Executive Director, Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
The Desert Research Institute (DRI) has an exciting opportunity for an Executive Director for its Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences (DEES). DEES’ approximately 50 faculty and support staff and 50 graduate research assistants and hourly employees and conducts approximately $10 million in research annually within a highly diversified research portfolio that includes biological, geological, and archaeological sciences. The DRI is the environmental research arm of Nevada’s System of Higher Education (NSHE). With greater than $50 million in annual revenue and ranking amongst the top 20 environmental research organizations in the US by the National Science Foundation, DRI strives to improve people’s lives throughout Nevada and the world. The DEES Executive Director reports to the Vice President for Research (VPR). Although the successful candidate can have their primary office in either Reno or Las Vegas, frequent travel between the two main DRI campuses is expected, and most weeks will require at least some time spent at the Reno campus. The primary function of the DEES Executive Director is to manage, facilitate, and grow divisional research activities, faculty and staff. Executive Directors are expected to apply scientific team leadership, program development/implementation, and managerial skills as described in a few more detailed items below. • Provide engaged and supportive direction to promote Divisional research capacity and professional development for faculty and staff. • Interact with funding agencies to market DEES’ capabilities, attract external research funds, and foster collaborative efforts with other institutions. • Lead efforts in workforce planning and recruitment of top talent; develop strategies to enhance retention of faculty and staff through incentives that reward success. Minimum Qualifications: 1) Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree in archaeological, biological, Earth sciences, or a related field, or professional experience commensurate with an advanced degree. 2) Broad understanding of earth and ecosystem sciences. 3) Evidence of success in building and leading research programs in governmental, private sector, or university settings, with specific experience in institutions and/or agencies that are funded through competitively awarded grants and contracts. 4) Evidence of significant scientific achievement including a record of peer-reviewed publications. 5) Demonstrated strong interpersonal, collaborative, and written communication skills. 6) Demonstrated experience in managing fiscal budgets for similar sized organizations. 7) Evidence of management experience in supervising personnel, conducting performance appraisals, and managing conflict. 8) Any applicant must be a citizen of the United States and be able to obtain and maintain both US Department of Energy “Q” and US Department of Defense Top Secret clearances, which may require a background investigation by the Federal government with possible subsequent re-investigations. Conditions of Employment: The successful candidate will be offered the position contingent upon passing a mandatory test for the absence of any illegal drugs as defined in 10 CFR 707.4 as well as satisfactory credit, criminal and background checks. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, priority will be given to applications received by April 15, 2014. Visit our website for a complete job description and details regarding the application process or call 702-862-5390. DRI is an AA/EEO/Disability/Veteran Employer.