The Digital Public Library of America ( seeks a full-time
Developer to support the technical aspects of the organization's operational
needs. This position is directly involved in ensuring that DPLA's ingestion
process of harvesting, mapping, enriching, and indexing metadata we receive
from our partners runs smoothly, reliably, and according to schedule. In
addition, the position actively supports DevOps at DPLA, particularly in
of developing and implementing tools and procedures to provision,
monitor, and maintain DPLA's infrastructure and applications.

This position is part of DPLA's Technology Team, which is is responsible for
development, deployment, and management of all of DPLA's technical
infrastructure, including our staff- and public-facing applications, the
Platform API, and the components that drive them. The DPLA Technology Team
a group of technologists with a commitment to open access, open source, and
working collegially and collaboratively both inside and outside the
organization at an international scale. We have a well-defined and evolving
set of core values, including maximal openness to DPLA technology and
infrastructure; diversity; transparency; reliability, accountability, and
shared responsibility; empathy and mutual respect; leadership; and continued
learning and growth.

We are seeking a curious and enthusiastic individual who recognizes both
technical strengths and areas for growth, and can help us work effectively
further DPLA's mission to bring together the riches of America's libraries,
archives, and museums, and make them freely available to all. A belief in
mission, and the drive to accomplish it over time in a collaborative spirit
within and beyond the organization, is essential.


Reporting to the Director for Technology, the Developer:

  * Supports DPLA's metadata ingestion process, ensuring that it runs
efficiently, reliably, and scalably, through development of application
modules and metadata mappings, and through the initiation and monitoring of
ingestion processes.
  * Collaborates closely with internal and external stakeholders in the
ingestion process, including the DPLA Data Services Coordinator, the DPLA
Assistant Director for Content, and technical staff at DPLA partner
  * Provisions, deploys, maintains, evaluates performance for, and monitors
both infrastructure and applications managed by DPLA, along with other DPLA
Technology Team members.
  * Performs other related duties and participates in special projects as

As a member of the DPLA Technology Team, the Developer:

  * Contributes to the design, development, testing, integration, support,
and documentation of user-facing applications and back-end systems.
  * Supports content management policies, process, and workflows, and
contribute to the development of new ones.
  * Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders in planning and
implementation of applications that support DPLA's mission, strategic plan,
and special initiatives.
  * Maintains knowledge of emerging technologies to support the DPLA's
evolving services.
  * Embodies and promotes the philosophy of open source, shared, and
community-built software and technologies.
  * Brings creative vision around possibilities for work with data that we
haven't yet imagined.


  * Experience with one or more programming languages and web application
frameworks, such as Ruby/Rails, Python/Django, PHP, or Java.
  * Experience with one or more infrastructure-as-a-service providers, such
as Amazon Web Services.
  * Experience with common system administration and application
maintenance tasks in Linux environment, using an automation and
configuration management tool such as Ansible (our current system of
choice), Chef, Puppet, or CFEngine.
  * Demonstrated experience working effectively in a team environment and
the ability to interact well with stakeholders.
  * Demonstrated experience and working knowledge of version control
systems, such as Git, Mercurial, or Subversion.
  * Demonstrated desire and enthusiasm about learning new toolsets,
programming languages, or methods to support software development.
  * Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  * Excellent analytical and organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  * Experience with extract-transform-load workflows with varying input
sources, such as XML, JSON, CSV, and relational databases.
  * Experience working in a digital library, or in a technical role within
a cultural heritage institution such as a library, archives, or museum.
  * Demonstrated experience with performance analysis in
infrastructure-as-a-service environments such as Amazon Web Services.
  * Demonstrated experience with integrating user-facing applications with
REST application programming interfaces.
  * Demonstrated experience with continuous integration, and opinions about
how we can best leverage it.
  * Two or more years of experience with Ruby on Rails.

Highly Useful Qualifications

  * Demonstrable knowledge of metadata standards and protocols used in the
cultural heritage sector, such as Dublin Core, MODS, MARCXML, OAI-PMH,
ResourceSync, and OAI-ORE.
  * Experience with RDF and JSON-LD, as well as tools that support
transformation of data into RDF.
  * Experience with PostgreSQL database administration, Lucene-based search
platforms such as Elasticsearch and Solr, triple stores, or graph databases.
  * Demonstrated experience in working effectively in a
geographically-distributed organization.
  * A record of contributions to open source projects or communities,
including code, bug reports, documentation, training materials, or

This position is full-time. DPLA is a geographically-distributed
organization, with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. Ideally, this
position would be situated in the Northeast Corridor between Washington and
Boston, but remote work based in other locations will also be considered.

Like its collection, DPLA is strongly committed to diversity in all of its
forms. We provide a full set of benefits, including health care, life and
disability insurance, and a retirement plan. Starting salary is commensurate
with experience.

Please send a letter of interest, a resume/CV, and contact information for
three references to [log in to unmask] Please put "Developer (Ingestion and
Operations)" in the subject line. Questions about the position may be
to Mark A. Matienzo, Director of Technology, at [log in to unmask] We will begin
reviewing applications on November 9, 2015, but will continue to accept
applications until the position is filled.


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