Executive Director

Midwest Big Data Hub

*** search extended until Dec. 6, 2019 ***

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) advances discovery and innovation through extreme-scale computing, science-enabling software, and the skills of our expert staff. The center is part of the flagship University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement—and is located in a micro-urban community that combines cultural vibrancy with affordability and quality of life.

For more than 30 years, NCSA has partnered with visionaries to discover solutions to grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. Our advanced digital resources and world-class staff push research beyond the unimaginable. Can you imagine? We can.

NCSA is currently seeking an Executive Director (ED) to lead the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub (MBDH), a growing network of partners investing in data and data sciences to address grand challenges for society and science. The ED will provide leadership and management of operational activities and strategic initiatives of the MBDH, lead the ED's Office, and supervise staff and students. As a member of the MBDH Project Team, and in coordination with the PIs and co-PIs, the ED will participate in project leadership calls, calls with the National Science Foundation, and collaborate with the EDs and other PIs of the other regional Big Data Innovation Hubs. The ED will participate in strategic planning efforts and serve as an ex officio member of the various governance groups for the MBDH. The ED will represent the MBDH at various local, regional, and national meetings and events. At the University of Illinois, the ED reports to the NCSA Director, who is the MBDH PI.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide strategic direction for and leadership of the MBDH
    • Set direction for all staff and facilitate the accomplishment of MBDH goals and objectives/milestones.
    • Identify strategic partners and develop new partnerships across academic, government, NGO and industry sectors, and work to ensure the success of existing partnerships and funding goals.
    • Participate in, and represent MBDH at, regional and national meetings and workshops.
    • Prepare and/or deliver, as appropriate, presentations, briefings, and reports regarding MBDH activities for diverse audiences.
    • Engage in collaborative projects and activities with MBDH, other Hubs, Hub governance, and partners, as appropriate, to:
      • Cultivate projects and pilots to address funding agency programs in the scope of the Hub's mission, including NSF's Harnessing the Data Revolution;
      • Develop pilot projects for data services and stewardship required by the hub; and
      • Develop a National Coordinating Office.
    • Advise the MBDH Project Team on a continuing basis, as to the status and MDBH projects and progress.
    • Contribute to the development of the MBDH strategic plan and participate in the development and implementation of programs, objectives, and long-range planning that are supportive of the MBDH strategic plan.
  • Provide management of the MBDH
    • Develop, implement, and manage MBDH programs, policies, and objectives.
    • Identify, analyze, and solve problems regarding the operation of the MBDH (e.g., budgetary, personnel, scheduling).
    • Direct, supervise, and support staff in the proper implementation of University policy and procedures, including delegating project tasks and conducting staff performance evaluations.
    • Enter into and sign commitments for unpaid collaborations and arrangements with funded projects or organizations, as well as cosign Memorandums of Understanding with organizational partners (with NCSA Director and/or MBDH PI).
    • Manage expenditures within the available project funding for the MBDH and make financial decisions to assure timely and effective financial management.
    • Lead, participate in, and support development and submission of proposals across all sectors and funding agencies.
    • Develop and analyze program schedules, resource allocations, and budget inputs for annual operations for development of new project proposals.
  • Provide oversight of the MBDH
    • Establish and maintain program status summaries and metrics.
    • Manage the production of quarterly and annual reports for NSF and annual updates for the MBDH governance groups.
    • Ensure the appropriate levels of project governance to address risks, issues, and critical dependencies.
    • Oversee development, and related progress, of program schedules, resource allocation, and budgets.
    • Track program budgets and work with the Business Office to provide forecasts.

Required education and experience

  • Master's degree or PhD in computer science, information science, engineering, or related field. Alternative degree fields will be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience (depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to current NCSA projects and technologies).
  • Five or more years of experience leading and overseeing multiple projects with multidisciplinary teams, across multiple university sites. Outputs of such projects should include a track record of publications.
  • Extensive experience in working with officials of NSF and other agencies, such as NIH and/or DOE.
  • Experience in developing and leading workshops for regional and national communities, involving academic, industry, government, and NGO partners.
  • Experience in managing complex budgets for multiple programs and constituencies.
  • Experience in making public presentations to diverse audiences.
  • Experience working with data-intensive research communities and interdisciplinary projects.
  • Experience in managing grant resources and writing reports to agencies.

Preferred experience

  • PhD in computer science, information science, engineering, or related field. Alternative degree fields will be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience (depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to current NCSA projects and technologies).
  • Demonstrated track record in developing and leading successful proposals at federal agencies, such as NSF, NIH, DOE, and others.
  • Experience in developing and executing long-range and short-range plans and schedules.
  • Experience working on large-scale, multidisciplinary projects with government, industry, and NGO sectors.
  • Experience in developing tools or software that serve multiple communities.

Key skills/knowledge

  • Strong understanding of computing and data, including how it affects all sectors (e.g., academia, industry, not-for-profit, NGO, etc.).
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to manage personnel from different disciplines.
  • Proven leadership skills with a collaborative management style that will facilitate interaction with all levels in the organization (e.g., superiors, colleagues, subordinates) as well as customers and corporate partners.
  • Prior or working knowledge of NCSA and the University rules, regulations, and procedures for personnel, grants, contracts, and other appropriate areas.

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. For further information regarding our application procedures, you may visit www.ncsa.illinois.edu or email ncsa-hr@illinois.edu.

To apply, please create your candidate profile at jobs.illinois.edu and upload your cover letter and CV/resume by the close date, December 6, 2019. 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.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

For further information regarding our application procedures, you may visit www.ncsa.illinois.edu or email NCSA-HR@illinois.edu.