AO/FO Learn

Welcome to MIT’s resource for supporting learning and development for Administrative Officers (AOs) and Fiscal Officers (FOs). On this site you can access an array of courses and tools to help you grow and develop as a steward of MIT’s finances and administrative responsibilities.

You can use this site to:

  • navigate needs of a new position
  • help identify learning goals for mentees or
  • build and strengthen knowledge and skills to help advance your career.

Who Is This Site For?

Roles and responsibilities vary widely across MIT’s complex and innovative teaching and research culture. An AO in one area might have vastly different responsibilities than one in another area, and not all AOs have the same title. At MIT, job titles are less important than what individuals do—and how well they meet their responsibilities. This website is geared toward increasing knowledge and skills important to carrying out financial and administrative oversight at MIT.

It will be useful to:

  • Administrative Officers, Fiscal Officers, and others involved in financial, administrative, and research management activities
  • Managers or mentors may use this site as a developmental tool to identify learning goals and match them with available resources
  • Individuals aspiring to AO or FO roles

How to Use This Resource

To support diverse responsibilities and individual learning and development needs, the courses and tools featured below are grouped according to skills and competencies identified by current AOs, Assistant Deans and other key stakeholders. Select the skills and competencies of importance to you below and focus on the relevant courses and tools.

Where to Begin

Start with a plan that is tied to both your current needs and your career goals. If you are currently in an administrative or financial role, work with your manager to identify the skills and competencies that you want to develop or strengthen. Then, identify which courses and tools are of interest, set a plan and schedule, and begin.

If you aspire to move into such a role someday, you might speak with your manager or human resources representative about which learning opportunities to pursue. A supportive manager, mentor or colleague can be helpful in thinking through your career goals and preparing a sound learning and development plan.

Competencies

  1. Technical
  2. Leadership
  3. Communications
  4. Managing People
  5. Personal Development

Institute Knowledge

MIT is a complex and dynamic place, with unique practices and traditions and a decentralized organizational structure.  Here are a few tools to help with navigating the organization and culture of the Institute. 

  • Org Chart: Shows the Institute’s senior leaders including the reporting structures for each area
  • AdminConnect: AdminConnect is a support system designed to help administrators work together by providing key information and resources and opportunities for connection. See especially:
    • Offices -- information about the functions of administrative offices that support MIT’s educational and research activities 
    • How To -- resources and information that will help you complete specific tasks
    • Connect -- provides channels for interaction and input among AOs and others at MIT
  • New Employee Orientation and Onboarding is a guide for new employees and their managers. See especially “Your MIT
  • MIT Alerts: The Institute’s emergency notification program

Contact Us

For more information, web page issues or to give feedback on this site, please contact training@mit.edu.