Digital Scholarship Front End Developer

Providence, RI
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Salary: 55K-95K
Created: January 27, 2022


All members of the Brown University Library team are vital contributors to our mission to advance instruction, learning, and research at Brown University in an environment of creativity and inclusivity.  A community of academic, professional and organizational learning, the Library embraces people who span a wide range of viewpoints, life experiences, and intellectual pursuits.  Together, we preserve the past and innovate for the future.  We invite candidates with initiative, unique perspectives, inventive thinking, and a passion for collaboration to join the University’s global mission of leadership and academic excellence.

The Brown University Library (BUL) seeks a front-end developer to work on signature digital scholarship projects with a specific focus on web technologies.  This position is part of the collaborative team of experts in the Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS), which continues to advance Brown’s long-standing commitment to innovation in digital scholarship and serves all disciplines at the University.  We are looking for a collaborative, creative, and strategic thinker in front-end development who can write code in web contexts, such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript to turn faculty and student digital scholarship research ideas into final products. 

The Developer works collaboratively with faculty, students, and CDS colleagues to understand the scholarly ideas and goals of the project, identify the most suitable technology framework for each project’s requirements, and determine the architecture, frameworks, data schema, and development timeline to create the project.  Through continuous learning and maintaining up-to-date knowledge of best practices for front-end development, including inclusive design and accessibility, the Developer ensures that CDS is offering the best front-end frameworks, technologies, and functionality for digital scholarship projects.  The Developer will create, maintain, and update repositories of code and develop recommendations for long-term, sustainable solutions to front-end development.  
In addition, the Developer will have opportunities to work on broader web-based development projects (using, for example, WordPress or another CMS).  The position may also involve serving as a mentor to undergraduate programmers who may work on the projects as well.  This position is hybrid eligible with the opportunity to work at least two days a week remotely. 

Education and Experience
•    Bachelor’s Degree
•    3+ years professional experience as a front-end developer
•    Deep knowledge of web technologies and the ability to deploy efficient code in web contexts (i.e. HTML5, CSS, JavaScript)
•    Deep knowledge of at least one common JavaScript framework (e.g. VueJS)
•    Ability to work with databases/search APIs (such as MySQL/Solr) to populate web pages
•    Knowledge of web standards, accessibility, device compatibility
•    A team player; someone who enjoys working collaboratively with others
•    Commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in our workplace, as well the systems and/or services we build, as an equity and social justice imperative
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills
•    Solid knowledge of Python desired
•    Knowledge of visual design and data representation principles preferred

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University. 

In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.  


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