Library Software Applications Developer

Chapel Hill, NC
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Salary: $70,000-$82,000
Created: June 14, 2021


The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking two Library Software Applications Developers to join the Software Development department in the Library & Information Technology division. The responsibilities described in this posting will be divided between the two positions.

As a senior member of a highly collaborative team within the University Libraries’ Software Development department, the Library Software Applications Developer designs, implements, tests, and supports software projects at all stages of their lifecycles; evaluates advanced technologies and services to implement or customize for use by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Community; and integrates systems and works with established frameworks to support technology and infrastructure for University Libraries services and collections. The person in this position advocates for and helps lead the implementation of robust software development and diagnostic practices, including automated testing, software documentation, peer review, and the responsible stewardship of software inspired by DevOps practices. Mentorship of staff and the continued cultivation of healthy, diverse, and inclusive working environments is a fundamental value in our department and the person in this position will contribute to and benefit from these practices. The University Libraries has fostered a community of learning and collaboration and presents many opportunities to learn new skills and to take on a range of technically challenging projects with support from colleagues.

The Library Software Applications Developer will serve as a technical lead and senior software developer on large-scale projects supporting either the campus Open Access initiatives and the scholarly repository infrastructure or the Libraries’ digital collections infrastructure. The campus Open Access initiatives and the scholarly repository infrastructure includes the Carolina Digital Repository and systems to support staff workflows related to scholarly communications. The digital collections infrastructure includes ArchivesSpace and our Digital Collections Repository, which enable internal workflows for archival collections management as well as collections discovery and access for our users. These projects make use of several programming languages, including Ruby, JavaScript, PHP, as well as supporting systems, such as indexing platforms, relational databases, and media servers. Each project is managed by a team that includes multiple software developers, metadata and user experience specialists, project managers, and product owners. The University Libraries is active in and committed to open-source software and communities and the Library Software Applications Developer will have opportunities to lead and contribute to open-source software projects in a variety of ways.

The position works in partnership with Libraries staff and campus partners to make technical recommendations based on an analysis of their business needs, while coordinating with other developers, system administrators, project managers, and stakeholders. The Analyst regularly shares progress with stakeholders, seeking input on prototypes. The Analyst provides support to users throughout the lifetime of the project, troubleshooting problems and maintaining code. Our colleagues have taken a variety of paths to technical specializations, and we welcome candidates seeking collaboration with professionals who care about their work, within an environment that respects a work-life balance.

Under the leadership of our University Librarian, Elaine Westbrooks, we have set out to redefine what it means to be a research library in the digital age. Of particular significance, in June 2020, we launched a groundbreaking Reckoning Initiative as "an effort to grapple with the fact of systemic racism as it is perpetuated in our profession, in higher education, and in the University Libraries." As an example of a program produced by this initiative, we recently launched the IDEA Action internal grant program to fund staff-proposed projects that advance equity and inclusion within the work of the University Libraries.

Within our Software Development department, we are proud of work supporting this mission through extensive improvements to systems accessibility, user data security, hiring and staff support practices, cross-departmental training, and internal learning and planning venues related to issues of equity and inclusion.

Salary and Benefits

This is a twelve-month EHRA IT Professional position. Estimated salary range is $70,000-82,000, salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or Optional Retirement Plan.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin upon receipt. Applications will be accepted until July 8, 2021.

For more information, please visit the full job posting.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


Published: Monday, June 14, 2021 20:02 UTC

Last updated: Monday, June 14, 2021 20:02 UTC