Senior Web Developer

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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, content specialists, content owners, and GWLAI partners to ensure effective, visually appealing, accessible, and intuitive web presences. The Senior Web Developer is responsible for the following duties:

  • Managing all technical aspects and architecture of GW LAI's web presences. This includes responsibility for the Content Management System (CMS) for the main sites, which integrate library search/discovery tools and applications such as a room reservation system, web publishing of archival collections, custom-built CMS modules, and more.
  • Deploying, maintaining, and enhancing 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.
  • Collaborating with the Web Designer to review each others' approved code and configuration changes.
  • Utilizing site analytics to track and provide visibility into site activity, usage, and visitor profiles.
  • Utilizing SEO and Semantic Web strategies to improve site visibility.
  • Creating web pages using scripting and markup languages such as JavaScript, CSS, XML, JSON, HTML, and PHP.
  • Maintaining current documentation on application and server administration, and adheres to team practices for code versioning and code review workflows.
  • Consulting with GWLAI Communications and partners to determine priorities and scope of business requirements relating to web projects, and communicates with peers and 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 logically related duties to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master's degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. 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 both Drupal 7 and 8, including data, display, information architecture, security, migration, and multiple site configuration.
  • 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 and accessible websites using Drupal CMS, HTML/HTML5, CSS/CSS3, and JavaScript, jQuery, and AngularJS or other JS frameworks.
  • Knowledge of the Drupal 7 and 8 theme layer, PHP (5 and 7), Twig templating and theme functions.
  • Experience deploying, configuring, troubleshooting and maintaining applications and websites from the command line in Linux.
  • Demonstrated experience with modern best practices of code versioning, source control and collaborative code review using command-line tools such as Git, and participating in ticketing, branching, pull-request, review, and approval workflows.
  • 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 managing MySQL databases; configuring Apache, HAProxy, and SSL; and writing shell scripts.
  • Experience improving websites using SEO (search engine optimization), WCAG accessibility standards, and participation in usability reviews.
Typical Hiring Range $66,900 - $106,900 How is pay for new employees determined at GW?

Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. 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 a.m - 5:30 p.m. 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: No Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants:
  • Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status.
  • In order to gain a better understating 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: S007706 Job Open Date: 10/16/2018 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. * Does the professional experience section of your resume include months?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you meet the minimum qualifications as outlined?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * If you are a current staff or research employee at The George Washington University, have you successfully completed your Introductory Employment Period (IEP)? The Introductory Employment Period (IEP) at George Washington University for non-faculty benefitted staff and research positions lasts for 180 days from the hire date into the position. Employees in their IEP are not eligible to apply for other internal university staff and research positions until the IEP is complete.
    • Yes, I have successfully completed my IEP
    • No, I have not completed my IEP
    • Not Applicable
  4. * What is your expected salary range?
    (Open Ended Question)
  5. * Please provide the URL for your online portfolio or at least one example of your work.
    (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





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      Posted: 10/31/2018
      Application Due: 12/30/2018
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