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Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is a community of Information Technology professionals committed to delivering service and technological solutions in support of teaching, learning, research and administration.

Lead/Oversee advanced applications development for major and highly complex projects; typically work as part of a team to implement complex business solutions. Deliver strategic and expert coding; focus on overarching development strategy for a large, complex, multi-faceted application. May manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Manager of Library Software Engineering

Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is a community of Information Technology professionals committed to delivering service and technological solutions in support of teaching, learning, research and administration. We are recruiting an IT workforce that has both breadth in their ability to collaborate and innovate across disciplines – and depth in specific areas of expertise. HUIT offers opportunities for IT professionals to learn and work in a unique technology landscape and service-focused environment. If you are a technically proficient, nimble, user-focused and accountable IT professional who also connects with the importance of collaborating well in a team environment, we are looking for you! HUIT actively supports a balance of remote and on-site work arrangements for Massachusetts residents with other requirements for out-of-state residents.

Reporting to the Managing Director for Library Technology Services, the Manager of Library Software Engineering is a member of a high-performing leadership team which focuses on development and implementation of world-class solutions to fulfill the mission of the Harvard Library: to advance scholarship and teaching through the collection, creation, application, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge. This is an ideal opportunity to work at the intersection of scholarship and technical innovation, and in an organization that values creativity, collaboration and diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

The Manager supervises a team of library software engineers responsible for developing, enhancing, and maintaining an extensive portfolio of Library applications and platforms. They will assume a lead role, in collaboration with the Managing Director, Architect, peer managers, and the software engineering team, in designing world-class and modern solutions. They will serve as a leader in the department in developing industry-class software development practices and workflows and will be a core contributor to the development of a culture of collaboration and openness within Harvard and beyond.

The Manager of Library Software Engineering will serve as a mentor and coach to all engineers in the department and will help identify, coordinate, and lead skills and professional engineering activities with the objective of building organizational capacity and developing people. In collaboration with peer managers, they will help determine the composition of project teams and allocate resources to support the requirements of a complex and dynamic portfolio. The Manager will also be a leader in the broader global digital library community.

Typical Core Duties

  • Responsible for effective staff management, including hiring and orientation, training and development, workflow and performance management, and the promotion of an inclusive and innovative work environment

  • Participate fully in software development life cycle

  • Lead development of technical solutions to deliver business requirements

  • Participate in long term strategic planning for the application portfolio(s)

  • Establish and maintain internal/external stakeholder relationships

  • Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of seven years' post-secondary education and/or relevant work experience

  • Supervisory experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The following Additional Qualifications are strongly preferred. If you meet some, but not all, you are still encouraged to apply; we value employees with a willingness to learn.

  • Expert knowledge in one or more of the following software development frameworks or languages: Java, Ruby on Rails, Python, JavaScript, Angular, NodeJS, React.

  • Strong knowledge of server and storage architectures, as well as cloud based solutions; including authentication, authorization, account provisioning, identity management, and directory services, and proven experience designing systems that integrate with / incorporate these services.

  • Proven ability to capture, understand, document and convey complex business needs and processes, translate them into functional requirements and system specifications, and develop a supporting technical solution at an abstract level, and detailed technical specifications (including choice of implementation technologies).

  • Experienced with Agile methodologies, processes and tools, and proven experience integrating agile methods into a department.

  • Knowledge of key trends in digital developments in research libraries including open source community projects, linked open data, bibliographic standards, metadata schemas, digital repositories, and Artificial Intelligence.

  • Sophisticated understanding of how information is organized and used to support the academic and research missions of the university.

What is your Interview process like?

The interview structure for most roles in Harvard University Information Technology consist of a phone screen with the Recruiter, then those selected to move forward should expect a combination of 1:1 and Group Zoom Video interviews, usually 2-3 rounds. Both technical and behavioral questions will be asked.

What efforts are you making in terms of increasing diversity & inclusion within your company?

Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging

On March 27, 2018, the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging released its final report to the Harvard community. A PDF of the full report, including accompanying materials for the community and report appendices, is available here: Final Report of the Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging: Pursuing Excellence on a Foundation of Inclusion. What are we trying to solve?

Decentralized decision-making and lack of coordination has resulted in uneven progress across the University

The complex and interconnected nature of advancing inclusion and belonging within a decentralized campus and amongst varied groups of stakeholders demand a coordinated, localized, and adaptive approach

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