Location: University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus
Program Area: Extension Learning Technologies (ELT)
Reports To: Chief Technology Officer
Application Deadline: October 27, 2019; Open until filled
About this Position
Extension Learning Technologies (ELT) needs a technical developer to oversee the setup, configuration, and long term strategy of web infrastructure and applications. We are looking for a self-motivated and creative problem-solver with experience and skills building Drupal-powered sites, large scale site planning, and back-end web development. In this job, the Developer will design, maintain, and constantly improve our Drupal environment, as part of the University’s enterprise system, collaboratively developing solutions with the central Drupal team and online engagement opportunities for web audiences.
As part of a small but experienced technology team, the Developer is responsible for collaboratively implementing Extension’s online vision for outreach, advocacy, and education via creative use and integration of University-supported tools and data.
Web development in Extension solves challenges ranging from online information and education delivery, to distributed publishing, to system stability. This position is critical to providing the development services needed to accomplish modern outreach priorities in a large organization.
Responsible for designing and implementing new features and functionality, establishing and guiding the website’s system architecture, ensuring high-performance and availability, and managing all technical aspects of the CMS. Work closely with front-end developer to ensure an effective, visually appealing, and intuitive implementation.
Testing, maintenance and troubleshooting of existing organizational sites
Stays up-to-date on the U’s Drupal Platform, informs Extension of relevant new technologies or changes, and passes feedback to central Drupal team on Extension needs
Develops and maintains technical documentation for CMS implementation, applications, and relevant business processes. Train users and team members as necessary.
Informs the web development project prioritization/portfolio for Extension’s web sites.
Evaluates, recommends, and implements web infrastructure/platform changes and improvements.
Web system architecture and application development (30%)
Perform general server and database administration tasks (in collaboration with systems administrator).
Informs decisions on Extension’s web system architecture, configuration, web services, and applications infrastructure
Ensures Extension and University security requirements are met regarding web and applications management.
Maintains specific online and business legacy applications, primarily using the .NET framework.
Provides expertise to project teams on complex technical design and systems integration projects.
Fosters IT partnerships and relationships throughout the University to continue to streamline Extension operations by leveraging central resources.
Complete other technology-related tasks as assigned.
Project Management (10%)
Develops strong relationships to aid in understanding the varying needs around a project. Applies gathered requirements to web and application based solutions.
Ensures Extension’s application projects are developed effectively and efficiently, using unambiguous project goals and expectations,
Manages any outsourced application and database development.
Documents and communicates project barriers and status to product owners, end users, and leadership.
** Please Note: This position is not eligible for H-1B or Green Card sponsorship. **
BA/BS degree in MIS, computer science, or a closely related field AND TWO (2) YEARS of progressively more responsible professional experience in web development,
BA/BS in any field AND FOUR (4) YEARS of professional experience in web development
Experience developing web solutions in content management systems
Experience building web applications in PHP, preferably 7.2+ in Object-Oriented frameworks like Symfony or Laravel
Experience with version control, preferably Git
Experience maintaining applications in C# flavor of ASP.NET and MSSQL
Experience in advanced site-building in Drupal and creating custom modules
Experience consuming and building REST APIs
Knowledge of WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 standards and guidelines for developing and validating accessible web pages
Comfortable using and running open source technologies in a Windows environment
Experience with Docker for local development, including building custom containers
Experience with non-relational data systems and search index technologies, Apache Solr or ElasticSearch
Knowledge of SEO coding best practices
Experience independently managing projects
Ability to participate in a cross-functional team environment and a distributed organization
Strong verbal/written English communication skills
Commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive work environment
Internal Number: 333704
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.