Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine requirement that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. We will require proper documentation upon hire. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Open Positions

Application Accommodations:

If you are unable or limited in your ability to access our career website as a result of a physical or mental impairment, please contact Human Resources at (616) 331-2215 or [email protected] to request a reasonable accommodation. You may also access this resource to request accommodations prior to or during the interview process. Your privacy is important to us, therefore, we will only share information regarding accommodations on a need to know basis.

Director, Academic Research Computing

Apply now Job no: 494326
Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale
Categories: Information Technology


The Director of Academic and Research Computing provides strategic direction and support for advanced academic technologies and high-performance research computing at Grand Valley State University. This is a leadership role in Information Technology, reporting to the Chief Technology Officer. The successful candidate will collaborate on cutting-edge technologies, architecture design, procurement, grant-funding, security, and maintenance; this position is responsible for understanding and supporting research needs across campus through consultation with faculty, staff, and students. They will both oversee existing environments and help architect an environment for future growth, optimized for speed-to-deployment, security, performance, and uptime.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience, including supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated expertise in high performance computing systems, modern IT infrastructure, virtualized desktops, emerging research technologies and related technologies deployed in enterprise research computing environments.
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team, communicating effectively with colleagues and end-users possessing varying technical skillsets.
  • Experience with scientific data management, organization, storage, and security.
  • Experience facilitating communication and supportive relationships with vendors.
  • Ability to take initiative, add value, remove barriers, solve problems, and move multiple projects forward to successful completion using effective project management skills.
  • Exceptional communication, writing, and teamwork skills and abilities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Advanced degree in a technical field.
  • Demonstrated experience strategically planning and building team and infrastructure to support research and academic technology.
  • Experience working in higher ed, providing direct support to faculty and students.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Lead research and high-performance computing initiatives in collaboration with faculty, students, and other campus partners. Serve as subject matter expert in multiple technologies, maintaining in-depth technical and functional awareness and competency.
  • Build and manage a team to support research initiatives and advanced academic technologies at the university. Team will include directly assigned team members, functional team members from other teams, and student workers.
  • Gather and refine requirements to thoroughly understand requests, then document scope of work to implement solutions meeting research and curriculum-related need. 
  • Aid in the design, deployment, and operation of high-performance computing and storage systems, both on-prem and cloud-hosted.
  • Regularly collaborate with team members, vendors and suppliers in support of enterprise-class infrastructure, applications, and platforms from various product portfolios. 
  • Provide high quality customer-centric service, end user support, documentation, training, and professional development.
  • Identify, analyze, diagnose, research, resolve and log in a ticketing system all technical issues and requests. Develop and maintain service level agreements and supporting system for monitoring and tracking metrics.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Department/Division: Information Technology

Campus: Allendale

Application Deadline Date: Consideration of applications will begin August 8, 2022 after which the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now". Please include a letter that specifically addresses how skills, education and experience relate to the position announcement and a resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine policy that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. We will require proper documentation upon hire. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

Advertised: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend

Share this:

| More

Applicant Login

Login to check status of existing applications

Applicant Login

Filter Results

Position type