Platform and Technology Project Specialist

Pennsylvania United States
12 Oct 2018
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12 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Penn Engineering’s world-acclaimed faculty, state-of-the-art research laboratories and highly interdisciplinary curricula offer an experience that is unparalleled. Innovation and technology drive every program and transform the fundamentals of what future engineers are learning.

The Platform and Technology Project Specialist for Penn Engineering Online Learning is responsible for creation, ongoing maintenance and changes of all technical course assessments. Will manage the content management system (CMS) with a third-party vendor that will support technical content creation. Working directly with course faculty and TAs, the Platform and Technology Project Specialist will guide and recommend the development of complex assessments, write programs as needed to implement those assessments in the platform, find and integrate third party plug-ins to enhance assessment delivery, and work with the CMS vendor to identify platform enhancements. Oversees the installation of all system updates, upgrades, integrated tools, and other software integrated within the content management system.

The Platform and Technology Project Specialist will also oversee the testing process for all technical elements prior the release of a course. Responsible for maintenance of these elements, and triaging and troubleshooting technical issues from administrators and users related to course content.
This a 3 year term position

A Bachelor’s Degree and 2 years to 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Ability to travel and receive extensive training on the content management system (CMS) required. Ability to build a strong rapport with both internal and external stakeholders as well as strong organizational and communication skills, with ability to scope, prioritize, and execute projects effectively required. Knowledge of software testing best practices and experience with Github and Version Control. Proficiency in Python, Java, HTML, CSS, & JavaScript and ability to understand additional languages : Unix/bash, LaTeX, JSON required. Preferred experience with Docker, Jupyter Notebooks, YAML, QTI, LTI.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.