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Founding Director, IT Research Computing Services
University of Rhode Island

Date Posted Nov. 22, 2019
Title Founding Director, IT Research Computing Services
University University of Rhode Island
South Kingstown, RI, United States
Department IT Research Computing Services
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Research
    Computing/Informational Services

University of Rhode Island
Founding Director, IT Research Computing Services

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist the University of Rhode Island in their search for a Founding Director, IT Research Computing Services.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for a results-driven strategist and collaborative leader to serve as the Founding Director, IT Research Computing Services within a public R2, land-grant, sea-grant, flagship university serving over 17,000 students.

The University of Rhode Island is on the move enjoying over a decade of continued growth and success including a 66+% increase in funded research, 15% increase in graduation rates, 12% increase in retention rates, 80+% increase in faculty publications and enrollment at its highest level. The University was also named by APLU as one of three finalists for their degree completion award. 

As the Founding Director, IT Research Computing Services the successful candidate will design, develop and lead IT Research Computing Services as the University continues its upward trajectory of engaging in higher levels of research across the University. The successful candidate is highly collaborative, interdisciplinary and possesses both strategic and tactical abilities as they develop a centralized solution to support the diverse current and future needs and interests of all stakeholders.  

This position requires a skilled team builder and mentor with impeccable communication skills to act as a research computing ambassador across the University. As the University pivots to a centralized model, the Founding Director, IT Research Computing Services will work across campus to understand the underlying data and technology issues and opportunities and help all constituents achieve data consistency, accuracy, and security and achieve continued growth and impact of research and creative work. As a dynamic leader, the successful candidate is comfortable prioritizing and managing multiple operations and competing priorities as they work to accomplish their goals.

This position reports to the Chief Information Officer. The new position is well supported and a critical role within the University.

Candidates with experience outside higher education will be considered. Preference will be given to candidates with higher education or a combination of experience including higher education.

Required Qualifications: * Graduate degree in a field related to research computing * Minimum of eight years of experience supporting computationally oriented research and scholarly activity * Proven group management experience in higher education with a demonstrated ability to develop and manage a high-performing, cohesive team * Demonstrated commitment to process improvement and client support * Strong analytical and problem-solving skills * Outstanding interpersonal and verbal communication skills including proficiency in written communication skills * Successful track record of working with diverse groups/populations.
Preferred Qualifications: * Higher education experience * Terminal degree in a field related to research computing

About the University of Rhode Island:
The University of Rhode Island, commonly referred to as URI, is the flagship public research as well as the land grant and sea grant university for the state of Rhode Island. Its main campus is located in the village of Kingston in southern Rhode Island. Smaller campuses include the Feinstein Campus in Providence, the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center in Providence, the Narragansett Bay Campus in Narragansett, and the W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich.

URI’s world-class faculty has 346 new faculty members in the last eight years. URI is the only major research institution that can boast a 47% increase in new fulltime faculty.

URI has invested $900M in campus capital projects and improvements in the last 12 years including the construction of these new facilities: * $125M Engineering complex * $94M 500-bed Brookside Apartments complex * $75M Pharmacy Building, Paramaz Avedisian ’54 Hall * $54M Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences * LEED Gold-certified $68M Beaupre Center for Chemical, Forensic Sciences * $15M Ocean Science and Exploration Center

With more than 17,000 students representing 48 states and 76 countries, URI continues to grow and offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees in 90+ undergraduate, 73 graduate areas of study and 22 certificate and non-degree programs through eight academic colleges. These colleges include Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Professional Studies, Engineering, Health Sciences, Environment and Life Sciences, Nursing, and Pharmacy. Another college, University College for Academic Success, serves primarily as an advising college for all incoming undergraduates and follows them through their first two years of enrollment at URI.

Living in the Area:
Rhode Island, nicknamed the Ocean State, packs every amenity into an area only 48 miles long and 37 miles wide. The University is minutes from the beach and scenic Newport is right across the bay. The area offers a relaxing New England country setting just 30 miles south of Providence, 75 miles from Boston and 160 miles from New York City.

The area brings an excellent quality of life, strong school systems and lower commute times with amenities for everyone including outdoor and water activities, restaurants, shopping, world class jazz festivals and outdoor concerts, farmers markets, and galleries and museums.
Transportation is easy with the Kingston Amtrak Station down the road from campus and T.F. Green Airport only 20 minutes away.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and CV. Please do not email applications. To be viewed by the firm, you must apply directly at:

Inquiries, referrals, and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to Jennifer Muller, Managing Partner at Academic Career & Executive Search at

The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer. Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other protected groups are encouraged to apply.

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