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Job Description

The Research Computing Program Coordinator will spearhead the coordination of activities of the Foundations for Research Computing Program. The aim of the program is to train Columbia graduate students in computational skills and overall computational literacy, and the Program Coordinator will lead the program and special events for graduate students in close cooperation with Columbia University Libraries, Columbia University Information Technology, and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research. The Program Coordinator will identify training needs, promote related resources for graduate students, and develop a comprehensive program to support those needs. The Program Coordinator will work with volunteer instructors for training and scheduling to plan and facilitate workshops, boot camps, as well as events such as lectures and symposia. The Program Coordinator will also oversee related consultative “office hour” services and web and marketing communications. The Program Coordinator will additionally maintain continuous relationships and communications channels with University-wide academic departments in order to survey leadership, faculty, and students about their ever-evolving needs for computational literacy, and methods for meeting these expressed needs. The Program Coordinator will supervise undergraduate and graduate student workers, and serve as Columbia’s representative on The Carpentries’ membership council.

Reporting to the Director of Digital Scholarship within Columbia University Libraries, the Research Computing Program Coordinator will work closely with advisory groups comprising faculty and administrator stakeholders and will provide regular reports to the faculty-led Shared Research Computing Policy Advisory Committee.

Please note this is a three-year position, with the possibility of extension.

As one of the world's leading research universities, Columbia University in the City of New York provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a dynamic, multicultural, intellectual community. The Columbia University Libraries comprise a diverse and engaged staff committed to furthering the University's teaching and research mission through innovation, collaboration, and a commitment to excellence. 

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to consider this position. We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

General Responsibilities
  • Prepare and execute pre-semester boot camps in partnership with The Carpentries and other external training organizations; organize registration, departmental participation, and assessment. Represent Columbia University on The Carpentries’ members council.

  • Organize a monthly Distinguished Lecture Series in Computational Innovation, including recruiting guest lecturers and collaborating with campus partners to coordinate events.

  • Organize monthly workshops in applied topics related to data science, high-performance computing, and computation.

  • In close coordination with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, plan an annual research symposium with faculty, student, staff, and leadership participation.

  • Coordinate an advisory committee of faculty and senior administrators governing the program activities, managing and reporting on the program budget, and identifying resources for success.

  • Develop and moderate web content pertaining to training graduate students in the data sciences.

  • Coordinate an “Office Hours” service, staffed by graduate and undergraduate student interns, for students to utilize when solving problems with the applications of data science techniques to their research.

  • Coordinate internal and external communications, administrative contacts, and databases.

  • Present at regular meetings of the Shared Research Computing Policy Advisory Committee.

  • Supervise graduate and undergraduate interns

  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • At least three years related work experience.

  • Bachelor’s degree required.

  • Experience planning events, training sessions, or other community engagements.

  • Prior experience in computation and/or a highly-quantitative discipline.

  • Full proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

 Preferred Qualifications
  • Graduate degree strongly preferred.

  • Familiarity with high-performance computing systems and the research tools commonly deployed.

  • Knowledge of programming languages such as R, Matlab, and/or and  Python used in introductory computational literacy instructions.

  • Understanding of current issues, trends, and approaches to supporting computational literacy in higher education.

  • Excellent organizational, verbal/written communications and interpersonal skills; must be customer service-oriented, a team player, and self-starter.

  • Strong project management skills with demonstrated ability to work independently, to track and manage multiple projects simultaneously and to meet deadlines.