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Departmental Associate, Computer Science

Computer Science

The Departmental Associate for Reed's emerging Computer Science program will provide support for software and hardware used in Reed’s computer science programs; consults with faculty to understand their needs and to assess the outcomes of using specific technologies; manages and supports computer hardware and software systems for teaching, student research, and faculty research; assists computer science students in using these tools and systems; assists faculty in the laboratory teaching of computer science courses; and coordinates with the Computer and Information Services staff to deploy and maintain instructional technology for computer science.

This is a full-time exempt position, working 37.5 hours a week. The annual salary for this position is $65,000 and will be paid semi-monthly. This position will start in the middle of August 2017. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution, retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees’ children, paid holidays, paid vacation and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse and access to onsite daycare provided by Growing Seeds.


  • Collaborate with computer science faculty members to build and document new software tools, and computer services for curricular and research use.
  • Manage hardware, system software, programming language software, application software, and cloud compute services used in computer science classrooms and research laboratories.
  • Serve as a consultant and mentor for students majoring in computer science, including training students to use system software and software development tools (e.g. Linux, Git, command-line tools).
  • Consult with faculty and students on the use of programming and developer tools for research and teaching.
  • Support open source and commercial software used in the computer science program.
  • Develop and maintain internal software tools (e.g. assignment submission software) that support the computer science program.
  • Assist in the teaching of the laboratory components of core computer science courses.
  • Maintain currency on the teaching and learning of computer science by developing key contacts at professional organizations and other schools, tracking current literature, and learning and evaluating emerging technologies.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong service orientation.
  • Desire and ability to keep skills and knowledge current.
  • Ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students.
  • Comfortable and flexible working with faculty to establish the new computer science program.
  • Bachelor's or higher degree in computer science or extensive equivalent experience and training.
  • Experience with relevant technologies, including some system administration, in a multi-platform environment.
  • Significant experience programming in several programming languages and application development tools.
  • Experience working closely with and/or supervising college students.
  • Experience in teaching and/or in instructional technology support at the postsecondary level preferred.

Click below to apply. A resume and cover letter are required for submission. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position at Reed College contribute to achievement of your long-term professional goals?
  • Of which accomplishment in your recent professional experience are you most proud?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. This position will remain open until filled.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.