Associate Developer (Ruby on Rails)

Boston, MA
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Created: May 15, 2013


Department Overview:

WGBH produces the best and most well-known television, radio and online programs for public media. The WGBH Media Library and Archives preserves and helps re-purpose WGBH creations into the future. The MLA establishes the policies and procedures for the access, acquisition, intellectual control, and preservation of WGBH’s physical media and digital production and administrative assets. The MLA also offers production organization of archival materials from projects start up to shut down, research services, rights clearances, and licenses WGBH stock footage.

Position Overview:

The WGBH Media Library and Archives system will be based on the Hydra Project technology stack, which includes Ruby on Rails, Blacklight, Apache Solr, and the Fedora Commons repository. Working closely with the Media Library and Archive’s director, project manager, and a WGBH Interactive Designer, the web developer will continue to develop the Open Vault website: and ongoing work to improve the digital asset management system.

WGBH is seeking a Ruby on Rails developer to help develop and maintain multiple projects for the Media Library and Archives.

Ideal candidates should be:
  • comfortable working in teams of 2 to 6
  • able to communicate clearly and respectfully to all team members, both technical and non-technical
  • willing to explore new technologies
Duties will depend on individual strengths, but may include any of:
  • front-end development
  • back-end development
  • streaming video integration and presentation
  • organizing and writing documentation
  • usage stats and analysis
  • DevOps and deployment
  • performance stats, analysis and optimization
Skills Required:

To perform the required duties, the Developer must have more than than 1 year of work experience developing web applications preferred. Demonstrated interest in library or moving images archive issues preferred.

Required skills for all duties include having working knowledge of:

  • Ruby >= 1.8.7
  • Rails >= 3.2.0, common conventions, patterns, and best practices how to write and run automated tests for Rails apps using Rspec and Capybara (or equivalent)
  • Github
  • CSS3 + HTML5
  • XML basics
  • working from command line (OS X or Linux)

Other skills required for specific duties include having a working knowledge of, or experience in:

  • SCSS
  • jQuery
  • Twitter Bootstrap
  • how REST apis work
  • Rails gem patterns
  • Rails engine patterns
  • HTML 5 video
  • Puppet
  • Capistrano
  • ability to write raw SQL

Bonus skills specific to our projects include experience or familiarity with:

  • Solr search indexes
  • Fedora commons repository
  • XML metadata standards (e.g. DublinCore, EBUCore, PBCore, MARC, RDF, et. al.) * SPARSQL

Education Requirements: Bachelors Degree in Computer Science preferred

Compensation: for this position will be determined by the skills, background, education and availability of the candidate for the contract period.

Apply for the position at WGBH Careers

Further questions can be addressed to - reference Job REQ# P-1075 Associate Developer in the subject line.

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