Emerging Technology Specialist

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 03 Oct 2022


Campus: Tempe

Digital Tech Platform Coord

Job Description

ASU, a leading innovator in Higher Education, is looking for a dynamic individual to join our team, providing support for the ASU Enterprise Technology Learning Experience Group (LX). The LX group is a crucial enterprise-focused organization, supporting ASU efforts to deliver innovative learning projects, at scale, to all learners, and focused on ensuring greater inclusion and student success.

The Emerging Technology Specialist facilitates cross-functional groups in the exploration, evaluation, and implementation of early-stage technologies. This position supports and lends vision to establishing formal technology evaluation approaches, collaborating with groups across the university on the impacting uses of emerging technology to support learning, and testing new learning technologies and determining how they can be implemented at scale. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate a passion for learning new technologies, an understanding of instructional challenges surrounding the use of technology to support learning, experience working in or with media (graphics, video, or games) development process, advanced project coordination capabilities, effective interpersonal and presentation skills, successful experience in a team environment, and an appreciation for working with diverse audiences.

ASU Enterprise Technology has over 500 employees, offering a variety of career paths in a high-energy working environment.  The technology initiatives we’re engaged in are transformative and unprecedented in Higher Education. Consider taking the step and joining the Sun Devil family!

As with everyone in the Enterprise Technology family, our intentional focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging as well as culture and communications are core responsibilities in this role. With an increased emphasis on authenticity, compassion, and inclusivity, this position strives to embody and advance our Enterprise Technology Positive Core.

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Information Technology



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Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

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Essential Duties

  • Establish and execute formalized evaluation approaches for early-stage technologies.
  • Serve as a resource to the enterprise for identifying technologies that solve instructional challenges.
  • Research and evaluate emerging digital platform technologies, pedagogies, and practices and provide ongoing ideas, guidance, and recommendations to the enterprise community.
  • Facilitate conversational sessions with faculty around platform tools, pedagogy approaches, and roadmap strategies.
  • Implement evaluation procedures to assess the effectiveness of using technologies in teaching/learning experiences.
  • Develop media that creates awareness and understanding of new technologies.
  • Collects and analyzes end-user feedback and communicates this analysis through written descriptions, diagrams, screenshots, screencasts, and live demonstrations so it is helpful for designers and development staff.
  • Creates project implementation or revision plans that take resource availability, timelines, and competing priorities into account.
  • Take responsibility for fostering culture, advancing our values, and championing engagement in all its forms -- collaborating across our teams as well as participating in ET/ASU events and programs.
  • Take responsibility for fostering culture, advancing our values, and championing engagement in all its forms -- collaborating across our teams as well as participating in ET/ASU events and programs. Demonstrates commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.  Advances our Enterprise Technology Affirmative Pledge.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or directed.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Educational Technology, Project Management or related field AND five years of related experience two (2) of which include supporting academic technology services in a higher education setting as well as experience with online course development and design and at least two years of supervisory experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. 

Desired Qualifications

Master’s Degree in relevant field and expert-level (8-years) experience in the learning and development/instructional design discipline coupled with contemporary digital technology/learning platform assessment, utilization, and deployment in higher education setting.

  • Knowledge of current and future trends in educational technologies
  • Advanced project management and coordination capabilities including the ability to accomplish tasks and projects with multiple and overlapping deadlines
  • Comprehensive understanding of instructional design principles, methods, and techniques for adult learning
  • Ability to explain technical concepts in non-technical terms to diverse stakeholder groups: faculty, students, staff, and administrators
  • Problem-solving with the ability to apply strong critical and logical analysis to scenarios in the context of educational technology use 
  • Ability to model empathy, compassion and emotional intelligence
  • Experience hiring in a values-led organization, emphasizing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
  • Ability to help foster a safe psychological space for all teammates where everyone can thrive
  • Ability to stimulate changes in individual, institutional, and corporate behaviors to create a more sustainable environment
  • Ability to lead by example in communicating, participating and encouraging support of the institution’s sustainability programs

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse.
  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
  • Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • Clearly communicate to perform essential functions.

Department Statement

The Enterprise Technology Office (ET) embraces its role as both an enabler and catalyst for advancing the vision and work of the New American University.  We are a values-driven organization.  Our commitments are reflected in all of the work we do in pursuit of operational excellence, the experience and delight of our community, and our strategic and innovation initiatives. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.
Join the team that sparks human-centered innovation

ET is a rapidly reconfigurable and entrepreneurial organization at ASU that prioritizes and
executes to meet the needs of our community of learners, faculty, researchers and staff. Our
work emphasizes autonomy, flexibility and distributed decision-making to leverage the strengths of individuals. Together, we embrace a culture that nurtures, engages and embraces diverse voices with a shared lens of positive community impact and expanded opportunities for collaboration.

Why join us?

Mission oriented. Everything we do is to advance ASU’s charter -- measuring who we include and how they succeed. We are staunch champions of learner success and put people first.

Flexibility. Our hybrid work environment prioritizes personal autonomy and trust around how work gets done. Staff touch base in person a  few times per week with freedom to decide how, when and where.

Culture forward. We embrace a Positive Core culture: Belonging, Relational, Authentic, Visionary and Empowered. The ET fabric weaves together diversity, equity and inclusion applied in our daily work and interactions.  

Scale of impact. Our work changes the world. With 180k+ learners, faculty, researchers and staff, working with ET means you have the capacity to improve many lives and entire communities.

World-class, low cost education. Our professional development is built in! ET encourages staff to seek additional certificates and degrees via ASU’s top ranked programs with major tuition breaks.

Exposure to industry giants. ET partners with Amazon, Apple, Cox, Verizon, Salesforce, Alteryx and a diversity of technology companies to enhance our innovations and deepen their impact.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Fingerprint Check Statement

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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