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Harvard University Senior Director of University Research Computing and Data in Cambridge, Massachusetts

63414BRAuto req ID:63414BRJob Code:384061 IT Manager Department Office Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Senior Director of University Research Computing and DataSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :061Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10 years related work experience (or a combination of education and experience).

  • Two years in a leadership position

Additional Qualifications and Skills:The following Additional Qualifications are strongly preferred. If you meet some, but not all, you are still encouraged to apply; we value employees with a willingness to learn.

  • Preferred education/academic experience master's degree and 5 years of relevant work experience or doctorate and 3 year of relevant work experience

  • Proven record of engaging with academic researchers

  • Technical leadership proficiency in multiple of: HPC, cloud computing, storage, database, and software development.

  • Demonstrated success in leading projects and building IT services and assuring their sustainability.

  • Ability to engage with senior leadership of the university.

  • Ability to manage change and apply innovative solutions.

  • Possess a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, equity, and staff development; and the ability to establish good working relationships with faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni, vendors, and other institutional constituencies.

Additional Information:

Department Description:

University Research Computing and Data Services (URCDS) at Harvard is a new organization that builds on Harvard’s decentralized heritage and balances it with the ongoing strategic development of services with reflect One Harvard approach. The organization Is homed in the University’s central information-technology organization, Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT), which is the provider of University-wide technology services. Through its leaders, the URDO and URCO the organization is accountable to the Vice Provost for Research (VPR), the Vice President and UCIO.

In collaboration with faculty and staff across Harvard, URCDS is responsible for stewarding a major initiative, Regulated & Contractual Data, to inform new policy and establish underlying services related to the management of data generated through and used in research with initial focus on regulated research. However, the need and scope of technical services in support of research continues to broaden across campus, and this new central organization will lead in developing new or expanding existing programs and initiatives to meet the breadth of Harvard researchers.

Programs led by URCDS include the following established services:

• RCD Project Management Team - centralized team of managers to run and coordinate cross-functional teams building new programs and initiatives across campus and within the region.

• Regulated Data Engineering (ReD) Team –develops, builds, monitors, and maintains compliant research computing and data services

• Northeast Storage Exchange (NESE) – on-premise cloud storage services supporting multiple projects across the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center

New opportunities in development include:

• Academic Computing Cluster – initial pilot providing support for computational needs in courses.

• Research Software Engineering (RSE) - team that designs, develops, deploys, optimizes, and maintains research software packages, pipelines, and tools to accelerate research as funded by individual researchers.

• New England Research Cloud (NERC) – emergent service aimed at developing and deploying regional on-premise cloud services to meet a variety of academic and research needs.

Please note:

  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.

  • We are unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.

  • This position has a 180-day orientation and review period.

Department:University Research ComputingPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, IdentityJob Function:Information Technology Position Description:Harvard University seeks to appoint a leader in research computing and data who will bring vision, experience, and execution skills to the newly defined role of Senior Director of Research Computing within the new University Research Computing and Data Services (URCDS) organization in Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT). Reporting to the University Research Computing Officer and University Research Data Officer, who collectively report to the Vice President & University Chief Information Officer and the Vice Provost for Research. The Senior Director is responsible for building and leading a values-based organization, being a strategic thinker with an open and collaborative style who fosters teamwork, sustains a learning environment for growing number of staff (currently 15FTE), and develops an open, engaged culture that engenders trust from the Harvard research community. The Senior Director will drive the development and adoption of various Harvard-wide programs and initiatives that support the research mission of the university. This position will provide program management expertise and business leadership in related computational technology such as high-performance, cloud computing, research software engineering, data management, and stakeholder engagement across a wide variety of research domains. (Additional Research Computing and Data Services department information can be found in the Additional Information section of this job posting, below)

The Senior director will be responsible for the following:

Make strategic decisions regarding the RCD systems, facilitation, and training investments to keep up with the pace of complex research problems. Help set the mission, vision, and strategy for URCDS services and near-term investments. Set the strategy for engaging with faculty and other research stakeholder groups. Direct, lead, and participate in cross-functional management teams and projects. Engage and collaborate with other academic, library, and research leadership across the university including federated research computing groups. As needed develop business plans, costing and recharge models.


• Help develop mission, vision, and strategy for RCD services

• Focus on near-term operational effectiveness and sustainability of all RCD services

People Management:

• Define and track employee performance metrics to ensure a highly functional team of managers and/or leads

• Recruit and develop a team of professionals that can keep up with the pace of researchers' needs

• Manage team resources, time, and projects.

Financial Management:

• In accordance with University financial policies, and in partnership with HUIT Finance, monitor and track finances for URCDS

• Develop project budgets, sustainable funding models and prepare requests for funding for RCD initiatives


• Build and maintain relationships with various stakeholders

• Regularly engage with other technology leads in Academic, Library and Research areas.


• Regularly provide reports to stakeholders metrics regarding usage, growth, and changes to RCD services under your purview

School/Unit:Harvard University Information Technology EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Working Conditions:HUIT actively supports hybrid work where business needs allow. All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA). Based on the requirements of this position, candidates will need to be on campus a minimum of twice per month.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.Benefits:We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)