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Web Developer

The University of Georgia
Athens Area

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Working Title:

Web Developer


Libraries-Tech Support

About the University of Georgia:

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

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 15 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 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 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 UGA Libraries advance the University of Georgia’s mission by providing the best possible access to recorded knowledge, actively contributing to the success of students and faculty through teaching and research services provided in physical and virtual environments, exemplifying the University’s strategic priority to serve the people of Georgia and beyond, and upholding the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. A member of the Association of Research Libraries with 75 faculty librarians and archivists, 150 staff and nearly 200 student workers, the UGA Libraries receive more than three million visits per year on average and provide services at nine locations across the Athens campus, among them the Main Library, Miller Learning Center, Science Library, Special Collections Libraries, and Health Sciences Carnegie Library. The UGA Libraries offer nationally distinctive special collections related to Georgia’s history, politics, and public policy, and preserves one of the foremost media collections in public broadcasting. The UGA Libraries provide IT support for GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online (GALILEO), Georgia’s statewide virtual library initiative, and is home to the UGA Press and Georgia Review literary journal. Please visit for more information.

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Benefits Eligibility:

Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time:

Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

M-F; 8 hrs/day; some evening and weekend work and/or on-call duty may be required

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $50,000

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Open until filled:


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Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position may be subject to telecommuting.

Location of Vacancy:

Athens 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. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

UGA Statement:

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit or call (706) 542-2222.

Classification Title:

IT Application Support Professional



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Minimum 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:

Two years of computer programming experience.

Position Summary:

The Web Developer will report to the IT Senior Manager of the GALILEO/GIL Technical Support Group. This position is responsible for programming web applications primarily using Ruby on Rails. These applications are digital library tools and services, including tools for archivists, discovery interfaces using Blacklight (a Rails package popular in the library space), and integrations with and enhancements to third-party tools such as Ex Libris Alma/Primo (a Library Management System) and the EBSCO Discovery Service.The Web Developer will be the primary maintainer for some applications; for others they’ll work as part of small project-based teams, with the lead GALILEO developer assigning tasks. As an Agile workplace, we expect all programmers to participate in peer code review, pair programming, stakeholder meetings, retrospectives, and daily standups. We’re a semi-distributed team and use Slack for much of our communication. While this position will be primarily responsible for tools internal to the UGA libraries, our team also maintains GALILEO (GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online), an online library portal to subscription-only information used by more than 3000 institutions, including the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia along with Georgia K-12 schools, public libraries and some private higher education and K12 institutions. Other projects include the Digital Library of Georgia, the Civil Rights Digital Library, GALILEO Interconnected Libraries (GIL), and more.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Knowledge of Ruby or comparable programming language(s) such as Python or PHP.
Knowledge of SQL-based database systems, such as Postgres or MySQL.
Familiarity with an MVC web framework, such as Ruby on Rails or Django.
Experience with HTML, CSS, JavaScript.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with both technical and non-technical audiences.
Commitment to professional engagement and continued development.
Understanding of the value of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace and in the development and implementation of software tools and other technology.

Experience with JavaScript-based frameworks such as React, Vue, or Angular.
Familiarity with Linux command line basics.
Understanding of test-driven development principles, continuous integration, version control and virtual environments (Docker, Vagrant).
Familiarity with Solr or a similar full-text search engine like Project Blacklight
Experience contributing to open-source projects.
The University of Georgia Libraries are committed to helping our future colleagues develop knowledge, skills, abilities or competencies. Applicants are encouraged to communicate the ways in which their work meets required or preferred qualifications in ways that may not be obvious.

Physical Demands:

Typical for office environment.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit 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.


Performs advanced technical and creative work to design, develop, implement, test, and maintain various software applications by writing well-designed code using modern software development practices, optimizing web content for the end-user experience, accessibility, and maintainability, collaborating with local system administrators to design automated deployment workflows, and maintaining documentation as needed.

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Works with others on the team and within other UGA Library and GALILEO groups to design and adhere to development roadmaps by participating in planning, stand-up, retrospective, code reviews, and other meetings as needed for team projects and initiatives, and by collaborating to help define stories and requirements for potential software solutions that may solve organizational needs.

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Engages in Professional Development, Education or Training by actively participating in relevant digital library communities, e.g. code4lib, ELUNA, IIIF. FOLIO, Blacklight.

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Maintains flexibility and awareness of changes and needs in the department and organization by assuming similar duties and responsibilities as assigned. Participates in various listservs and applicable communications and works with other UGA Library and GALILEO groups as appropriate.

Participates in library-wide communication by reading, responding to, and initiating information transmitted via GRAPEVINE (the Libraries’ listserv) and other communication tools, and appropriate library-wide or departmental meetings and asking questions, seeking clarification, or initiating discussion on library issues.

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Contact Details:

For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

Recruitment Contact Name:

Sara Rountree Wright

Recruitment Contact Email:

[email protected]


The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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