Lead Developer

New Haven
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Created: July 9, 2012


Lead Developer
(Programmer Analyst III – Grade 25)

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Yale University
New Haven, CT

Schedule:   Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly information. Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and fifteen school and departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees, and are involved in other areas of staff development.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at http://www.library.yale.edu/.

The Beinecke Library, one of the world's largest buildings devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts, is Yale's principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. The Beinecke collections are internationally known and heavily used by scholars from around the world. For further information about the Beinecke Library, consult the library's web site at: http://www.library.yale.edu/beinecke.

Departmental Focus:
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library seeks an experienced Lead Developer to develop, integrate, implement, and support both front end and back end web applications.  Reporting to the Head of Technology and Digital Assets, the Lead Developer works collegially and collaboratively with staff within Beinecke, across the Yale University Library, the Office of Digital Assets & Infrastructure, and Yale Information Technology Services. Take the lead role in providing recommendations, technical guidance, designs and documentation for projects related to implementing new systems, improving existing systems, describing how the new technology will integrate into staff workflows, and specifying how outside units or vendors will participate in projects.  The right candidate will have demonstrable track record of developing high quality and innovative applications, products, and services preferably in a library, academic institution, or the non-profit sector.

1. Provides technical expertise in developing and supporting programs or systems of moderate to large size for use by patrons and staff of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the Yale University Library. 
2. Takes the lead role in providing recommendations, technical guidance, designs and documentation for projects related to implementing new systems, improving existing systems, describing how the new technology will integrate into staff workflows, and specifying how outside units or vendors will participate in projects. 
3. Takes a technical leadership position in selecting and implementing various library-related software packages and participating in software projects both within the Yale community and beyond.
4. Formulates and implements project plans, coordinates with other departments and user groups, and brings projects to timely completion for a diverse set of user communities.
5. Drives the development of systems documentation.  Develops formal design proposals, cost and time estimates for new systems. Trains and mentors technical staff.  Provides training to end-users.
6. Applies and keeps current with existing and emerging technologies and methodologies.  Provides ongoing input to the establishment of programming standards, procedures, and methodologies and makes appropriate recommendations
7. May be assigned additional responsibilities as required.

1. Bachelor's degree in a relevant area and five years of programming experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

1. Demonstrated ability with: managing, migrating, and integrating complex data sets; using and developing web applications and services; both local and cloud based server environment using UNIX, Linux, and Microsoft Server running web server software.
2. Expert knowledge of: server side web programming languages; user-facing web standards and platforms;  all aspects of coding, debugging and unit testing routines for any project.
3. Database administration and programming experience, particularly with MySQL, MS SQL Server (SSIS, SSRS), PostgreSQL, and/or Oracle.  Must demonstrate the ability to craft SQL, stored procedures, automate regular ETL routines, and user-defined functions.
4. Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize workload to meet deadlines in an environment of multiple and changing priorities.  Apply well-developed analytical and problem solving skills with an ability to address high-level technical problems and provide workflow and resource analysis.  
5. Ability to communicate effectively through both oral and written expression.  Demonstrated ability to work well independently and with others.  Must be willing to present work to both technical and lay audiences.

Experience with: PHP, ASP, .Net using C# or Visual Basic, Python, Java, Servlets/JSP; user-facing web standards/platforms  (Drupal, WordPress, HTML/XHTML, cross-browser CSS, Javascript, jQuery/AJAX, mobile web); library software (Atlas Aeon, Archivists’ Toolkit, VuFind, Blacklight, LadyBird); search platforms (i.e. Apache Solr);  web server software (Apache HTTP, Tomcat, Microsoft IIS 6/7).

Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more. 

Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at http://www.yale.edu/jobs for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is 17625BR.  Please be sure to reference 17625BR in your cover letter.

Background Check Requirements
All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check.

Please visit http://www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

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