Director, ITS Research Computing

Rochester Institute of Technology

Director ITS Research Computing
8878BR
Finance & Administration
ITS Research Computing

Job Summary
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) seeks applications for the role of Director of Research Computing, a senior leadership position that supports the institution’s commitment to advancing the research goals of the university. The successful candidate will lead the development and implementation of advanced computing strategies that support RIT’s diverse research portfolio. This role requires a dynamic leader who can collaborate with faculty, senior leaders, and other stakeholders to enhance RIT’s research capabilities, ensuring that our computing resources effectively meet and are responsive to the evolving needs of our academic community.

As the Director of Research Computing, you will manage the development and operation of RIT’s high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure, as well as the delivery of research computing services. You will also foster collaborations and partnerships with academic units, research centers, and external organizations to enhance RIT’s research computing capabilities and impact. You will create an inclusive, aspirational research computing strategy and a plan to execute on that strategy.

Reporting to the Chief Information Officer, you will work closely with senior leaders, including the Vice President for Research, deans, and others to align research computing with RIT’s strategic goals and priorities. You will also lead a dynamic team who provides research computing and data management services, support, and consultation to the RIT research community. In addition, you will engage with faculty researchers across disciplines to understand their research computing needs and challenges, and to identify and implement solutions. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with an open and collaborative style who fosters innovation, teamwork, employee development, and operational effectiveness.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide direction for all research computing services, ensuring appropriate researcher involvement, service documentation, delivery, and support.
  • Lead the Research Computing team, fostering an environment of collaboration, continuous improvement, and innovation in service strategy, design, and delivery.
  • Establish and communicate a clear mission, vision, and strategic plan for research computing services, ensuring alignment with the university’s broader goals.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and external partners, to support the university’s research computing objectives.
  • Stay abreast of emerging trends in research computing, pilot new services, and incorporate feedback to enhance service offerings continually.
  • Work closely with enterprise IT (ITS), college IT teams, and other IT staff to create research IT services that address research challenges and support research computing needs. Collaborate with ITS support leaders to ensure clear and efficient support strategies for non-research technical services.
  • Contribute to and support proposal development, especially related to data management and data sharing requirements.
  • Monitor and report on the performance of research computing services, providing stakeholders with insights into usage, growth, and service evolution and to inform planning and decision-making.
  • Ensure the development of a robust, financially sustainable research computing infrastructure that supports existing research initiatives and can adapt to support future research initiatives. Design and implement financial models for service delivery that are adaptable to different levels and types of infrastructure utilization.
  • Work collaboratively with the Information Security Office (ISO), Sponsored Research Services (SRS), and Institute Audit, Compliance, and Advisement (IACA) to ensure that research computing infrastructure is in full compliance with applicable federal, state and granting agency requirements.

Required Qualifications:
Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related information technology field or equivalent experience.
  • 9 years of related experience, including 5 years of managerial experience.
  • Experience leading teams, projects, programs, and/or functions.
  • Knowledge of the research computing ecosystem including AI, data management and storage, security compliance practices and standards, database management, software development and deployment, and instrumentation in a high-performance computing environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree – Master’s degree or Ph.D.
  • Proven experience working in advanced research computing within large-scale environments.
  • Experience working in a higher education setting, particularly in research computing or academic research.
  • Understanding of data security and compliance standards and regulations such as NIST 800-171 / 53, ITAR, DFARS
  • Proven record of engaging with academic researchers and establishing good working relationships with faculty, staff, administrators, vendors, and other university stakeholders.
  • Analytical and problem-solving mindset
  • Capacity for managing change and applying innovative solutions.
  • Exceptional communication skills, coupled with an ability to navigate difficult situations and complex issues.
  • Leadership experience in guiding teams and projects toward effective and sustainable technology solutions, particularly in research computing.
  • Budget management experience

Department/College Description
Information and Technology Services (ITS) provides information technology leadership, services, and innovative solutions to support RIT’s strategic goals. We plan, develop, implement, and maintain secure, reliable, and responsive systems, infrastructure, services, and programs. We collaborate with partners and stakeholders across campus to address the technical needs of the RIT community. We strive to provide outstanding service to the campus community.

Minimum Qualifications
Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related information technology field or equivalent experience.
  • 9 years of related experience, including 5 years of managerial experience.
  • Experience leading teams, projects, programs, and/or functions.
  • Knowledge of the research computing ecosystem including AI, data management and storage, security compliance practices and standards, database management, software development and deployment, and instrumentation in a high-performance computing environment.

Professional Area:
Employment Category: Fulltime
Staff Job Function: Wage Band: $104600 – $175200
Hourly/Salary Minimum: $104600
Hourly/Salary Maximum: $175200

How to Apply
In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: http://careers.rit.edu/staff. Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter the title of the position or the BR number.

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Additional Details

Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the world’s leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For.” RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit www.rit.edu/overview/rankings-and-recognition and www.rit.edu.

As a member of the RIT community employees receive a well-balanced benefits package that offers a variety of choices and access to additional employment advantages. These benefits, combined with an employee’s pay, provide a total compensation package that can be tailored to meet your needs. More on RIT’s Benefits, Health & Wellness program can be found at: https://www.rit.edu/fa/humanresources/content/benefits-health-and-wellness

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov

Hourly/Salary Minimum: 104600
Hourly/Salary Maximum:175200

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