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Month: June 2016

SPOTLIGHT ON JOBS: New Dimensions in Technology Recruiting


Members of the Brandeis GPS Community may submit job postings from within their industries to advertise exclusively to our community. This is a great way to further connect and seek out opportunities as they come up. If you are interested in posting an opportunity, please complete the following form found here.

Where: A privately-held education industry trailblazing company dedicated to improving the lives of people through literacy achievement. This confidential company has branches in both MA and NH. Applicants interested in the position will work with the New Dimensions in Technology Recruiting Agency.

New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) continues to be on the forefront of change. Our experienced Recruiting Team has seen industry trends come and go. NDT Recruiters have developed keen insight into companies that are most likely to grow and prosper. NDT also offers a proven track record of successful matching of candidates with client companies by understanding our candidates career goals and knowing the needs of our client companies and their corporate cultures. We have partnered with start-up companies to staff and grow their businesses into FORTUNE 500 companies; we have assisted our mid-size and large client companies in recruiting the most sought after superstars. No matter what the global economic conditions, NDT consistently delivers value to both new and long-time client companies and candidates.

Position: Vice President of Engineering/Chief Technology Officer

Their Mission:  To provide quality professional learning, ongoing support, programs, and tools to educators whose goal is to educate students to become fluent independent readers.

This is a newly created position. He/she will be a key member of the executive leadership team and report directly into the Publisher/CFO. The person in this role will lead the company in their next generation of web and digital offerings and must have a strong background in leading high-performance product development teams.

Professional Requirements:

  • Experience building and leading high performance product teams that partner well with marketing, program management, and customer support
    • Creative technology leader who still loves to “code” with product development experience in agile methodology processes, leading mobile and web application development teams
    • Demonstrated competency in leading technology teams, including managing resources across multiple projects in a complex environment
    • Superior analytics, planning, innovation and product development mindset
    • Demonstrated interest in and understanding of emerging educational and product technology trends and opportunities that prepare students and drive highly personalized learning experiences
    • Knowledge of best practices for data security, especially regarding student or other sensitive data; identity and access management
    • Knowledge of Data & Information Management: Business Intelligence, Machine Learning, Analytics
    • History of working with a Service Oriented Architecture, REST
    • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills – with the ability to influence, facilitate, collaborate and manage cross-matrix team
    • Knowledge of web application technologies required including .Net Framework, JavaScript, contemporary JavaScript libraries such as “Knockout.JS”, “Angular.JS”
    • Knowledge of mobile technologies including Objective-C, xCode, Swift, Xamarin, Java, Eclipse
    • Knowledge of cloud technologies including Microsoft Azure and Cloud Computing Strategy
  • Experience in using Gamification in a learning environment a plus

Strongly Preferred:

  • Bachelor or Master’s CS Degree
  • Passionate about using technology to make a difference in a person’s life
  • Start-up experience


Click here to view further details on this opportunity!

To receive full consideration for this position, candidates are asked to submit a Resume/CV and Cover Letter through the recruiting agency’s online portal here.

Please make sure to reference seeing these positions through the Brandeis GPS job spotlight post.

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The best discounts for online graduate students

As an online graduate student following a less traditional schedule, it is often easy to forget that you have access to one of the greatest perks of being in school (rigorous education aside, of course) — the student discount!

From technology to entertainment to retail, the possibilities are endless when it comes to student discounts on national brands. We put together the following round up of companies that we think offer the best student discounts for graduate students. Let us know if we’re missing anything!

National student discounts

The best technology discounts for students
If your online graduate program is like Brandeis GPS, you can complete your coursework from any location. Your time is valuable, so stock up on the technology that enables you to learn on the go with the following tech student discounts:

  • Adobe. Benefit from student discounts on Photoshop, Illustrator and more with two different Adobe Creative Suites plans: “all apps” or “photography.” You can find more information on Adobe student discounts here.
  • Apple. Students receive 5% off most Apple purchases, as well as $200 off new Macs and $20 off new iPads. Learn more about Apple’s student discounts for graduate students. Brandeis students can purchase discounted Apple products here.
  • Best Buy. A valid “.edu” email address will get you special Best Buy student discounts on MacBooks, iPads, select Blue Label laptops and more. View Best Buy’s student discounts here.
  • Microsoft. Check out Microsoft’s Education Store for more info on Surface Pro student discounts and other discounted deals on software and tech accessories. Graduate student discounts on Microsoft Office products are also available.

Brandeis students can also take advantage of additional software discounts through Library & Technology Services.

The best retail student discounts
We know that you have a life outside the classroom — and that you have to dress for it. Whether you’re looking for professional attire or something to wear on the weekend, you’ll want to check out the following student discounts on clothing and accessories:

  • Ann Taylor. Register online and receive 15% off a full-price purchase. Ann Taylor student discounts are valid both in stores and online.
  • Banana Republic. Valid in stores only, the Banana Republic student discount will get you 15% off any full-priced item.
  • Eastern Mountain Sports. EMS student discounts include 15% off in-store purchases as well as 20% discounts on EMS brand outerwear and camping equipment. Contact your favorite Eastern Mountain Sports location for more information.

Additional student discounts for brands across the country
Last but not least, these online student discounts will come in handy for work, school or play:

  • Get rid of those pesky ads and access your playlists on the go with a 50% student discount on Spotify Premium. Learn more.

Remember, all students at Brandeis University Graduate Professional Studies receive student ID cards. Subscribe to our blog for other student tips.

If you’d like to learn more about other benefits of a Brandeis GPS education, contact our admissions team at 781-736-8787 or

SPOTLIGHT ON JOBS: Consolidated Edison (three positions)



Members of the Brandeis GPS Community may submit job postings from within their industries to advertise exclusively to our community. This is a great way to further connect and seek out opportunities as they come up. If you are interested in posting an opportunity, please complete the following form found here.

Where: Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) in New York City

Position: Business Analytics Manager, Senior Data Analyst, Data Analyst

This company is looking to hire several data scientists/business analytics professionals into the Market Research & Analytics group within Con Ed’s Energy Efficiency & Demand Management Department. Specifically, the company is planning to hire one manager level and two to three individual contributor “analyst” level positions. This is an exciting career opportunity for experienced data scientists/business analytics professionals interested in the energy industry (ideally with some experience already, but interested and eager to learn is good). More specifically, the positions are ideal for those particularly interested in helping one of the country’s largest and oldest utilities deliver new products and services to customers like energy efficiency, smart thermostats, energy storage, fuel cells, and solar.  The energy and utility industry is undergoing significant transformation led by technology innovation, smart meter data, and customer behavior. Data analytics, and as such these roles, will be at the forefront of informing and driving this industry transformation

To view additional details on these positions and to apply, please visit the career portal here! If you have any questions on the positions, please reach out to Michael Harrington at and reference the position title and job code when submitting questions. Please note that applications submitted to Michael directly will not be accepted.

Please make sure to reference seeing this position through the Brandeis GPS job spotlight post.



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#summerofGPS social media photo contest

The Details

Brandeis GPS homework on the porch

A little LATTE on the porch #summerofGPS

If you’ve been taking GPS courses for a while, you know that the summer term doesn’t have to put a damper on your summer plans.

Help us prove that, as a GPS student, you can access your coursework from any location — yes, even the beach. Snap a photo of you (with LATTE, of course) in your favorite summer spot, and share your photo with us on Twitter or Instagram. The winner will receive a 15% discount on the fall 2016 course of their choice.


Rules and Eligibility

  • Photos must include a clear shot of LATTE and/or the Brandeis app on a computer or mobile device, but NO identifiable data of your fellow classmates.
  • Instagram photos, captions and/or Tweets must follow the submission guidelines noted below.
Brandeis GPS homework on the train

Catching up on homework after a weekend away #summerofGPS

Additionally, you must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the prize:

  • You complete your summer 2016 course.
  • You are admitted to a GPS program OR you have submitted a completed application to a GPS program no later than Aug. 2, 2016 (this includes new applicants as well as GPS alumni returning for a sequential degree).
  • You are NOT a Brandeis employee (though we invite Brandeis employees to participate for fun!)

Submission guidelines

Please follow these steps to participate:

  1. If you haven’t already, please follow us on either Instagram or Twitter.
  1. Decide what platform you’d like to use to submit your photo (yes, you can use both!)
  1. If you’re using Instagram: tag us in your Instagram photo using @brandeisgps and include #summerofGPS in your caption.
  1. If you’re using Twitter: include @brandeisgps and #summerofGPS in your Tweet.
  1. Email a backup of your image and caption/Tweet to

Submit as many entries as you’d like between now and the end of week 10 (Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EDT), and we’ll announce the winning photo on our blog before the start of fall registration.


Contact Michal Miller at 781-736-2174 or

Terms and Conditions
Submitted pictures and posts may be used for marketing purposes. By following us on Twitter and/or Instagram and using “#summerofGPS” with your image, you are agreeing to the use of your submission for marketing purposes. Awards have no cash value and apply to the fall 2016 term tuition only. The scholarship is not renewable. If a recipient withdraws on or after the first day of fall 2016 classes, the student forfeits the scholarship.

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