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Senior Director, IT Operations and Infrastructure

Rice University
Houston, Texas 77005
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Rice University (www.rice.edu) seeks a highly motivated leader with excellent strategic, operational, and interpersonal skills and deep domain expertise to join the leadership team of the University’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) as Senior Director for IT Operations & Infrastructure. Reporting to the Vice President for IT & Chief Information Officer in a new role, the Senior Director will envision, create, and sustain a best-in-class technology infrastructure that advances the University’s missions in teaching, research, and innovation.


The Senior Director establishes unified responsibility for Rice University’s information technology infrastructure and infrastructure support and for the staff who design and operate it in achieving an optimal balance of innovation and standardization in the technology that enables Rice to operate and its constituents to accomplish their work.   The Senior Director will manage an operating budget of $8M plus $2M in service-center recharge, lead a team of 64 staff, and inform the development of a long-range funding plan for Rice infrastructure.


OIT is the University’s central technology provider, supporting research, academic and administrative systems, and other core applications as well as voice, network, and computing infrastructure. The largest IT organization on campus, OIT sees itself as only one part of a broader network of IT organizations and practitioners known as IT @ Rice. For additional information about OIT and about IT at Rice more broadly, go to https://oit.rice.edu and https://vpit.rice.edu.


Rice University is a comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston, Texas adjacent to the Texas Medical Center, the Museum District, and Herman Park.  U.S. News&World Report consistently ranks it among the nation’s top 20 universities. As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice aspires to path-breaking interdisciplinary research, unsurpassed teaching, and contributions to the betterment of our world. It advances these goals by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor, advances interdisciplinary initiatives in research and education, enhances innovation in learning, prepares students for leadership, carries scientific breakthroughs into social purpose, and provides opportunities for growth and recognition for students, faculty, staff, and alumni.


For more information please contact Rice University’s search consultants at Opus Partners:


Craig Smith, Partner [email protected]

Neeta Mehta, Principal – [email protected]

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status


The ideal candidate is leading an innovative, collaborative, service-oriented, and technically strong team as a creative thinker, problem solver, and manager. S/he should bring a proven track record of sustaining world-class, large-scale, distributed, enterprise-class software and infrastructure tools and systems along with the knowledge and willingness to stay on top of the latest industry developments and standards. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required, a master’s or terminal degree in a relevant field preferred but not required. Candidates should have experience in a large, complex, distributed organization – academic, medical, corporate, or government.


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