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Lead Technology Developer - Charles Library

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

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Reporting to the Director of Library Technology and Knowledge Management, working in close collaboration with the Assistant Director for Library Technology, the Head of Metadata and Digitization Services, and the Head of the Duckworth Digital Scholars Studio, the Lead Developer develops and maintains the technological infrastructure for library development projects which include the library’s main Content Management System, Discovery Layer, Digital Collections Infrastructure, Institutional Repositories, Exhibit curation systems, and scholarly publishing applications. The Lead Developer takes a substantial role in coordinating the development of the library’s architecture as a whole and thinks strategically about IT infrastructure and software platform choices. Provides leadership, in partnership with peer department heads, in the overall planning of IT systems. Gathers requirements and develops specifications, architects, implements, tests, and deploys projects. When appropriate, contributes the code generated to the open-source community. Maintains awareness of developments in the realm of library software and infrastructure. Supervises Senior and Junior programmers. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in a related field and three years’ experience managing library systems development and implementation. Demonstrated experience with application development in at least one major programming language like Ruby on Rails, PHP, or Java. Demonstrated experience with web-based development and software integration, for instance using REST APIs, and JSON or XML for data interoperability. Demonstrated experience with Unix/Linux, including basic administration, shell scripting, working with protocols like NFS and CIFS, and basic data storage management, and authentication and authorization technologies, including LDAP. Demonstrated experience with managed deployment tools for traditional and cloud-based environments. Experience managing programmers (full-time staff or student workers). An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:
*Demonstrated ability to perform effective code testing.
*Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage projects.
*Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment and to communicate well with IT and non-IT staff.
*Demonstrated ability to write clear documentation.
*Master’s degree in Library Science, Information Science, Computer Science, Instructional Technology, or related field.
*Familiarity with Continuous Development /Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) technologies
*Experience developing/deploying/configuring Solr-based Discovery platforms such as Blacklight or VuFind
*Experience with repository systems, such as Samvera, Fedora, or DSpace
*Experience with exhibit curation systems like Omeka or Spotlight.
*Familiarity with library standards, such as, RDF, Dublin Core,
*Experience working with Open-Source software
*Experience working in an Agile project management environment.
*Experience with software development in an academic library or higher education setting.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Main Campus-Charles Library
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular


One of the nation’s top urban public research universities, Temple University is a dynamic workplace in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Founded in 1884 as a night school for the working-class men and women of North Philadelphia, for 130 years Temple has retained its core mission of being a beacon of educational opportunity to students of every background, while adding a national and global reputation as a leader in education, research and real-world oriented instruction.

With nearly 39,000 students and 290,000 living alumni, Temple has a major impact on its region and on Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest city. One in seven college graduates in the Philadelphia area holds a Temple degree, and the university is the 4th largest provider of professional education in the nation (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and podiatry). Temple offers 17 schools and colleges, 399 academic degree programs, 17 Division 1 intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams, as well as nine campuses including international campuses in Italy and Rome.  

Like the students the university serves, Temple’s approximately 8,000 employees are hardworking, diverse and energized by the vibrant and supportive work environments across the university, all aligned towards advancing the teaching, research and service missions of Temple University.

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