Web Developer

Cambridge, MA
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Created: October 11, 2016


*Digital Library Application Development (DLAD)*

The MIT Libraries are seeking an experienced, creative, and self-motivated Web
Developer to help develop and support our public-facing web platforms. Ideally
you’re at a level where you’ve done some great things, but still have more
room to grow. We’ll support that common interest!

The Web Developer will play an increasingly senior role in building
web platforms
the Libraries will use to communicate with students, faculty, and fellow
professionals across and beyond the Institute. S/he will also participate
on project teams charged with advancing and supporting our discovery
environment, institutional repositories, and library catalog all while
ensuring we deliver an engaging and intuitive user experience.

Working on a team of application developers, in close coordination with User
Experience (UX) specialists, content owners, project managers and system
administrators, the Web Developer will contribute to the technical development
and maintenance of a multi-site WordPress network, along with other
PHP-based web applications. S/he will help shape our development and support
processes, and the ongoing evolution of our web platform environment.

Specifically, the developer will:

- Translate stakeholder requirements/use cases into technical specifications
and designs.
- Translate graphic designs into responsive CMS templates and themes.
- Make styling and functional enhancements (including diagnosing and fixing
defects) to existing themes and templates.
- In collaboration with the UX team, recommend or develop WordPress themes
and plugins, and select and integrate third-party libraries.
- Integrate sites with backend applications/services.
- Provide support for related web properties, including a hosted
CMS platform
(SpringShare’s LibGuides, LibCal, and LibAnswers), static HTML content, and
a few Drupal websites.
- Collaborate with system administrators, other developers, and
stakeholders on upgrades and ongoing maintenance to supported web
- Influence the evolution of the MIT Libraries web environment, immediately
with regard to accessibility, security, CMS platform, and how best to
expand the Libraries’ web infrastructure.

QUALIFICATIONS include some combination of:

- 5 years of relevant professional experience
- Experience developing and maintaining WordPress themes and plugins.
- Proficient in current web technologies such as HTML5, CSS,
and PHP.
- A focused curiosity, and motivation to learn and adapt to new
and to develop new skills.
- As technologies change at a rapid pace, the successful candidate must be
willing to learn new skills, tools, and methodologies.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability
to discuss the technical with nontechnical colleagues and to document work.
- Ability to work effectively in a shared decision-making
environment: appropriately
taking initiative, or seeking guidance, working independently or
collaboratively, coordinating projects, leading teams, and helping others


- Bachelor’s degree
- Experience with other CMS platforms/frameworks including Drupal, CakePHP,
and/or hosted CMS platforms such as SpringShare’s LibGuides.
- Familiarity with development tooling such as SASS and Grunt
- Experience developing according to code standards adopted by the WordPress
- Experience with Git-backed development workflows, and building
systems that
consume content via API, including WP JSON API.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: $60,000 is minimum entry-level salary. Actual salary will
depend on qualifications and experience. MIT offers excellent benefits
a choice of health and retirement plans, a dental plan, tuition assistance,
and fully subsidized MBTA passes for local bus and subway service. The MIT
Libraries afford a flexible and collegial working environment and foster
professional growth of staff with management training and travel funding
for professional meetings.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Apply online at: http://careers.mit.edu/.
Applications must
include cover letter and resume. Priority will be given to applications
received by October 17, 2016; position open until filled. MIT is strongly
and actively committed to diversity within its community and particularly
welcomes applications from qualified women and minority candidates.
Professionals who enthusiastically embrace the empathy, courage,
self-reflection and respect of a multi-cultural, diverse and inclusive
workplace, and who strive to incorporate those values in their work and
interactions are encouraged to apply.

The MIT Libraries are dedicated to advancing research, teaching, and learning
at MIT and beyond. In addition to supporting every part of the Institute
with distinctive collections, world-class service and expertise, and
welcoming spaces, the Libraries seek to define the global research library
of the future. We aim to play a leading role in advancing knowledge to
solve global challenges by enhancing the discovery, use, collection, creation,
management, dissemination, and preservation of information across disciplines.
Library staff at all levels contribute to this mission and to a culture
that values openness, inclusion, innovation, and community.

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Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 14:56 UTC

Last updated: Saturday, March 18, 2017 14:56 UTC