University of Waterloo

Educational and Emerging Technology Specialist

Requisition ID
2019-4841
Job Category
IT
Department
Engineering Dean's Office
Job Status
Temporary Appointment (Contract)
Hiring Range
$51,422 - $64,277

Overview

Term: 1 year

 

The Technology Specialist’s primary role is to support content development and facilitate the use of technology in Outreach Programming. They will accomplish this through research, development and prototyping of innovative hands-on activities. They will facilitate the use of hand tools, electronics, computer software, hardware and various other technologies in Outreach Programming (Grades 1-12, and Undergraduate level). They will act as a subject matter expert for the department on making, tinkering, innovation, problem based learning, design thinking, and rapid prototyping.

 

This role is contingent on funding.

Responsibilities

Research/Sourcing of Emerging Technologies

  • Research innovative technology, and be able to identify application of test cases for Outreach programming
  • Identify appropriate educational technology for all types of Outreach Programming applications
  • Work directly with the vendors in sourcing and procuring both software and hardware
  • Test the technology to ensure suitability for use in programming and develop implementation plans to bring the technology into Outreach programming

 

Technical Program Content Development

  • Work with Outreach Coordinators to determine technical content requirements for various events and programs
  • Provide inspiration and support for Outreach Coordinators, PDTL (Program Delivery Team Lead) and Co-op students in developing and implementing new innovative learning opportunities
  • Perform quality assessments of program activities to ensure high quality and consistency in content and delivery
  • Review technical program content for opportunities for improvement and current relevance and identify gaps against the Ontario Curriculum
  • Track purchases against activity/program budgets
  • Provide technical support during Outreach events as required

 

Development of Staff Training Procedure (Technology Related)

  • Facilitate workshops and training for staff and co-op students in areas including, but not limited to: making, tinkering, innovation, problem based learning, design thinking, and rapid prototyping
  • Develop training procedures for staff on utilization of new/existing technology
  • Provide training to delivery staff on new/existing technology
  • Create and maintain a repository of tutorials on how to use the equipment, tools and technology safely

 

Oversight of Department Technology

  • Maintain inventory of department technology
  • Maintain the equipment, tools, materials, safe use, and schedule of Outreach technologies and space
  • Troubleshoot software and hardware problems
  • Oversight of department IT systems, including acting as liaison with IT department

 

Other office roles may include

  • Support and development of shared office resources, such as Google Apps information sharing portal and support technology, and network directories
  • Support Outreach Coordinators with running of their events as directed by Senior Manager, Engineering Outreach
  • Special task/projects as assigned by Manager of Outreach Activities
  • Office wide administrative tasks as assigned

Qualifications

  • Post-secondary education in Instructional/Educational technology, computer science, computer information systems, electrical technologies, engineering, or a closely related field or combination of education and/or experience
  • 3 years of experience in structuring educational content and working with educational technology to support instructional approaches
  • Varied professional experience, both in classroom settings and outside of schools
  • Experience in providing training/instruction to people of all backgrounds and abilities
  • Knowledge and experience with physical programming, robotics, coding, and wearable technology
  • Exposure to basic programming and one board computers such as arduino, raspberry pi, etc; or ability and interest to learn
  • Experience using Laser Cutters, 3D Printers, and a variety of design software
  • Technologically savvy, organized, and can effectively communicate with many ages, abilities, and dispositions
  • Genuine excitement for and ability to work with students, faculty, staff, and parents
  • Committed to student learning, personal growth, and professional development
  • Passion and knowledge about the use of technologies to support creative, engaged learning
  • Comfortable with a hands on approach, particularly an ability to improvise with audiences of varied ages and sizes, the use of hand tools, electronics, computer software, hardware and various other technologies
  • Interest and abilities in physical computing, open source hardware and software, video and audio production, and desktop fabrication
  • Ability and willingness to participate in events outside the workday schedule
  • Sound organizational skills and an ability to recognize and change work priorities in a timely fashion
  • Strong problem-solving, research, and planning skills
  • Self-starter and team player with a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn
  • A successful Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check is required
  • Weekend and evening work may be required

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