PRINCIPAL PROGRAMMER / ANALYST - Tufts Technology Services

Somerville, Middlesex County / West Somerville, Middlesex County
Jan 15, 2014
Administrative Jobs
Technology, IT Support & Training

Tufts Technology Services (TTS) is a university-wide service organization dedicated to the strategic planning, implementation, and support of technology products and services that anticipate and meet the academic, research, and business needs of the Tufts community. TTS offers technical leadership and services to our customers with a focus on providing innovative solutions, delivering exceptional customer service, and creating a reliable infrastructure that demonstrates value to the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Tufts University. TTS works in partnership with schools, business units, and other academic support organizations to provide campus-wide IT services in the areas of academic and research technology, enterprise application systems and services, networking and telecommunications, information security, data center operations, web services, classroom and computer lab technology support, and user support, training and outreach. 

Enterprise Applications supports and enhances the efforts of the University in teaching and research.  The department is comprised of client facing customer service professionals with experience in application development and support, project management, client/server management, systems administration and web development. Members of the Enterprise Applications department work with staff from each of the schools and central departments to define and develop appropriate technology in support of business requirements. 

Reporting directly to the Manager, Student Systems, the Principal Programmer/Analyst must be able to work both independently and in a team environment, providing expert client management skills.  Key job responsibilities include: conducting and leading meetings with clients, analyzing business requirements, providing technical leadership, leveraging functionality provided by the delivered vendor application (PeopleSoft) where appropriate, designing technical specifications for customized code where appropriate, providing written documentation on designs and process flows, developing and unit testing application code potentially using one or more of the following: PeopleCode, Application Engine, XML Publisher, XML/XSLT, providing written end-user documentation for clients, and providing expert client service and support to the Tufts University user community. S/he will investigate PeopleSoft functionality, recommend process improvements, and engage the appropriate users in team efforts to implement technology solutions. Additional responsibilities include, quality assurance and ensuring adherence to organizational standards and software development best practices.

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 8+ years of related experience
  • Expertise and at least 5 years of experience using PeopleTools to develop customized PeopleSoft solutions including the use of PeopleCode, Application Engine, and Component Interfaces
  • Expertise and at least 5 years of experience writing SQL and/or SQL stored procedures in a relational database.
  • Demonstrated experience with writing technical specifications and design documents that are clear to developers and reflective of business requirements
  • 5 years of development experience supporting PeopleSoft applications
  • Proven expert Customer Service skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with ERP Services counterparts, to understand and interpret their requirements, and to manage clients and client expectations
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead meetings representing ERP Services within TTS and with external clients
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask, set goals and priorities and work effectively under pressure from multiple competing deadlines
  • Strong troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience contributing to projects with changing business requirements
  • Ability to forecast and identify technology solutions for evolving PeopleSoft related needs.
  • Ability to use sound judgment to plan and accomplish goals
  • The finalist for this position must successfully complete all appropriate background checks

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in higher education
  • Previous consulting experience
  • Experience implementing or supporting workflow-based systems (i.e. e-Procurement), preferably using PeopleSoft
  • Experience implementing or supporting web services integration, preferably using PeopleSoft Integration Broker
  • Experience with interfacing between PeopleSoft systems (i.e. HRMS and Finance)
  • Experience with PeopleTools 8.52 and above
  • Knowledge of common web technologies such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, jQuery, and XML.
  • Knowledge of the software development lifecycle, version control, and quality assurance and testing practices.
  • Understanding of user interface design and user-centered design principles
  • Strong project management skills

Special Work Schedule Requirements:

  • This position will include occasional evenings and weekends, and additional work hours beyond the normal schedule. 


Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.