Interim Director, RHPCS

McMaster University

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Schedule
8:30am to 4:30pm (M-F)

Education Level
Master’s Degree

Career Level
Management

Job Description

Should the successful applicant be a Unifor Unit 1 bargaining unit member, who meets the eligibility conditions of Article 19.02 of the Unifor Unit 1 Collective Agreement, then the Limited Term Assignment will be defined as a Career Growth Opportunity in accordance with Article 19 of the Unifor Local 5555 Unit 1 Collective Agreement.


Job Summary

We are seeking candidates for the Interim Director position within the Research and High-Performance Computing Support (RHPCS) unit. As part of the Office of the Vice-President, Research, RHPCS supports the high-performance and advanced research computing needs of McMaster’s diverse research community.

Reporting to the Vice-President, Research and supported by the Technical Director and Operations Manager, the Interim Director will provide strategic leadership and technical expertise to Research and High Performance Computing (RHPCS) staff and managers engaged in the planning, implementation, management and support of multiple complex systems which support McMaster’s research enterprise. The Interim Director will embody the values of teamwork, respect, integrity, accountability and inclusivity and will lead in a manner that inspires partnership with internal and external stakeholders. The Interim Director will encourage collaboration and maintain a service-based focus that considers the needs of McMaster’s researchers in all decisions and will ensure that research technology initiatives are aligned with, and adhere to McMaster’s IT and research governance processes.


Key Accountabilities


Strategic and Operational Planning and Implementation:

The Interim Director drives the implementation of the Unit’s strategy and ensures alignment with the strategic objectives of the University.

  • Lead the implementation and evaluation of the Unit’s core services, ensuring overall effectiveness in, and focus on, the provision of advanced research computing services to McMaster’s research community.

  • Contribute to strategic thinking for the development and implementation of advanced research computing services.

  • Support and actively engage with the Digital Research Commons Pilot Project, working with the project leadership team to help ensure that the needs of researchers are fully considered in the project outcomes.

  • Explore opportunities to leverage expertise within other IT groups and work in partnership with internal and external groups to deliver effective digital services to McMaster’s researchers.


Financial Planning and Management:

The Interim Director is accountable for the financial management of the Unit and will:

  • Negotiate, implement, monitor and adjust fee-for-service and client support contract agreements.

  • Oversee the financial resources (operating, research, and projects) of the Unit

  • Help lead the development of budgets, forecasting, policies and procedures.

  • Develop and implement controls to ensure financial resources are in compliance with University and granting agency policies. Will participate in audits as needed.

  • Consult with OVPR, Research Finance, ROADS, FHS Research Finance, Health Research Services and the Office of Legal Services on complex administrative, financial, grant-related or legal matters as required.

  • Has financial decision making and signing authority necessary for the operation of the Unit.


Operational Management:

The Interim Director is responsible for ensuring that the Unit is managed in an effective and efficient manner which includes the oversight of all HR functions:

  • Foster a culture of responsibility and accountability.

  • Balance unit capacity with institutional needs to deliver critical advanced research computing services to McMaster’s research community.

  • Develop, implement, monitor, evaluate and refine all activities of the Unit to ensure the smooth functioning of the unit in support of McMaster’s research enterprise.

  • Lead the preparation, drafting and editing of reports, policies, procedures and other documents with input from the relevant stakeholders and ensure compliance with McMaster policies.

  • Ensure that all applicable collective agreements and University policies are followed.

  • Identify, mediate, and resolve issues involving various stakeholders to ensure the smooth and positive functioning of the Unit

  • Mediate conflicts among staff and between staff and faculty.

  • Lead change management initiatives to ensure RHPCS continues to adapt to evolving researcher and institutional needs

  • Develop recruitment, retention, training and succession planning strategies for the Unit.

  • Has human resources decision making and signing authority necessary for the operation of the Unit


Technical Leadership

  • Promote the development of critical team competencies, providing leadership, guidance and coaching to the RHPCS team as needed.

  • Support and engage in institutional information and cybersecurity initiatives including participating in any critical incident responses as appropriate.

  • Work with other central and peripheral IT units where appropriate to ensure a robust digital infrastructure is available to support McMaster’s advanced research computing needs

  • Serve as a key expert on research computing and digital infrastructure for the campus, remaining current with developing and emerging technologies and methods, and acting as an expert advanced research computing resource for internal staff

  • Provide subject matter expertise to support McMaster’s research enterprise


Partnerships and Stakeholder Relations

  • Identify and develop strategic collaborative relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders across the University including central and Faculty IT partners.

  • Negotiate and manage service-level agreements within the University.

  • Work with University Libraries, University Technology Services, the FHS Computer Services Unit and other campus partners to maximise IT efficiencies and consolidate strategies across the institution wherever possible.

  • Work with institutional, regional, provincial and national partners to ensure McMaster’s researchers have access to advanced research computing and digital research infrastructure services.

  • Model valued leadership behaviors.


Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Computer Engineering, or related field or equivalent experience.

  • A minimum of 10 years of research and advanced computing experience, with increasing responsibility and some supervisory experience. 5-8 years of progressive experience in an IT management position is required.

  • Knowledge of, and familiarity with the University and research environments are required.

  • Expert-level knowledge of operating systems, network protocols, system design, infrastructure design, virtualization, and Windows / MacOS / Unix interoperability is required.

  • Excellent understanding of, and strong experience work with High Performance and Advanced Computing systems is central to this role.

  • Excellent knowledge of programming, development, project management in complex environments, working under staff and resource constraints is preferred.

  • Strong analytical and interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to teach and explain technology is essential to this role.

  • Strong research skills and demonstrated knowledge and experience synthesizing research and providing recommendations


What you can expect working as at RHPCS

Research and High-Performance Computing Support (RHPCS) is the central unit with responsibility for all matters related to digital infrastructure and IT support for research for the University. The mandate of the Unit is to support disparate research computing requirements and to ensure effective coordination amongst the research community.

RHPCS is a partial cost-recovery unit, funded by a combination of:

  • Core funding via an internal set amount from the Vice-President, Research

  • Fee-for-service cost recovery– RHPCS charges McMaster researchers & research groups for services, usually by means of a contractual agreement

  • Internal and external project and research funding

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic, client-focused Unit that provides:

  • A supportive and collaborative environment

  • Colleagues with a wide variety of backgrounds

  • Exposure to a diversity of interesting systems, technologies and problems

  • Opportunities to seize new challenges arising from unique requests and projects


What you can expect from working at McMaster University

As one of Canada’s most research-intensive universities and home to more than 70 research centres and institutes, working at McMaster University is an opportunity to be involved in a thriving research community comprised of renowned Canada Research Chairs and internationally recognized research institutes. Collaborate with and support top research scientists to produce meaningful outcomes with tangible impacts on the world. Be challenged by engaging with cutting edge research questions and be instrumental in shaping the future of research at the most fundamental levels.

McMaster University is principally sited on an attractive campus in west Hamilton, adjacent to residential neighbourhoods and the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Cootes Paradise wetland and trails. It is possible to live within easy walking or cycling distance of the campus, with easy pedestrian-safe transportation on the nearby rail-trail.

Working at McMaster University brings a robust total rewards package, which is more than just a salary. The elements and structure of the total rewards packages vary by employee group but include:

  • Employer-paid benefits including Extended Health, Dental, Emergency Out-of-Country Travel Coverage & Basic Life Insurance

  • Pension Plan

  • Training, coaching and professional development opportunities

  • Employee tuition assistance for development and education

  • Opportunities to be a part of an academic environment working alongside professionals who share a passion for learning

  • Progressive paid annual vacation plan

Please see Total Rewards Overview for The Management Group (TMG) for more Information.

How To Apply

To apply for this job, please submit your application online.

Employment Equity Statement

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. 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 University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

As part of McMaster’s commitment, all applicants are invited to complete a confidential Applicant Diversity Survey through the online application submission process. The Survey questionnaire requests voluntary self-identification in relation to equity-seeking groups that have historically faced and continue to face barriers in employment. Please refer to the Applicant Diversity Survey – Statement of Collection for additional information.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact:

  • Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247), or
  • Faculty of Health Sciences HR Office at ext. 22207, or
  • School of Graduate Studies at ext. 23679

to communicate accommodation needs.

Vaccination Policy Statement

The University is committed to providing and maintaining healthy and safe working and learning environments for all employees, students, volunteers and visitors. The University’s Vaccination Policy-COVID-19 Requirements for Employees and Students (the “Vaccination Policy”), requires all McMaster community members, including employees, accessing a McMaster campus or facility in person to be fully vaccinated or to have received an exemption from the University for a valid human rights ground. While the Policy will be currently paused, this Policy may resume quickly and on short notice, as informed by public health advice and direction. As a result, failure to achieve and maintain fully vaccinated status or an approved human rights-based exemption may result in termination of employment. This is a term and condition of employment. The University will continue to follow the guidance of public health organizations to define fully vaccinated status.

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