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University of Minnesota
Extension Center for Family Development
Saint Paul
Posted: 12/20/2018
Academic Technologist, St. Paul campus

Working Title: Academic Technologist

Appointment: Academic Technologist 2 (9790T2), Professional and Administrative, Full-time

Location: University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus

Program Area: Extension Center for Family Development

Reports To: Extension Program Leader

Application Deadline: January 13, 2018 initial application review; Open until filled


University of Minnesota is part of the national network of land-grant institutions with a mission to address critical public issues through teaching, research and outreach. Extension delivers on the University's land-grant mission, working with Minnesotans to address important issues, creating a better world for future generations. Find further information at

Extension Technology delivers technology support, training, equipment, tools, and creative solutions that enable staff to effectively and efficiently perform and support educational work connecting audiences to the University’s research.


The Academic Technologist is responsible for promoting and supporting academic technologies for teaching and learning. Extension has significant potential to integrate innovative learning technologies. This position is critical and supports technology-enhanced learning in online, hybrid, and face-to-face learning environments.

In this position, the Academic Technologist will work with staff in the Extension Center for Family Development to design, develop, and evaluate instructionally effective technology-enhanced strategies. A hands-on position, the Academic Technologist will act directly to assist Extension staff with these technologies. In this role, the Academic Technologist will serve as a change agent and work with Family Development teams to explore how academic technologies could allow them to more effectively and efficiently reach audiences and disseminate research-based education and resources.

Current Projects this position will support are the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grant and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)

This position is a full-time, grant-funded position and will be based out of the St. Paul campus. This position will report to the Program Leader for Family Resiliency.


Production/Project Work (50%)

● Promote and support the use and development of appropriate academic technologies to carry out Extension’s outreach and research mission. Examples could include: mobile technologies, Google apps, online/hybrid course delivery, videos, website development, web conferencing, gaming technologies, technology-enabled learner engagement, etc.

● Work with Extension teams and community partners to develop technology-enhanced educational materials. For example, online education and technical assistance tools to provide on-demand information and training to a variety of audiences including community members and practitioners

● Facilitate initial needs analysis, collaboratively work with teams to produce technology-enhanced materials, and generate sustainable production workflows to empower teams for ongoing production and outreach.

● Design instructionally effective technology-enhanced strategies for meeting learning objectives and work with staff to implement these strategies.

● Evaluate outcomes of instructional solutions and strategies.

Consultation and Outreach (25%)

● Consult with Extension staff to identify, create, and expand use of technologies for teaching and learning. Work imaginatively and creatively to infuse academic technologies into outreach curriculum.

● Actively advocate for, respond to, and solicit the academic technology needs of the program teams.

● Participate in University academic technology communities of practice; advocate for Extension users’ use cases and help shape University centrally-supported technology platforms & services to more effectively advance Extension users’ needs.

Training and Support (15%)

● Design and develop support resources (tip sheets, screencasts, documentation, etc.) on learning technologies for new-to-experienced users

● Deliver periodic trainings on learning technologies--both in-person and online--to Extension staff and educators.

Professional and Team Development (10%)

● Collaborate with other Extension Technology team members in support of academic technologies and services. Gather and share information about technology support issues. Contribute to our overall mission of supporting Extension education with technology.

● Contribute to planning academic technology development in Extension, including exploring and evaluating new applications and opportunities, as well as ensuring collaboration across units in Extension.

● Proficient Develop new products and services by experimenting with and evaluating new and emerging academic technologies.


Required Qualifications:

● Ability to reflect Extension’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through teaching and outreach.

● Bachelor’s degree in education, educational technology, instructional design, education/curriculum development, or related discipline.

● Two years of experience in learning design or distance education.

● Proficient written and oral communication skills.

● Teaching or training experience.

● Demonstrated ability to function as a project manager, maintaining scope and budget.

● Experience with rapid development software such as Adobe Captivate, Camtasia Studio, and Articulate.

● Proficiency with relevant computer programs and tools: video editing, Google apps, HTML, scripting languages, graphics editing software, web conferencing.

● Proficiency with course management and/or learning management systems, such as Canvas.

● Proficiency with web production tools and concepts: responsive design, web styling/CSS, digital accessibility, graphic design, scripting languages.

● Experience working with faculty or high-level subject matter experts.

Preferred Qualifications:

● Master’s degree in education, educational technology, instructional design, education/curriculum development, or related discipline.

● Multi-tasking skills.

● Willingness to learn and support a broadening range of technologies.

● Experience and understanding of customer service.

● Ability to work well in a team.

● Organizational skills.


This position is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grant and SNAP Education grant. Continuation of this position is dependent on funding. This is a University of Minnesota professional and administrative appointment, job code 9790T2, Academic Technologist 2. Benefits, including medical, dental, and life insurance, are listed on the University of Minnesota Human Resources web page:


Job Opening ID: 328078

Applications must be submitted online. Please apply at:

To be considered for this position, please click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Please include the following attachments with your online application:

· Cover letter

· Resume/Vitae

Three professional references and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) may be required during the interview process.

Additional documents may be attached after the application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).

For questions about applying online, contact:

Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources

Please email or call 612-624-9236

For questions about this position, contact:

Mary Jo Katras, Program Leader – Family Resiliency,

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

The University of Minnesota Extension shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.