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Reporting to the Chief Academic Technology Officer (CATO), the Director of Research IT (RIT) provides campus level leadership and vision for enterprise research IT services that support faculty and other researchers in all disciplines. The position is responsible for the services outlined below as well as the development of new RIT services based on developing researcher needs and new technologies and leveraging them to support to the campuses strategic vision particularly as they relate to the campus strategic plan https://strategicplan.berkeley.edu and the Reimaging IT strategic plan https://technology.berkeley.edu/strategic-plan/goals.
Through the Research IT unit (https://research-it.berkeley.edu/) within the Research, Teaching and Learning Services organization (RTL), this position oversees the following services and programs 1) Berkeley Research Computing - services which include high-performance computing, cloud computing support, and virtual research environments on demand; 2) Research Data Management - which, in conjunction with the library, supports current and emerging data management issues, compliance with policy requirements imposed by funders and by the University, and reduction of risk associated with the challenges of data stewardship; 3) Support for Digital Humanities; and 4) Museum informatics including the development and support for CollectionSpace which catalogs over two million objects and images in the UC Berkeley museums' research collections. These services all offer extensive consulting support for researchers and staff using their knowledge of the research enterprise to tailor services for their unique needs.
Possessing a high level of political acumen and strong communication skills, the Director advocates for and manages a complex set of funding resources that support RIT operations that currently include direct funding from the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Chancellor, and the Office of the CIO. The Director is also responsible for securing and managing grants to support the groups' work by leveraging their extensive knowledge of the research support funding landscape and actively monitors opportunities including governmental grants (NSF, NIH, DOE, etc.) as well as foundation support and for fostering collaborations with UC-wide partners and other national universities to help improve services and remain abreast of national trends.
One of the key new opportunities of this position is to work collaboratively within a broader organizational structure, Research Teaching and Learning Services (RTL) to provide researchers with innovative and seamless support as they move through their teaching and research responsibilities. The Director of RIT works with the other RTL Directors to ensure that services provided across the organization leverage one another including technical infrastructure and support and consulting services. They also work with the RTL leadership team to ensure that we maintain a positive culture that is committed to inclusion, diversity, and investment in staff by providing training and opportunities for professional development and growth and fostering a sense connectedness to the campus mission and priorities.
Research IT Strategic Leadership
Develops and drives strategic policies when selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results in research technology for the campus.
Regularly advises senior management on matters of significance.
Initiates or leads change, by modifying and altering existing procedures and methods.
Works to build collaborative partnership across the campus to improve services or deliver new ones.
Represents and consults with key constituents such as deans and chairs, ORU Directors, individual faculty and administrative partners to assess needs and set strategic direction and opportunities.
Launches, sponsors, and staffs management of strategic technology programs that further campus' research goals.
Interacts with senior management on controversial matters, customer negotiations, or influencing and persuading other senior level managers.
Develops and stewards relationships with external funding organizations and partners to help fund and support strategic and innovation projects.
Research IT Management and Operations
Directs and manages the activities of RIT through subordinate managers having overall responsibility for physical spaces and functional programs and ensuring the coordination of their programs.
Using standard Service Management practices, works with managers and service leads to ensure service delivery, continuity and quality through measurement of established service metrics.
Develops department wide measures of success and ensures key data is gathered. Using these measures to manage unit.
Coordinates with functional departments, including IST, the Library, professional schools, and the office of the CIO, to improve service delivery.
Regularly works with targeted faculty across disciplines, appropriate advisory bodies and with the Academic Senate as appropriate to seek advice and assess services and future direction for the RIT program.
Research, Grants and Professional Activities
Monitors and engages with the regional and national research IT area and look for opportunities to partner and takes initiative to develop professionally, through participation in professional communities, by attending conferences and workshops, and by keeping abreast of professional literature.
Working with faculty and researchers secures grants and other research funding in the area of the Scholarship of Teaching. Can serve as a senior researcher, co-PI, or PI depending on the nature of the work.
Develop and execute professional and executive education programs that will generate revenue for the department.
Demonstrated ability to communicate with, understand the needs of, and build trust with faculty across all research disciplines.
Proven service management experience leading research or related services at a research institution utilizing standard service engagement techniques and practices.
Broad advanced knowledge of the local and national research computing space (e.g. shared HPC, VM and cloud computing, data storage infrastructure, research data management, digital humanities, visualization services, etc.) as demonstrated by publications, presentations, or related work in at least one research discipline.
Demonstrated expertise with program building within a leading academic institution and administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.
Strong organizational and people management skills and ability to establish training and development goals and objectives through directing and developing staff members.
Thorough understanding of the academic culture of a research intensive university and the relationship between central services and research services within schools and colleges.
Proven experience with research grants at all stages--that may include acting as PI or Co-PI or a named contributor and experience producing interim reports and managing research funds.
Demonstrated ability to build collaborative partnerships to improve, enhance or launch new services and support across an institution.
Excellent interpersonal communication skills to develop and maintain professional relationships with campus leadership, department chairs, school/college deans, and faculty at all ranks as well as other directors and managers in academic partner units.
Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization and ability to work with a dynamic diverse faculty, staff and students.
Strong ability to handle sensitive and/or confidential situations with diplomacy and tact.
Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
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Salary & Benefits
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Open Minded approach to Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Research, Teaching, and Learning believes in and fosters a workplace environment where people can bring their diverse skills, perspectives and experiences toward achieving our goals through a process of critical inquiry, discovery, innovation, while simultaneously committing to making positive contributions towards the betterment of our world.
In addition, support and amplify the campus principles:
We champion diversity.
We act with integrity.
Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging are more than just suggestions for us. They are the guiding principles underlying how we come together, develop leaders at all levels of the organization, and create an environment that unites us. We affirm the dignity of all individuals, call upon our leaders to address critical issues with integrity and intention, respect our differences as well as our commonalities, and strive to uphold a just community free from discrimination and hate.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.