Data Systems Specialist

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
21 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
21 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

DATA SYSTEMS SPECIALIST, Office of Digital Learning (ODL), to join a group whose mission is to transform teaching and learning at MIT and around the globe through the innovative use of digital technologies. Will retrofit existing course content with new technical enhancements; run tools to detect broken web links and manage their resolution; assist the team in building technically challenging aspects of course content and with efficient high-volume preproduction content processing such as converting formats and batch-processing files for accessibility; provide final quality assurance checks on course content to ensure that it meets evolving publication standards, including accessibility and mobile-friendliness; provide day-to-day technical support for the OCW (OpenCourseWare) course publication team; and help test new site features.

Job Requirements
REQUIRED: at least two years’ technical working experience, preferably in an academic environment; hands-on experience with content management systems and with Adobe Acrobat and PDF, including batch processing; basic understanding of server-side CSS preprocessing platforms (e.g., SASS) and of client-side scripting and JavaScript frameworks, including jQuery; proficiency with web markup (including HTML5 and CSS3), working on cross-browser compatibility issues and on ways to work around them, and with code versioning tools such as Git; solid understanding of SEO principles and ensuring that application will adhere to them; and basic understanding of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), mobile technologies and mobile design tenets, and website optimization. Seek a quick learner who is task-oriented and flexible with regard to managing and completing constantly varying tasks.  

Job #16911-N 

This is a temporary, one-year position renewable on an annual basis.