The leadership of the IRC changes from year to year, with some positions elected and others appointed. The Board of Directors, elected by the general membership of the IRC, serves as the overarching executive board of the IRC. The President of the IRC is selected from the Board of Directors by the Board of Directors, on a whole. The Board of Directors additionally selects Corporate Officers and the directors of the boards headed by Corporate Officers. The President of the IRC solicits and selects members of IRC Central.
All program heads are elected by the voting membership of their program. Program heads may define the requirements for individuals of their respective programs to be considered voting members.