Applications Developer

College Park
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Created: June 17, 2016


Title: Applications Developer
Category: Exempt Staff
Department: Digital Systems and Stewardship
Benefits: 22 Days Annual Leave, 15 Days of Sick Leave, 3 Days Personal Leave, 15 Paid Holidays, Tuition Remission, Health, Dental, Vision, and Prescription

The University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty at the University System of Maryland’s flagship campus and constitute the largest university library system in the Washington D.C./Baltimore area. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Recent membership in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a robust organization of Big Ten member institutions, is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.

The Digital Systems and Stewardship (DSS) Division provides systems support and development services to the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium. The applications developer works independently and collaboratively with DSS team members and staff at USMAI libraries to develop, configure, and extend existing and new applications that address the needs of the consortium's 17 libraries. Supported applications include a mix of commercial, open source, and locally developed systems.

This position works across departments, working on initiatives of the Consortial Library Applications Support (CLAS) team and participating in the procedures, practices, and knowledge sharing of the Software Systems Development and Research (SSDR) team. The position reports to the SSDR manager and receives work assignments from the CLAS manager.

The incumbent will participate in activities throughout all phases of the software development lifecycle, producing thorough documentation, managing applications using version control, and following team procedures and workflows for code release. UMD Libraries is a collaborative environment with opportunities to share knowledge and experiences with other developers and Libraries staff. All team members are relied upon to identify and recommend solutions that enhance the work of the CLAS team, staff of USMAI libraries, and users at the consortium's libraries.

  • Develop new applications in alignment with the goals and needs of USMAI and its member libraries; contribute to all stages of the software development lifecycle
  • Extend and modify existing applications, utilizing APIs, various programming languages, and application frameworks
  • Work with members of the CLAS team and USMAI library staff to perform system maintenance, troubleshooting, user support, and change management activities for supported applications; develop and implement scripts and other utilities to achieve improved efficiencies in CLAS operations; monitor applications to identify and resolve system performance issues
  • Perform business and systems analysis to align proposed and existing applications with consortial needs; participate and lead requirements gathering, specifications development, system design, and system evaluation activities; maintain current awareness of trends and issues in library information technology and supported applications
  • Utilize project management tools such as JIRA to record and monitor progress; manage code using Git; monitor ticket-tracking systems for troubleshooting; produce and maintain thorough application documentation
Required Qualifications:
  • Minimum of one year of programming experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of tools for structured data processing, including relational databases, serialization formats (such as XML), and data focused languages (such as SQL or XSLT)
  • Demonstrated ability to research and learn new technologies
  • Strong service orientation; and Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; and excellent written and verbal communications skills
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APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at No relocation assistance will be provided. You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment. An application consists of a cover letter which includes the source of advertisement, a resume, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until July 11, 2016.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Published: Friday, June 17, 2016 16:04 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:40 UTC