Manager of Software Development - Library Technology Services

wustl    Washington University Danforth    2024-05-16

Job posting number: #113421 (Ref:JR82069)

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Position Summary

The Manager of Software Development will be responsible for managing, architecting and coordinating the software development work within Library Technology Services. The candidate will manage a team of approximately four people in developing, deploying, and maintaining a range of applications for library services, as well as integrating vendor applications to work for the library users. Current vendor applications include digital repositories, resource discovery layers, and systems that support daily library services. The team is also responsible for supporting emerging technologies in libraries such as data visualization platforms, wayfinding technologies, and instructional technologies. This supervisory role will be required to work on campus a minimum of three days per week. As a member of the Library Technology Services team, the successful candidate will play a key role in supporting a customer-first approach with all new and existing library applications.

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Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Leads and manages the team in the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of library applications in collaboration with Libraries staff and campus stakeholders. Collaborates with the Head of Library Technology Services (LTS) to determine priorities, communicate updates, and support the management of development projects. 
  • Communicates with library stakeholders and application vendors about needs for the design and use of the various systems to ensure development and implementation meet those needs.
  • Collaborates with the team to determine and manage the process for application development, documentation, and iterative testing.
  • Communicates with other LTS staff and campus IT to ensure the server infrastructure and network connections are implemented as needed.
  • Maintains awareness of national and international best practices and advances in library applications, frameworks, and implementations by actively engaging in professional communities for application development and higher education technology. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors in Computer Science.
  • Two years of experience in leading IT teams or IT supervision.
  • Two years of experience in software development using languages such as Java, Ruby, or Python.
  • Demonstrated experience with Unix/Linux, including administration and shell scripting.
  • Experience with SQL, MySQL and related database platforms, including management and deployment. 
  • Experience with distributed version control, preferably Git/Github, for source code version control and collaboration.
  • Experience working in an academic, cultural heritage, or research institution.
  • Demonstrated experience with Windows Servers, including basic administration of IIS and the use of Powershell.
  • Demonstrated experience with data integration, through the use of mechanisms such as REST APIs, and JSON or XML for data interoperability.
  • Experience with repository systems, such as Invenio; Web CMS, such as Wordpress; and/or exhibit curation systems such as Omeka.
  • Knowledge of authentication and authorization technologies, such as Shibboleth and Active Directory.
  • Familiarity with digital library standards, such as Dublin Core, MARC, METS, EAD, and OAI-PMH.
  • Fluency with at least one open-source programming language and/or web framework (e.g. Ruby/Rails, PHP/Laravel, Python/Flask, Java/Tomcat).
  • Experience using Docker.
  • Ability to lead teams.
  • Knowledge of best practices and IT operations in an always-up, always-available service.
  • Strong desire and aptitude for learning new skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment, and the ability to communicate well with IT and non-IT staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear documentation.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and three years of related experience or equivalent education and experience to equal seven years.



Salary Range

$64,700.00 - $110,500.00 / Annually

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.


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Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement


  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.

  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.

  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.

  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.


  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!


  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We’ve got you covered.

  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

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EEO/AA Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement

Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

Employer Info

Job posting number:#113421 (Ref:JR82069)
Application Deadline:2024-06-15
Employer Location:wustl
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