Data/GIS Technology Lead

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Created: August 21, 2015


Data/GIS Technology Lead #19862

Job ID: 19862
Location: Main Campus-Berkeley
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Library Administration
Applications will be reviewed until September 16, 2015.
About Berkeley

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Application Review Date

Applications will be reviewed until September 16, 2015.

Departmental Overview

The UC Berkeley Library provides scholarly information to all faculty and students in the support of the University's research and instruction mission. The Library Applications & Publishing Group (LAP) provides technical support for Library, including developing, purchasing and/or supporting all types of hardware platforms and software applications. LAP has primary responsibility for supporting and building UC Berkeley Library's Integrated Library System (ILS), Digital Library, and web presence.

The UC Berkeley Library is a leader in the investigation and implementation of advanced digital library services. Areas of current work include scalable digital library system architectures, developing efficient methods for creating digital library content, the long-term preservation of digital materials, and standards for digital objects, digitization, and archival collection descriptions. The Web Publishing Group (WPG) supports digital library activities by providing managerial and technical analysis, writing programs to create digital content, writing, enhancing, and maintaining tools to publish, create, and manage digital objects, and training staff for projects that add content to our digital library.

The UC Berkeley Library is currently seeking a Data Technology Lead. This position supports the Library's data applications, including GIS, and other digital library programs. This position also supports and maintains applications that are critical to the Library which support the campus research goals.


The Data Technology Lead will:

Support the Library's data applications, including GIS, and other digital library programs.
Adopt, adapt, develop and maintain software to provide a web-based geospatial discovery and access portal using open source technologies in an inter-institutional, community-based, development effort
Work with server and database administrators to provision the necessary computing systems to support data services.
Implement and manage spatial data infrastructure, including administration of specialized GIS application including geoserver, geohydra, geoblacklight.
Develop software for the import and management of UCB's GIS data collections.
Manage data services, e.g., OAI, SOLR API, data set management and access.
Play an active role in higher education and GIS researcher community, representing UCB Library in this community and the development of open source and consortial service efforts.
Guide less experienced staff or works as team leader/supervisor when necessary.
Serve as a subject matter expert, providing technical expertise to project manager and other Library staff to define application specifications, staffing needs and timeline.
Independently create specifications, design information architecture, coordinate and assign work with other programmers, determine system needs, and follow through with testing and quality control.
Required Qualifications

Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
Minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible work experience in a similar role or field.
Thorough knowledge of applications programming function.
Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner with both technical and non-technical staff.
Ability to understand business needs and how business systems can support those needs.
Demonstrated ability to be self motivated, work independently or as part of a team, learn quickly, meet deadlines and resolve moderately complex problems.
Advanced skills in web applications, web programming languages and object oriented programming concepts.
Experience with Perl, PHP, Python, or other programming languages
Knowledge of shell scripting languages, e.g., sh, csh, ksh
Knowledge of data services, e.g., OAI, SOLR API
Demonstrated knowledge of Linux environment, tools, and libraries
Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript, XSTL, and XML.
Knowledge of raster and vector resources, geodatabase configuration and management tools (e.g., GeoServer, OpenLayers, OGC standards, etc).
Experience in software engineering in web, solr-lucene, and database-backed application environments, and experience in contributing and/or defining the technical architecture of complex systems.
Experience with Ruby, and Ruby on Rails, for application development and enhancements to framework, including plug-ins, engines and gems, for developing and deploying applications.
Knowledge of different image formats
Preferred Qualifications

Skills needed to develop conversion and system implementation plans.
Knowledge of SQL language and experience with database software, e.g., MySQL
Knowledge of CGI and Servlet programming
Experience installing, upgrading, or configuring Apache
Knowledge of other related areas of IT.
Knowledge relating to the design and development of applications programs across the organization.
Salary & Benefits

Annual: $58,700 - $85,000.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

To apply, please visit Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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Work Environment

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Berkeley is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information about our Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at:

Clery Disclosure

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act require that crime statistics and other safety information for colleges and universities receiving Title IV funds be made available to applicants upon request. University of California, Berkeley's Annual Security Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the University, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You may obtain this information for the UC campus to which you are applying by accessing the website at

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Published: Friday, August 21, 2015 03:21 UTC

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