Director, Research and High Performance Computing Support (RHPCS)
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The Research and High Performance Computing Support (RHPCS) unit provides computing support to the research and high-performance computing communities at McMaster. It supports the computational and digital research infrastructure needs of researchers from all disciplines across campus. Services include data storage, backup, visualization and analysis programming, advanced research computing support, research software engineering and programming, web survey implementation, support with funding applications, strategic planning, and more. RHPCS works with other IT units across the University to provide comprehensive computing support to the McMaster community.
About the Position
We are seeking a Director to provide strategic leadership and technical expertise to RHPCS senior technology staff and managers engaged in the planning, implementation, and management of multiple large and complex information systems to support long-term strategic goals for digital research infrastructure and support. The Director will encourage collaboration and lead in a manner that inspires partnerships with internal and external partners, and the values of teamwork, service excellence, respect, integrity, accountability, and inclusivity.
Reporting to the Vice President, Research, the Director will be engaged in the support and direction of research computing services at McMaster in their capacity as Director of RHPCS. RHPCS partners with McMaster’s AVP and CTO office, University Technology Services (UTS), Computer Services Unit (CSU) in the Faculty of Health Science, the Privacy Office and all other Faculty and campus IT personnel to provide services for all researchers at McMaster. The Director works with government, industry, and partner organizations such as Compute Canada, the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO), ComputeOntario, SOSCIP and others, to deliver services that enable McMaster researchers to have access to state-of-the-art digital research infrastructure required for the computational and data intensive research they undertake. The Director leads a team of information, technology and other professionals that provide support across multiple domains and inform the research community of relevant policies, such as emerging data standards, and privacy and security compliance requirements. The Director co-chairs the IT Governance Research Technology Committee and ensures that research technology initiatives adhere to the IT Governance processes.
In a collaborative team environment, which embraces the values of integrity, teamwork, and inclusivity, the Director will serve as an organizational leader and is expected to:
- Lead the strategic development and ongoing maintenance for McMaster RHPCS, and its role in research IT support across the system. Aligns the operations with McMaster’s IT strategy. Develops integrated and innovative services to support the needs of McMaster’s research community.
- Lead the RHPCS team, fostering a culture of responsibility and accountability. Provides coaching and mentoring to create a cohesive and effective team. Promotes alignment and relationships between the RHPCS team members, other partner IT offices and client groups. Models valued leadership behaviors.
- Promote the development of critical team competencies. Provide career planning advice to staff and creates development plans to help staff achieve their career goals including assigning work which leverages their skills and capabilities and provides them with opportunities for learning.
- Contribute to and translate the information technology vision and strategic direction and oversee the development of function specific strategies, tactical plans, and initiatives.
- Provide the necessary leadership to ensure information sharing and integration of university computing systems and services.
- Approve and monitor plans, targets, and measures for reporting areas.
- Negotiate, source, and obtain financial, physical, or human resources to support long-term projects and programs.
- Ensure the development of policies, standards and controls related to operational efficiency, compliance, risk mitigation, and achievement of functional results.
- Address challenges and decisions having a functional impact, including those issues that may affect profile within the university community.
- Develop working relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders across the organization, providing expert advice on committees and initiatives and ensuring the solutions, programs and services are addressing business requirements.
- Act as the university's representative to related regional, national, and international agencies and organizations.
- Direct the preparation, control, and administration of budgets for reporting areas and approve major expenditures.
- Negotiate and manage service-level agreements within the university and with external agencies and organizations.
- Maintain appropriate professional designations and up-to-date knowledge of current information technology techniques and tools.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Are you the right candidate?
This role requires a senior level professional with a minimum of 10 years of progressive managerial experience and specialized experience in administration and operation of centrally managed information technology or the equivalent of education and experience. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of driving collaboration and championing change and has been recognized for building impactful relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Additionally, the incumbent will have a strong understanding of technology in the marketplace and how changes will impact the University and its learning and research environments.
- Senior level experience and demonstrated knowledge of Research and High Performance Computing and grant application processes.
- Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and adopting new technologies, methods, and approaches to generate engagement and efficiency.
- Post Graduate Degree required
- Experience working in a University environment is preferred.
Employment Equity Statement
In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration, and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) or the Faculty of Health Sciences Human Resources office at ext. 22207 to communicate accommodation needs.
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent
Salary: $122,718.00-$184,076.00 per hour
- Bachelor's Degree (preferred)
- Temporarily due to COVID-19
- Remote interview process
- Virtual meetings