Associate Developer (Ruby on Rails)

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Created: November 19, 2013


Position Title: Associate Developer (Ruby on Rails)

Position Type: Project Contract 12/02/13 to 12/31/14+

Company: WGBH Educational Foundation

Department: Media Library & Archives

Department Overview:
WGBH produces the best and most well-known television, radio and online programs for public media. The WGBH Media Library and Archives preserves and helps re-purpose WGBH creations into the future. The MLA establishes the policies and procedures for the access, acquisition, intellectual control, and preservation of WGBH’s physical media and digital production and administrative assets. The MLA also offers production organization of archival materials from projects start up to shut down, research services, rights clearances, and licenses WGBH stock footage.

Position Overview:
The WGBH Media Library and Archives system will be based on the Hydra Project
technology stack, which includes Ruby on Rails, Blacklight, Apache Solr, and the
Fedora Commons repository. Working closely with the Media Library and Archive’s
Director, Project Manager, Developer and Systems Analyst, as well as a WGBH
Interactive Designer, the web developer will continue to develop the Open Vault
website: and ongoing work to improve the digital asset
management system.

Ideal candidates should be:
• comfortable working in teams of 2 to 6
• able to communicate clearly and respectfully to all team members, both technical and non-technical
• willing to explore new technologies

Duties will depend on individual strengths, but may include any of:
• general Rails development
• streaming video integration and presentation
• organizing and writing documentation
• usage stats and analytics
• DevOps and deployment
• performance stats, analysis and optimization

Required skills for all tasks include having working knowledge of:
• Ruby >= 1.9.3
• Rails >= 3.2.0, common conventions, patterns, and best practices, TDD with Rspec and Capybara (or equivalent)
• Github
• CSS3 + HTML5
• XML basics
• working from command line (OS X or Linux)

Other skills that will come in handy for other project tasks include having a experience with:
• jQuery
• Twitter Bootstrap
• building REST apis
• Rails gem patterns
• HTML 5 video and various javascript players
• Rails deployment w/ Capistrano
• SQL basics
• Fedora Commons repository
• working with XML, e.g. translating using XSL, parsing with Nokogiri,
Education Requirements:
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science required.

Compensation for this position will be determined by the skills, background, education and availability of the candidate for the Contract period.

Applying for the Position:
Candidates should apply at Reference Job REQ# P-1075

Further questions can be addressed to Dani Baptista ( Please put “REQ# P-1075 Associate Developer” in the subject line.


Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 19:16 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:44 UTC