The SSCS Director reports to the Associate Dean for Academic Planning and Operations, with dotted-line reporting to the University of Chicago CIO. The Director of Social Science Computing Services (SSCS) has overall technology responsibility for the Division of Social Sciences. The Director leads strategic planning and operations for IT architecture, services, and resource allocation; ensures the highest performance standards are met across SSCS IT infrastructure and services; and develops policy, operating practices, and related documentation, including compliance with University IT policy and best-practices. The SSCS Director manages a staff of approximately 15-20 people across systems architecture, service delivery, and operations.
Lead short-term and long-term strategic planning to meet the Divisionâ™s evolving IT needs
Oversee the design, implementation, support, and evaluation of technology solutions for SSD, including systems architecture and engineering, application development, and service-delivery; develop documentation and governance procedures for SSCS resource allocation and service delivery
Develop strong partnerships with other campus resource-providers to effectively coordinate SSCS as part of a network of distributed resources; this includes close collaboration in IT resource-management and service-delivery with central IT Services, the Research Computing Center, and the University Library, among other possible partners
Manage SSD compliance with University policy and conformance to industry best-practices
Lead a staff team to meet high performance standards in design and performance of storage and compute resources and high service-delivery standards for clients with diverse technology needs; cultivate a standards-based, service-oriented mindset; build a workplace culture oriented toward continual process improvement and professional development
Lead effective decision-making in a complex management and organizational structure; plan and manage the SSCS budget; develop and manage standard hardware replacement cycles
Effectively plans and implements IT resources, services, and policy that consistently make valuable contributions to research and teaching programs for the Division of Social Sciences, as measured by faculty and student feedback; effectively communicates IT resources, services, and policy to SSD faculty, students, and staff
Leads ongoing IT improvement and leverages SSCS resources through close collaboration with other University partners, including central IT Services, Research Computing Center, Secure Data Enclave, and the University Library
Exercises strong judgment and effective strategies for engaging central resources in IT Services and RCC, the SSCS faculty advisory board, and the SSD deanâ™s office on strategic planning
Inspires, motivates, and facilitates positive workplace culture in SSCS, actively facilitates SSCS staff participation in conceiving and planning for development of new Divisional and University IT resources
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelorâ™s degree required
Masterâ™s degree in IT, or a related field, preferred
A minimum of 10 years of IT development/operations experience, including leadership roles, required
Proven ability to deliver high-value results working within a complex organizational structure with distributed ownership/responsibility for resources and services required
Experience managing a staff of IT professionals required
Experience leading a work team to function with shared sense of purpose toward defined performance goals required
Experience working in a matrix ed organization required
Experience collaborating with partner units and working horizontally across an organization to effectively implement change required
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
A proven track record for recruiting and retaining outstanding technical and managerial talent required
Proven leadership capabilities, initiative, and an entrepreneurial and imaginative approach required
Discretion, strong personal and professional integrity, a team-oriented attitude, and good judgment required
A high level of energy, ambition, and an orientation to action required
Outstanding communication and listening skills to effectively serve multiple constituencies across the organization required
Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills required
Experience leading an IT organization for a highly decentralized, people and data intensive business, either in the commercial or non-profit sectors, preferred
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