providing opportunities for students who wish to pursue in-demand technical disciplines, including underrepresented and marginalized identities, first-generation students, veterans, and women.
  • Work constructively with members of the Wentworth Leading for Change Team and related Leading for Change Higher Education Diversity Consortium, which are comprised of New-England-based colleges and universities committed to identifying student and employee best practices through uniform and transparent use of data, institutional benchmarks, and reflective practice.
  • Facilitate on-going communication with the Women’s Caucus and Faculty Senate to identify, strategize, and remediate, where appropriate, issues impacting the recruitment and retention of faculty who are female and/or people of color.
  • In collaboration with campus partners in Enrollment Management, Human Resources, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and other sectors of the university, advance a comprehensive training program that supports a climate of cultural competency, equity, and inclusion.
  • With the support of the Women’s Caucus and other academic partners, advocate for the establishment of academic programs designed to grow enrollment of female students.
  • Analyze and champion revisions to the academic evaluation and promotion policies that preserve academic excellence in teaching, scholarly research, creative activity, and service, while also creating more opportunities for female faculty to meet unbiased objectives necessary for advancement.
  • Sustain and enhance current efforts to incorporate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all faculty and staff recruitment processes.
  • Support the infusion of diversity into the curriculum, and develop and sustain inclusive classroom environments.
  • Build a clear understanding of the intersectionality of identities that students bring to their educational experience, and support efforts to meet the needs of students who may feel invisible, underrepresented, or marginalized, including non-traditional undergraduates and commuting students whose needs may significantly differ from those of students living on campus.
  • Move the university beyond issues of access (which remains important) to positively impact the development of all students throughout their degree program, preparing them for future success as they enter a changing and increasingly diverse workplace upon graduation.
  • Based on a data-informed analysis, advocate for dedicated professional positions in admissions, academic support services, human resources, and/or student affairs to improve services specifically directed toward the recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff, as well as community building throughout the university.
  • Ensure transparency of efforts and outcomes by keeping the faculty, administration, staff, and students informed of initiatives that advance inclusive excellence, implement assessment strategies, and broadly socialize and celebrate data-backed successes.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

An advanced degree (master’s or higher) with a progressive record of experience advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in a higher education setting, or equivalent combination of academic preparation and proven leadership experience, are required. The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader, strategist, and tactician who is equipped to accomplish goals through a collaborative, community- and coalition-building process. Additional competencies and experience that will be important in the selection of the inaugural vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion include: a deep understanding of and expertise in the issues of race, sexuality, gender, disability, indigeneity, class, and the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power; demonstrated ability to foster dialogue, grow support for new inclusive initiatives, and to facilitate change; understanding of best practices with regards to strengthening cultural competency across multiple constituencies—students, faculty, and staff; excellent communication, interpersonal, advocacy, and public relations skills; familiarity with student services, pipeline initiatives, and enrollment management practices designed to support the recruitment, retention, and graduation of students of diverse backgrounds; understanding of evolving issues and demographic trends impacting higher education institutions; high degree of personal energy and fortitude needed to effect substantial and sustainable change; and an unwavering commitment to inclusive excellence, coupled with an ability to inspire and influence others to achieve their full potential.

Wentworth stakeholders also indicated that the following experience, skills, and attributes would be attractive in a successful candidate:

  • a track record of substantive support and advocacy for women and individuals of other marginalized identities;
  • a background that includes experience at STEM institutions as well as a strong appreciation for the contributions that Arts and Humanities provide in a student’s holistic education;
  • advocacy for pushing boundaries and advancing cultural change;
  • understanding of the change-management process, and recognizing that both patience and persistence are important qualities in building buy-in and substantive, sustainable change;
  • an active interest in, and record of engagement in, the life of an academic institution;
  • positive energy—inviting, approachable, and engaging;
  • a successful coalition-builder;
  • appreciation for the unique needs of non-traditional students, returning veterans, international students, and students with disabilities.

THE DIVISION OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION: AN OVERVIEW

The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a new division that will take form and evolve under the leadership of the inaugural vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion. On arrival, there will be two units reporting directly to the new vice president.

Center for Diversity & Social Justice Programs

Mission Statement

“The Center for Diversity & Social Justice (CDSJ) Programs at Wentworth is committed to promoting inclusion, multidimensional, and cross-cultural perspectives, and providing a welcoming community to students of various races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, socio-economic classes, religion, spiritual traditions, ages, and abilities. CDSJ programs and services are rooted in creating and increasing the understanding of social justice while fostering excellence within the greater Wentworth community. The cornerstones of the work within the center are accomplished by creating educational opportunities, dialogues, trainings, programs, and spaces for celebration that promote advocacy, education, self-reflection, and affinity.”

Center Cornerstones

“Leadership development, personal growth, and expanding professional opportunities for underrepresented populations.”

Vision Statement

“Commit to upholding Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.”

Learning Goals:

  • Create opportunities for critical thinking, self-awareness, and self-reflection.
  • Build systems of support and growth for members of the Wentworth community.
  • Engage individuals and groups to develop their own sense of empowerment in order to bring about social change.
  • Offer advocacy and outreach to address students’ cultural, educational, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.
  • Collaborate with staff and faculty to create campus-wide change and increase learning among our student body.
  • Highlight student successes and accomplishments.
  • Provide a gathering space for students, faculty, staff, and guests to engage educationally and socially.

Staffing

  • Alex Cabal, Director
  • Ricky Meinke, Assistant Director

Programs & Organizations

The Center for Diversity & Social Justice Programs support the following student organizations:

  • Alpha Omega
  • Asian Student Association (ASA)
  • Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU)
  • Catholic Student Association (CSA)
  • Cape Verdean Student Association (CVSA)
  • Caribbean American Student Association (CASA)
  • CROWNS (Women of Color Organization)
  • Hispanic International Student Unity” (HISU).
  • Islamic Society at Wentworth (ISWIT)
  • Multicultural Student Association (MSA)
  • National Organization for Minority Architects (NOMAS)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Wentworth Alliance (WITa)
  • Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD)
  • Wentworth Jewish Club (WITJC)

Additionally, the Center for Diversity & Social Justice Programs provides leadership and guidance to advance the work of numerous initiatives designed to support student success and cultural competency throughout the university.

Bridges Mentoring Program & IMPACT! Orientation

  • The Bridges program is specifically designed for new students of color entering Wentworth. While transitioning to college is exciting, it can also be challenging, especially for students who are underrepresented on campus and/or in their chosen STEM fields. The Bridges program is designed to help students build bridges to success.

Beloved Community Social Justice Retreat

  • The Beloved Community Social Justice Retreat is a unique opportunity for students to spend 24 hours off-campus, engaging in activities and learning from each other about social justice. The retreat is held during Martin Luther King, Jr weekend in January and is based on Dr. King’s vision of the Beloved Community. Participants come back to campus with an action plan to work towards a Beloved Community on the Wentworth campus.

My Brother’s Keeper (MBK)

  • Based on President Obama’s initiative, my Brother’s Keeper supports men of color at Wentworth. This initiative focuses on brotherhood, academics, and professional success. MBK provides participants with professional and social opportunities as well as academic and personal support throughout the year.

CDSJP Ambassadors

  • The Center for Diversity and Social Justice Programs employs students throughout the year. These ambassadors plan programs to educate students on issues of diversity and social justice.

Women’s Council

  • The Women’s Council is a student-run council that seeks to support the academic, social, and professional success of self-identified women at Wentworth.

SMART Training

  • SMART is a program to educate everyone on campus about LGBTQIA+ concepts, ideas, and terminology as well as to provide training on how to support LGBTQIA+ individuals in the Wentworth community and beyond.

Center for Community & Learning Partnerships

Since 2005, the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships (CLP) has enabled Wentworth students and faculty to participate in a wide range of community service activities, both for credit and for the greater good. These projects provide transformative experiences for students while benefitting local organizations and addressing local needs.

Projects overseen by CLP are organized by program type: College Access, Community Engagement, and Service Learning.

Wentworth’s community includes immediate neighbors in Mission Hill, as well as the greater Boston area. CLP also has projects at sites across the country and around the world. Serving as a think tank where energetic ideas meet established principles and practice, the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and won the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll multiple times.

College Access:

Helping Boston Youth Prepare for College

The Center for Community and Learning Partnerships (CLP) is committed to helping Boston Public School students from neighboring communities create pathways to college and career success. To help them achieve these important goals, it offers several programs as part of the Boston Pipeline Initiative in which local youth can participate:

Dual Credit

The Dual Credit program allows juniors and seniors from partnering Boston high schools to earn college credit while simultaneously receiving credit toward a high school diploma. This program is aimed at students who have an interest in Wentworth and the STEM fields. Learn more about Dual Credit.

RAMP 

RAMP is a six-week, pre-college, summer bridge program for Boston residents who will be attending Wentworth in the fall as first-year students and majoring in STEM disciplines. Learn more about RAMP.

Community Engagement:

At Wentworth, community engagement involves projects and programs that build capacity and offer services addressing neighborhood needs and solving community challenges, in partnership with the communities themselves. Wentworth students, staff, and faculty engage with communities through hands-on projects that benefit all stakeholders and produce reciprocal partnerships. These programs include:

  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Co+ Build
  • Community Work Study
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Service Learning:

Service learning is a project-based teaching and learning model that integrates community engagement with instruction, social innovation, and reflection. The goal is to enrich the learning experience for students, teach the value of social responsibility, and strengthen surrounding communities.

  • Service learning projects can be executed through coursework, through involvement in student clubs and organizations, by undertaking cooperative learning positions with community organizations, or through Wentworth’s required senior-year capstone. Service learning options include Community Co-op, Community Projects, and the Certificate Program.

Staffing

  • Brandal Delgado, College Access Coordinator
  • Rebecca Drossman, Assistant Director for College Access
  • Erik Miller, Director
  • Courtney Wright, Associate Director for Neighborhood Relations

The realignment of two individuals within the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships (not listed above), who are largely engaged on matters pertaining to community relations and government affairs on behalf of Wentworth, is still being examined as part of ongoing divisional reorganization.

Institution & Location

INSTITUTION: AN OVERVIEW

Institutional Background/History

Wentworth Institute of Technology is a private, technical, design and engineering university in Boston, Massachusetts. Wentworth was founded in 1904 and offers career-focused education through its 18 bachelor’s degree programs, as well as master’s degrees.

In 1903, Boston businessman Arioch Wentworth left the bulk of his estate, estimated at $7 million, for the purpose of founding an industrial school within the city. A board of seven directors incorporated Wentworth Institute on April 5, 1904, as a school “to furnish education in the mechanical arts.” The directors spent several years investigating the educational needs of the community, increased the endowment, and reached a settlement with Wentworth’s daughter, who had contested his will. The campus was established in Boston’s Back Bay Fens, and Arthur L. Williston was hired as the first principal of the college.

On September 25, 1911, Wentworth opened its doors as a technical school to 242 students. The school quickly gained enrollment and by 1919, it had 1,800 students in day and evening programs and 45 teachers. In 1953, Wentworth named its first president, H. Russell Beatty. Wentworth became a degree-granting institution in 1957 and began awarding its first baccalaureate-level degrees in 1970. Wentworth began a transition from a commuter college to a residential college in the 1960s with the addition of several residence halls.

In 1972, the Institute admitted its first female students. By 2005, women represented 21 percent of the academic population. In 1975, cooperative education programs were introduced at Wentworth. In 1977, the college merged two divisions that had operated as separate schools and renamed itself the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

In November 2009, Wentworth became a master’s degree-granting institution with the creation and accreditation of its Master of Architecture program. Since then, several other master’s programs have been added to the curriculum, including civil engineering and construction management.

Wentworth received approval for “university” status from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education in July 2017. Despite being accredited as a university, the school honors its history and legacy by continuing to use “Wentworth Institute of Technology” as its official name.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission

“Wentworth’s core purpose and mission is to empower, inspire and innovate through experiential learning.”

Vision

“Wentworth’s vision for the future is to become nationally recognized as the university of choice for externally-collaborative, project-based, interdisciplinary learning.”

Core Values

“At Wentworth, our core values reflect that we are student-centered, that we are passionate for real-life, hands-on teaching and learning, and that innovation and creativity are at the center of what we do. We express these three core values as Students first – The world is our classroom –Thinking without a box.”

Leadership

Mark A. Thompson became the fifth president of Wentworth Institute of Technology on June 1, 2019. He is a staunch proponent of advancing inclusive excellence as a core value of the university. In his inaugural address to the campus community, he reflected on his firm belief that “Wentworth will reach its full potential only if every member of the university community is valued, engaged, and supported in the ways needed to reach their full potential. This is imperative for Wentworth to fulfill its academic mission.”

President Thompson states that the educational outcomes most desired by employers, such as critical and creative thinking, innovation and problem solving, and awareness and experience with diverse cultures, “are the very things that are enhanced when students are exposed to and learn from those who are different from themselves.” Thompson is also deeply committed to supporting equity, social justice, and access to education. He has publically affirmed his promise to support and propel Wentworth’s history as a “university of opportunity.” He has called upon the entire Wentworth community to join him in “doing whatever it takes to ensure inclusive excellence.”

Thompson’s career in higher education spans more than 25 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Bentley University, an MBA from Western New England University, and a PhD in economics from Georgia State University.  Early in his career, Thompson directed the Center for Business and Economic Research and was an assistant professor of economics at Marshall University’s Elizabeth McDowell Lewis College of Business. He also taught and advised students at Marshall University and Morehouse College before serving in senior-administration roles at Quinnipiac University.

Thompson was at Quinnipiac for 21 years before accepting the presidency at Wentworth. He served there as associate dean of the School of Business and later as executive vice president and provost. Among other accomplishments at Quinnipiac, Thompson led the establishment of its engineering and medical schools. He earned a reputation as a popular advocate for students and a valued and progressive member of the university community.

Thompson’s expertise includes urban and regional economics and economic development. He has worked on regional economic initiatives with many private and public constituents and, as part of those efforts, completed more than one hundred technical reports ranging from economic impact assessments and strategic plans to feasibility studies and business proposals.

Thompson’s academic research has focused on the consequences of residential housing segregation, issues related to labor market discrimination, and assessing the impact of intellectual property rights on the economic growth rates of developing countries. His work appears in academic journals including Economic Development Quarterly, the Journal of Economic Development, the Journal of Enterprising Culture, and the Journal of Economics and Finance. He wrote a book chapter under a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation and has made numerous conference presentations.

Members of President Thompson’s senior leadership team include:

  • To be determined, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Erik D. Cote, Assistant Vice President for Strategy and Policy
  • Michelle R. Davis, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Rebecca Ekstein, Interim Vice President of Enrollment
  • Dave Fraboni, Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement
  • Richard Hansen, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Amy Intille, Vice President of Executive Affairs
  • Mary Ellen R. Keeney, Interim Vice President for Human Resources
  • Lynn McCormick, General Counsel
  • Courtney L. McKenna, Assistant Vice President for Strategy and Policy
  • Vish Paradkar, Vice President for Technology Services and Chief Information Officer
  • Bob Totino, Vice President for Finance
  • David Wahlstrom, Vice President for Business
  • Annamaria Wenner, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Strategic Plan

Since arriving at Wentworth in June, President Thompson has been committed to learning more about the university, listening to students, faculty, staff, alumni, corporate, and community partners. These conversations helped lay the groundwork for a comprehensive, inclusive, and transparent strategic planning process that is now underway.

Wentworth’s next strategic plan will be developed around four focus areas, which were presented to and agreed upon by faculty, staff, and students over the summer: inclusive excellence; high-value learning; a transformative student experience; and next-generation partnerships with alumni, industry, and the community.

Wentworth’s programs are in high demand. The institution has expanded offerings and achieved university status while updating and adding facilities. The continued successes of Wentworth alumni have enhanced the university’s reputation in Boston and beyond. While many colleges and universities are struggling to identify a path forward in this shifting higher-education landscape, Wentworth is very well positioned to build on its strengths. The emerging strategic plan will allow the university to further differentiate itself and stand out in today’s competitive higher-education market.

Academic Programs and Faculty

The university is comprised of four colleges that offer certificate, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. The student-faculty ratio at WIT is 18:1, and 38.5 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors include: Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Architecture and Related Services; and Visual and Performing Arts.

Experiential learning is infused into the academic experience. Wentworth requires a minimum of two co-op semesters prior to graduation. The academic program also provides other hands-on activities such as EPIC Learning projects (interdisciplinary engagements with external parties), opportunities to develop entrepreneurial ventures, and service learning projects with community partners.

Colleges:

  • College of Architecture, Design and Construction Management
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • College of Professional and Continuing Education

Faculty:

  • Total faculty (FT and PT) 379
  • Female 130
  • Male 249

The Student Body

Fall 2019 Enrollment:

  • Total: 4,652
  • Women: 1,006
  • Men: 3,646

Ethnicity:

  • International: 6.8%
  • Black/Non-Hispanic: 5.35%
  • Hispanic: 9.4%
  • Native American: 0.06%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 8.3%
  • White: 59.09%
  • Other: 11.0%

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is approximately 84 percent.

About Boston, Massachusetts

Wentworth Institute of Technology is one of 35 colleges and universities in Boston, the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, which was home to about 4.8 million people in 2016 and ranks as the tenth-largest such area in the country. The wider commuting region contains about 8.2 million people, making it the sixth most-populous in the United States.

Boston is one of the oldest municipalities in the United States, founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan settlers from the English town of the same name. It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston. Upon gaining independence from Great Britain, Boston continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub as well as a center for education and culture. The city’s rich history annually attracts millions of visitors from around the world. Boston’s many firsts include the United States’ first public park (Boston Common, 1634), first public school (Boston Latin School, 1635), and first subway system (Tremont Street Subway, 1897).

Boston today is a thriving center of scientific research as well as port of entry for commerce and international immigration. The Boston area’s many colleges and universities make it a world leader in higher education, including law, medicine, engineering, and business, and the city is considered to be a global pioneer in innovation and entrepreneurship, with nearly five thousand startups. Boston’s economic base also includes finance, professional and business services, biotechnology, information technology, and government activities.

Benefits Overview

As an employee of the Wentworth Institute of Technology, the following benefits are available:

  • Health plans
  • Dental plans
  • Vision plans
  • Retirement plans
  • Supplemental retirement plans
  • Flexible spending account
  • Tuition assistance
  • Life insurance
  • Dependent care
  • Disability plans
  • Leave benefits
  • Employee assistance program

For additional information regarding benefits, please visit: https://wit.edu/human-resources/staff-benefits

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at vbs@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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