Application Programmer Specialist

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Posting NumberS04016PWorking TitleApplication Programmer SpecialistDepartmentDAR - Advancement ServicesAbout the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The Application Support Group within the Office of Advancement Services specializes in application development and support for the Division of Development and Alumni Relations. The unit’s objective is to create, customize, modify, and support applications and reports that enhance the division’s ability to achieve its fundraising goals as well as to improve other processes that affect the organization.

College/Unit/Department website TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRS or ORPEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleFull/Part timeFull TimeWork ScheduleAdditional Schedule Information

8:00am–5:00pm; Monday- Friday

Advertised SalaryCommensurate with qualifications and experiencePosting Date09/23/2019Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date11/01/2019Special Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancyAthens Area EEO Policy Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Position Information

Classification TitleIT Application Support ProfessionalPay GradeFLSAExemptJob FamilyITFTE1.00Minimum Qualifications

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

•Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, or related field and at least 1-year experience creating and maintaining websites and/or web applications
•Experience with SQL, PHP, and/or NET
•Experience with MVC framework, such as Laravel or CakePHP
•Experience with technologies such as Node.js and Angular preferred

Position Summary

This is an application developer position housed within the Office of Annual Giving & Advancement Services within the Development & Alumni Relations Division. Reporting to the Associate Director of Application Development, this position provides technical (i.e. web-based) solutions across the Division. Examples of solutions created or managed could include, but are not limited to, customized vendor provided solutions, custom reports, online donation pages, event registration pages, custom web applications, and general content management system support. Tasks could include planning, implementation, testing, documentation and help-desk support. This position must work closely with other DAR staff, as well as staff from across campus.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

•Successful experience using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript/jQuery
•Successful experience working with a Content Management System, such as Word Press
•Experience working with a database such as MS SQL, MySQL
•Experience with a programming language, such as PHP, Node.js, .Net
•Ability to identify emerging technical and business requirements and propose/implement solutions based on those
•Ability to interact verbally and in writing with both technical and non-technical audiences

Additional Division Expectations:
•Through open, honest, and respectful communication, all staff, supervisors, and colleagues of the Division of Development & Alumni Relations are expected to interact with fairness, compassion, and decency. All employees will be held accountable for meeting the expectation of promoting a stable, productive, and healthy work environment.
•Adherence to CASE standards and commonly accepted industry standards relating to fundraising reporting are expected of all fundraisers. All fundraisers will be held accountable for meeting this expectation.

Physical Demands

•Work in a standard office environment
•Sit and work at a computer workstation for an extended amount of time
•Work using electronic mail, telephone, face-to-face discussions, paper form correspondence
•Communicate effectively in writing, speaking, and listening
•Organize and establish priorities; Remember detail; Multi-task
•Lift and/or move up to 20 pounds
•Travel in and out of state
•Infrequently work nights and weekends if needed

Is driving a responsibility of this position?Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?YesDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)YesCredit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Create and/or modify websites utilizing technologies, such as, HTML, CSS, JavaScript/jQuery, Node.js, Angular, Content Management Systems, PHP, MySQL, and other related technologies in a manner that adheres to UGA and Development & Alumni Relations (DAR) policies.

Percentage of time40 Duties/Responsibilities


Promote UGA’s fundraising efforts through fluent use of, and work within, the division’s fundraising system (currently Blackbaud CRM and BBIS). Examples of this type of work include the creation/maintenance of online donation forms and event registration pages.

Percentage of time40 Duties/Responsibilities


Interact with clients and/or stakeholders to fulfill requests and troubleshoot problems with existing applications supported by the unit.

Percentage of time10 Duties/Responsibilities


Research and explore advances in web and database technologies as well as best practices related to the position. Examples of this include participation with online groups and forums specific to Blackbaud CRM/BBIS, jQuery, or fundraising.

Percentage of time5 Duties/Responsibilities


Assist in training clients and/or stakeholders in use of developed products.

Percentage of time5Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How many years’ experience do you have in backend web development such as PHP?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * How many years’ experience do you have in frontend web development / UX?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * How many years’ experience do you have working with database design/SQL?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * How did you hear about this vacant position?
    • UGAJobs (UGA's job board)
    • LinkedIn
    • Handshake
    • HigherEdJobs
    • A current UGA employee
    • Other (please provide resource)
Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents




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    Posted: 9/24/2019
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