Vice President, Operations and Security

Established in 2019, the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) is a national not-for-profit organization that is playing a critical role helping to advance the establishment of a researcher-focused, accountable, agile, strategic and sustainable Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) ecosystem for Canadian researchers. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has earmarked $375 million in funding to consolidate and revitalize the infrastructure and tools offered to researchers and will support activities in advanced research computing (ARC), research data management (RDM) and research software (RS), driving continued excellence in research across all disciplines. In what is a truly auspicious time for Canada’s science, innovation and economic future, NDRIO is seeking a Vice President, Operations and Security to help build and shape this new organization.

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, the Vice President, Operations and Security will lead the organization’s ongoing commitment to support and promote the strategic use of information technology that advances the overall mission of NDRIO. The Vice President, Operations and Security will lead and manage the work of the Operations and Security Divisions, including research and administrative computing, networking, support services, programming services, information security services and telecommunications. The operations and security portfolio oversees the services of advanced research computing, research data management and research software solutions developed by the Digital Research Infrastructure community.

The Vice President, Operations and Security serves as the principal technology leader for the organization, providing the vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology strategiesand initiatives organization-wide. This includes the direct supervision of the Director of Operations, Director of Information Security and Director of Research Data Management and Software. The position scope is inclusive of all departments of the organization. This necessitates a high level of familiarity with the academic research landscape as well as a commitment to meeting the diverse information and communications needs that exist across all organization departments.

The Vice President, Operations and Security is responsible for anticipating and maintaining a vision for the futuretechnology needs at NDRIO, and for recommending strategies, priorities and projects that will best achieve theorganization’s strategic goals and objectives.

As the ideal candidate, you bring extensive experience with IT strategic planning, budgeting and personnelmanagement. Your strong technology skills are supported by demonstrated knowledge of the ways and methods bywhich technology supports the research community. You bring significant experience in all aspects of information technology planning, development and implementation, including, but not limited to, enterprise resource planning, systems architecture, telecommunications,database administration, web and social media development and security, and compliance issues. You have the technical skill necessary to lead a highly technical team, set strategic direction, and make well-informed investment decisions. Significant past professional experience in an academic orscientific research environment is preferred. Bilingualism is an asset for the role. NDRIO’s head office is based in Ottawa, however the role can be located anywhere across Canada.

Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online ideally by January 11, 2021 at We thank all those who express an interest; however, only those chosen for further development will be contacted.

NDRIO is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and NDRIO throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.