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Executive Vice President for Research

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Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent in confidence to consultants Brian Bloomfield and Suzanne Teer via email to Applications should include (1) a CV and (2) a narrative describing the applicant’s background, qualifications, and a strategic vision for advancing DRI research. The position will remain open until filled. For fullest consideration candidate materials should be received by September 15, 2017.

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Position Information

Posting Number F052
Position Title Executive Vice President for Research
Location Reno, NV
FTE 100
Position Summary

The Desert Research Institute (DRI) invites expressions of interest, nominations, and applications for the position of Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR). DRI is of one of the nation’s leading research organizations dedicated to Earth and environmental science, education, technology, and economic development. The EVPR is the number two leadership position at DRI and will work closely with DRI’s newly appointed President. The position presents an opportunity for an ambitious and entrepreneurial individual to lead a research enterprise that advances Earth and environmental sciences, technological development, education, and policies that impact the sustainability of the planet.

Created in 1959 as part of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and with campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, DRI is composed of over 500 employees, including approximately 150 principal investigators working in more than 40 scientific fields. Its operating budget of $44 million is funded through contracts and grants from the Federal government, private sector partnerships, state appropriations, and philanthropy. DRI faculty members also teach and advise students at universities and colleges throughout Nevada.

DRI’s investigators are non-tenured, entrepreneurial, and responsible for generating their salaries from external funding. This blend of academic rigor and private-sector pragmatism has earned DRI a reputation for delivering rapid, high quality environmental and related sciences research in a businesslike fashion. DRI researchers increase scientific knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s environment, promote the preservation of diverse ecosystems, advance responsible resource management, and improve human health and welfare.

Reporting to the President, the EVPR will: 1) contribute to a shared strategic research vision for the Institute, 2) create opportunities and collaborations to enhance DRI’s mission, reputation, and impact, 3) work effectively with external funding agencies, industry, and other partners to develop additional resources, 4) ensure research integrity and regulatory compliance, 5) champion technology transfer, commercialization, and economic development, and 6) oversee research operations.

DRI’s forward thinking EVPR will promote the DRI research enterprise and foster a healthy research environment. The EVPR will work closely with the President to engage funding agencies, private sector partners, and other external constituencies to invest in DRI’s scientific mission. The EVPR must be committed to fostering a collaborative environment. They should demonstrate the ability to work effectively with faculty, administrators, and others in senior leadership. The EVPR must have the capacity to bolster existing relationships and develop new partnerships with other research institutions, as well as with organizations across academia and industry.

Required Qualifications

The EVPR will have a track record of successful, altruistic leadership of a complex research enterprise. He or she will possess the skills needed to build teams and manage effective research operations. A Ph.D. in an environmental discipline related to DRI’s mission is preferred, but the committee will also consider non-Ph.D. leaders with an exceptional record of advancing research. A strong research background, excellent peer-reviewed publications, and success in obtaining and managing large external research grants and contracts are highly desired qualifications. The successful candidate must be a United States citizen and able to obtain and maintain top secret security clearances. Additional information about DRI and this position can be found at

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Salary Information

Starting salary is commensurate with experience and education. DRI offers a benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance; 14.5% matching retirement by DRI with a broad range of investments choices; two days paid annual and 2 days paid sick leave per month, 11 holidays; tuition reduction at NSHE institutions for employee, spouse and dependents; relocation allowance. Additionally there is no state income tax and no social security deduction. (See faculty benefits at:

Note to Applicants

Within 30 working days of his/her start date of the position, the individual who is offered and accepts this position must provide a copy of the transcript(s) up to the highest degree that he/she acquired as awarded by an accredited institute recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

EEO Statement

DRI is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability (whether actual or perceived by others) or military status or obligation, and veteran status in employment, programs, and activities. It is further required that DRI take affirmative action in all employment matters to ensure that our policies and practices are non-discriminatory.

Posting Detail Information

Position Type Administrative Faculty
Open Date 07/28/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes

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