Senior Web Developer

Washington, D.C.
Jul 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

George Washington Libraries and Academic Innovation (GWLAI) is a catalyst, a spark to generate new ideas and new possibilities. Responsive to the changing landscape of information and education, being sensitive both to traditional and emergent modes of communication, we bring together diverse constituents of faculty, students, and staff in a highly collaborative, dynamic, and deeply engaged intellectual community to support research, teaching and learning. As part of the larger George Washington University, we are a nexus where exciting things happen, where change happens, where growth happens.

Reporting to the Director of Communications and Outreach, the Senior Web Developer works in a highly collaborative environment with the Web designer, Web Producer, and GWLAI partners to ensure an effective, visually appealing, and intuitive web presence. The Senior Web Developer is responsible for the following duties:

  • Manages all technical aspects and architecture of GW LAI's web presence. This includes responsibility for the CMS for the main site, which itself integrates library search/discovery tools and applications such as a room reservation system, web publishing of archival collections, custom-built CMS modules, and more.
  • Deploys, maintains, and enhances the CMS and other sites to ensure high availability, performance, security, and to ensure that the sites meet evolving business requirements. This entails back-end through front-end work: Administering Linux servers, configuring CMS applications and databases, through creating web pages and custom modules.
  • Collaborates with the Web Designer to integrate approved themes and design elements into CMS and CMS modules.
  • Utilizes site analytics to track and provide visibility into site activity, usage, and visitor profiles
  • Utilizes SEO and Semantic Web strategies to improve site visibility
  • Creates web pages using scripting and markup languages such as JavaScript, CSS, XML, JSON, HTML, PHP
  • Maintains current documentation on application and server administration, and adheres to team practices for code versioning and code review workflows
  • Consults with GWLAI Communications and partners to determine priorities and scope of business requirements relating to web projects, and communicates with decision-makers at all levels to discuss technical plans, risks, and opportunities

The position is based at GW's Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience developing and deploying high-availability, enterprise web solutions in Drupal 7 or 8
  • Ability to architect enterprise Drupal solutions including data, display, and information architecture
  • Advanced site-building experience including deep familiarity with Drupal modules such as CTools, Views, and Panels, and experience creating custom Drupal modules
  • Experience building responsive websites using Drupal CMS, HTML/HTML5, CSS/CSS3, and JavaScript/jQuery
  • Knowledge of the Drupal theme layer, PHP, PHP files and theme functions
  • Experience deploying, configuring, troubleshooting and maintaining applications in a Linux environment
  • Experience with code versioning and social coding best practices using tools such as GitHub.
  • Diverse technical experience beyond Drupal
  • Experience integrating API-based data services into a Drupal site, including experience with data representations such as JSON and XML
  • Experience improving visibility of websites using SEO (search engine optimization) and SWI (semantic web identity) strategies


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: University Libraries Family Information Technology Sub-Family Web Services Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 2 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 5:30. Occasional nights and weekends, during library emergencies. Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: Yes Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to gain a better understanding of your experience, the professional experience section of your resume must include months in addition to years. For example, instead of “2014 – 2015,” it should include “April 2014 – January 2015” or similar information.

Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S006309 Job Open Date: 05/04/2017 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * What is your salary range expectation?
    (Open Ended Question)
  2. * Does the professional experience section of your resume include months?
    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents

    Documents needed to Apply
    Required Documents
    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter
    Optional Documents