[Web4lib] Job Opening: Web Systems Programmer at University of Michigan Library

Ken Varnum varnum at umich.edu
Mon Aug 4 13:12:10 EDT 2008

Web Systems Programmer

Job Description
The University of Michigan Library's Web Systems department is looking for
an energetic and talented team-focused Web Systems Programmer with
demonstrated experience and expertise in Perl, PHP, and MySQL. This is a
permanent, full-time (40-hour) position. The University of Michigan offers
a comprehensive benefits package, including 24 vacation days a year, health
insurance, generous retirement contributions, and much more.  Target salary
Range: $40,000 - $45,000 dependent on education and previous relevant

The University Library is embarking on three major development efforts:
Redeploying our web site in Drupal, implementing and customizing an
open-source next-generation catalog system, and developing an improved
federated search tool.  The Web Systems Programmer will join a small team
with significant responsibility for achieving all three objectives. This
position shares responsibility with other Web Systems staff for curriculum
integration projects, specifically, integrating library resources with the
University of Michigan's Sakai implementation. Additionally, the incumbent
will take on maintenance and further development of existing applications,
including the just-launched MTagger, a social bookmarking tool integrated
into the library catalog, web site, and library's digital image
collections. More information about the department and our projects can be
found on the Library Web Systems web site.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume (as one document) through the
U-M's "Careers at the U" (http://www.umich.edu/~jobs/) site.  Look for job
posting #23913.

Review of applications will begin on 8/22/08.

The Web Systems Programmer (Applications Programmer Analyst Intermediate)
will be part of a team developing innovative library services tailored to
the University of Michigan University Library's diverse user base. The
incumbent will develop and support the University Library's technology
service environment through performing detailed analysis and design of new
systems and modifying the design of existing ones to meet the evolving
needs of library system users.

The Web Systems Programmer will write or modify complex computer programs
using PHP, Perl, MySQL, JavaScript, and other languages and protocols as
needed. The candidate will apply systems analysis procedures, including
consulting with users, to determine software and system design
specifications as the primary interface programmer for the Library's
gateway web site, Search Tools (Ex Libris' federated search engine for
library databases), the EZProxy server, and numerous database-driven web
Required Qualifications

*  Bachelor's degree (Computer Science or Engineering preferred) or
   equivalent education and  experience.
*  Experience in server-side programming: Perl, PHP, and MySQL.
*  Strong familiarity with Unix and command line tools.
*  Extensive knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
*  Knowledge of current web design, usability, and accessibility standards.
*  Demonstrated ability to work comfortably and effectively as part of a
   distributed development/implementation team in a culturally diverse work
*  Excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to
   communicate effectively.

Desired Qualifications
*  Master's degree (Computer Science or Engineering preferred) or
   equivalent education and experience.
*  Demonstrated experience with "Web 2.0" technologies
*  Demonstrated experience implementing and/or maintaining web sites using
   the Drupal content management system.
*  Familiarity with Ex Libris' Aleph online catalog and Metalib federated
   search tool
*  Familiarity with the Sakai course management system
*  Familiarity with Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX)
*  Demonstrated experience writing use cases, performing usability testing,
   and developing standards documentation.
*  Demonstrated experience developing Java web applications using
   open-source tools (Maven, Ant, Eclipse) or equivalent
*  Demonstrated experience with Java web applications development (Java
   server pages and/or Java servlets).
*  Experience designing, implementing, and using Web Services (REST, SOAP,
   and/or XML-RPC).
*  Comfortable answering and troubleshooting technical support questions.
*  Demonstrated experience debugging and maintaining code.

*  Part of this job may require some work outside normal working hours to
   analyze and correct critical problems that arise in the 24 hours per day
   operational environment.
*  Questions about the job description may be directed to Ken Varnum, Web
   Systems Manager, at varnum at umich.edu.

Ken Varnum
Web Systems Manager
University Library                       E: varnum at umich.edu
University of Michigan                   T: 734-615-3287
309 Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library      F: 734-647-6897
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1205                 http://www.lib.umich.edu/

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