Technical Program Manager

Network Engineering and Research

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation's science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one third of the Fortune 50® for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.

NCSA is currently seeking a Technical Program Manager (TPM) to lead its network engineering team, a group of people with diverse professional backgrounds, who are responsible for network engineering and architecture functions for NCSA's high-performance computing systems, and associated projects. The TPM develops and recommends long-range strategic direction for the group and establishes goals and timelines while ensuring staff and resources are directed efficiently toward achieving center goals within the specified timelines. The TPM also maintains key contacts internal to NCSA (industry, government, academia) and acts as the primary liaison for critical external relations. Being an academic environment, the position will offer a lot of intellectual freedom to qualified and self-managing individuals.

NCSA is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to apply.

This search runs concurrently with NCSA's Assistant Director search, #A1800078. Only one Technical Program Manager or one Assistant Director will be selected to lead the Network Engineering and Research Team.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to set direction and facilitate the accomplishment of team goals.
  • Maintain an in-depth technical understanding of the state of the NCSA network infrastructure.
  • Plan for the long-term support of NCSA's networks and anticipate maintenance and upgrade needs.
  • Summarize data about group activities, network utilization, and trends for use in reports, presentations and proposals.
  • Work with group members to craft individual development plans, periodically review performance, and align group members' skills and interests to group projects.
  • Manage the recruitment, hiring, and orientation of project staff. Supervise assigned staff including task assignment, ongoing performance management with coaching and feedback, career development mentoring, leave/travel approval, and conducting annual performance reviews.
  • Under the leadership of the Cybersecurity and Networking director, pursue and maintain a continuing base of outside funding from government and industry.
  • Actively represent NCSA and the group's work on the state, national and international level.
  • Ensure the group's technical work, including research and development, results are documented and reported regularly to the NCSA management, and as appropriate, to the stakeholder projects.
  • Submit technical papers to journals, conferences and other notable sources.

Required education and experience

  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in computer science, alternative baccalaureate degree fields will be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of five years' relevant experience configuring and operating switched Ethernet and routed IP networks in a professional capacity.
  • Experience leading and supervising others.

Preferred experience

  • Experience working in either in an advanced or a high-performance computing environment.
  • Experience with server administration, both hardware and software, on various platforms.
  • Experience in high-performance network tuning and optimization.

Key skills/knowledge

Knowledge Requirements
  • Project and personnel management techniques.
  • Presentation, interpersonal communication and documentation skills.
  • Current knowledge in technical areas related to the group work scope, including hardware, operating systems, software, services, and programming technologies.

This is a regular academic professional position at NCSA and is an annually renewable, 12/12, 100%-time appointment with regular University benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and start date will be as soon as possible after the close date of the search. Applicants must possess required education and experience by start date of position. Interviews may occur before the closing date; however, all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration.

To apply, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and CV/resume by the close date, March 6, 2018. Contact information for three references must be included on the application (letters maybe also be uploaded or sent to the contact below). For full consideration, candidates must complete the Hiretouch application process by the above date.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. Visit

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