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Dryad Executive Director

Applications are no longer being accepted for this position. Dryad is seeking a dynamic new Executive Director to lead the continuing development and full operation of the organization during this time of ambitious growth and transformation. The ideal candidate will have proven experience working within the open data and open science communities and will skillfully leverage their knowledge to enable Dryad to expand partnerships with journals, scientific societies, research institutions, libraries, and funding organizations. The Executive Director will remotely manage the multidisciplinary Dryad staff, apply superior management skills to ensure the organization meets its objectives through sound financial planning and execution, provide full oversight of operations, and directly report to an international, highly experienced Board of Directors.

Key responsibilities

  • Serve as Dryad’s champion to the community
  • Ensure Dryad has a long-range strategy to achieve its mission and makes consistent and timely progress
  • Offer an innovative vision for promoting data openness in the scientific community and securing Dryad’s place as a key facilitator of data sharing
  • Lead initiatives to develop new models for data sharing and data curation to realize Dryad’s vision
  • Build strong connections to existing members and to new communities to broaden the impact of Dryad’s work
  • Secure financial support from key stakeholders to support Dryad’s ongoing financial sustainability
  • Develop partnerships with publishers, funders, and research institutions
  • Craft high-quality strategies and plans for realizing significant organizational growth both individually and through strategic partnerships
  • Working with the Associate Director, oversee the evaluation and implementation of services that increase impact and efficiency
  • Cultivate a dynamic and forward-thinking reputation for the organization and set strategies for marketing, communications, community relations
Management and administration
  • Provide financial oversight and develop, recommend, and monitor annual budgets; work with the Associate Director and Board Treasurer to manage cash flow; and support and pursue grant efforts that match the organization’s strategy
  • Working with the Associate Director, negotiate contracts, establish and maintain partnerships, and pursue grant opportunities
  • Cultivate a strong, responsive culture that focuses on fulfilling the organization’s mission, vision, and values
  • Lead organizational operations by overseeing staffing, training, supervision, and evaluation of a remote Dryad staff as well as contractors and project team members at partner institutions
Board of Director relations
  • Serve as non-voting officer of the Board and facilitate clear communication among the Board, project team, stakeholders, and contractors
  • Engage the Board and/or Board committees in policy discussions as needed
  • Assist in the recruitment of new, dynamic leaders to serve on the Board


  • Vision. You bring fresh ideas on new ways to grow the organization
  • Execution. You are entrepreneurial and do what it takes to produce great results
  • Experience. You have a track record of building and scaling community initiatives
  • Resourcefulness. You do a lot with a little, managing success in a startup environment
  • Leadership. You inspire with action and words
Compensation is competitive and commensurate with the selected candidate’s experience. Dryad also provides a full benefits package that includes comprehensive health benefits as well as paid time off in addition to office holidays. Dryad staff members are virtual and primarily work from home. Currently, the staff are located in the USA (East Coast and West Coast) however Dryad is excited to expand our workforce internationally. The Executive Director role will be virtual and, therefore, the location is flexible and will include frequent travel. It is Dryad’s policy to prohibit discrimination and preferential treatment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, religion, veteran status, physical or mental disability or medical condition. Applications are no longer being accepted for this position.