Digital Library Software Developer

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Digital Library Software Developer
University Libraries, Stanford, California, United States

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4822
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: J
Requisition ID: 95158

This position is dual posted as a Software Developer 2 or Software Developer 3. All applications must include a cover letter and resume as part of their submission.

Stanford University Libraries is seeking a full time Digital Library Software Developer to join Digital Library Systems and Services. The Libraries values are rooted in a commitment of mutual respect, the idea that every member of the staff has something to contribute, and that learning is constant. We seek a team member who is ready to share their skills and perspectives.

About Stanford Libraries:

Stanford Libraries is a network of over 15 libraries with over 400 employees. We are committed to fueling the teaching, learning and research across Stanford by acquiring, stewarding, and making available a robust collection, currently in excess of 12 million items. Everyone in the organization plays a vital role in fulfilling that objective. Our dedication to discoverability and information management also has us engaged in dynamic global partnerships. We are constantly building and strengthening our organization, and we recognize striving for excellence is a marathon and not a sprint. We are constantly trying to strike the right pace, and admit there are times when we find ourselves at a fast jog. While we hope to always find candidates who fit within our organization, what we truly seek is someone who will add to our culture, our profession as well as the greater academic arena. We are invested in the success of our teams and the individuals who represent Stanford Libraries.

About the Position:

The Digital Library Software Developer will join a team supporting discovery, access, and delivery as part of its digital library, an internationally recognized technology program developing innovative solutions to advance teaching, learning and research at one of the world's leading universities. We are a mission-driven organization that emphasizes open, collaborative work and community engagement within Stanford and with partner institutions around the world. As a part of Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS), this position will contribute to the development of interfaces, tools, and software to enable online discovery and access to the collections of Stanford and its partner institutions. You will also work on other areas across our team's portfolio and on projects with external partners, working closely with software developers, user experience designers, and service managers. You will also work with your colleagues to ensure that our applications and services meet accessibility guidelines and best practices. Developing, using and implementing open standards and open source software will be part of the work of the position.

Reporting to the Assistant Director for Digital Strategy and Access, DLSS, this position is part of the Access and Discovery Team within Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS), the technology division of Stanford Libraries. Including this position, the Access and Discovery Team comprises six software engineers and user experience designers. We develop, maintain, and support a portfolio of services and applications that support patrons and users at and beyond Stanford University in finding and using materials for research, teaching, and learning. This includes our SearchWorks (our library catalog platform), the Stanford Libraries website, Spotlight at Stanford (our online exhibit platform), EarthWorks (our GIS data discovery platform), and other tools that deliver and present digital library content. The Access and Discovery Team values working as a self-directed and unified team, fostering community and collaboration, improving process incrementally through regular retrospectives, and fostering an environment with psychological safety, joy, and humor.

DLSS is a team of nearly 60 software developers, user experience designers, devops engineers, system administrators, service managers, and technologists. We develop and contribute to open source software and open standards communities like Mirador, the International Image Interoperability Framework, and Blacklight (including ArcLight, Spotlight, and GeoBlacklight). We also have helped host and facilitate events like the Lighting the Way Forum, Fantastic Futures, and the LDCX series of unconferences, and contribute to technical efforts on collaborative projects like Virtual Tribunals, the Digital Library of the Middle East, LD4P3, and more. DLSS works with our colleagues across the organization to world-class services and uphold the Stanford Libraries values. Find more about our recent work through looking at our recent demo videos on YouTube.

Core Duties:*
  • Conceptualize design, implement, and develop solutions for complex digital library access and delivery systems independently.
  • Participate in technical planning, development sprints, and work cycles, collaborating with other software engineers, user experience designers, and other colleagues to design, develop, and implement applications.
  • Document system builds and application configurations; maintain and update documentation as needed.
  • Provide technical analysis, design, development, conversion, and implementation work.
  • Work as a project leader, as needed, for projects of moderate complexity and participate in setting technical strategy on new and emerging programmatic areas.
  • Serve as a technical resource for applications.
  • Compare, evaluate, and implement new features and technologies, and integrate them into the computing environment.
  • Help set software development practices and processes and model positive team culture.
  • Mentor lower level software developers.
  • Understand and follow software development practices and processes, including security procedures.
  • Contribute in a positive way to team culture.

At the level of Software Developer 3, the position will additionally:
  • Propose, conceptualize, design, implement, and develop solutions for difficult and complex applications independently.
  • Oversee testing, debugging, change control, and documentation for major projects.
  • Engage in long-term strategic planning, including leading technical strategy on new and emerging programmatic areas.
  • Define complex application development administration and programming standards.
  • Oversee the support, maintenance, operation, and upgrades of applications.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve complex technical problems.
  • Review the physical design of existing systems for optimizing performance.
  • Lead projects, as necessary, for special systems and application development in areas of complex problems, including serving as technical lead for large projects, setting technical direction, breaking down work into components, and partnering with service managers, product owners, and other stakeholders.
  • Work with other technical professionals to develop standards and implement best practices.
  • Think broadly across the organization about impacts on analysis and implementation, and collaborate with software developers and other technical staff across teams and departments.
  • Set, lead and model software development practices, team culture and processes.

* - Other duties may also be assigned

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

To qualify at Software Developer 2 level:

Education & Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Expertise in designing, developing, testing, and deploying applications.
  • Demonstrated experience in digital library applications or related application domains strongly desired.
  • Proficiency with application design and data modeling.
  • Ability to define and solve logical problems for highly technical applications.
  • Strong communication skills with both technical and non-technical clients.
  • Ability to facilitate activities on structured team development projects.
  • Ability to select, adapt, and effectively use a variety of programming methods.
  • Knowledge of application domain.

Other Relevant Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities May Include:
  • Relevant experience may include experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • digital library, digital humanities projects, data analysis, or data transformation
    • visualization, search/browse, geospatial information systems, or other discovery interfaces
    • image processing or streaming media, such as through the International Image Interoperability Framework
  • Strong knowledge of more than one programming language, including Ruby or JavaScript. Prior experience with Ruby on Rails or comparable web frameworks are strongly desired.
  • Understanding of IT security and expertise in proactively applying considerations to all aspects of position.

To qualify at Software Developer 3 level:

Education & Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience..

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to quickly learn and adapt to new technologies and programming tools.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, developing, testing, and deploying applications
  • Strong understanding of data design, architecture, relational databases, and data modeling.
  • Thorough understanding of all aspects of software development life cycle and quality control practices.
  • Ability to define and solve logical problems for highly technical applications.
  • Strong communication skills with both technical and non-technical clients.
  • Demonstrated experience leading activities on structured team development projects.
  • Ability to select, adapt, and effectively use a variety of programming methods.
  • Ability to recognize and recommend needed changes in user and/or operations procedures.

Other Relevant Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities May Include:
  • Relevant experience may include one of or more of the following areas:
    • digital library, digital humanities projects, data analysis, or data transformation
    • visualization, search/browse, or other discovery interfaces
    • image processing or streaming media, such as through the International Image Interoperability Framework
  • Demonstrated experience with supporting digital library projects or programs, or comparable experience in related sectors or domains is strongly desired.

At all levels:

Physical Requirements:
  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently sit, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, writing by hand.
  • Rarely use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Working Conditions:
  • May work extended hours, evening and weekends.

Work Standards:
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University's research, teaching and clinical missions.

Why Stanford is for You:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, and course auditing. Join a TedTalk, watch a film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more.


To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: https://careersearch.stanford.edu/jobs/digital-library-software-developer-17864

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.







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