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Full Stack Library Solutions Engineer - 502285

University of Richmond
USA, Virginia, Richmond

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Creates and maintains digital collections and digital scholarship projects at Boatwright Memorial Library as part of the Digital Scholarship Lab and Digital Collections teams and thus contributes to the library's and the University's mission of sharing resources and knowledge publicly. Such projects will primarily stem from the library and University archival materials, courses at the University, and faculty research. The position will involve taking development lead on applications throughout the library.


Lead Programmer

  • Serve as lead programmer for the front end of the web ecosystem, utilizing expertise in PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, XML, etc., to conceptualize, architect, program, and develop the library's integrated and responsive web/mobile user interfaces
  • Conceptualize, design, and architect key corresponding client-side code and server-side code
  • Co-lead the conceptualization and delivery of future state Web infrastructure to support next-generation web platforms
  • Co-lead the initiative to better utilize emerging best practices and technologies throughout the Library's web platform
  • Create, configure, and maintain required components, features, and web services on the server-side back-end (databases, APIs, etc.)
  • Work with the Associate Director, Digital Scholarship Lab to ensure agreement on all technical decisions, designs, and development so that meets all standards, best practices, security and risk parameters, and other attributes

Web Application Development

  • Lead the definition, development, implementation and maintenance of custom web applications and immersive, leading-edge experiences
  • Define software objectives by analyzing user requirements; envision system features and functionality
  • Identify and incorporate leading edge approaches and best practices, including the adoption and usage of data visualization and immersive technologies
  • Responsible for prototyping, coding, testing, debugging, documenting, implementing, and maintaining moderate to complex web-based applications
  • Co-define and lead the execution of the Library's mobile and app development strategy

Course and Research Support

  • Collaborates with faculty and students on creating digital collections and digital scholarship developed as part of University courses or faculty research to support the teaching and research mission of the University

Testing, Standards and Policies

  • Co-manage user testing and analytics processes to continually improve the Library's digital collections and digital scholarship projects
  • Work with Information Services to implement and maintain the security of the library's servers and web applications


  • Comprehensive knowledge of JavaScript, PHP, XML, HTML/XHTML, CSS,
  • Comprehensive knowledge of best practices in Web site design, including responsive design, search engine optimization, W3C compliance, WCAG 2.0 Section 508 accessibility standards, social media optimization
  • Comprehensive knowledge of RESTful/AJAX programming best practices, including web data storage, retrieval, and mash-up techniques (i.e. RSS, JSON)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of mobile web development tools and best practices
  • Comprehensive knowledge of managing Web sites in content management systems
  • Thorough knowledge of source code versioning techniques (GIT preferred) and software development environments including virtual machines
  • Thorough knowledge of server security and secure coding practices
  • Demonstrated knowledge of immersive web technologies, including leading 3D animation tools and WebGL components
  • Ability to develop for and in iOS and Android environments
  • Understanding of the entire web development process with an emphasis on designing, developing, testing, and deploying applications on UNIX based web servers.
  • General knowledge and ability to work with data and different data formats, including JSON and SQL databases.
  • Ability to design, build, and manage SQL and NoSQL databases
  • Ability to deliver finished sites/applications to faculty/staff and responding to their needs for quality control, follow up service, and maintenance.
  • General knowledge of cross-browser compatibility issues.
  • General knowledge of code versioning tools such as Git and SVN.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, particularly communicating with non-technical individuals and groups.
  • Functional knowledge of APIs and web services (e.g., REST)
  • Knowledge of metadata standards such as Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS), and Dublin Core is a plus
  • The ability to code in PHP is a plus
  • General knowledge of Omeka, including working with plugins and developing themes.
  • Interest and enthusiasm for working on humanistic projects is strongly preferred
  • Understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in interactions with coworkers and contacts


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, communications, marketing or related field or equivalent combination of education and related work experience
  • Minimum of five years of web development and programming experience


  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 38.75 hrs./week

Pay Grade 7 (Salary Commensurate with Experience)


Working at University of Richmond

Founded in 1830, the University of Richmond is one of America's premier private universities. The University blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciencesbusinessleadership studieslaw, and continuing studies. The 350-acre suburban campus, including a 10-acre lake, is consistently cited by The Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

With approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, Richmond offers 55 majors, 42 minors, and 12 concentrations at the bachelor's level. Graduate students can choose from six master's degrees programs, an MBA program, a juris doctorate, and six dual-degree programs in law. Continuing studies options include programs at the associate, bachelor, and master levels, in addition to numerous non-credit offerings.

Richmond faculty members are outstanding leaders in their fields. Of the 312 full-time faculty at the University, 98 percent hold doctorate or terminal degrees. Richmond has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, with zero classes taught by teaching assistants. Our faculty members are in the classrooms and the labs, working closely with students to maximize their educational experiences.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Richmond one of the best liberal arts universities in the nation and in the top 35 for undergraduate research. BusinessWeek ranked The Robins School of Business in the top 20 nationally and fourth for academic quality, as well as among the top 15 part-time MBA programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Richmond in the top 25 for best value among private colleges and universities

As locals like to say, Richmond is "easy to love" because of its rich history, stunning architecture, natural beauty and quality of life. It's been named one of the top cities in which to live and work by numerous national sources, including Forbes magazine. As the capital of Virginia, Richmond is home to the state legislature, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies and industries ranging from finance to agriculture. In fact, Forbes also recently ranked Richmond as the sixth best city to get a job in the U.S. Nearly one million people live in the Greater Richmond region and enjoy an array of cultural opportunities including 35 museums; numerous theatre companies; a symphony, a ballet and an opera; a thriving public forum; three professional, minor-league sports teams; a coliseum for major concerts and sporting events; and much more. Located just 100 miles south of Washington, D.C., Richmond is only 90 minutes from Virginia's beaches and 90 minutes from the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success.  In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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