Executive Director for the Division of Hydrologic Sciences

Reno or Las Vegas, NV, US

Job Description

The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is the non-profit environmental research institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and is a leader in environmental sciences applying knowledge and technologies to improve people’s lives throughout Nevada and the world. The mission of the Division of Hydrologic Sciences (DHS) within DRI is to improve society’s fundamental knowledge and understanding of hydrologic systems and to encourage more effective and efficient management of water resources. Approximately $45 million of DRI’s research is funded almost exclusively through competitively awarded grants and contracts from federal, state, local, private, and international agencies. Visit http://www.dri.edu and http://www.dri.edu/dhs for more detailed information about our research activities.

Position Description

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.

Leadership Responsibilities 

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.
Participate with the DRI senior leadership team to target new areas of research that address regional, national and global problems, as well as support other efforts and assignments, as needed.

Continue to foster and maintain high Divisional morale, a healthy work culture, and promote interdisciplinary science partnerships.

Management and Division Responsibilities

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.
Track Division-wide trends in scientific products including peer-reviewed publications, reports, proposals, and patents.
Work with DHS Business Managers to establish revenue projections, set budget priorities, allocate Division funds, and coordinate fiscal affairs with the Financial Services Office.
Maintain a culture of safety for all staff involved in field and laboratory research.
Perform human resources functions, including annual performance-based evaluations of faculty and staff, and recommendations of faculty for promotions and awards.
Ensure optimum use of existing equipment and facilities. Prioritize on-going DHS facility needs and advocate for additional resources as necessary.
Collaborate with DRI and NSHE leadership, and DRI’s Office of Education, to develop and coordinate teaching and outreach opportunities.
Ensure compliance with DRI/NSHE policies and regulations.

Research Program Development and Implementation

Connect with funding agencies to promote DHS capabilities and attract research funds that result in opportunities for faculty and staff.
Coordinate synergistic interactions between DHS research faculty and administrative staff, as well as with DRI’s other Divisions and Centers for research program development.
Develop and implement strategies for high-level interdisciplinary research teams from DRI and external entities to compete for large research programs.

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. 

Strongly Preferred Qualifications

Demonstration of experience leading an organization through administrative and programmatic changes.
Direct experience identifying research issues and developing/implementing strategies that enhanced a similar organization’s prestige and financial standing.