Harvard University IT Library Technology Services is seeking a skilled
software developer with experience in academic libraries to play a leading
role in transitioning innovative prototypes of web-based library applications
into a sustainable, robust production environment. Will collaborate with
Harvard developers and teams around the university to transfer ownership of
source code and working prototypes into the Library Technology Services
infrastructure, work with product owners to define requirements for broader
use (including creating open source projects), design and develop needed
software enhancements and bug fixes, and collaborate with the LTS operations
staff to deploy the software in a production environment. Will help define
technical standards for ingest of new projects and must keep current on new
tools and technologies. Will provide tier three tech support for applications
that are in production. May also work on developing new library applications
and APIs that interface with and support library data management and discovery
applications. Developed software must be of high quality and reliability,
releasable as open source, potentially supporting public access for critical
library digital content that may be accessed by thousands of users on a daily
**Duties & Responsibilities**
The key responsibilities include the following:
Analysis. Work with library and technical teams to define and document
requirements and enhancement for software applications, and their transition
to centrally supported infrastructure. Estimate work.
Design and development. Utilize Agile development methodologies to define and
document roadmaps, themes, user stories, and create architecture designs, and
task breakdowns for new software or subsystems and for modification to
existing programs. Utilize open source components wherever possible. Write
high quality, documented, unit-tested code.
Deployment and maintenance. Release code to production systems through
established change control processes and help evolve these processes. Assist
in debugging operational and performance problems, and fix bugs. Monitor and
take action as necessary to ensure the continued successful operation of
Testing and documentation. Thoroughly unit test, integration test, and
performance test software, and review the software of other developers for
code quality. Create excellent on-line architecture and design documentation,
following standards for code documentation.
Act as technical lead on single person projects, or collaborate on team
projects. Prepare necessary technical and user documentation. Participate in
functional and technical design committees and document results as needed. May
coordinate small projects involving other staff.
Act as technical project manager for small/medium projects, interfacing
directly with Harvard technical and non-technical staff.
To be considered for this role, candidates must have the following experience
Bachelor's degree in computer science or Master's degree in library science,
or equivalent experience; 4+ years relevant professional experience in
software development; experience and understanding of the systems and services
of academic libraries; experience planning and executing complex web-based
software development projects, including dynamic user interfaces using
Excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to work
well with mid-level management, project, and technical and non-technical staff
to discuss functional requirements, write specifications and develop work
plans and schedules; successful experience working independently and as part
of a team; strong customer service orientation and skills.
Thorough understanding of web-based technologies and software tools relevant
to digital libraries, including relational databases, Solr indexing, 3 tier
application architectures, and information retrieval systems for searching and
browsing; expert in at least one of the following development environments:
Ruby on Rails (preferred), PHP, or Python using a modern framework such as
Symfony, Django, or Rails; experience in Java web and RESTful web service
development, including JUnit; expertise in XML, HTML5, CSS, SQL (with MYSQL or
Experience in Linux development and operating environments
Demonstrated ability to master new technologies and programming languages;
experience with source code control (GIT, CVS, or SVN)
Ability to think analytically
Demonstrated ability to take the initiative and complete projects
Flexible, able to prioritize multiple projects, with strong focus on getting
In addition to the required skills, the ideal candidate will have these highly
Masters degree in computer science
Experience with library metadata schemas (such as MARC, MODS, DC, VRA, EAD,
Knowledge of linked open data
Experience with processing multi-media file formats, including digital images,
audio, and video
Experience with search technology, such as Solr/Lucene
Functional and technical understanding of digital repository systems and
context delivery services
Experience in configuring productive development tools, such as automated
build systems, automated unit test frameworks
Experience in Agile development practices and TDD
Experience with noSQL DBs, such as couchDB or mongoDB
This is a term limited position scheduled to end one yeare from the start
date, with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding, business needs
and satisfactory job performance.
Harvard University Information Technology is unable to provide work
authorization and/or visa sponsorship.
Please note: Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and
This position has a 180-day probationary period.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days,
11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental &
vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per
class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through
participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as
additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost,
including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many
discounts throughout metro Boston.
Join Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) to assure Harvard's
leadership in IT!
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