Systems and Application Specialist

New Haven, CT
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Salary: 75,000 - 90,000
Created: October 22, 2021


Systems and Application Specialist

Library - Cushing/Whitney Medical Library


University Job Title

Programmer Analyst 1

Bargaining Unit

None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)

Time Type

Full time

Duration Type


Compensation Grade

Administration & Operations

Compensation Grade Profile

Supervisor; Senior Associate (22)

Wage Ranges

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Work Location

University Library System

Worksite Address

333 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Work Week

Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)

Searchable Job Family

Computing and Information Systems, Library

Total # of hours to be worked:


Position Focus:

Reporting to the Head of Technology and Innovation, the System and Application Specialist works with the rest of the Medical Library 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 assists in the recommendation, development, and implementation of the best system 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.

The System and Application Specialist will:

Maintain the Medical Library’s servers to meet service needs and support application deployment.
Provide ongoing maintenance and support for applications hosted by the Medical Library.
Respond to information security incidents quickly with solutions. Troubleshoot and rapidly resolve problems with systems and applications.
Assist the Head of Technology and Innovation to assess the feasibility of potential system and application projects to meet users’ needs and library stakeholders’ expectations.
Perform small to moderate programming tasks in support of the development and delivery of systems and applications.
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 on practical, innovative discovery solutions to the Medical Library’s digitized collections.
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.

Essential Duties

1. Contributes in the development of programs or systems of small to moderate size and complexity. 2. Provides informational input into decisions concerning the development and delivery of applications, programs, and systems. Clarifies requirements to meet the expectations of stakeholders and intended end users needs, scheduled timeline, and budgetary targets. 3. Contributes to the collaborative effort of the analysis and design of new systems and applications. Performs various coding, debugging and unit testing tasks in support of applications, programs, and systems. 4. Contributes to the project definition, and the gathering of the functional requirements. 5. Troubleshoots problems whether due to data or software and rapidly resolves any problems that do occur. Provides ongoing maintenance and support for applications and systems. 6. Prepares documentation and user manuals. Provides support for training of end users. 7. Applies and keeps current with existing and emerging technologies and methodologies. Provides ongoing input to the establishment of programming standards, procedures, and methodologies. 8. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's Degree. One year programming experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:


Demonstrated ability to administer Unix/Linux server systems.

Required Skill/Ability 2:


Ability to mitigate security vulnerabilities in networked applications.

Required Skill/Ability 3:


Demonstrated ability to program in at least one of the following languages/frameworks: Ruby/Rails, JavaScript/Node, Python, and Java. Ability to implement code written in other popular web programming languages. Ability to program for MySQL, PostgreSQL, or NoSQL databases.

Required Skill/Ability 4:


Ability to develop software in a team environment using versioning tools such as Git for management, documentation, and sharing of source code.

Required Skill/Ability 5:


Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication and analytical ability. Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations. Excellent customer service skills, flexibility and dedication to innovation, creativity, and excellence. Ability to manage multiple priorities.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:


Degree in computer science, software engineering, library and information science, or a related field of study. Prior work experience in academic libraries or health science libraries. Familiarity with major cloud computing platforms. Experience with Apache Solr. Experience using Docker or other containerized development/deployment strategies. Project management skills.

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Background Check Requirements

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COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement


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Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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Published: Saturday, October 23, 2021 17:23 UTC

Last updated: Saturday, October 23, 2021 17:23 UTC