Executive Director

Date: June 29, 2021


About MetroLab Network

MetroLab is a collaborative of cities and universities focused on advancing data and technology innovation in their communities. MetroLab is a DC-based non-profit that operates in a dynamic ecosystem of federal, philanthropic, nonprofit, and industry stakeholders. 


Who We Are Looking For

We’re looking for a candidate to lead MetroLab, who brings experience and enthusiasm to manage a small entrepreneurial team, engage with stakeholders and partners across sectors, represent MetroLab in public settings, and ensure financial sustainability for the organization. The ideal candidate is interested in envisioning the future of cities — and the civic research and innovation activities that will help us get there. Suitable backgrounds include those with leadership roles in local/state/federal government and civic-focused philanthropy or nonprofit, and university administrators in roles focused on civic research, innovation, and engagement. The candidate should have a demonstrated track-record in fundraising from philanthropic, government, and corporate sectors. The candidate should be a strong writer and public speaker. The candidate should also be an organized, detail-oriented, and creative professional. 


Roles and Responsibilities


  • Manage and grow a dynamic and entrepreneurial team, handling functions including human resources management (hiring, salaries, benefits, employee reviews, etc) and project leadership and staff workflow. 
  • Lead fundraising from government, corporate, nonprofit, and industry sectors to support all of MetroLab’s activities ($1 million or more in annual fundraising).
  • Lead relationships with MetroLab’s member institutions, including 75 cities/counties and universities, including member programs/activities and new member recruitment/engagement.
  • Lead relationships with dozens of organizations in the civic research and innovation ecosystem
  • Support ongoing projects including the National Science Foundation Civic Innovation Challenge
  • Lead fundraising and programming for MetroLab’s Annual Summit (currently in virtual form, likely to return to in-person form in Spring 2022)
  • Serve as thought leader in civic research and innovation ecosystem, including as speaker, panelists, moderator, writer, etc.  
  • Oversee MetroLab’s communications suite
  • Lead finance activities, including budgeting and payments oversight; work with bookkeeper on payroll-related activities



  • Demonstrated track record in organizational leadership and management
  • Demonstrated track record in fundraising, commensurate with the fundraising expectations for the role
  • Nationally-recognized thought leader in civic research and innovation ecosystem, including role as speaker, panelists, moderator, writer, etc.
  • 10+ years of experience in policy development, local government, academic research, and/or other relevant experience.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent training or educational experiences; academic and/or personal interest in public policy, urban planning, urban studies, or other relevant fields. 



The candidate is preferred to work from Washington DC, where MetroLab has its offices (the organization is currently operating remotely until public health conditions improve); candidates based in other locations in the United States will also be considered. 



You must be authorized to work in the United States. 


Compensation and Benefits

$130,000 to $150,000, depending on a candidate’s experience. Position includes paid-time off, employer-sponsored health care, dental, and retirement account. 


How to Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to jobs@metrolabnetwork.org; applications will be considered until July 30, 2021.

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