PLEASE NOTE: During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with the transition to onsite in Cambridge when the office reopens.
We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and the lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Your cover letter and resume should be submitted as a combined into a SINGLE DOCUMENT under the resume tab. Cover letters are requested for this role.
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
A creative, high- energy, collaborative environment
Generous Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Holiday pay
Medical, Dental and Vision benefits starting on your first day
University-funded retirement plans
Tuition Assistance Program
Transportation benefits to help with your daily commute
Health and wellness discounts, memberships and programs
Please note: This is a two-year term position with the possibility of renewal dependent upon business need and continued funding. We will be filling two positions.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.
VPAL is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.
VPAL Organization The mission of the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) is to create and catalyze engaging and scalable learning experiences that make a difference at Harvard and beyond.
VPAL partners with schools and faculty to amplify Harvard's impact worldwide. We deliver online courses on multiple platforms in the spirit of satisfying the widest possible range of student needs and interests. Our courses support both lifelong and professional learning, which compliments many other One Harvard initiatives related to online teaching and learning.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Strong Python programming skills and a passion for writing clean code
An interest in using data to build learning tools and education technology
Deep understanding of data pipeline/ETL processes and relevant technologies for automation and orchestration (e.g. Airflow, Prefect)
Experience provisioning and managing cloud computing resources with AWS
Experience with infrastructure-as-code and infrastructure automation technologies (e.g., Docker, Terraform, Cloudformation)
Solid understanding of SQL, relational databases (e.g. PostgreSQL) and schema design
Experience with tools for analyzing big data (e.g. Spark, Dask)
Experience designing and documenting REST APIs
Excellent project management and organizational skills
(bonus) Experience with NoSQL databases and document stores (e.g. Elasticsearch)
(bonus) Experience with GraphQL
(bonus) Experience with stream processing and message queueing systems
(bonus) Experience with data warehouses/data lakes
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 53813BR
About Harvard University Administration
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.