Working collaboratively with the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and the Senior Vice President for Research at The Ohio State University, the Executive Director has responsibility for overseeing the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet). OARnet is a member of the Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH), a division of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. OH-TECH maximizes efficiencies within the consortia to benefit Ohio education and promote economic opportunities for the state of Ohio.
Located in Columbus, Ohio, OARnet delivers technology-based solutions that reduce costs, increase productivity and improve customer service. OARnet serves Ohio's education, health care, public broadcasting, and government communities. OARnet's fiber-optic backbone stretches more than 2,240 miles, thereby lowering broadband access cost. On behalf of its members and clients, OARnet negotiates volume purchase prices for software, hardware and/or network services. By centralizing technology hardware, software, and network requirements needed to support the overall community, OARnet reduces the cost of service delivery. Offerings include a network operations center, co-location, emergency web hosting, and cloud computing. The Executive Director has responsibility for overseeing and serving as the technology leader of Ohio's advanced networking infrastructure. Candidates for this position must have a clear vision for the potential of advanced technology to increase education and research opportunities and economic competitiveness of the state of Ohio and nationally.
Directs all OARnet activities, responsible for network operations, supervises senior management team, and oversees budget and planning. Directly manages the Senior Management Team and indirectly manages a total staff of approximately 60. Budgetary responsibilities are in excess of $26 million. Responsible for providing clients with a production-based networking environment with emphasis on dependability, quality, and responsiveness 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Ensures that OARnet network services has both competitive prices and added value compared to other alternatives.
Assists research staff in obtaining grants for high performance networking research. This position is directly responsible for the management of the network providing Internet and supercomputer connectivity to approximately 90 higher education institutions in the state of Ohio, public schools, libraries, state of Ohio agencies, other activities supported by ODHE, and (under special conditions) nonprofit and commercial clients. Coordinates with the ODHE, OH-TECH, state agencies, and university partners on technology policies and shared service development; expands external funding options by seeking association, nonprofit, private opportunities and developing statewide teams to respond to major, federal research opportunities; leadership and participation in national forums, committees, and discussions. Administrative oversight of the Ohio Valley Internet2 Consortium (OVI2C) in collaboration with the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID) and Internet2. Represents OARnet in national bodies such as the Quilt.
Position is often required to be accessible via phone when not in the office and have Internet access to perform certain work duties from home; other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in a technical field or equivalent combination of education and experience. At least 10 years of work experience in a networking or related field with a minimum of five years of managerial experience including responsibility for budgeting and personnel, preferably in an academic environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Extensive working knowledge of the Internet, telecommunications, personnel, and budget management. Must have strong collaboration skills and ability to communicate openly with academic and state agency clients as partners.
Target Salary: Negotiable
Job Category: Administrative and Professional
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