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The Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan seeks a self-motivated, collaborative, innovative, and service-oriented leader for the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of the Computing and Multimedia Technology in the Survey Research Center.
ISR is comprised of five research entities: The Center for Political Studies (CPS), the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the Populations Studies Center (PSC), the Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD), and the Survey Research Center (SRC). Centers vary in size and structure; each with its own governance and administrative structures designed to support Center specific scientific and intellectual research agendas. ISR’s consolidated annual operating revenue is derived almost entirely from external research grants and contracts. ISR’s staff number approximately 270 faculty and 480 staff, with 100+ and 300+ respectively located in the SRC.
This position provides direct leadership over the SRC’s Computing and Multimedia Technologies (CMT) group that provides IT services across the Institute. CMT is comprised of 20+ IT staff engaged in research support, security, programming, desktop support, help desk, web services, advocacy, and information and infrastructure support services in support of SRC’s and ISR’s current and emerging needs. This position also represents ISR through active participation in campus-wide IT governance and planning and serves an important liaison role representing ISR and its respective Centers in not only research computing, but campus administrative services, computing, and data warehouse applications.
The CIO reports directly to the Director of the Survey Research Center and has a dotted reporting line to the Institute Administrative Committee (IAC).
As leader of CMT, the CIO will develop information technologies, applications, and services necessary to meet the highest level of user expectations through a blend of technical expertise, administrative experience, and strong communication and leadership skills. As CIO of ISR, the world’s largest academic social science survey and research organization, the CIO will be a leader in the development of innovative, secure, and efficient technology for the social sciences.
Participate in Institute and university strategic planning, bringing a current knowledge and future vision of information technology in support of ISR's position as a scientific leader in the planning and execution of high quality social science research, the dissemination of findings from this research, and the training of future generations of social scientists. Engage and coordinate with SRC and ISR stakeholders to identify needs, establish and/or propose strategic priorities to ensure ISR and SRC remain at the forefront of social science research computing.
Lead complex initiatives, including stakeholder engagement activities and associated communication strategies, to successful completion. Identify changes and trends in information technology and involve key stakeholders in interpreting the implications, maintaining ISR and SRC IT on the forefront of serving the diverse needs of their constituents.
Develop and foster effective collaborations across centers including ICPSR’s Director of Computing and Network Services, ISR’s principal investigators and project teams, research staff, faculty, and administrators to ensure an innovative approach to providing information technology services in support of fulfilling the mission of the Institute.
Leverage institute-wide advisory committees and other constituent groups to accelerate collaboration in addressing information technology needs across ISR. Manage the supply and demand for potential services. Leverage other campus service providers wherever applicable.
Be an advocate for IT in relation to resources, both people and tools, and seek alignment with ISR and SRC leadership.
Participate in campus-wide assessments of research and administrative computing and infrastructure needs.
Engage with other U-M units to ensure best in class service for SRC and ISR researchers including site licenses of software, access to enterprise-wide resources (such as High Performance Computing), and compliance with relevant security and human subjects mandates.
Management and Staff Development
Direct a highly skilled and diverse team of IT professionals by recruiting, coaching and counseling managers for success.
Develop and maintain an IT workforce with the appropriate mix of business knowledge, technical skills, and competencies in key technology areas of interest that include, but are not limited to: data security and accessibility within statutory and human subjects restrictions; archiving and documentation for long term projects; secure research data provision to users; cloud and web based solutions for high performance computing needs; social media, mobile and other mechanisms for survey administration and respondent communication; computational and storage capacity for terabyte scale multi-modal research data.
Aid with technology and security aspects of proposal development for new and established programs:
Consult with principal investigators (PIs) and research staff on project needs, identify solutions and contribute to budgeting for research computing aspects of proposals
Ensure the provision of necessary security certifications, audits and other required IT oversight
Provide input to Institutional Review Board disclosures and contribute to other compliance and reporting requirements at the project or program level
Develop an organization that is dedicated to continuous improvement and exemplary customer service as well as supporting an environment of calculated risk taking.
Work to build an IT organization that is inclusive, supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives and is a proponent of ISR’s Guiding Principles.
10+ years of demonstrated IT/Technology management with a history of leadership success in a complex organization
Master's degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology Management, Business Administration, Management or related field. (Relevant experience may be substituted for degree requirements.)
Demonstrated familiarity with different computer platforms, current security, human subjects, and research computing needs for social science
Demonstrated experience with technology strategy development and implementation
Demonstrated record of managing people in a dynamic and complex environment
Strong ability to build relationships with stakeholders who represent varied and sometimes competing interests
Confident, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, comfortable maintaining high visibility and working effectively with a broad constituency
Proven capability to attract, build, and manage a high performing team
3+ years of experience in an academic research setting
Bachelors or Masters level training in a relevant social science or data science field
Demonstrated experience with federal grant processes and procedures to support research
This position will require access to federal project data, some of which are subject to security clearance requirements. Candidates must agree to submit to SRC-funded background and security checks and either have or be able to obtain security clearance (up to federal level 5) within 6 (six) months of hire. Please be advised that current federal security clearance requirements limit level 5 clearance to U.S. citizens.
Salary is highly competitive.
The Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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