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Center for Computationally-Assisted Science and Technology (CCAST) Executive Director

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A resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications along with names and contact information of at least 3 references must be submitted electronically to North Dakota State University’s Human Resource Office at https://jobs.ndsu.edu. While applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled, optimal consideration will be given to those candidates that submit application materials by 5/31/17. Questions about the search can be directed to Mr. Marc Wallman [marc.wallman@ndsu.edu] and Dr. Bora Suzen [bora.suzen@ndsu.edu], co-chairs of the search committee. Ranked among the top 108 public and private universities in the country by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university, and is an NSF ADVANCE Institution. Further information about the Center and university can be accessed on the web at www.ndsu.edu and www.ccast.ndsu.edu. North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or veterans status. Women and traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. The search is being conducted in compliance with North Dakota Open Records laws.

Posting Details

Position Information

Opening Number: 1700321
Position Title: Center for Computationally-Assisted Science and Technology (CCAST) Executive Director
Position Number: 00020664
FTE: 1.0
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Benefits Eligibility: Benefited - includes retirement plan and full coverage for family health insurance
Search by Group: Executive/Administrative
Division: Research and Creative Activity
Department: Vice President for Research and Creative Activity

Position Summary Information

Position Description:

North Dakota State University is seeking a visionary and accomplished leader to serve of the Executive Director of the Center for Computationally-Assisted Science and Technology [CCAST; referred to as “Center’]. Reporting to the Vice President for Research, the Executive Director is responsible for the oversight of CCAST as a service unit in support of high-performance and advanced research computing at the university and the North Dakota University System. Qualified candidates may be considered for tenured faculty position by the academic department corresponding to their background.
The responsibilities of the Executive Director include but not limited to:
• Providing strategic vision for the future of high-performance and advanced research computing
o Developing strategic growth and sustainability plan
o Evaluating the current state and assets of the Center in the context of a transition away from a grant funded unit to a centrally funded service unit
o Engaging all stakeholders to align the Center’s priorities with research and teaching activities as well as with the NDSU Strategic vision 2015-2020
o Developing new financial models for sustainable Center operation
o Developing and implementing long-range plans for the human and physical infrastructure of the Center to ensure services maintain relevancy to the needs of researchers
o Providing oversight of the Center and its operations
• Advancing the status of NDSU as a Research University/higher activity
o Working collaboratively with the Vice president for Research to align Center activities to NDSU research strengths
o Working collaboratively with academic units to grow and enrich scholarly activity
o Assisting faculty by providing technical and collaborative input on funding agency proposals
o Leading efforts for infrastructure and institution-level external funding opportunities
o Working collaboratively with NDSU IT and NDSU RTP to ensure continuity and appropriateness of services [i.e., HIPAA, FERPA, export control, security, data privacy, etc.]
o Developing performance/success metrics to track return on investment and progress
o Developing outreach [for internal and external audiences] and training programs to increase the level of advanced research computing competence
• Providing leadership to North Dakota University System initiatives focused on high-performance/advanced research computing
• Serving with integrity, transparency and impartiality
o Managing the daily operations of the Center
o Serving as a member of the RCA Leadership Council
o Developing an advisory panel of internal and external constituent to provide input on Center activities and direction

Minimum Qualifications:

• Master’s Degree in a related field
• At least 5 years of experience in high-performance computing, including HPC systems administration and supervision of HPC professionals
• Significant budget and personnel management experience
• Demonstrated leadership in developing and supporting a HPC/advanced research computing governance structure, plans and initiatives
• Experience working with of relevant security, privacy, and acceptable use policies
• Comprehensive knowledge of and experience in high-performance computing, strategic computing direction, and system architecture, deployment, and operation.
• Experience working collaboratively across broad constituencies
• Ability to interact & collaborate effectively with a diversity of colleagues and students
• Effective oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

• PhD in a related field
• Academic credentials or a distinguished career in industry (e.g., a record of scholarly publication, attraction of internal or external funding, leadership in field expertise)
• Higher education experience with faculty rank for tenure or executive level industry experience
• Experience with federal laws in regards to security, privacy and acceptable use policies
• Experience working collaboratively with constituencies at the university, state, regional, national, and global levels
• Demonstrated leadership in developing large grant projects [external funding] related to HPC infrastructure

Physical Demands:
Screening Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Search Type: Internal/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants:

A resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications along with names and contact information of at least 3 references must be submitted electronically to North Dakota State University’s Human Resource Office at https://jobs.ndsu.edu. While applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled, optimal consideration will be given to those candidates that submit application materials by 5/31/17. Questions about the search can be directed to Mr. Marc Wallman [marc.wallman@ndsu.edu] and Dr. Bora Suzen [bora.suzen@ndsu.edu], co-chairs of the search committee.
Ranked among the top 108 public and private universities in the country by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university, and is an NSF ADVANCE Institution. Further information about the Center and university can be accessed on the web at www.ndsu.edu and www.ccast.ndsu.edu.

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or veterans status. Women and traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. The search is being conducted in compliance with North Dakota Open Records laws.

Special Conditions:
No Smoking Notice:

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Veteran’s Preference Notice: This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran’s Preference requirements.
Location (City, State): Fargo, ND

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this position?
    • Academic Department
    • Bismarck Tribune
    • CareerFargo.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Fargo Forum
    • JobsHQ
    • Friend/Co-worker/Family member
    • Higheredjobs.com
    • Indeed.com
    • Job Service of North Dakota
    • NDSU Employee
    • NDSU Website
    • Other newspaper (Please specify below)
    • Professional Publication/Organization Website
    • University Placement Office
    • Inside Higher Education
    • Other (Please specify below)
  2. If Other, please specify:

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. Are you a North Dakota resident?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. Do you qualify for North Dakota veteran's preference?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. If yes, list exact dates of service:

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. Do you qualify for North Dakota disabled veteran's preference?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document 1
  2. Veterans Preference Claim Form (DD214)
  3. Veterans Administration Letter