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.
Plan and conduct comprehensive applications/web development for complex projects; typically work as part of a team to implement complex business solutions. Perform expert coding: design, develop code at an expert level, and manage development projects, teams, programs. May manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Senior Digital Library Software Engineer
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.
Harvard University’s Library Technology Services (a group within Harvard University Information Technology) is seeking a Senior Software Engineer to build modern web applications and systems. This role is part of a team that provides digital library solutions specifically for the Harvard Library and collaborates with partners at Harvard and elsewhere to develop open-source systems used by universities and other institutions world-wide.
Job Specific Duties:
The position will focus on the development of systems and tools that enable online access and discovery of digital resources, are used by librarians, archivists, and preservation professionals in their work, and support research, teaching, and learning at Harvard and beyond. Examples of software and services the Senior Software Engineer might work on include:
Digital Repository Service, a preservation and access repository for born-digital or digitized materials from libraries, archives and museums at Harvard (https://preservation.library.harvard.edu/digital-preservation-repository)
Harvard Geospatial Library, a geospatial discovery system (http://hgl.harvard.edu)
Digital Delivery Services, a suite of services that deliver to web browsers common types of digital objects stored in Harvard’s Digital Repository
Harvard Digital Collections, a platform for the curation and display of online exhibits (http://curiosity.lib.harvard.edu) and discovery of digitized content (http://digitalcollections.library.harvard.edu)
Harvard Library APIs and Datasets, including LibraryCloud, a metadata hub that provides granular, open access to Harvard Library bibliographic metadata, and PRESTO, which offers programmatic access to data in the Library's central online systems (https://library.harvard.edu/services-tools/harvard-library-apis-datasets)
HOLLIS for Archival Discovery, a catalog of unique materials in Harvard's special collections and archives (https://hollisarchives.lib.harvard.edu)
Typical Core Duties
Participate fully in software development life cycle
Research, design, and implement technical solutions to deliver business requirements
Identify opportunities to improve and simplify applications portfolio and implement related enhancements
Contribute to creation and maturing of software development best practices and new technologies
Draw on relationship and technical skills to act as technical liaison to internal and external clients and to mentor junior staff
Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct
Minimum of five years' post-secondary education and/or relevant work 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.
Demonstrated expertise with database (PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, and/or MongoDB), JSON and XML programming
Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and using API’s and open technology standards
Demonstrated leadership in applying agile software development practices
Experience with open-source software development
Knowledge of library and/or archives practices and processes desirable
Knowledge of information technology applications, processes, software and equipment
Demonstrated team performance skills, service mindset approach, and the ability to act as a trusted advisor
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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