Technical Operations Lead

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

IT, Operations
Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2024


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About the Department

IT Services collaborates with campus partners to support the mission of the University of Chicago through the consistent delivery of high-quality solutions and services.

• We provide secure, stable, and reliable infrastructure and applications to support the mission of the University.
• We support and enable faculty research and teaching with the effective use of technology.
• We simplify the technology experience for faculty, students, alumni, and staff, and we ensure technology is mobile-friendly and accessible.
• We identify, manage, and mitigate the technology risks of the University.

Job Summary

The primary responsibility for this position is to implement and manage IT Services that support University partners who have unique business practices, such as the Budget Office, Office of Research Safety, Environmental Health and Safety, and Facilities Service. This includes partnering in strategic planning and subsequent implementation of IT projects, as well as the maintenance of reliable, efficient, and optimal IT services. Although this position reports to IT Services and is responsible for ensuring and implementing IT practices that are consistent with the University partners.


  • Strategically and actively partners with University leadership in establishing IT systems that support University partners' business practices.
  • Develops and implements a strategy for systems, based on University partners' business practices, hardware, software and operating systems.
  • Provides guidance and recommendations on information technology products and services.
  • Informs University partners of significant initiatives within IT Services that would impact their operations.
  • Ensures the delivery of reliable IT services for University partners in a way that is efficient and consistent with common University IT practices, as well as optimal to the operational business.
  • Ensures consistent availability of University partners’ applications and systems.
  • Ensures that the Information Systems and technical requirements for University partners coordinate appropriately with hardware infrastructure and software requirement standards within the University.
  • Ensures a unified, integrated, cost-effective Information Systems infrastructure, is mutually beneficial to University partners and IT Services, by keeping current with product and service evaluations across University partners.
  • Ensures common application interface mechanisms and contractor and vendor adherence to established IT Services connectivity and security standards. Maintains and assists with maintaining technical documentation, licensing agreements, specifications, and financial costs on all University partners' software, hardware, and operating systems.
  • Ensures that technical documentation on all University partner’s software, hardware, and operating systems is current and appropriate.
  • Leads and triages issues resolving time-critical IT Services issues that impact University partners' operations.
  • Supervises business applications and programing support staff.
  • Schedules assignments and sets priorities for staff.
  • Ensures the professional development of the staff through appropriate training and fosters teamwork among staff.
  • Utilizes thorough understanding of business systems and industry requirements to translate business and user needs into system requirement specifications.
  • Recommends process improvements in existing applications and revises existing system logic difficulties as necessary. Designs, develops, and implements new applications, systems architecture, network systems, and applications infrastructures.
  • Communicates and presents on system enhancements and/or alternatives to colleagues in IT management.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively expanded professional IT experience.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Oracle and Cloud/SaaS-based applications, and programming languages in an n-tier application production environment, such as HTML, JAVA, and MS SQL Server.
  • Demonstrable working knowledge of, or professional experience with relevant business enterprise applications, such as, e.g. Maximo Archibus, Environmental Health, and Safety Assistant.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Windows and UNIX Operating Systems.

Preferred Competencies

  • Manage complex technical details while balancing the business needs of the client.
  • Work under and meet tight deadlines for multiple and concurrent projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; identify and perceive problems from a University partner's perspective.

Working Conditions

  • Standard office environment.
  • Hybrid work schedule.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Information Technology

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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