Executive Director, Division of Hydrologic Sciences

position can be located in Reno, Nevada or Las Vegas, Nevada
Salary is commensurate with experience and education + benefits, relocation, matching retirement
Apr 02, 2018
May 02, 2018
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The Desert Research Institute (DRI) has an exciting opportunity for an Executive Director for its Division of Hydrologic Sciences (DHS). DHS has approximately 130 faculty and support staff and 20 graduate research assistants and conducts more than $11 million in research annually within a highly diversified research portfolio that includes hydrogeology, geochemistry, water resource management, global change, geostatistical and earth systems analysis, and ecological engineering. 

The primary function of the DHS Executive Director is to support, facilitate, and expand Division research activities through leadership that augments and enhances the Division’s multi-disciplinary scientific skills. DRI has two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, NV; the position can be located at either facility.

Executive Directors are expected to apply leadership, management, and research program development and implementation skills as described in a few more detailed items below.

  • Provide leadership and direction to integrate the Divisional strengths, encourage interactions among Division scientists and anticipate areas of scientific growth and opportunity.
  • Make strategic decisions that move the Division forward by understanding its capabilities and role in regional, national and international settings.
  • Provide direction to faculty and staff to support scientific and programmatic needs.
  • Lead efforts in workforce planning and recruitment of new diverse faculty and staff.
  • Prioritize allocation of Divisional funds for development of research programs.
  • Connect with funding agencies to promote DHS capabilities and attract research funds that result in opportunities for faculty and staff.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited institution in water-related, civil or environmental engineering, aquatic geochemistry, or related field; or professional experience commensurate with an advanced degree.
  • Evidence of success in a setting in which a significant portion of funding comes from competitively awarded grants and contracts.
  • Evidence of innovation and success in leading research programs in governmental, private, or academic settings.
  • Demonstration of strong interpersonal, collaborative, and written communication skills built around a successful research program, including a record of peer-reviewed publications and a broad understanding of hydrologic sciences.
  • Ability to supervise/manage budgets, personnel, and human resource functions for organizations similar to DHS.
  • 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 will require a background investigation by the Federal government with possible subsequent re-investigations. 

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.

Qualified individuals interested in this position must apply online at https://nshe.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/DRI-External/job/DRI---Reno-NV/Executive-Director-for-the-Division-of-Hydrologic-Sciences_R0108923. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, your application package should be received by April 29, 2018. Applications will be treated confidentially until the final stages of the search process. References will be contacted at a later date with the permission of the applicant.

For more detailed information about DRI, DRI faculty, and research projects and publications, please visit us at www.dri.edu. For questions regarding this position, please call the recruiting office at 775-673-7332.

DRI is an AA/EEO employer who gives consideration in employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Individuals with disabilities or protected veteran status are encouraged to apply.