Drupal Development / Operations Lead

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Created: January 14, 2015


The Washington State University Libraries invites applications for Development and Operations Lead, a full-time, 12-month, 3-year temporary position. The primary responsibility of this position is to extend and maintain the Mukurtu content management system codebase and locally installed instances. This position will also consult on, plan, and implement technology solutions within the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC), a newly formed Center that builds on existing collaborations between the Libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences and will offer a broad suite of tools and projects for faculty and students across the campus. The CDSC is housed in the Libraries and encompasses all of the digital projects, assets and collections that the Libraries creates and maintains. This position is grant funded until September 30th, 2017 (with the possibility of extension) and reports to the Head of Library Systems and Technical Operations. This position is located on the Pullman campus.

Position Details:
Working with the support of colleagues within the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation and the WSU Libraries Systems Group the Development and Operations lead will work to expand development of the Mukurtu CMS (http://mukurtu.org), add features, update systems and work to integrate Mukurtu into the core Library systems and projects including servicing several tribal communities nationwide in their use of the system. This position supports the projects of the CDSC and faculty projects with major focus on digital archiving and preservation.

The Development and Operations lead should be proficient in Drupal development and ideally able to work in an agile development setting and able to work with support teams. He or she provides programming and systems analysis for the design, development and documentation of complex research tools across a wide range of projects. The Development and Operations lead will be responsible for designing, developing, testing and deploying new features, modules and resources to extend and enhance digital content and services, developing application programming interfaces (APIs) to facilitate multiple submission and access pathways all building from Mukurtu related projects.

This position will write and/or modify existing code and conducts quality assurance on code contributed by other developers, and performs related duties as necessary. This position is expected to work collaboratively with library colleagues in the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation and the WSU Libraries Systems Group as well as colleagues in ITS and across campus, and participates in an ongoing evaluation of emerging academic and library technologies.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Washington State University has comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. We also offer excellent retirement programs and a generous leave program.

Minimum/Required Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor’s degree and three (3) years professional experience OR a combination of education and experience totaling seven (7) years from which comparable knowledge and abilities are acquired. Education and experience may be tailored to specific need requirements of position.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with Drupal in an active development environment (media module, organic groups, etc.)
  • Experience with web-based application development languages and other technologies such as PHP, Python, Ruby, Javascript, and AJAX.
  • Experience working with and/or developing web APIs (HTTP/REST/JSON). -
  • Experience administering Linux/Unix systems and services.
  • Comfort using version control (e.g., Git).
  • Strong attention to access, privacy and security issues.
  • Willingness to participate in an open-source community.
  • Willingness to work in an agile-development team environment, assist in expanding the open source community of developers, and also lead and think creatively, problem-solve and be flexible.
The University:
Washington State University (www.wsu.edu), one of two research universities in the state, was founded in 1890 as the state’s land-grant institution and has a current enrollment of approximately 27,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,300 faculty and staff. A leading research institution, WSU offers 95 undergraduate, more than 60 graduate, and more than 40 doctoral degree programs through 11 colleges and a graduate school.
In addition to the Pullman campus (approximately 20,000 students), Washington State University has campuses in Spokane, Vancouver, and the Tri-Cities; Extension offices in every county of the state; eight agricultural research centers; and online degree programs accessible worldwide. The University strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. WSU students come together from diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds from around the nation and more than 90 countries. As a comprehensive, land-grant institution, Washington State University is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and outreach to all constituents.

To Apply:
Applications must be received by January 25, 2015. Online applications are required and will include a cover letter addressing the qualifications, a current resume, and complete contact information for three current references. Finalists for this position may be subject to a background check as a condition of employment. Questions may be sent to Bonny Boyan, boyan@wsu.edu, 509-335


Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:25 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:42 UTC