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IETF Administrative Director Job Announcement
- From: Kurt Erik Lindqvist
- Date: Tue Jan 18 11:09:54 2005
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The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is responsible for
developing and defining the standards and protocols that make up the
Internet. The IETF was established in 1986, and has since then been
the center of development for the technologies that make up what we
think of as the Internet.
Until now, administration of the IETF has been carried out by helper
organizations; the IETF has had no direct staff that was working only
for the IETF and its interests.
The community that makes up the IETF has as part of a long-term
administrative restructuring, decided to create an Administrative
Support Activity, the Internet Administrative Support Activity
(IASA). The IASA will formally be structured as a function of the
Internet Society (ISOC). To run this activity, the IASA Transition
Team is now seeking a highly capable individual to serve as IASA
Administrative Director (IAD). The IAD will lead the work of
supporting the organization that defines and develops the future
Internet and associated technologies.
As IAD, you will be reporting to the IETF Administrative Oversight
Committee (IAOC) and be accountable to the IETF community. This is a
highly visible and very demanding job; you will be expected to work
daily with some of the leading Internet technologists of the world.
You will be expected to:
o Document the administrative requirements of the IETF, IESG, IAB
and IRTF, and manage the work to fulfill them.
o Establish the IASA annual budget, oversee financial
administration, and report on IASA work to the IETF.
o Work with ISOC and various service providers to establish
appropriate agreed budgets and related financial and
o Negotiate contracts with service providers and establish
procedures for measuring and reporting the performance of these
o Serve as the day-to-day responsible person for administrative
operations that support the IETF process, managing a number of
contractors and working with a number of volunteers.
o Serve as the primary staff resource for the IASA.
o Work with your contractors and members of the IETF community to
provide adequate support and planning for 3 IETF meetings
annually, and for frequent meetings and teleconferences of the
IAB, IESG, and other bodies that support the IETF.
The following characteristics are necessary for this job:
o This job is public service. You should be able to work
successfully with large numbers of people from numerous
countries. This requires a large work capacity, the ability to
handle many simultaneous tasks, and the ability to listen
o This is an operations job. IETF meetings are large and complex,
and the day-to-day activities of the standards-making process is
demanding. You should be adept at getting real results and
helping large groups work together towards common goals and
o This is a public job. You will be required to present the
results and achievements of the IASA in front of the community
as well as dealing with questions from individual members of
the community. One goal of IASA is to achieve as much
transparency and accountability as possible, so good
communication skills and previous similar experiences are
o This job requires a financially astute individual. The IETF is
a $2-$3 million per year operation. IETF funds are tight and
we expect you to take leadership in establishing our budgetary
procedures, our procurement standards, and understanding our
In-depth familiarity with the IETF prior to assuming this position is
not required, but you must be able to get up to speed quickly and
learn the unique culture and requirements of the organization.
Likewise, long-term technical experience is not required, but you
must be a quick learner and adept at using the Internet effectively.
The person hired will be an employee of the Internet Society
The Internet Society is based in Reston, Virginia and in Geneva,
Switzerland, and the job will require a high level of
travel for IETF meetings and preparation and related meetings.
You may work out of a home office as a telecommuter or use the
Internet Society facilities. In either case, you should
be prepared to travel frequently to Virginia, IETF meetings,
and the locations
where the IETF has contractors.
Salary levels commensurate with experience and qualifications.
You must be fluent in spoken and written English.
Applications should have a covering letter and include a CV. They can
either be sent to email@example.com, or an applicant can fill in the
application form at
https://www.isoc.org/isoc/general/career/jobapplication.php. For any
questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be evaluated starting February 18th, and
continuously thereafter. Applications will be evaluated, and the IAD
will be selected and appointed, by the IASA transition team.
The list of applicants will not be posted publicly, but will be
reviewed in confidence by members of the evaluation committee, the
IAB, and the IESG.
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