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Epidemiology in the School of Public Health has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Technology Manager.
This position will serve as a technology manager for the Data Computing Group at the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center (NACC). The position provides leadership in three primary areas: planning and management of programs and projects; oversight of the design, development, and operations of a secure enterprise applications infrastructure; and supervision of Data Computing Group staff.
NACC, internally, is comprised of three working groups: Administration, Data Computing, and Methods/Research. This position will lead the Computing group and will report directly to the Director of NACC. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as the person in this position will work collaboratively with the Computing group as well as with key NACC stakeholders from the Administrative and Research groups. Additionally, this position will interface with external stakeholders, such as the NIA program leadership and Alzheimer's Disease Centers (ADC) personnel, including data managers, statisticians, administrators, neurologists, neuropsychologists, geneticists, and other Alzheimer’s research personnel. This position will use input from these various stakeholders to shape the design and development of NACC computer systems in order to facilitate ADC research based on the NACC database.
In addition to communication skills, a strong technical background is required, with knowledge of modern computer system architecture including virtualization, information security, application support, web services and full web stack development. This includes basic system administration and working with Amazon AWS, Oracle, MySQL, SAS, Python and knowledge of .Net is a plus. Being comfortable with managing a multiskilled team as well as lead customer requirement gathering and turning that into tactical products is also a likely skill of a strong candidate.
NACC facilitates collaborative research among approximately 30 ADCs funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and is in its fourth 5-year funding cycle with a budget of approximately $20M. NACC maintains a database of clinical and neuropathological data collected from the ADCs and also funds and oversees investigator-initiated collaborative research projects among ADC investigators; these projects define and collect data specific for their research needs. In addition, NACC provides data management and statistical consulting/analysis for investigator-initiated collaborative R01s which are independently funded by the NIA. This position is integral to the success of NACC, and it is vital that the person occupying this position possesses the ability to work with investigators and other personnel from diverse backgrounds and multiple institutions. A strong technical background is required with familiarity of modern software engineering practices, use of Cloud platforms and strategy, and a familiarity with agile methodologies and project management.
Supervision of NACC Data Group staff: Develop, lead, and coach a group of 7 staff including software engineers, system administrators and data quality engineers. Guide team through complex situations with effective communication. Provide professional guidance and leadership to team members to realize NACC's goals.
Technical Leadership: Provide direction and technical expertise to guide the team in system design and development. Establish vision and roadmap for the computing group. Direct efforts to support migration to AWS, re-architecting legacy systems, and ensure the secure collection and dissemination of scientific data. Technical platforms include AWS, Oracle, SAS, Python and REDCap.
Project and Program Management: Facilitate the planning, implementation, operations, and evaluation of complex, multi-year, multifaceted projects and programs.
Coordination with customers and other stakeholders, collaborators, and data centers: Gather input on project roadmap and communicate status on deliverables.
Programming: Contribute to the design, development, and/or review of NACC software and systems
Other duties as assigned.
Lead Responsibilities: This position will oversee the technical components of NACC and reports to the Director. The manager will work with the other core managers and research customer stakeholders to ensure project deliverables are appropriately developed and are met. Supervisory Responsibilities: This position will supervise the NACC technical staff (currently 7 FTE).
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Bachelor's Degree in a technical or scientific field plus at least 5 years management experience
Experience in technical program management, including developing priorities, roadmaps, agile/sprint methodologies and/or program portfolio
Experience developing, leading, managing, and mentoring diverse teams, with both technical and non-technical staff
Effective independent judgment and decision-making skills
Strong communication skills at all levels
Dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in all areas of professional conduct
Demonstrated excellent written/oral communication skills, technical documentation skills, user liaison skills, and personal interaction abilities
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Additional experience or strong interest in Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders
Experience with cloud technologies and modern cloud strategy
Ability to engage and build customer relationships
Experience with academic electronic data collection platforms including REDCap
Experience with modern web technologies and application programming interfaces
Oversight of phases of the software development lifecycle: solution analysis, architecture, and design; systems integration; data conversion and migration; environment management and build processes; and/or deployment planning, execution, and communications
Demonstrated program management skills, including ability to maintain calm under pressure, comfort with ambiguity, ability to earn trust, ability to motivate others, and ability to engage in difficult conversations gracefully
Demonstrated professionalism to lead by example, with a positive attitude, patience, honesty, integrity, and commitment
Ability to set clear expectations and hold individuals and team members accountable
Experience with federal grants and research project culture
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Project or grant deadlines and potential computer emergencies will require flexibility in the work schedule.
Out-of-state travel may be required to attend annual meetings of the ADC Directors and/or Data Core, as well as other scientific conferences and site visits to the various ADCs nationwide.
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