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Library Applications Developer

at Rochester Institute of Technology

Posted: 8/12/2019
Job Reference #: 1514564
Keywords: software, database

Job Description

Position Title
Library Applications Developer

The Wallace Center - Information Technology

Detailed Job Description
 This position develops and maintains a variety of web-based applications in support of library and information services at The RIT Libraries, translating functional requirements, following best practices and industry standards for project management, application design and software development. Develops and executes projects work plans to meet changing needs and requirements, ensures the stability and security of existing applications and contributes to ongoing improvements.  Recommends best application solution based on business cases, user needs and available options.  Supervises and mentors student workers.

Library Application Development
  • Identify needs/opportunities for development of new applications
  • Work with stakeholders to gather requirements, specifications
  • Identify the preliminary constraints and the scope of the application
  • Design and develop application per scope, requirements, and specifications
  • Conduct application testing and analysis
  • Carry out implementation once application is vetted and approved

Library Application support
  • Troubleshoot issues and implement fixes for supported applications
  • Working with users and stakeholders, identify areas of improvement for supported applications
  • Develop improvements or new features to add value to existing applications

Documentation and Communication
  • Create and maintain thorough documentation for all development projects
  • Provide clear, detailed communication to identified stakeholders of any changes to existing application(s)
Web Development
  • Populate dynamic website content using forms, authentication, database integration, automated email responses, and client and server-side validation
  • Create and maintain the UI and framework for the web interfaces for supported applications.
Student Worker Supervision
  • Interviewing and hiring of student workers for application development roles
  • Serve as point of contact for concerns, mentoring, scheduling
  • Oversee task assignment, completion, and workflow for student workers
  • Evaluations of student worker performance

Industry Awareness and Project Development
  • Research new technologies and techniques to provide better efficiency or functionality or to provide new services of value. Keep informed of current technology trends and strategies applicable to role.
  • Collaborate on projects or proposals for evaluation or implementation of new services, software, hardware, and  procedures
  • Identify and propose opportunities to update and enhance technical and professional skills

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Required Application Documents
Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Employment Category

Additional Details
The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources.RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities.RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to

Required Minimum Education Level
Bachelors or Equivalent Experience

How To Apply
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Required Minimum Qualifications
  • 3+ Years – Application development experience
  • 2+ Years – Experience with the successful configuration, implementation, and maintenance of web-based applications
  • 2+ years - Experience with software development and configuration management methodologies
  • Demonstrable understanding of the application development life cycle
  • Fluency with PHP, Java, or JavaScript
  • Fluency with HTML, CSS
  • Experience with JSON, XML, XSLT, XPath, XQuery, or other data encoding languages and standards
  • Familiarity with Apache Solr or Lucene
  • Experience with Web Services and REST
  • Experience performing data transfers utilizing software library or language APIs
  • Familiarity with source control and version control tools
  • Experience evaluating, implementing, and customizing open source software solutions
  • Familiarity with Linux operating systems
  • Commitment to continuously enhancing development skills
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Both a strong sense of teamwork and the ability to work independently.
  • Strong troubleshooting skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative, customer orientation, leadership, and team work competencies.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working in a higher education institution
  • Experience working in a library. Experience working in an academic library strongly preferred
  • Experience in requirements gathering and project planning
  • Experience managing/overseeing projects
  • Supervisory experience


Department/College Description
Rochester Institute of Technology Libraries