Under the direction and guidance of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and managing all aspects of the organization, while motivating staff, volunteers and partner organizations to make Earth science data matter. The ED is expected to be self-motivated and able to operate independently in a remote work environment based largely on the use of communications technology rather than daily face-to-face interactions. The position also requires effective interaction with ESIP sponsors (e.g., NASA, NOAA, and USGS).

The Executive Director reports to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and collaborates with the Board and the Executive Committee to set the vision and strategic objectives for ESIP. The Executive Director is responsible for the management of the organization, including the oversight of staff, programming, operations,and finance.  The ED will manage three direct reports including two full-time staff members as well as a part time position that supports operations and logistics. ESIP contracts additional staff support as needed around ESIP Meetings. The staff members coordinate the online and in-person volunteer efforts of more than 110 partner organizations and organize at least two national meetings per year.

The ED serves as a key public spokesperson and external relationship-builder for ESIP, along with the President.  An inspirational and collaborative leader internally and externally, the ED will offer a clear vision for the future, set ambitious goals, and implement them in collaboration with the Board, staff and other partners.

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