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Computing Manager Principal Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Plans and organizes activities of a large computing section in areas such as Computing Research Lab, University Administrative Systems, or Academic Computing. Manages workload of a technical staff, establishing goals and objectives for the group.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of three classifications and would typically report to a Director.

Examples of Duties:

  • Hires, coaches, reviews, supervises, and terminates assigned employees, or makes effective suggestions and recommendations that are given particular weight regarding the employment status of assigned employees.
  • Maintains an adequate training system to develop technical and supervisory skills in subordinates.
  • Manages and directs the acquisition, installation and maintenance of computer software and hardware and systems related to technical areas; establishes schedules, sets priorities and assigns work to subordinates.
  • Provides technical expertise and direction in state-of-the-art software/hardware applications, systems projects and problems.
  • Determines personnel, material, equipment and facilities needed to accomplish program goals.
  • Prepares recommended program budget and/or responsible for ensuring program expenditures adhere to approved budget.
  • Compiles statistics and management data relevant to future computing service workloads and resource requirements in technical computer area.
  • Recommends actions to improve workflow, simplify operational and reporting procedures, and improve performance standards.
  • Maintains work, time and cost records.
  • Writes a status report, including conclusions and recommendations for solution of problems.
  • Coordinates with user personnel to determine policy, address concerns, and resolve issues relating to the computing activity.
  • Represents computing interests at advisory/steering committee meetings; meets with peers from other organizations to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the functions and capabilities of computing equipment and software and its applications.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices. developments and techniques of providing computing service in an academic environment.
  • Knowledge of the practice and principles of group leadership.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or Management Information Systems AND eight years of directly related computing experience, which includes three years of supervisory experience; OR, Ten years of directly related computing experience, which includes three years of supervisory experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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