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Executive Director Philadelphia, PA

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) seeks an experienced and dedicated leader to be the next Executive Director. SIAM is the premier international applied mathematics society, with a community of more than 14,500 individual members and almost 400 institutional members in 100 countries. Incorporated in 1952 as a nonprofit organization to convey useful mathematical knowledge to professionals who could leverage mathematical theory for practical, industrial, or scientific use, the Society has flourished and now publishes 18 of the highest impact journals in applied mathematics, while serving as a critical convener of leaders in the field from education, industry, government, and beyond. The next Executive Director will join SIAM at a time of tremendous opportunity as the Society continues to increase its global presence, expands its work in important areas like data science and uncertainty quantification, and further partners with industrial members that distinguish SIAM from peer societies.

The Executive Director will report to the Board of Trustees and work closely with the Board and leaders on the SIAM Council to shape the strategic direction for the Society, identify and pursue growth strategies, continuously analyze the Society’s progress, and ensure that SIAM’s vision, mission, and priorities remain relevant in a field that has immeasurable importance in innovations across virtually every sector and discipline. The Executive Director also works closely with stakeholders on key policy decisions and provides overall management of the organization and its 70 employees based in Philadelphia.

The successful candidate for this influential position will possess skills to lead a complex organization and demonstrate a strong commitment to the power of scientific research to benefit society. They will be mission oriented as well as business minded, committed to developing a shared vision and strategy for the Society, and able to advance innovative partnerships, programs, and revenue models that support SIAM’s core mission and provide increased value to its membership. The next Executive Director will position SIAM to be an innovator in new models of publishing and conferences, and also broaden the Society’s focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a visible public representative of the Society, the candidate will also possess the ability to enthusiastically and persuasively advocate for SIAM among the scientific community, policy makers, industry groups, funding organizations, and individual donors. A terminal degree in a STEM field is preferred. Demonstrated success in leading STEM organizations is also valued.

Kate Barry and Chris McEntee are leading this search with Sydney Giller.

SIAM is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


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