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Senior Director of Academic Platforms

Company: Harvard University
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: June 23, 2022

Job Description:

Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) seeks a
strategic and collaborative leader to serve as its new Senior
Director of Academic Platforms. Reporting to the Managing Director
of Academic Technology, who in turn reports to the Vice President
& University Chief Information Officer, this role is
responsible for current and future enterprise technology platforms
that enable teaching and learning as well as research computing.
The Senior Director engages academic technology staff, faculty, and
students broadly across Harvard to support their use of HUIT
systems in teaching, learning, and research and contributes to the
strategic direction for Harvard and its implementation through
Academic Technology, and is accountable for the successful delivery
of University-wide services.
The Senior Director of Academic Platforms leads a team of 16
business analysts, product owners, support specialists, and
software engineers to: ensure HUIT's successful engagement with
school academic technology groups, professional and lifelong
learning (PLL) organizations, and University partners; support the
development of a strategy for current, future needs at programmatic
levels; oversee consulting around platform technologies; liaise
with software vendors and internal technical teams on feature
requests and prioritization, and address high-level support needs.
The role entails significant engagement across Harvard: the Senior
Director represents HUIT to technology staff, support staff, and
faculty in Harvard's 13 schools and enhances HUIT's understanding
of their needs and aspirations.
Qualifications
Success in the role requires a range of qualities and
experiences and a core set of interpersonal skills that will enable
success in the University's decentralized organizational
environment:

Undergraduate degree or equivalent combination of training,
education, and experience through which equivalent technical
expertise can be developed
Deep understanding of teaching and learning/content management
technologies and their application to higher education and
executive/lifelong learning
10 years of progressive experience managing teams and
stakeholder relationships
A track record of advancing equity, inclusivity, diversity, and
accessibility
Familiarity with WCAG accessibility standards
Experience working in or with higher education and/or further
and executive education environments, ideally with teaching
experience
Experience working with agile software development framework
and knowledge of software development practices, including the
integration of user experience and accessibility into the
development process
Excellent organizational change management and project
management skills
Executive-level written, oral, and presentation communication
skills
Harvard University has engaged Opus Partners to
support the recruitment of this position. - Craig Smith,
Partner, and Abigail Maynard, Associate, are leading the search.
Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be
submitted by email to Abigail at abigail.maynard@opuspartners.net.
An application should include a resume and cover letter.
Harvard University values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and
seeks a leader who is committed to promoting these values
throughout the organization. We encourage candidates to address in
their cover letters how they might promote these values as the
Senior Director of Academic Platforms and to highlight past
professional support of initiatives designed to remove barriers and
to increase participation by groups historically under-represented
in IT.
Accessibility: Harvard University IT plays an important role
in supporting Harvard's commitment by seeking to create, procure
and deploy technologies that are accessible to all, including and
especially those who live with a disability. Harvard welcomes
individuals with disabilities to apply for positions and
participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to
request accommodations or have questions about the physical access
provided, please contact our University Disability Resources
Department.
Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic
information. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Educational Technology Director, Location: Cambridge, MA - 02138

Keywords: Harvard University, Cambridge , Senior Director of Academic Platforms, Executive , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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