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Executive Director, Division of Hydrologic Sciences, Desert Research Institute

The Desert Research Institute (DRI) has an exciting opportunity for a qualified innovative individual to provide scientific leadership and management for its Division of Hydrologic Sciences (DHS). The primary function of the 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.

DHS has approximately 140 faculty and support staff, graduate research assistants and hourly employees that have built a solid reputation for delivering high-quality research, development, and education services in the interdisciplinary fields of hydrologic sciences and engineering and conducts more than $11 million in research annually.

The successful candidate will: 1) perform oversight of DHS personnel and resources; 2) provide career support for DHS scientists and recruit new talent; 3) work with faculty to maintain and grow the existing portfolio of DHS research projects; 4) assist faculty to identify new opportunities by leveraging existing capabilities and engaging with potential sponsors of future research; and 5) foster teamwork within DRI/NSHE.

Applicants must have 1) U.S. citizenship is required and the ability to obtain and maintain a US government security clearance is mandatory, 2) A doctorate or a master’s degree from an accredited institution in water-related civil or environmental engineering, hydrology, aquatic geochemistry, or related field; with proven research accomplishments, 3) Demonstrable excellence with two or more of the core competencies (Leadership, Management, and Program Development) and significant experience with the third.

Qualified individuals interested in this position must apply online at, click on our Featured Position. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is closed.

DRI is an AA/EEO/Disability/Veteran Employer.