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Deputy Director, Infrastructure


Posted: 09/09/2022

Deputy Director, Infrastructure
Full TimeRemote, Remote, USRequisition ID: 1009
Seattle, WA, US

Salary Range:103,000.00 To 159,700.00 (USD) Annually

Deputy Director, Infrastructure

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Data Services is searching for a Deputy Director, Infrastructure to join our team.

IRIS is  a small, scientific consortium with a global reach.  The work we perform and the services we provide have a significant and direct impact on earthquake and other geoscience research.  We operate the largest repository of seismological data dedicated to supporting researchers worldwide.  The Deputy Director leading the Infrastructure section of IRIS’s Data Services (DS) directorate is responsible for managing the computational platform(s) and related services supporting a geophysical data management system that is primarily cloud-based, but that will also have some on-premises systems. The scope includes database and administration, system administration, cloud service administration, incident response and licenses.  These responsibilities entail developing and implementing processes for sustained operation of technical infrastructure, documenting procedures for timely incident response, creating budgets necessary to fulfill the section’s assignments; supervising the section staff: managing consultant agreements; monitoring the quality of the work performed; purchasing equipment as required; and identifying, assessing, and managing risks.

Deputies are members of the DS management team and provide their input and opinions to other Deputies and the Director in the day-to-day management of the directorate.

Required qualifications

  • Experience maintaining and managing operations of cloud platforms and other infrastructure
  • Experience contributing to the development of infrastructure for a primarily cloud-based platform
  • Experience maintaining and managing corporate IT, including email services, networking, staff computer resources, and on-premise systems for data capture.
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science/engineering or equivalent professional experience
  • Eight years of experience in management of staff
  • Demonstrated experience maintaining long-term cloud-based infrastructure
  • Knowledge of the management and maintenance of on-premise systems
  • Experience procuring services and equipment from vendors

The essential responsibilities for this position may be found in the attached position description.  Some travel (up to 20%) within the United States will be required.

In accordance with Executive Order 14042, all IRIS employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g. telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law.  If offered employment, you will therefore be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation in proof of vaccination before your appointment or onboarding with IRIS or document an approved exemption.  Information about requesting a medical or religious accommodation/exemption should be directed to Human Resources.

IRIS is unable to provide sponsorship for work authorization within the United States. 

Applicants may apply by going to the IRIS Career Center:

IRIS was founded in 1984 with support from National Science Foundation (NSF), IRIS is a consortium of 125 U.S. universities dedicated to advance research and education in seismology to understand our dynamic planet and to benefit society.  IRIS programs contribute to new discoveries within our planet, natural hazard mitigation, national security, environmental monitoring, advances in geo-computation, networking and communications, and in building a scientifically and technologically proficient workforce.  The IRIS membership comprises virtually all U.S. universities with research programs in seismology and includes a growing number of Educational Affiliates, U.S. Affiliates, and Foreign Affiliates.  IRIS management is currently headquartered in Washington, D.C., but IRIS facilities are distributed internationally and operated in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey and other partner organizations and institutions.  IRIS has annual revenues of approximately $30 million, and the Consortium employs roughly 51 full-time professional staff. 

IRIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We believe a diverse staff makes us a stronger organization.   IRIS is committed to hiring people of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders (except where sex in a bona fide occupational qualification), sexual orientation or gender identities, marital status, veteran status, religions and disabilities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Application review began May 23rd and will continue until the position is filled.


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