Director, Research and Development

Posting Number 2022-9435
Posted Date 2 years ago(1/14/2022 2:18 PM)
Location : Location
US-NY-New York
Hybrid Remote Work Classification
60% to 80% Onsite
Center for Academic Excellence and Support (Administration)
School of Professional Studies (CP1108)
Compensation Grade
Band 54

Position Summary

The Center for Academic Excellence and Support in the School of Professional Studies seeks an individual to serve as the Director of Research and Development (DRD). This role has primary ownership of the Nexus project portfolio and the day-to-day planning and implementation of new resources, tools, and systems to advance the NYU Learning Ecosystem. The DRD engages in work to enhance the NYU SPS Learning Ecosystem across the following areas: Learner-Centric Course Architecture; Goal-Driven Technology Adoption; Incubation of Faculty Labs and Initiatives; Learning Data and Research; and Design Sessions and Solutions Events for Internal and External Clients. The DRD works with the Executive Director and the Director of Operations and Learning to evaluate the Nexus service model and drive continuous improvement using technology and research on learning and teaching. The DRD supervises and works with the Technology Lead and the Creative Production Lead to ensure the Nexus resource ecosystem is meeting current and emerging needs of the SPS community. The DRD plays a lead role in using data and interdisciplinary research methods to plan, deliver, and enhance Nexus resources, tools, and experiences to facilitate community learning. The DRD is also responsible for actively contributing to a high performance team-focused culture through modeling and mentorship. Additionally, the DRD is focused on creating, implementing, and revising organizational practices, systems, policies to maximize agility, effectiveness, efficiency, experimentation, innovation, and staff growth.


Required Education:
Master's Degree in education, computer science, information technology, or related field.

Preferred Education:
Doctoral Degree in education, computer science, information technology, or related field.

Required Experience:
7+ years Experience leading a high-performance agile learning organization (e.g., accelerator/incubator), an education start-up, or a software development unit. Experience supervising teams focused on product development, learning analytics, and technology-enhanced education. Experience managing research and development functions (e.g., strategic planning, agile product management, software development, user experience research)

Preferred Experience:
Technology/engineering/development leadership. Implementation of cloud infrastructure, application programming, and web and software applications. Vendor management

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Designing and building systems for collecting, storing, and analyzing data at scale. Advanced data analysis skills. Software architecture and development. Software development life cycle (i.e., architecture, development, implementation, maintenance)

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. DataOps/DevOps. Continuous integration/continuous development. Teaching in higher education.

Additional Information

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $125,000 - $175,000. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.


Since 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) has been a deeply respected institution of higher education that is grounded in applied learning. From its early years, training returning World War II veterans to fulfill the nation’s urgent need for skilled technical workers, it has evolved into a professional education powerhouse that offers 20 graduate degrees, 14 bachelor’s degrees for undergraduate students, four associate’s degrees, and a plethora of continuing education courses and credentials.


NYU SPS is a thought leader, and serves as an incubator for new ideas in industries that are constantly changing.  We prepare students for in-demand jobs in fields including real estate,  hospitality and tourism; global affairs; global sports management;  publishing; marketing and public relations; project management; executive coaching and organizational consulting, human capital management; information technology, management and systems; translation; publishing and professional writing. NYU SPS is focused on building skills that open doors to opportunities in emerging fields and global markets. NYU SPS faculty members are leading experts in their areas of discipline, with a hands-on approach that encourages students to push beyond their limits and to break new ground.


NYU SPS is committed to inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, and access throughout the School.


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