Technology coordinator generally hold relatively high-level positions within their organizations; while they may not be senior management, their role as project manager for technology solutions gives them a fairly broad reach across the organization. Most technology coordinators are responsible for the planning and implementation of a variety of technology solutions, which includes oversight of the complete project life cycle; this ranges from the design phase to the building and demonstration phase to customer support and maintenance of a mature technology solution. While not all of these roles are hands-on, the ability to manage others who are performing each of these roles is crucial.
Depending upon the industry in which he or she works, a technology coordinator may also need to have additional skill sets and/or certifications, beyond the standard, broad-based knowledge of technology and its implementation. For example, a coordinator working in the healthcare industry must be familiar with HIPAA regulations to assist their clients in implementing technology solutions that protect their patients’ privacy.
The vast majority of technology coordinators work full time during regular business hours in an office setting. The work is primarily mental, although in smaller organizations it is possible that the coordinator completes hands-on tasks such as installation and implementation work. Most employers require at least a bachelor's degree in a technology-related field, and many also require several years’ experience in project management or a similar position.
Technology Coordinator Tasks
Oversee employees or contractors installing and repairing hardware and software.
Educate instructors about how to use new technology and programs and how to integrate it into the curriculum.
Develop and administer the institution’s technology budget, and work to obtain supplementary funds through fundraisers or grants.
Purchase, maintain, and update technology systems and software for a school, college, or university.
Keep up to date with trends in software and technology for education.