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CollectionSpace Developer

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Created: November 10, 2014


CollectionSpace Developer

If you are passionate about the arts, humanities, natural and/or social sciences, CollectionSpace is where you will find a lively group of enthusiastic and committed professionals working together to design, develop, and use free and open source software in support of collections management, information dissemination, and publishing efforts at museums and collection holding institutions around the globe. Find out more at

We're looking for a developer to join our dynamic team. You will be responsible for helping community members with their institution-specific extensions and deployments; developing schema extension sets to support a variety of practice communities; participating on the technical committee where you will work with and learn from other developers how to fix bugs, contribute to the code review process, develop written and visual documentation, and collaborate on the development of new features and functionality. In addition, you will manage the release process including writing test plans, working with the community on quality assurance testing and code contributions, and automating tests. Learn more about our established and community-driven QA process here:

You don't have to be an expert Java developer to join our team.  And, you can live wherever you'd like to live. We do, however, need you to be a self starter, eager to learn, able to manage your time well, and be comfortable working in an open source environment that values transparency, community, and collaboration.

This position is funded full-time for eighteen months by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Provide technical support for community members on how best to prepare for and deploy local-use configurations.
  • Lead the development of schema extension sets for specific practice communities
  • Author technical documentation (written and visual)
  • Contribute to and support the work of the CollectionSpace Technical Committee, which maintains community-based technical review and guidance for the direction and development of CollectionSpace
  • Represent CollectionSpace at relevant conferences; teach workshops, and help others learn how to get involved
  • Participate in the community code contribution review process
  • Track and prioritize bugs, tasks, and similar issues using issue tracking systems. Fix bugs based on identified priorities
  • Automated the largely manual testing process
  • Manage technical quality assurance process
  • Develop and maintain scripts and tools to build, test, package, and deploy CollectionSpace to development, staging, and production environments
  • Manage and administer the version control system, including creating release branches and tagging releases
  • Compile, build, and package CollectionSpace releases - including major, minor, and patch releases
  • Assist with the implementation of necessary upgrades to CollectionSpace architecture and/or user interface
  • Provide input on strategic directions for CollectionSpace organizational home and software based on knowledge of the technology environment in museums



Demonstrated experience with:
  • Version control (using Git and GitHub)
  • One or more high-level programming languages, e.g. Python, Ruby, Java, etc.
  • Software release management (release planning, managing release branches, tagging releases) and test-driven development (version control, continuous integration, static analysis of code, and code coverage tools)
  • Working within an agile software development environment
  • Working effectively in a team environment
  • Working effectively with stakeholders

Knowledge of and experience with the following:
  • Continuous integration tools (e.g. Hudson/Jenkins, Travis-CI, Bamboo)
  • Issue tracking systems


Knowledge of and experience with some of the following:
  • Apache Tomcat
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • JavaScript frameworks (JQuery, Dojo Toolkit, YUI, etc.)
  • JavaScript debugging (Firebug, integral debuggers in Chrome, Safari, etc.)
  • JavaScript unit testing
  • LAMP application development
  • SQL
  • PostgreSQL and/or MySQL database programming
  • Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) systems
  • XML
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • OAI-PMH and other data harvesting protocols
  • Server virtualization
  • Enterprise content management systems; Nuxeo preferred
  • IT best practices
  • Backup and recovery methods

Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to troubleshoot application, database, network, and operating system related issues; ability to analyze stack trace, heap dump; profiler knowledge a plus
  • Understanding of the software development life cycle
  • Understanding of incident, problem, change, and release management practices
  • Excellent written communication skills, including producing technical documentation
  • Must possess self-directed initiative and excel in the areas of time management, organization, and prioritization

Education or Equivalent Work Experience:

A four-year college degree and a minimum of two years of full-time, paid employment in an information technology position or a minimum of six years of full-time-equivalent, paid employment in information technology positions.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Benefits: LYRASIS' attractive benefits package encourages a harmonious work/life balance including flextime, medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance coverage plans, a company-matched 403B savings plan, annual and sick leave, tuition reimbursement, flexible spending accounts, as well as flexible work hours in a virtual work environment.

The CollectionSpace Developer will work in the Atlanta office if in the Atlanta, GA area; telecommuting is an option outside of Atlanta.

To apply, please email or fax to 404.892.7879.

About LYRASIS: LYRASIS partners with member libraries and cultural heritage organizations to create, access, and manage information with an emphasis on digital content, while building and sustaining collaboration, enhancing operations and technology, and increasing buying power. For more information, please visit

LYRASIS is an equal opportunity, at-will employer. LYRASIS reserves the right to alter the posiotion overview, with or without notice to the employee. This position overview is not a contract of employment and oes not alter the employment relationship. Finally, every position overview is subect to modification to reasonably accomodate persons with disabilities.

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