Instructional Technologist

Job Description

Job Summary

In conjunction with members of the Learning, Research & Technology department, this position will consult with instructors to identify technology that will assist them in meeting their pedagogical goals and design and deliver digital literacy programming. In partnership with instructors and ITS partners, identify and evaluate new and emerging technologies for use in teaching and learning. Develop and perform assessment of educational technology initiatives. Collaborate with campus partners including the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning and the Committee on Educational Technologies to align services and support with partner initiatives. Explore new and emerging technologies, and provide opportunities for the Smith community to test, tinker and learn. Participate in service team, department and organizational planning and support efforts.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

Consultation (40%)

  • Consult with instructors to assess course related questions and identify appropriate technologies to meet pedagogical goals.

  • Meet with instructors to discuss best practices related to technology in teaching and learning.

  • Provide resources to instructors about current research on effective use of technology.

  • Coordinate and communicate with other technology professionals on and off campus about issues related to the effective and efficient use of academic technology.

Instructional Design (30%)

  • Collaborate with instructors to provide course instruction and support for student projects, preparing technical resources as needed.

  • Design and deliver digital literacy programming.

  • Conduct hands-on technology and pedagogy workshops for the Smith community.

  • Consult with members of the Smith community on the use of technologies, pedagogical implementation, and accessibility considerations.

Assessment (20%)

  • Develop and implement assessment plans to determine whether technology is meeting pedagogical needs.

  • Work with local, regional, and national consortia to coordinate Smith efforts with those at other campuses.

Other Functions

Other Duties (10%)

  • Participate in cross-team projects, service teams, and other departmental and organizational planning and support efforts, and perform other duties as required.

  • Maintain professional skills by attending conferences, workshops, and trade shows.

  • All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. One to two year’s relevant experience.

  • Experience in designing, developing, and delivering instruction in a higher education environment.

  • Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in educational technology and/or education and experience in a related field.

  • Postsecondary teaching experience and/or faculty development experience.


Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills; strong attention to detail and accuracy; outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills; excellent customer service orientation and ability to interact with diverse constituencies; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously; ability to work on a team as well as independently. Strong knowledge of educational technologies.

Additional Information

All successful ITS staff are known for effectively applied expertise, thoughtful attention to detail, timely and appropriately calibrated follow-up, proactive and constructive problem-solving, openness to new approaches, and for building effective partnerships and trust within ITS, across the College and (where relevant) with external partners.

Please attach/upload a current resume and cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position.

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About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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