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User Services Consultant - Natural and Social Sciences

Willamette University
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 26, 2023

User Services Consultant - Natural and Social Sciences

Posting Number: R0004893
Location: Salem Campus

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Position Summary:
The User Services Consultant for Natural and Social Sciences is responsible for providing technical support and assistance to faculty, staff, and student employees in the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Exercise and Health Science, Mathematics, Physics, Economics, Politics, Psychology and Sociology. This position provides support for research lab computers and associated software and instrumentation used by the above departments as well as classroom teaching computers and laptop carts.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Serves as the initial point of contact for College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) faculty and staff with questions regarding computing and network equipment, software, and the implementation of technology. Researches and recommends solutions as necessary. Assists faculty and staff in purchasing hardware and software.
  • Manages the setup and maintenance of the computer hardware and software in laboratories and research spaces of departments listed above. Ensures technology needs of the students and faculty using these facilities are satisfied in a timely manner.
  • Coordinates technology support for faculty and staff including, but not limited to standard software applications, computing devices, the campus network, peripheral devices, and audio-visual equipment. Maintains an updated inventory of computing equipment utilized by the supported departments.
  • Researches established resources and explores emerging technologies to support faculty needs and encourages the adoption of appropriate technology solutions. Serves as a resource person and coordinator for the integration of educational technologies into courses. Assists faculty with the development of projects utilizing information technologies.
  • Serves as a member of the WITS User Services group. Participates in meetings of the User Services group and contributes to finding solutions to technology problems pertinent to all segments of the University community. Conducts training sessions on topics of particular expertise. Supports other members of the WITS User Services group and other groups within WITS as needed.
  • Continually seeks opportunities to proactively improve the computing environment at Willamette University.

  • Any combination of education, training or experience that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential functions of the position. A Bachelor's degree is required; and one in a field related to one or more of the above departments is highly desirable.
  • Minimum of two years of experience working user services in a networked computing environment.
  • Demonstrated experience creating user documentation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in:
  • Consulting with users on various software, hardware and network problems.
  • Operation and trouble-shooting of computers, tablets, smart-phones and other peripheral devices.
  • Support of Microsoft and Apple operating systems.
  • Supporting users with applications including but not limited to Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
  • Use and support of a Learning Management System (LMS).
  • A proven customer service orientation with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Willingness to work with a broad range of educational technologies and to remain current in the field.
  • A proven ability to make technical issues understandable and an ability to match technical opportunities to University goals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse colleagues, students, and community members, and actively engaging in learning and practicing the principles of equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Preferred Qualifications
  • A Master's degree in a field of study related to the above listed departments.
  • Experience supporting faculty with server-based research computing in Linux.
  • Experience supporting information technology in higher education.
  • Experience in development of instructional materials.
  • Experience programming in one or more modern computer language(s) and relevant experience beyond the minimum requirement.

Salary: $24.78 per hour

Typical Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm

Physical Demands & Working Conditions:

Working conditions can include noisy environments, confined spaces, as well as dusty and dirty environments.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as received until the position is filled.

All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.

You will need to upload the following two documents as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section labeled Resume:
  • Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve emphasis
  • Current Resume

​Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.


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