The Fellows of JILA govern the Institute. They are a voluntary association of invited CU faculty and NIST scientists who meet biweekly during the academic year and, if needed, during the summer. Every two years, the Fellows elect both a Chair and an Associate Chair. The Chair’s job is to implement the scientific and academic policies recommended by the Fellows and established by NIST and CU. The Associate Chair assists the Chair and may be selected as Chair during the next election. Typically, the Chair’s term of office is two years; NIST and CU Fellows usually alternate holding this position. The Chair is assisted by an Executive Committee, consisting of the NIST's Quantum Physics Division Chief, the Associate Chair, four Fellows, and the nonvoting JILA Chief of Operations and NIST Administrative Officer. The Executive Committee meets biweekly during the academic year and as needed during the summer to handle issues for the Fellows, including approval of proposals and appointments.
Beth Kroger, JILA's Chief of Operations, and Julia Bachinski, NIST Administrative Officer, work together to effectively administer JILA’s unique NIST-CU partnership. The Chief of Operations oversees CU administrative functions and nonscientific support services; conducts overall financial planning and execution for JILA; and supervises staff members who are responsible for CU-related services. The Chief of Operations also functions as the Chief of Staff and the JILA Safety Officer. The NIST Administrative Officer oversees NIST administrative functions and nonscientific support services; conducts financial planning and execution of NIST monies; and supervises the NIST employees and associates who are responsble for NIST-related services.