Executive Director

Scratch Foundation - Cambridge, Massachusetts - Full time

Executive Director

Scratch Foundation

Cambridge, MA


The Scratch Foundation envisions a world where all children from all backgrounds have the opportunity to reach their full creative potential. The Foundation develops tools, activities, and communities that empower everyone to imagine, create, and share ideas using new technologies. With its free Scratch programming language and online community, children can create their own interactive stories, games, and animations, then share their creations with one another in an active, online community. In the process, children don't just learn to code: they learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively – essential skills for everyone in today's society.

Since its initial development and launch by the MIT Media Lab in 2007, Scratch has grown exponentially, becoming the world's most popular and most creative coding community for children. There are now more than 30 million registered members in the Scratch online community (mostly 8-16 years old), and they create more than 200,000 new projects every day. Last year, more than 200 million unique visitors came to the Scratch website.

Until now, Scratch has been entirely developed and maintained at the MIT Media Lab, supported by outside grants and donations. In 2019, the development and support of Scratch will move out of MIT to the Scratch Foundation, a separate nonprofit organization that previously focused only on fundraising and communications activities. This move will better support the continued growth and long-term sustainability of Scratch as a free, creative platform for children around the world.

For more information, please visit the Scratch Foundation website (https://www.scratchfoundation.org/) and the Scratch website (https://scratch.mit.edu/).


At this important stage in its growth, the Scratch Foundation is looking to hire a creative and entrepreneurial Executive Director to lead the organization into the future. Reporting to the Scratch Foundation's Board of Directors, the Executive Director will work collaboratively with others on the Scratch team to build the Scratch Foundation into a well-run, sustainable organization capable of realizing its ambitious vision, mission, and goals. The Executive Director will also work closely with the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, which will continue to pursue educational research and innovation related to Scratch.

The Executive Director will be a proven organizational leader with experience building and managing through a period of growth. This individual will be responsible for execution of the overall strategy and ensuring that all staff, operations, and systems are working in support of the overall mission. The ideal candidate will inspire continued growth in fundraising, stakeholder engagement, and brand awareness. With a deep belief in the power of creativity and a genuine commitment to the values of Scratch, the Executive Director will also support, sustain, and grow a creative, caring, collaborative work environment that attracts and retains a motivated, diverse, mission-driven staff.

The Executive Director will be responsible for the following:

Strategic Leadership

  • Work closely with other Scratch team members to develop, refine, and implement plans (including product, partnership, communications, and fundraising strategies) aligned with the Foundation's mission and values.
  • Shape a unifying strategy to support all activities in the Scratch ecosystem, such as ScratchEd, ScratchJr, Scratch Day, and Scratch Conferences – including collaborations with MIT Media Lab, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Tufts Department of Child Study and Human Development
  • Cultivate a strong working relationship with the Scratch Foundation Board, communicating openly about program performance and financial performance
  • Provide thought-leadership to guide and lead program growth, implementation, and future planning

Finances and External Relations

  • Oversee fundraising and other revenue-generating strategies (including support from individual donors, foundations, governments, and corporations) to consistently support current and new initiatives
  • Ensure a proper allocation of funds within the Scratch organization, to reflect both present and future needs
  • Oversee the financial status of the organization, including establishment of financial plans and controls, monitoring of the budget, and setting financial priorities
  • Assure the integrity and growth of the Scratch brand, including the development and execution of external communication efforts

Work Culture and Organization Design

  • Support and sustain a creative, caring, and collaborative work environment, so that Scratch continues to attract an innovative, motivated, mission-driven staff
  • Build and lead a diverse team that enjoys working together
  • Ensure high-quality services and operations throughout the organization, including HR and facilities
  • Establish effective and inclusive decision-making processes


  • Deep commitment to the mission and values of the Scratch Foundation, with strong interest in children, learning, creativity and technology
  • 10+ years of senior leadership experience in a creative, entrepreneurial environment
  • Demonstrated success in team leadership, with a successful track record of recruiting, inspiring, and retaining a diverse, mission-driven team
  • Demonstrated success in developing and executing revenue-generating strategies
  • Excellent coalition-building and consensus-building skills
  • Exceptional presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to serve as a compelling ambassador for Scratch with a variety of stakeholders
  • Experience managing internal operations and building structures and systems to ensure efficient use of resources
  • Keen analytic and strong problem-solving skills, in support of sound decision making
  • Knowledge of branding and marketing techniques


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Erin Reedy and Alicia Salerno of Koya Leadership Partners have been engaged by the Scratch Foundation to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here (https://ats.k2-app.com/jobPosting/apply/3341).

The Scratch Foundation welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search.


Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, institutions of higher education and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information, visit www.koyapartners.com.

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