Web Application Developer

Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
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Created: March 4, 2019


Web Application Developer

Library IT Web Team

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library holds more than fourteen million volumes, more than 120,000 serial titles, and more than nine million manuscripts, maps, slides, audio tapes, microforms, videotapes, laser discs, and other non-print material.  The University Library is ranked highly nationally and globally, and its collections and services are used heavily by students, faculty, and scholars. More than one million items are circulated annually, and many more are used on site and virtually from anywhere in the world. The Library is looking for a Web Application Developer who is up to the challenge of supporting the Library’s virtual presence. The chosen candidate will work closely with other members of Library IT and clients to determine needs and assist Library units with web strategies.


Serving as a member of the Web Team, the Web Application Developer will program and maintain complex web-based applications or sites within the Library. This position is expected to act independently within guidelines, make changes with limited risk, and propose work.   


Web Development:

  • Develop web-based applications or sites according to specifications provided by clients
  • Complete work within agreed-upon timeframes
  • Program custom functionality to drive website content and user interfaces using technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, CSS, PHP, JSON and other web languages
  • Support existing applications, including taking ownership of troubleshooting and enhancing functionality, in consultation with colleagues and service users
  • Work with providers of website content tools, including Tech Services, University Public Affairs, other groups on campus, and outside vendors to develop and implement effective services delivering dynamic and client driven content
  • Implement and use content management systems (CMSes) to deliver public websites (i.e. WordPress, etc.)
  • Ensure that all websites created adhere to state accessibility laws as well as best practices for usability.

Planning and Communication:

  • Gather requirements, analyze business processes or communications goals, and work with team to streamline such processes or achieve stated goals
  • Participate in the full development lifecycle, including estimation, development, testing, and deployment
  • Monitor and track progress on projects
  • Write reports, summaries, and formal documentation
  • Keep web site owners well informed of IT issues and changes
  • Work with IT management to implement strategic improvements
  • Work with a team to deliver projects including but not limited to, design, code review, and testing as well as serving as a backup to other team members


  • Research new technologies that could potentially enhance our website and the applications or sites they host



Any combination totaling two years from the following categories:

a) progressively more responsible work experience in IT-related profession
b) college course work in Information Technology (IT), IT Management, or a closely related discipline, as measured by the following conversion table or its proportional equivalent:

  • 60 semester hours or Associate’s Degree equals one year
  • 90-120 semester hours or Bachelor’s Degree equals two years


  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree. 
  • Two years of full-time experience in website development or web-centric software development;
  • Demonstrated experience managing web servers;
  • Experience developing front-end web user interfaces using technologies such as JavaScript/jQuery, HTML, and CSS;
  • Demonstrated experience developing database driven web applications, including responsive sites and custom solutions;
  • Experience working in higher education, especially libraries;
  • Experience training technical staff and non-technical users on use and structure of applications or sites. 

Successful Candidates will have:

  • Demonstrated understanding of best practices for the Web including accessibility, usability standards, standards compliance, and search engine optimization;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of web frameworks (such as PHP Laravel, ASP.NET MVC, or Ruby on Rails);
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git;
  • Demonstrated customer service excellence;
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated proficiency with gathering requirements and generating technical specifications;
  • Demonstrated proficiency with creating system and user documentation for applications and sites;
  • Proven ability to complete projects independently and/or as a member of a team;
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems encountered by a user in supported applications and sites.   


The Web Application Developer position is a full-time, benefits-eligible, civil service IT Technical Associate professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis.  The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

To Apply:

Applications must be received by March 28, 2019. Apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below.  If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu.  If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification.  To complete the application process:

Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.

Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.

Step 3) Upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), and academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or diploma may be acceptable) and names/contact information for three references.

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, contact Aneitre Johnson, atjohnsn@illinois.edu.  For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.


The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. 


The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.

How to apply


Apply using the "Apply for position" button at the bottom of https://bit.ly/2tLqCKy. For further information about this specific position, contact Aneitre Johnson, atjohnsn@illinois.edu. For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

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Published: Monday, March 4, 2019 19:54 UTC

Last updated: Monday, March 4, 2019 19:54 UTC