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Digital Developer

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Digital Developer

The George Mason University Libraries seeks to fill the position of a Digital Developer. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

This is a forward-looking, transformative, collaborative position, supporting the Libraries as it builds new digital collections and develops and maintains digital systems and services in support of research, teaching and learning. We are seeking candidates who have developed skills typically associated with a strong academic background in computer science. While having end-to-end responsibility for some applications, the Digital Developer will also consult and work collaboratively with library faculty and staff, instructional faculty, researchers, and students on a variety of digital projects. Position reports to and receives project priority direction from the Director, Digital Technologies and Services.

Duties include:

  • Support digital initiatives for the George Mason Libraries as directed;
  • Serve as a technical consultant for library faculty as they work to build digital tools, services, and/or collections;
  • Develop, debug, modify and maintain complex software systems, including the full stack of components behind data driven applications and APIs;
  • Work both independently and within teams to support digital initiatives within the Libraries;
  • Stays current in the field and devote necessary time to increase knowledge of emerging technologies; and,
  • Develops working partnerships and relationships with faculty, researchers and, where appropriate, students.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science (OR an equivalent certified foreign degree), with a significant concentration in information systems and related technologies; or computer science;
  • Solid knowledge of HTML, CSS, JQuery and JavaScript;
  • Experience with database-driven web development (using technologies such as Ruby, Rails, SQL, PHP, Perl, JSON, XML, etc.);
  • Experience working in Linux/Unix environment;
  • Experience and comfort working in groups;
  • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills;
  • Positive outlook and willingness to learn;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and meet deadlines;
  • Demonstrated programming skills in a modern language;
  • Familiarity with applying WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards;
  • Effective written and oral communication skills; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and growth.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional Master’s degree in Computer Science; and
  • Demonstrated success with project management.


12-month professional faculty appointment with rank; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience; not less than $65,000/year.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

All applications for this position (FA778Z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason’s employment page (https://jobs.gmu.edu/). Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references. Questions should be directed to Renee Prokop ([email protected]), Human Resources Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Libraries. Review of applications will begin Date March 5, 2019.

The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and four other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginia’s leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library—innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at library.gmu.edu for more information.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.




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Job No: 135325
Posted: 2/5/2019
Application Due: 4/6/2019
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