NISS Seeking Next Director


The National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) seeks a talented statistical scientist to serve as its director. In 2015, NISS celebrated its 25th anniversary with a renewed focus on its mission to identify, catalyze and foster high-impact research and to offer exceptional opportunities for training to promote and advance the statistical and data sciences in the United States. 

NISS is a multi-hub national institute that delivers research on critical issues in science and in public policy by leveraging the rich expertise of its staff with that of its affiliated organizations in academia, industry and government. With hubs in both the Research Triangle in North Carolina and Washington, DC, NISS is committed to providing statistical services that advance science, policy and global issues. 

Outward focus of NISS is the goal for the next 25 years. NISS seeks a Director to expand while retaining and growing its active hubs and increasing its engagement with the broader statistical community. The hallmark of a NISS project is the high level of expertise that leads to relevant and implementable solutions. NISS achieves high-quality results by pairing experienced senior leadership with teams of talented (post-PhD) junior researchers and technical staff. 

The Director of NISS also serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and is responsible for every aspect of the Institute’s vision and operation, including: 

  •  Serving as NISS’ most articulate and persuasive advocate. 
  •  Envisioning, developing and executing the scientific programs of NISS. 
  •  Ensuring continued independence, unassailable quality, and the relevance and timeliness of the NISS research portfolio. 
  •  Recruiting, nurturing and strengthening community engagement in support of NISS. 
  •  Safeguarding the fiscal health of NISS while maintaining the strength of the NISS Affiliates Programs. 

The Director also oversees the scientific and support staff of NISS. S/he leads the selection, mentoring and career advancement of postdoctoral fellows, and sets the tone and style of NISS as an employer. 

Qualifications for the Director and CEO of NISS include a PhD in the statistical sciences or a related discipline, a strong record of scientific accomplishment, experience in assembling, securing resources, and managing cross-disciplinary, multi-organization collaborations, superb communication skills and enthusiasm about NISS. 

It is desirable, but not essential that the Director hold a faculty appointment at a major research university. Establishing one of the NISS research hubs at the Director’s major research university is also an option. 

The search committee’s goal is for the new Director to begin on July 1, 2017 with a transition period to follow. The Director is expected to take over the full responsibilities of running NISS no later than January 1, 2018. 

Applications and nominations should be sent to Applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV/resume and contact information for five references. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the Director position is filled. Women and members of under-represented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Please contact our Search Committee for questions and inquiries: Raymond P. Bain, Chair, Mary Ellen Bock, Rebecca Doerge and Leland Wilkinson. These questions/inquiries should be sent to