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Educational Technologist

Columbia University, School of Professional Studies
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 22, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Curriculum & Instructional Development, Distance Education Programs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Summary

The Educational Technologist will provide technical application support for online and hybrid courses delivered through the School of Professional Studies, as well as for internal team processes that leverage technology to create new efficiencies. This position will also have the chance to develop solutions directly affecting the quality and improvement of courses and internal team processes. In addition, this position will serve as a liaison on behalf of the SPS to the University's academic technology and IT departments.


  • This position will consult with the instructional design and online support/academic technology staff to match educational goals and objectives with the appropriate technology and delivery methods. S/he will support course design by building and implementing educational technology solutions; and will support internal team processes by developing productivity-enhancing technology solutions (e.g., automation of repetitive workflows). As a result, this position should have strong front-end development skills in HTML, HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, responsive design, version control (Git), and testing & debugging.

    Under the supervision of the Senior Director of Online Support and Academic Technology, the educational technologist will participate in creating responsive design templates for course sites to help ensure quality, consistency and success in online teaching and learning. Additionally, s/he will support initiatives related to end-user training and e-learning support.

    Finally, the educational technologist will be responsible for monitoring trends in technology and media tools related to education to increase the effective use of technology across the SPS academic landscape.

    Other duties assigned as required

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • A minimum of three years of related experience
  • Experience developing and supporting distance learning courses
  • Position Specific Minimum Qualifications

    Strong communication, collaboration, and analytical skills; a solid and current knowledge of instructional technologies/media; experience with web-based conferencing and productivity  tools; video/audio production experience working with university faculty in technology training; willingness to investigate and recommend new technologies; upbeat and curious attitude.

    Specific skills for this position include:

  • Experience with Learning and Content Management Systems
  • Strong front-end development skills; specifically HTML, HTML5, CSS, Bootstrap, JavaScript, JS libraries, including version control (Git), testing and debugging
  • Experience with Web APIs (including REST or SOAP) and authentication protocols
  • Advanced scripting/web development experience a plus (e.g., application frameworks, such as Angular/React; Node.js; jQuery)
  • Multimedia authoring experience a plus
  • Audio/Video production experience a plus
  • Knowledge of instructional design or learning theories a plus
  • Experience working with communities and social media platforms
  • Upbeat attitude; willing to investigate and recommend new technologies 
  • Preferred Qualifications

    • Master's degree preferred, as well as a degree in educational technology or a related discipline. Strong communication skills and experience in online learning is highly preferred. 

    Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

    Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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