IT Services at the University of Chicago is seeking a seasoned specialist in disaster recovery and business continuity to provide leadership to our disaster recovery programs. In this position, you will be working with ITS teams and the campus community to develop a foundation for a risk-based strategy for disaster recovery, guide investments, craft policies, procedures, testing, training, etc. for the entire organization.
Disaster Recovery Strategy (35%)
1) Develop and implement DR strategy, framework and road-map to support effective recovery of infrastructure and applications.
2) Serve as central point of contact for DR architecture strategy; consult with IT leadership and internal teams to align DR strategies with existing platforms, services and tools.
3) Utilize best practices and standards to design and assist in implementation of disaster recovery solutions.
Testing and Validation (45%)
4) Work with all technology teams to prioritize the recovery of all networking, infrastructure and applications to support critical systems.
5) Develop and maintain annual DR testing plans.
6) Oversee the development and execution of recovery tests, scenarios and exercises, including planning, facilitation, reporting and oversight of remediation activities.
Research and Continuous Improvement (20%)
7) Maintain working knowledge of advanced Disaster Recovery tactics, techniques and procedures.
8) Perform a technical analysis of current DR architecture to determine the readiness to meet the Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) as defined by the Business Impact Analysis.
9) Assess DR solution capabilities and relationships with 3rd parties and provide recommendations for improved resiliency.
10) Develop and implement new techniques to improve recoverability as applications become more distributed and/or cloud-based and our vendor relationships change and expand.
1) Strong verbal communication skills with the ability to influence without direct authority and interact comfortably with all levels of the organization.
2) Collaborative skill set with an ability to drive action across IT partners, supporting teams, and within the team.
3) Strong written communication skills.Â
1) Standard office environment.
1) Extensively use computer.
2) Make repetitive wrist, hand, or finger movements.
3) Sit for short or extended time periods.
1) Bachelorâ™s degree or equivalent years of education and work experience.
2) Course work in technology and business is an advantage.
1) Minimum five years of experience in a DR planning, administrative or managerial capacity.
2) Experience in a diverse technology background and experience with tools to orchestrate IT recovery such as backup software (Commvault, Netbackup), recovery tools (VMWare Site Recovery Manager), and managed service providers (Sungard) or cloud services (AWS Glacier).
3) Experience balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders, and maneuvering through complex policy, process and people-related organizational dynamics.
4) Experience successfully leading initiatives and guiding teams through periods of change.
2) Cover Letter
NOTE: When applying all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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