Applications Developer

Northampton, MA
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Created: December 16, 2019


Job Description

PRIMARY FUNCTION: Provide support for multiple software and web packages, build connections to internal and external applications, and use creativity and innovation to create new and exciting applications. As a member of the extended Smith College IT community, work within established IT standards and practices overseen by the Information Technology Services group, participate in institutional IT planning groups and initiatives, and contribute to the development and management of cross-unit service teams. As part of the Five College community, communicate and collaborate on Five College projects that may be beneficial to other libraries and work with our partners on development needs for Smith College Libraries.



Major Application Development and Support: In collaboration with Information Technology Services (ITS), build and maintain connections from Smith College’s enterprise systems to library applications including the library service platform; FOLIO. Develop and implement APIs allowing the libraries’ discovery platform, and other services to communicate with each other. Working with the Five Colleges, provide enhancement suggestions and recommendations for improving the libraries-wide service platforms.


Internal Systems Support: Support the libraries-wide local infrastructure including maintaining critical components such as the libraries Open URL linking system, link management software, electronic resources management system, teaching and learning products including the Springshare suite, Interlibrary loan software, proxy server, and institutional repository. Support the libraries website, including bug fixes, package updates and future development. In conjunction with Information Technology Services, coordinate technology solutions.


Big Ideas/Innovative Projects:  Develop, pilot, and implement creative ideas that have not been done in libraries. Build exciting solutions that help improve scholarship, discovery, and expand the boundaries of libraries. Discover, explore, monitor, and evaluate emerging technologies, applications, and web services. Be comfortable with risk taking.


Other duties as assigned.



Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree; 3 years of relevant professional experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Skills: Experience in any programming languages. Preferred experience in Node/React/GraphQL and PHP.  Knowledge of web development technologies and languages, including HTML and CSS.  Experience with User Interface and User Experience design.  Demonstrated experience in version control systems.  Knowledge of searching/indexing technology.  Knowledge of API’s and how to create and implement them. Working knowledge of Drupal. Project management skills and the ability to communicate effectively with vendors.


Demonstrated ability to work flexibly, independently and collaboratively with colleagues and library users in a rapidly changing service environment.  Ability to take initiative, solve problems and prioritize work effectively. Awareness of new technologies and trends and their applications for library services. Ability to effectively manage multiple and competing projects and priorities.  Excellent oral and written communication skills.


Please attach/upload a current resume and cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position.


Review of applications will begin

January 6, 2020


Compensation Grade:

Grade I


Position Type:




About Smith College


Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.


Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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