Director, Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society

Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire (US)
Commensurate with experience.
January 04 2017
Life Sciences

Dartmouth College invites inquiries, nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Founding Director of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society (IIES).  Established by Dartmouth and a generous gift from Irving Oil Limited, the Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation, Arthur L. Irving, Sandra Irving, and Sarah Irving, IIES seeks to advance understanding of the world’s energy challenges and catalyze changes in how humankind addresses them. It aims to contribute to a future with universal, affordable, and equitable access to environmentally sustainable energy services and systems.  

The Founding IIES Director will advance the Institute’s mission, build an administrative infrastructure of operational excellence, and establish and implement a shared strategic vision that leverages the cross-disciplinary expertise of the Dartmouth campus and colleagues across the globe.  The Irving Institute will bring together faculty, students and staff from Arts and Sciences, the Thayer School of Engineering, the Tuck School of Business, and the Geisel School of Medicine. Its world-class scholarship will lead to the discovery and dissemination of ideas, technologies, and policies to improve energy efficiency, equity and sustainability. At the same time, the Institute’s teaching and mentorship will prepare Dartmouth students to engage with the world’s energy-related problems from multiple perspectives. 

Reporting to Dartmouth’s Provost, the IIES Director will lead an intellectual community of scholars spanning the energy-society interface, including engineering, business, sciences, social sciences, humanities and arts.  The founding IIES Director will collaborate with other campus leaders to recruit distinguished faculty members, build new academic programs, and bring recognition to the Irving Institute and its mission through external engagement and philanthropic development.  The new Director will also be afforded a sizeable endowment to help build the Institute and an innovative, purpose-built facility in which to engage students, faculty and staff. 

The ideal Director will be an accomplished leader and recognized scholar in some facet of energy and its relationship to society, and she or he will hold academic credentials for appointment to a senior faculty position with tenure.  The Director’s disciplinary background is open, but successful candidates must possess a record of excellence in research, teaching and administration to address the complex issues related to energy and society.  Special interest will be focused on individuals with demonstrated achievement in leading large interdisciplinary research programs through successful faculty collaborations, effective management of a diverse staff and stakeholders, and the pursuit of strategic opportunities to produce meaningful results and relevant impact.  Experience with fundraising and engaging constituencies to invest in and increase recognition of the Institute’s mission to will be highly valued.  More information about the Irving Institute for Energy and Society can be found at: 

Inquiries, nominations and candidate materials, including a CV and cover letter describing professional background and qualifications, can be sent in confidence to consultants Brian Bloomfield and Jennifer Desjarlais via email to  The position will remain open until filled, but for fullest consideration candidate materials should be received by February 15th, 2017.  The recruitment will be conducted in confidence until finalists are invited for campus visits at which time professional references will be contacted. 

Dartmouth College values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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