Full Stack Developer

Position Type: Permanent Staff

Department: School of Media and Journalism - 350100

Appointment Type: EHRA Non-Faculty

Vacancy ID: NF0002936

Position Summary: The Reese News Lab at the University of North Carolina's School of Media & Journalism is seeking a full-stack news application developer to help build and maintain new media products that serve the information needs of geographic communities. We are seeking a software engineer with a passion for the mission of journalism to help people understand the world around them and make decisions that help them lead happier and more productive lives. Reese News Lab is a combination start-up and educational environment, and the ideal candidate will be comfortable both working on code sprints and patiently explaining technical opportunities and limitations to undergraduate students and rural journalists. Position Summary - Research and develop open source apps for extracting, transforming, loading and republishing public data for use by journalists in small newsrooms - Work with the Reese News Lab director to research, design & develop digital media prototype products - Maintain and update databases of public data for use by student developers and journalists - Maintain and document Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure of the Reese News Lab - Advise and assist student and professional journalists working on data reporting projects - Advise students working in the Reese News Lab on technical feasibility of new product proposals they develop in class - Work with professional and student designers on new product development. - Understand and advise on the business cases for new digital media products. This is a full-time position based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, although remote applicants will be considered. This position reports to the director of the Reese News Lab and is funded through a grant from the Knight Foundation. The schedule for this position is flexible, but will require regular meetings with students and other Reese News Lab staff in during regular business hours. Work space in the Reese News Lab will be provided, as will any hardware and software required to perform the duties of the job.

Application Deadline:

Education Requirements: BS in computer science or journalism or related field plus three years relevant experience;

Qualification and Experience: - Good communication skills - from verbal to email to readme files and code commenting - Broad curiosity, self-initiative and ability to foresee both challenges and opportunities - Professional proficiency with HTML, CSS and JavaScript libraries such as D3, Leaflet, Backbone, etc. - Professional proficiency with web application development frameworks such as Django, Flask, Ruby on Rails - Professional proficiency managing production SQL databases - Experience deploying and managing services on AWS - Previous experience in a leadership role - Demonstrated ability to work independently with only general guidelines and little supervision - Strong project management skills with proven ability to manage multiple projects concurrently Preferred Qualifications - Familiarity with data analysis in Python or R - Familiarity with geographic data - Experience working with digital media audience analytics - An understanding of the basic economics of digital media - Experience explaining what you're doing and why you're doing it - Experience deploying and maintaining Wordpress websites, including integration with other platforms such as Google Analytics - Experience in a startup environment, but the patience to navigate the regulations of a large bureaucracy

Equal Opportunity Employer: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Department Contact Name and Title: Debra McLaughlin HR Consultant

Department Contact Telephone Number or Email: deb_mclaughlin@unc.edu

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