17 Jan

Web Systems Learning Technology Manager Jobs Vacancy at University Edinburgh Edinburgh

Web Systems Learning Technology Manager
University Edinburgh
Edinburgh SCT
17 Jan, 2018 30+ days ago

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Web Systems Learning Technology Manager Jobs Vacancy at University Edinburgh Edinburgh Jobs Details:

The School of Social and Political Science within the University of Edinburgh are looking to recruit a Web, Systems & Technology Manager. The role will provide leadership and technical expertise to ensure School web, learning technology and software development services are fully conducive to enhancing student and staff experience.

This full-time (35 hours per week), open ended post will be available from 1 April 2018.

Salary: £39,992 - £47,722 per annum.

Closing date: Wednesday 14th February 2018, 5pm (GMT).

1. Job Details

Job title: Web, Systems & Learning Technology Manager

School: School of Social and Political Science

Unit: School Office

Line manager: Head of Infrastructure, Information and Learning Technology Services

2. Job Purpose

Provide the leadership and technical expertise required to ensure School web, learning technology and software development services are fully conducive to enhancing student and staff experience in the realms of teaching, learning and research.

3. Main Responsibilities

(Approx. % of time)

Provide strategic and operational vision and expertise required to deliver on the School’s teaching and learning objectives through technology enhanced education (TEE), encompassing both online and on campus courses. Ensure the service provides effective consultation and development capabilities to academic colleagues through entire life cycle, from initial idea, through development to delivery and feedback. Assess evolving ODL business needs and ensure infrastructure and resources are developed sufficient to those needs, connecting as appropriate with service providers outside the School. 30%

Ensure excellent technical expertise is available as required in the development of all service solutions. Provide leadership and support as well as operational planning and implementation assistance ensuring all methodologies employed in the development and delivery of service provision meet the latest best practice. Employ effective capacity management to enable services to operate with highest availability and deliver the very best user experience possible by blending resources and services at School, College and the wider University level. 20%

Leading the development of the School’s Web strategy and its implementation, ensuring needs of the School are blended collegially where possible with technological landscape established by College and University strategy. Collaborate with partner teams in the alignment of Web strategy and implementations. 20%

Contributing to planning to assure that the services are appropriately staffed. Develop plans for appropriate staff development in response to evolving business needs as defined by strategic priorities. Monitoring the effective implementation of more immediate operational plans owned by the members of the team and direct contributions to plan implementations where necessary. Co-ordinating with colleagues in other Schools and Units sharing in systems and platforms used by SPS. 10%

Enhance, engender and promote digital skills, leading the promotion of these across School staff complements, securing improvements in the School’s ability to deliver world leading research, teaching and learning, and the services enabling these, such that high quality digital skills become an overarching and omnipresent component of day to day activities within the School. 15%

Deputising for Head of IILTS and any other duties. 5%

4. Planning and Organising

• Overall responsibility for the planning and management of the Web & Systems and Learning Technology Teams, including delegation to team members; promoting the development of staff within the team and demonstrate progress on an annual basis.

• Distillation of School and College plans and strategies into appropriate actions and activities for the team to meet School priorities. Inputting into College technology plans, where necessary via Head of IILTS otherwise independently; appropriate attendance at CPAG or other College and University groups and contributing on behalf of the School to relevant College or University plans and strategies.

• Development of Technology Enhanced Education plans as they support and inform the School’s Teaching and Learning Strategies, derived through structured consultation with academic colleagues and other inputs received (such as TSG).

• Development of roles, responsibilities & policies that outline the clear responsibilities between the Web & Systems and Learning Technology teams, and academic and administrative colleagues, about content planning & creation development production and publishing; promoting consistent web editing practices across the School by staff and students.

5. Problem Solving

• Identifying, analysing, and implementing complex technical and procedural solutions to meet the business needs of the service stakeholders and in line with the requirements and priorities directed by School strategies and planning.

• Working closely with academic colleagues to identify new opportunities and innovative approaches to technology enhanced education and aligning School strategies and solutions with those of the University and College as required.

• Providing leadership in resolving any problems that have been escalated by junior colleagues, School management or colleagues outside the School.

6. Decision Making

• Selection of, and recommendations of options for, new technical systems, methods or processes for delivering the services within both the team’s overall remit and wider within the School as appropriate.

• Prioritise competing requests for service in line with the School’s and Service’s strategic priorities and suggest potential alternative routes to support for those requests deemed non-priority.

• Contribute to the overall direction of the School through participation in strategic groups and the provision of expert advice to senior School management.

• Work in solving complex technical, design and architectural problems encountered using advanced server administration skills as well as programming and other IT skills.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships

The role holder will be expected to work closely with staff in the School and others to ascertain service requirements and strategic direction. To do so, they will need to build relationships and work closely with:
• Head of School
• Director of Professional Services
• Head of Infrastructure, Information & Learning Technology Services
• College CIO
• Academic Directors and Senior Administrative Colleagues within the School
• Web & Systems Team Leader
• Web, Marketing, Teaching Enhanced Learning, and Computing Colleagues in other Schools, College and IS
• Academic and Administrative colleagues in the School

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


• Professionally qualified/relevant degree plus, typically, a minimum of 4 years hands-on experience in a similar or related role or substantial vocational experience (typically a minimum of 10 years) demonstrating development through involvement in a series of progressively more demanding work/roles.

• Experience of managing or delivering a technology enhanced learning service in an academic environment.

• Specific technical full stack website development including:
• Expert knowledge of HTML5, CSS and Javascript libraries.
• Expert knowledge in the use of Graphic Design tools (such as Photoshop, Illustrator and In-design).
• Expert knowledge of PHP and associated technologies. Expert Knowledge of database systems including Structured Query Language (SQL).
• Awareness of maintaining server environments required to host and deliver services.

• Strategic thinking and the ability to effectively communicate strategic direction as well as operationally articulate complex problems and solutions to non-technical users.

• Excellent organisation and planning skills.

• Experience of line management of technical teams.

• Ability to collaborate across team boundaries in the development of plans and implementations.

• Demonstrable ability to lead, motivate and develop technical and professional staff and inspire a customer-focussed and positive performance culture.

• Strong client handling skills and customer service management (ideally using ITIL methodology).

• Demonstrable understanding of the latest technologies, standards and user-experience best practice for web, IT, technology enhanced education and library services.

• Experience of building and deploying web-based services and an understanding of the key components of web delivery platforms.

• Excellent communication and presentation skills.

• Good knowledge of project management techniques and methodologies identified through previous experience or professional qualifications.


• At least 5 years’ experience of website management & development, including advanced knowledge of enterprise content management systems such as Squiz Matrix or Drupal.

• Knowledge and understanding of cloud based delivery of services, including continuous integration, and associated development and deployment pipelines such as .Net & Microsoft Azure.

• Advanced Knowledge of VLEs (such as Blackboard and Moodle) and other learning technologies with particular reference to pedagogical best practice.

• Experience of managing priorities within resource constraints.

• Good understanding of ITIL processes and procedures.

• Information management and electronic resources in an academic environment.

• Systems analysis experience and database management exposure.

• An awareness of issues pertaining to online education, including copyright, IPR, data protection, plagiarism and accessibility.

• Experience of technology enhanced education, curriculum design and development in higher education or further education.

• Experience in deploying and utilising Enterprise Content Management Systems.

9. Dimensions

In 2017/18, the School consists – mainly, and as a financial structure – of seven Subject Areas/Centres with dedicated academic staff, of c. 250 academic posts in total, and 98 professional services posts.
There are c. 1,400 students registered on its undergraduate programmes of study, with c. 12,000 registrations per annum on its UG courses (by students from within, and beyond, the School).
There are c. 600 students registered on its postgraduate (taught) programmes of study, with c. 4,000 registrations per annum on its PG courses (by students from within, and beyond, the School).
The School’s activities generate c. £16m pa in general budgets and income, and c. £7m pa in expenditure on externally funded research projects.

10. Job Context and any other relevant information
This role manages and leads the services and expertise across the School's technology-related developers. The two teams within this domain will be required to work closely to support the broader development requirements across teaching, research and administration. The post-holder will be facilitate cross-team working within and beyond the WSLT, and IILTS, domains.
Use of technology to enhance learning is a priority for the School and College and is highly likely to grow further, particularly development and support of fully-online learning opportunities. This role and the overall team will be crucial to the School’s attainment of such objectives.
In addition, the post-holder will work closely with the Head of Communications in ensuring that the School web presence fulfils the School communications strategy with particular focus on student recruitment, and with the Director of Research for promotion of School research activities.
A key component of this role will be the successful blending of services at School, College and University-level, avoiding duplication, in order to deliver the best possible solution for the School. The ability to analyse various complex options and communicate recommendations to School management and committees for decisions will be a key skill.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on Wednesday 14th February 2018.

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website

If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, the University has the authority to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa) in accordance with current UK Visas and Immigration rules.

For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website

However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to Home Office Visa Immigration rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE08 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website .


The role is grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of £39,992 to £47,722 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

The School Of Social and Political Science

The School of Social and Political Science (SPS) is one of the largest and most successful schools of social science in the UK, with global reach and local and global impact. Our goals are to promote excellence in education, research and innovation. The School comprises six Subject Areas plus a number of research and teaching centres and institutes, and a number of cross-Subject consortia and other units. The academic staff complement currently numbers c.200fte. Our staff profile is multi-disciplinary across the key social sciences with a strong and growing international orientation. The School has c. 1,100 undergraduate students on its programmes of study, over 500 taught postgraduates, and over 300 doctoral researchers. The Dean and Head of School is Professor Fiona Mackay.

SPS comprises the Subject Areas of Politics and International Relations; Social Anthropology; Social Policy (including Global Public Health); Social Work; Science, Technology and Innovation Studies [STIS]; and Sociology. The School also includes the Academy of Government, and the Centres of African Studies, of Canadian Studies, and for South Asian Studies. It hosts a Nuffield Q-Step Centre, enhancing quantitative skills training for social science undergraduates, the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) and the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for Scotland.

The School's primary aim is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and understanding of social science. We provide an outstanding educational environment and support the highest quality research. We deliver excellence in discipline-based and interdisciplinary programmes. In addition, as a School, we play a leading role in delivering learning opportunities for students across the University to engage with current global challenges and uncertainties and in equipping students with the social science tools and lenses they need to become active, responsible and critical global citizens and leaders. Building upon established strengths in the cross-subject areas of sustainable development, international development, quantitative methods, and global health the School is centrally involved in the University's Global Development Academy and Global Justice Academy, and contributes to the Global Academies of Health and of Environment and Society.

In REF 2014, the School returned 96% of its eligible staff from Professors to early career researchers; a strategy that combined excellence with inclusion. All four Units of Assessment to which SPS contributed were rated amongst the top eight in the UK, and number one in Scotland, for their breadth and quality of research. Overall 36% of our research activity was classified as world leading with a further 41% assessed as internationally excellent. For two of those four Units of Assessment – Politics and International Relations, and Social Policy and Social Work – the whole of the research environment achieved the highest possible rating and was judged to be world leading

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences ( http://www.ed.ac.uk/arts-humanities-soc-sci )

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. Led by Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, it has 12,600 undergraduates, 4,500 taught postgraduates, 2,000 research students and more than 3,100 academic and professional services staff. The College incorporates 11 Schools (Business; Divinity; Economics; Edinburgh College of Art; Education; Health in Social Sciences; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literatures, Languages and Cultures; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; and Social and Political Science), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Centre for Open Learning. The College is located on multiple sites across Edinburgh, with the majority of Schools and College Offices based close to the central George Square area. The College, which is recognised as one of the world's leading centres for the arts, humanities and social sciences in research and teaching, has been growing and investing strongly in recent years.

Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014)

The College operates at the highest levels of international quality across a very wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences and submitted the work of more than 750 staff to 23 Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The College achieved a superb result, combining a large-scale, broad and diverse submission with very high quality outcomes: 86% of its research impact and 76% of the overall quality profile were assessed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Using the widely used Research Power index (which combines the submission's overall score for 3* and 4* work with the volume of staff submitted), 12 of the College’s Units were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 were ranked first in Scotland. With an assessment of more than 95% at 3* and 4*, we're particularly proud of the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students.

The University of Edinburgh

For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.
The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.

As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 35,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 13,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.

University Family Friendly Initiatives

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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