Job Opening



Posted: 10/16/2019

Title:  President
Department:  Management
Reports To:  Board of Directors
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Employee Status:  Full-Time
Office:  Washington, DC
Date:  September, 2019


The President is responsible for leadership, direction and overall management of the organization and its resources.  Works with the Board of Directors toward the achievement of the organization’s mission, strategy and its goals and objectives.  Reports to the Board of Directors. Sets standards and expectations for senior management and other key positions.

As defined in the IRIS Bylaws (Article VI, Section 4):
“Except as otherwise provided by the Board of Directors, the President shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation, and unless authority is given by these Bylaws or the Board of Directors to other officers or agents to do so, he or she shall execute all contracts and agreements on behalf of the Corporation.  It shall be his or her duty, insofar as the facilities and funds furnished to him or her by the Corporation permit, to see that the orders and votes of the Board of Directors and the purposes of the Corporation are carried out. In the absence of the Chairman or the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, the President shall preside at meetings of the Board of Directors.  The President may appoint advisory committees or panels to assist in carrying out the business of the Corporation.”


  • Acts as primary organizational liaison with the Board of Directors
  • Directs the organization in implementation of the Board designated programs and initiatives
  • Interacts with and facilitates the operation of all levels of Consortium governance
  • Advises the Board on the financial and management health of the organization
  • Secures resources and funding to support the organization
  • Promotes the Consortium’s activities with member institutions, other organizations and the public
  • Represents the Consortium in interactions with national and international organizations
  • Facilitates the Consortium’s interactions with current and potential sponsor agencies
  • Represents the Consortium in program reviews required by sponsors


  • Holds position as Chief Executive Officer of the corporation
  • Oversees the activities of Program Management staff
  • Tracks the status and health of all program activities
  • Takes part in strategic negotiations with other scientific and educational organizations.
  • Holds or designates signature authority for all contractual and fiscal transactions of the corporation
  • Holds or designates Principal Investigator authority on all grants and awards on behalf of the Consortium
  • Approves organizational policies and procedures
  • Ensures adherence to federal regulations and policies
  • Ensures fulfillment of award reporting requirements
  • Approves HR actions including benefit allocations, salary increases and hiring, promotion and dismissal of employees


  • Serves on external committees and board as approved by the IRIS Board
  • Makes presentations describing and promoting the Consortium’s activities at national and international meetings

JOB SPECIFICATIONS: (Knowledge, Skill and Ability Requirements):

  • Ability to communicate effectively with federal agency leadership, sponsors, scientists, technical staff and the general public
  • Determined, self-motivated, logical and energetic with a keen interest in learning
  • Capable of working independently and within a consortium governance structure
  • Prior supervisory and management experience
  • Ability to motivate staff and others to accomplish goals and objectives
  • Willingness to travel, both nationally and internationally
  • Knowledge of the academic research community
  • Ability to tap into diverse funding sources
  • Understanding of federal funding structures and requirements
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills


  • The minimum level of education and experience for this position includes:
  • PhD in one of the Geosciences, or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience leading complex research or facilities programs in academia, related government agencies or industry
  • Management Experience
  • Experience with administration of federal awards

Requests for additional information should be directed to Professor Charles J. Ammon, Chair, IRIS President Search Committee, Applications should include a full vita; a statement describing the applicant’s vision for IRIS for the immediate term and for the period beyond the 2023 expiration of the current SAGE2 cooperative agreement; a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the names and contact information of three references. Applications and nominations will be accepted until a new President is selected.  For optimal consideration, interested parties are encouraged to apply by 15 December 2019 at the address below.

Presidential Search Committee c/o IRIS
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005


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