International Computer Science Institute - Executive Director

CA, Berkeley

The International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) seeks an experienced and collaborative administrative leader with significant management and operational expertise to serve as its next executive director.

ICSI, located in Berkeley, California, is a leading center for research in computer science and one of the few independent, nonprofit research institutes focused on computer sciences in the United States. ICSI provides a vibrant, international environment for leading academic and industrial research. There are approximately eighty scientists in residence at ICSI including principal investigators, postdoctoral associates and visiting researchers. ICSI’s primary funding comes from U.S. federal agencies and, since its inception in 1988, the Institute has leveraged its close affiliation with the University of California, Berkeley and an ongoing international visiting program to augment its research efforts.

Current research projects span from the development of a more sophisticated, machine-readable lexicon to support the next generation of human-machine interaction technologies to security analysis of the use of data by a range of actors across the Internet. This security research, part of the ICSI’s “Usable Security and Privacy Projects” group, was recently featured on NBC News. Additionally, the work of ICSI researchers is frequently commercialized with two recent startup examples including Corelight and AppCensus.

The executive director serves as the administrative head of the Institute, reporting directly to the Board of Trustees and working closely with ICSI’s chief scientist. The executive director is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day Institute functions including the sponsored projects office, budgeting and financial planning, human resources and facilities. The ED works in close coordination with the chief scientist to cultivate the success of the Institute and its investigators, build community and continuity, support strategic opportunities and further develop ICSI’s international activity.

In the executive director, ICSI seeks a hands-on administrator with finely honed organizational management acumen and experience to lead and motivate an effective administrative leadership team as well as cross-functional teams that include administrative and scientific staff. This individual should be an exceptional communicator and translator of ideas, excel in relationship building and have confidence as a strong fiscal steward, particularly in the context of working with federal agencies. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree (a master’s degree or doctorate is preferred) and five years of research management or equivalent experience. 

A detailed leadership profile is available to the right.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile. WittKieffer is assisting ICSI in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by September 4, 2020. Submit application materials to WittKieffer’s candidate portal using the buttons below. Please direct confidential nominations and inquiries to Suzanne Teer, Greg Duyck and Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. at

ICSI is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. The Institute is committed to having the best available persons in every job. To this end, ICSI prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), religion (all aspects of religious beliefs, observance or practice, including religious dress or grooming practices), marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or a record or history of cancer, and genetic characteristics), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition), genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. ICSI also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.