Senior Director of Infrastructure

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

ID: 7223339
Posted: February 29, 2024
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Description

20% - Infrastructure Strategy & Planning:
Develop and execute a comprehensive infrastructure strategy aligned with the university’s academic and research missions.
Evaluate emerging technologies and trends to enhance and optimize the university’s infrastructure landscape.
20% Infrastructure Management:
Lead the design, implementation, and maintenance of the university’s IT infrastructure, including data centers, networks, servers, and storage systems.
Ensure the performance, availability, and resilience of infrastructure components to support academic and research activities.
15% Cloud Services and Hybrid Solutions:
Drive the university’s cloud strategy, including the adoption and integration of cloud services to support teaching, research, and administrative functions.
Explore and implement hybrid solutions to leverage the benefits of both on-premises and cloud infrastructure.
15% Team Leadership:
Build and lead a high-performing infrastructure team within KU IT, providing guidance, mentorship, and professional development opportunities.
Foster a culture of collaboration, innovation, and service excellence within the infrastructure teams and across KU IT.
10% Vendor Management:
Evaluate, select, and manage relationships with external vendors and service providers to support infrastructure initiatives and projects.
Aid in the negotiation of contracts and service-level agreements to ensure alignment with the university’s academic and research objectives.
10% Budgeting and Resource Allocation:
Develop and manage the infrastructure budget, ensuring effective allocation of resources to meet organizational needs.
Provide input into the overall IT budget and investment decisions.
5% Security and Compliance:
Collaborate with the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to establish and enforce security policies and practices.
Ensure infrastructure compliance with relevant regulations and standards, including those specific to the education and research sectors.
5% Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and seven years of relevant professional experience.
Five years of progressive supervisory or management experience of large teams.
Excellent written communication skills as evidenced by application materials. Strong time-management and organizational skills, with a record of being flexible, accurate, detail-oriented, reliable, and self-motivated as evidenced by work history.

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced degree in business, computer science, telecommunications, networking, engineering, or other computer-related field.
Experience with storage systems, virtualization, and data center operations, including compute and storage for complex enterprise systems.
Experience with: ITIL and service-oriented philosophies, with Shared Services (multiple institutions sharing IT resources), and with formal IT governance.
Experience with IT Business Continuity planning.
Demonstrated ability to be highly self-directed, detailed-oriented, and have a high attention to accuracy as evidenced by work history.