Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is a community of Information Technology professionals committed to understanding our users and devoted to making it easier for faculty, students, and staff to teach, research, learn, and work through the effective use of information technology. 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!
The Academic Technology group supports teaching, learning, and research across schools and units at Harvard. Reporting to the Associate Director of Academic Platforms & Development, the Associate Software Engineer will work as part of an Agile team to build, maintain, and support web-based software and services related to the pedagogical mission of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, including projects and services for the Arts and Humanities.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
The Associate Software Engineer participates in all aspects of the software development life-cycle, including gathering client requirements, designing software architecture, implementing backend and client-side code, performing quality assurance, assisting in deployment, maintaining releases, and writing technical documentation. The Associate Software Engineer also evaluates the feasibility of adapting technologies into existing services, where appropriate. The Associate Software Engineer accomplishes these tasks by adhering to organizational standards and industry best practices, including those for Agile software development, security, performance, scalability, usability, and accessibility.
The ideal candidate works best within a team environment, is a self-starter, is capable of handling multiple projects, and is committed to quickly delivering high-quality software and services within deadlines. The candidate demonstrates flexibility with regards to development platforms, as well as an ability to adapt to new development languages and libraries. The ideal candidate exhibits a great interest in researching, experimenting, evaluating, and presenting the latest in technology and how it might be suitable for existing services.
We ask that interested applicants provide a cover letter and resume as one document with their application. Please note:
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.
Harvard University Information Technology is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.
This position has a 180-day orientation and review period.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
More about HUIT:
Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is responsible for the strategy, planning, and delivery of information technology across the University.
To assure Harvard's leadership in IT: We strive to make it easier for faculty, students, and staff to teach, research, learn, and work through the effective use of information technology.
Harvard Information Technology Academy (designed for IT Staff):
HUIT's IT Academy aims to enable each IT staff person to grow professionally and become a trusted partner to her or his team. The IT Academy is built on the belief that every IT staff member across the University (including technology employees at each school and campus) can grow in her or his area of expertise as well as building strong people and project management skills. Learn more here: https://itacademy.harvard.edu/
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor degree with 1+ years of demonstrated software engineering experience.
1+ year(s) of experience building web-delivered applications using modern platforms, frameworks, and patterns. Experience with Python/Django preferred.
1+ year(s) of experience in integrating web applications with backend relational databases, such as Postgres, MySQL or Oracle.
Familiarity with design patterns, algorithms and data structures, and the ability to apply them effectively.
Familiarity with version control systems such as Git.
Ability to work with an Agile team.
Experience with Linux a plus.
Experience with AWS cloud a plus.
Experience working with REST APIs a plus.
Experience with automated testing, continuous integration a plus.
Experience using an LMS or MOOC platform as a student, instructor or teaching assistant a plus.
Experience working professionally within a higher education setting a plus
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 49421BR
About Harvard University Information Technology
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.