Executive Director, Network Infrastructure & Services

Employer: Virginia Tech - Division of Information Technology
Job Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Category: IT/Computers/Networking, Telecommunications
Employment Type: Full Time
Last Updated: 4/23/2024
Closing Date: 6/28/2024
Virginia Tech - Division of Information Technology
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence.
Job Description

Job no: 529457
Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Vice President-Info Technology
Department: Network Infrastructure & Services
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia, Hybrid
Categories: Information Systems / Technology

Job Description

The Executive Director for Network Infrastructure and Services (NI&S) is responsible for the oversight and daily operations of the Network Infrastructure and Services organizations. Network Infrastructure and Services is comprised of the Telecommunications Auxiliary, a $24M+ annual cost-recovery operation, and the Data Center program, which includes the support team administering compute and storage resources, as well as managing the data center facilities. As the leader for these units, this position must understand the broad scope, scale, and responsibilities of the overall Information Technology organization. Overseeing a workforce of over 100 employees, the Executive Director reports directly to the Vice President for Information Technology and CIO and functions as a member of the Information Technology leadership team.

The Executive Director will provide vision, leadership, and strategic direction for all NI&S organizations. The position will be responsible for managing the financial, operational, and technical aspects of the organizational units. The Executive Director will work with the units to establish strategic direction, set priorities, communicate objectives and deadlines, ensure there is coordination across all units, and ensure that activities align with the priorities of the division of IT, and the university.

This position is located out of the Blacksburg campus and is eligible for a hybrid working arrangement. 

No visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Required Qualifications

  • A master’s degree in management, computer science, math, engineering, OR bachelor’s degree and training which equates to a master’s degree.
  • In-depth knowledge of and experience with computing and network engineering and administration concepts, methodologies, and security practices.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing networking and telecommunications units.
  • Demonstrated experience managing data center facilities.
  • Solid understanding of network protocols, wireless/wired authentication, network management systems, network monitoring systems, and firewalls.
  • Strong and established interpersonal, communication, and supervision skills, and the ability to work in groups.
  • Proven ability to lead projects and provide detailed analytical information and progress reports to superiors.
  • Proven ability to formulate written documentation and present detailed reports to various audiences, both internal and external to the university.
  • In-depth knowledge of best practices for resource management, business analysis, and technical assessment.
  • Working experience in overseeing and managing multiple strategic initiatives simultaneously.
  • Committed to supporting and promoting a diverse and inclusive community.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of and experience with computer and network systems, including high-volume storage and high-performance computing devices, for research and enterprise applications and databases.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

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Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact IT Human Resources at ithr@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: April 23, 2024
Applications close: Open until filled

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