Simon Initiative TEL Ecosystem Community / Product Manage

Less than 5 years experience  •  Education.

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/09/17
Less than 5 years experience
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/09/17


Job Summary

Carnegie Mellon University’s Simon Initiative accelerates the success of the university’s educational-technology ecosystem. Central to this work is an approach called Learning Engineering: the use of learning research and the affordances of technology to design and deliver innovative, instrumented educational practices. These innovations improve outcomes while simultaneously generating data to refine and advance theory, fueling a virtuous cycle of research and practice. The Initiative encompasses a broad array of faculty, researchers, technologists, expertise centers/organizations, and associated projects, expertise services, technologies, innovations, and research.

We are seeking an experienced Community Manager / Product Manager to support the evolution of The Simon Initiative ecosystem backbone tools. In this position, you have the exciting opportunity to collaborate with community partners to expand the impact of our learning research and technology ecosystem to improve outcomes for learners at CMU and around the world. As we work from the inside-out, the manager coordinates with ecosystem internal stakeholders/tool developers to connect and coordinate the community internal to CMU, as well as grow a larger community of external institutional partners and contributors. Key to this position is to support and contribute to the development of standards and APIs to provide future-looking capabilities for integration/interoperability.

**Please note this is a fixed term position, dependent on funding and anticipated to last through July 2018.


Core Responsibilities for the role include:

1) Manage and grow the community of the Learning Engineering Ecosystem

  • Connect with and build community to increase awareness, buy-in, and use of the ecosystem backbone tool suite.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders, faculty, staff, and technical participants to cull/elicit needs and identify opportunities to connect existing, new, and emerging projects through the ecosystem.
  • Connect with existing expertise service organizations and support centers to encourage and support integration of new tools and approaches into ecosystem.
  • Establish and grow an open-source community, including some elements of community development, management, and standards. Develop, grow, and support larger external community for the Learning Engineering Ecosystem. Engage with participating institutions, companies, and other organizations.

2) Support and contribute to the leadership of the Ecosystem as a coherent product

  • Participate in preliminary development of ecosystem roadmap and ongoing feature definition, in close collaboration with Lead Architect.
  • Work closely with Lead Architect to define and develop appropriate technical elements of open source community and practice.
  • Focus on developing a central backbone that will support interoperability between diverse learning technologies.
  • Establish standards that will encourage future technologies to engage with the system. Leverage and advance existing and emerging standards for educational technology.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Align Simon technical work with CMU strategic plans and priorities.
  • Support funding efforts, including grant and and proposal writing.
  • Collaborate with peers in other institutions and organizations; represent CMU and the Simon Initiative at conferences and convenings.
  • Champion of the Simon open source tool ecosystem and engineering approach.


  • PhD or Masters in Education, Computer Science, Design, Learning Science, or related field.
  • Minimum 3-5years of relatedexperiencein the following:
    • Experience working in, growing, and/or managing open-source communities.
    • Prior experience in post-secondary institutions in staff or researcher role, with focus on learning science, educational technology, or learning engineering.
    • Experience working in diverse/cross-disciplinary teams.
    • Management of technical and/or design teams.
    • Experience writing grant proposals.
  • Skills:
    • Must be team-oriented, communicate clearly and effectively, and demonstrate the ability to work well with others in a creative and collaborative environment.
    • Ability to work under pressure, pay attention to detail, meet inflexible deadlines, accommodate shifting priorities, and deal with challenging individuals while maintaining composure.
    • Prior experience in higher education and educational technologies; teaching; development of technology-enhanced learning resources for use by diverse faculty populations.
  • Technical Skills
    • Experience with existing educational technology APIs. Familiarity with emerging APIs and standards, especially around interoperability and data.
    • Experience with overall software development processes


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