Director, Information Technology

Job Level
Senior position
Job Category
  • Technology
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Information Technology

About the Unit

The Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME), established in 2011 by the University of Chicago in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, is a transformational academic unit exploring the intersection of science and engineering. IME explores innovative technologies that address fundamental societal problems through advances in nanoscale manipulation and design on a molecular scale. IME is the largest new academic program that the University has started since 1988.


Job Information

Job Summary:

This position reports to the Deputy Dean on a wide array of administrative duties, special projects, and initiatives involving Information Technology within the Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME).



  • Oversee all technology operations and evaluate them according to the established goals.

  • Develop and coordinate projects and initiatives, addressing issues and requests on behalf of the Deputy Dean.

  • Supervise all IT staff members to maintain top level support.

  • Improve existing technological infrastructure while working towards the expansion of computing operations as a whole; provide consistent support to the Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility, external entities, and other day to day requests.

  • Develop and support customizable solutions for a broad spectrum of IT needs including, but not limited to, networking and firewalls, remote access, data transfer and file sharing, and backups.

  • Maximize up-time for all technological equipment to minimize disruptions and increase overall productivity.

  • Oversee and coordinate all IT initiatives and projects.

  • Ensure communication tools are functional and create secondary support systems in the event of equipment failure.

  • Assist and respond to all queries, questions, concerns, and requests on behalf of entire user-base.

  • Analyze computing systems, processes and controls to ensure that all operations are efficient and functional.

  • Drive special projects including operational improvement initiatives.

  • Establish and manage existing vendor relationships.

  • Maintain industry standards and stay abreast of new software, solutions, releases, and product enhancements.

  • Other related tasks as required.


Unit Job Function Competencies:

  • Ability to accomplish goals working through formal and informal channels.

  • Ability to work in diverse laboratory environments and adhere to strict protocols.

  • Demonstrate creativity, problem solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgement and, decision-making skills.

  • Demonstrate solid planning and organizational skills with an emphasis on detail and thorough follow up.

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

  • Strong relevant subject matter knowledge.

  • Ability to assess the IT needs on a proactive (vs. reactive) basis and provide recommendations for future technology for the University.

  • Ability to communicate technical information to a nontechnical audience in a clear and coherent manner.

  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs.


Additional Requirements​​

Education, Experience and Certifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering or related discipline required.

  • Master’s degree in Computer Engineering or related discipline preferred.


  • Minimum ten years of computer user support experience in resolving issues and providing a high level of service required.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage the entire scope of IT needs required.

  • Experience with all major operating systems including Windows, macOS, and Linux required.

  • Experience regarding data management and proper protocols/ procedures required.

  • Knowledge of professional IT practices with a concentration on data privacy and security required.

  • Supervisory experience required.

  • Experience regarding setup and maintenance of digital signage solutions preferred.

  • Experience in demonstrating ability to negotiate, administer, and monitor contracts as well as legal agreements for multiple projects simultaneously preferred.

  • Proven supervisory skills; a solutions-oriented, diplomatic problem solver and team player preferred.

  • Knowledge pertaining to creating and maintaining local, as well as NAS servers preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:

  • Knowledge of 0365 environment, creation of domain systems, etc.


Required Documents:

  • Resume
  • Contact Information 3 References

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application


Benefit Eligibility


Pay Frequency


Pay Range

Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours




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