Systems and Application Specialist

New Haven, CT
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Created: April 16, 2019


Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.


General Purpose: 

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Technology and Innovation Services, the System and Application Specialist works with the rest of the Technology and Innovation Services team to design, develop, improve, maintain and secure the Medical Library’s systems and applications. This position focuses on system and application solutions crucial to the Medical Library’s goal of providing secure and user-friendly access to its collections and services. This position is responsible for recommending, developing and implementing the best solutions in response to the needs of the Library and its users. Using languages such as Ruby, JavaScript, or Python, the successful candidate produces code that turns user needs and creative ideas into intuitive tools.


  • Provide technical guidance and recommendations for projects, including architectural design, data schema, technology selection, and methodologies to apply. Perform analysis to identify system and application project specifications to meet the stakeholders’ expectations and users’ needs, scheduled timelines, and budgetary targets. Create, communicate and manage project plans.
  • Perform programming tasks in support of the development and delivery of applications, programs, and systems.
  • Collaborate with the Web Services Librarian to help implement user-centered interfaces for systems and applications.
  • Collaborate with the Medical Historical Library and University Library IT staff to identify and implement practical, innovative discovery solutions to our digitized collections.
  • Provide ongoing maintenance and support for applications and systems.
  • Respond to information security incidents quickly with solutions. Troubleshoot and rapidly resolve problems with systems, programs and applications.
  • May participate in the Library’s education program by offering technology training sessions for users.
  • May participate in the Library’s personal librarian program.
  • Collaborate with Yale ITS staff, University Library IT staff, Yale New Haven Hospital ITS staff, vendors, consultants and product specialists.
  • Apply and keep current with existing and emerging technologies and methodologies.
  • May perform other duties as required or assigned.



Required Education and Experience: 

Bachelor's Degree in a related field and 2-4 years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



  • Demonstrated ability in programming in at least one of the following languages/frameworks: Ruby/Rails, Java, PHP, Python/Django, JavaScript/Node.js. Ability to implement code written in other languages in the group. Demonstrated ability in programming for major databases, such as MySQL.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Unix/Linux terminal environment. Demonstrated ability in software development in a team environment using source code versioning tools such as Git for management, documentation, and sharing of source code.
  • Demonstrated ability to mitigate security vulnerabilities in networked applications.
  • Excellent customer service skills, flexibility and dedication to innovation, creativity, and excellence. Ability managing multiple priorities.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication and analytical ability. Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.
  • Preferred Education and Experience: ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science, or bachelor’s/master’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field of study. Prior work experience in academic or health science libraries. Project management skills. Experience with Apache Solr. Familiarity with library data formats and standards. Experience providing technology training.


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We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.


Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 22:13 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 22:13 UTC