Web Developer

University Park
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Created: June 20, 2013


Penn State University Libraries is seeking a Web Developer to assist in building a program of service within a relatively new unit, Publishing & Curation Services.

Activities may include support for faculty grant-funded web-based projects, journal or other publishing technology support, Omeka pilot projects, the ongoing development of the Hydra/ScholarSphere services, exploration of portal environments for scholarly collaboration and sharing, and expansion of data curation services.

The Web Developer will participate in development and integration of software and web functionality for a range of library applications in the areas of publishing and original digital collections creation. Will perform needs assessment, benchmarking, prototype design, review, troubleshooting, and maintenance of digital products. This position will deliver custom application functionality in order to implement new publication and digital scholarship products in appropriate platform/environments; customize user interfaces for products as needed. The successful candidate will be expected to stay current with and evaluate new technology for its practical application in the workplace.

This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires an Associate’s degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline is highly desired.

The successful candidate should have previous experience in an active web development environment; the ability to learn and use a wide variety of web tools and techniques to solve a need; experience with web development MVC frameworks such as Ruby on Rails and/or Django, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript libraries (i.e. JQuery, ExtJS), git and a demonstrated desire to learn new technologies; strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts to others with varying levels of specialized expertise; and experience working successfully in self-directed situations and in a team-based environment.

Preferred qualifications include: Strong problem solving skills; the ability to contribute to creative process development and improvement; familiarity with open source publishing tools (e.g. WordPress, Omeka, PKP Project); familiarity with wireframing and other prototyping approaches for website development; commitment to responsive user design and accessible development principles; and a comprehension of cross-browser issues, best practices for user-interface design, and web and accessibility standards.

The University Libraries is a multicultural environment that embraces respect and diversity.

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