Thread: President

Started: 2019-10-22 10:41:30
Last activity: 2019-10-22 10:41:30
Marlo Swanson
2019-10-22 10:41:30

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) invites applications and nominations for the next President of the Consortium. The President is the public face of IRIS and represents the Consortium through leadership and management activities with the geosciences community, federal agencies, partners, and member institutions.

Founded in 1984 with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), IRIS is a consortium of 125 U.S. universities dedicated to advancing 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, DC, 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 53 full-time professional staff.

Candidates for the President position will have significant management experience as well as a background in leading complex research or facilities programs in academia, related government agencies, or industry. Candidates should be able to collaborate and negotiate strategically with other scientific and educational facilities and organizations. This is particularly critical at this time given NSF’s 2019 decision to support a single seismic and geodetic facility starting in 2023. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Earth Science, or equivalent professional expertise, along with experience in the administration of federal awards, a comprehensive understanding of federal funding structures and requirements, and an ability to identify and pursue new and diverse funding sources.

The President should be a dynamic leader who is able to communicate effectively with the IRIS community, federal agency leadership, and other sponsors and scientists. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of successful scientific and administrative leadership and be able to proficiently engage with and build consensus across the geophysical community. The President will be capable of vision, planning, and executive management in partnership with the governing IRIS Board of Directors. Candidates must promote and embrace diversity and inclusion, global awareness, and ethical values.

A more in-depth position description may be found at

Requests for additional information should be directed to Professor Charles J. Ammon, Chair, IRIS President Search Committee, hr<at> 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 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

The IRIS Consortium believes a diverse staff makes us a stronger organization. We are committed to hiring people of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation or gender identities, marital status, veteran status, religions, and disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Marlo Swanson
Business Operations & Human Resources Manager
O: 202.407.7011
C: 703.203.8389

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