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Solutions Architect

at EdLab in Manhattan, NY   —   Jul 11, 2014   |  
EdLab is a design, development, and research unit at Teachers College Columbia University. We create educational software and resources to evaluate, discover, and advance new models of learning in and out of schools. EdLab engages in a diverse range of activities to shape the future of learning and teaching. Current activities include:

- Product development to create new educational software such as the Vialogues video discussion system (

- Learning and knowledge analytics to examine the operations and efficacy of learning applications

- Edu-preneurship and excubation to support individuals pursuing careers in educational innovation

- Consulting engagements to support educational content developers such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Rock & Roll Forever Foundation, and Pearson Education

- Strategic partnerships with organizations such as HBO, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Pete Peterson Foundation, and Young Arts to create new learning opportunities

- Online publishing to pioneer new strategies of distributing educational resources through publications such as the web-based Teachers College Record and the mobile phone-based New Learning Times

Do you want to work with highly committed individuals who value hard work, collaboration, adaptability, accountability, and collective achievement? Are you a self-starter with a can-do attitude who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment? Are you interested in growing in ways beyond your job description (current and former staff have started their own companies, joined startups, or gone on to work at places like Google, Apple, Oracle, Bloomberg, Microsoft)?

EdLab is seeking enthusiastic Software Engineers who are familiar with all stages of the agile development process (e.g., requirements analysis, rapid prototyping, testing, iteration, release cycles). You will work alongside a team of hard-driving developers, educators, designers, video producers, researchers, and product managers to define and implement solutions that can improve the education sector. We have ambitious goals and high expectations because we believe that our work is truly transformative.
Architect, design, and code learning applications using cutting-edge technologies that scale to millions of users.
Bring educational and technology expertise, experience, and skills to lead all phases of the software development lifecycle (e.g., design, coding, specification, unit testing, code reviews, quality assurance)
Work with a team of developers, product managers, designers, researchers, and educators to develop infrastructure and systems at a high-level, and implement new educational software applications.
Collaborate with other developers and the senior management team to evaluate new technologies, assess development frameworks, and improve software development processes throughout the organization.
Work with the development team to align processes with industry best practices around software development, performance, scalability, maintenance, and security.
Mentor and guide staff members in their professional growth.
Minimum of 4 years hands-on software development and deployment experience
Experience with any of the following areas preferred: natural language processing, game development, large scale systems development, machine learning and artificial intelligence, data mining and retrieval
Has contributed to open source communities or launched a startup.
Demonstrated problem solving skills on large and small scale issues with ability to undertake and complete large software projects with little supervision.
Documented history of meeting deadlines and delivering high quality products to clients.
Effective communicator with experience collaborating with senior management, software developers, product managers, designers, and researchers.
Demonstrated ability to research and learn new technologies quickly and constantly.
Experience developing with and enhancing open source software for EdLab learning applications.
Experience with at least TWO of the following:
Object oriented programming (Java, C++, etc)
Web Frameworks (Django, Zend, etc)
Scripting Languages (PHP, PYTHON, etc)
User interface design and development (Javascript/JQuery, Flash, HTML,
Database systems (MySQL, SQL Server, etc)
Mobile Applications development (iOS SDK, Java)
The successful candidate must also bring a demonstrated commitment to education.
Relocation expenses provided.
H1-B sponsorship if required.
-BS or Masters in Computer Science or equivalent experience
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