Full time Remote / Telecommute

Drupal Developer

State College, PA (Telework or hybrid option available)
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Created: January 17, 2024


The Penn State University Libraries Strategic Technologies Department seeks an innovative and enthusiastic Drupal Developer to play an integral role in the implementation of web solutions to enhance the Libraries' support for resource discovery and academic research. This talented and knowledgeable developer should be passionate about web technologies and standards, resource discovery and access, APIs and web services, usability, and accessibility. The successful candidate will lead various web development projects for the Libraries, initially focusing on the Libraries’ ongoing migration from Drupal 7 to Drupal 10.  


This lead web developer will be responsible for maintaining and improving the Libraries' Drupal web development process and promoting best practices, collaborating with fellow developers, and contributing to established team standards. This role requires creative problem solving and a commitment to the design, development, and implementation of web solutions that maximize user experience and provide seamless discovery and access to the Libraries’ resources. The incumbent will work collaboratively with library colleagues as well as colleagues at Penn State and beyond to evaluate and recommend emerging academic and library web and discovery technologies.   


The Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a welcoming, multicultural environment. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting http://equity.psu.edu/psu-diversity-statement. For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit https://libraries.psu.edu/about/diversity


As lead web developer on the Libraries’ Web Team, you will: 

  • Participate in all aspects of the software development lifecycle including project planning, requirements gathering, technical design, implementation, documentation, testing, deployment, security and day-to-day support of Drupal websites  

  • Provide technical guidance and mentorship to development teams, ensuring adherence to Drupal best practices and providing guidance on recommended modules, themes, and third-party integrations to enhance Drupal functionality. 

  • Establish project standards and practices, such as coding standards, design review, code review, etc. for Drupal development 

  • Design and develop high-level Drupal architecture and technical solutions to meet project requirements and define and implement Drupal site structure, content types, taxonomies, and workflows 

  • Evaluate and recommend modules, themes, and third-party integrations to enhance Drupal functionality 

  • Remain abreast of technology directions, initiatives and trends to provide ideas, guidance, recommendations, prioritization and development roadmap 

  • Be a positive influence on the team, collaborating proactively with team members, and sharing knowledge across multiple projects 

  • Receive support for professional development and skill advancement in the form of training, facilitated code sprints, and conference participation 


  • Bachelor's Degree or higher with 4+ years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience 

  • Demonstrated expertise in all aspects of Drupal development (i.e. templating, theming, custom module development, etc.) with experience in Drupal 8, 9, or 10 including configuration management and migration and upgrade processes 

  • Proficiency in SQL database architecture and maintenance (MySQL/MariaDB experience preferred) 

  • Proficiency in PHP, HTML, JavaScript, CSS + preprocessors (SASS/LESS), Bootstrap, and related web technologies 

  • Fluency in web development processes, APIs and external web services integrations 

  • Understanding of automated testing methodologies and best practices 

  • Experience in the implementation of security measures to protect Drupal installations from vulnerabilities and attacks. 

  • Familiarity with front-end frameworks and responsive design principles supporting the delivery of a superior user experience across all platforms and devices 

  • Demonstrated understanding of industry trends for software development and content management systems and accessibility standards, including experience with WCAG 2.1 guidelines 

  • Knowledge of distributed version control systems (e.g., Git) and branching workflows 

  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team with diverse constituencies 

  • Excellent oral and written skills to communicate with technical and non-technical individuals and prepare project documentation to support training and best practices 

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Demonstrated ability to act as lead programmer on projects 

  • Demonstrated ability to adapt and work with team members of various experience level 

  • Familiarity with CI/CD pipelines and Drupal unit testing 

  • Experience with Drupal in a containerized environment 

  • Experience and interest in other programming languages such as Python or Ruby. 

  • Experience with agile development methodologies 


Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.


Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume. All application materials should be uploaded at the same time at the time of application.


Last updated: Friday, January 19, 2024 06:14 UTC