Library Applications Developer

Chestnut Hill, MA
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Salary: Senior Library Applications Developer (5+ yrs experience) $77,750 - $97,200; Library Applications Developer (3-5 yrs experience) $70,500 - $88,100; Associate Library Applications Developer (Less than 3 years experience) $60,800 - $76,000
Created: July 27, 2021


Boston College Libraries is seeking a Library Applications Developer to join our enthusiastic, collaborative, and supportive team. We’re looking for someone who will enjoy solving interesting problems, experimenting with new ideas, and advocating for user needs.

As a Library Applications Developer, you will:

  • Report to the Head of Library Systems and Applications

  • Collaborate with partners from across campus to develop and implement practical, usable library services

  • Lead technical implementations from design to deployment while balancing interests and requirements from a wide range of stakeholders.

  • Understand and advocate for the needs of Students, Faculty, and Staff 

  • Contribute to the vision for the Library’s technology infrastructure and priorities

You’ll love this role if you are passionate about application development and are fascinated by the unique challenges of searching and using library collections online. You’ll work closely with colleagues across the library and university, including archivists, metadata specialists, and scholars.

We expect finalists for this position to demonstrate a commitment to sustaining a culture that is respectful, accountable, and intentionally inclusive, as is central to the mission of the BC Libraries and rooted in the Jesuit tradition of social justice.

Hiring range: 

Associate Library Applications Developer - $60,800 - $76,000
Less than 3 years experience developing web applications in a Linux/Unix environment

Library Applications Developer - $70,500 - $88,100
Minimum 3 years experience developing web applications in a Linux/Unix environment 

Senior Library Applications Developer - $77,750 - $97,200
Minimum 5 years experience developing web applications in a Linux/Unix environment


  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Occasional weekend or off-work hours are required to handle system outages and routine maintenance.

You will thrive in this role with these skills, abilities, and experiences: 

  • You have demonstrated experience as a front-end and/or back-end developer

  • You are comfortable working with APIs

  • You have experience with collaborative version control such as Git

  • You’re a pro at documentation, including authoring README files, updating wiki pages, and adding descriptive code comments

  • You have experience managing software development projects

  • You can configure and manage Linux web servers such as Apache, NGINX, and Tomcat

  • You actively participate in open-source software projects, including bug reporting and contributing code

  • You have some knowledge or experience with search and indexing platforms such as Solr or Elasticsearch

  • You can effectively communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience

If you feel that you meet some but not all the requirements, don’t let a confidence gap stop you from applying. Sometimes a list of qualifications can miss the elements that would most strengthen our team; we value the many different skills which make all of us unique.

To apply, please visit the BC career site.


Published: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 21:15 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 21:15 UTC