The position is advertised on both the IRFU's and Odgers Berndtson's websites.
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne said: "This is a truly challenging position and one which will be key for Irish rugby. We are looking for an exceptional individual who can develop integrated, high performance systems that will be implemented across the representative game in Ireland, leading to the delivery of consistent and sustained excellence in performances."
The search will be led for Odgers Berndtson by Simon Cummins and Simon Hayes.
Simon Cummins, Head of the Global Sports Practice at Odgers Berndtson, said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Irish Rugby Football Union to find an outstanding Performance Director for one of Ireland's leading sports organisations."