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Associate Software Engineer, Harvard University (Cambridge)

Harvard University

Associate Software Engineer
Harvard University Information Technology

Duties & Responsibilities

Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is a community of Information Technology professionals committed to delivering service and technological solutions in support of teaching, learning, research and administration. Our mission is to make 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!

Position Overview:

Library Technology Services is seeking an Associate Software Engineer to build modern web applications and systems. This role is part of a team that provides digital library solutions specifically for the Harvard Library and collaborates with partners at Harvard and elsewhere to develop open-source systems used by universities and other institutions world-wide.

The ideal candidate will have skills in Angular, NodeJS, JavaScript, and/or Ruby on Rails and will be able to quickly prototype front-end systems. This role works closely with UI specialists, librarians, systems operations experts, and other developers and engineers to ensure conformance to library standards, technical best practices, and accessibility requirements.

The individual serving in this role is expected to have strong communication skills and to be able to effectively and efficiently collaborate with others to deliver solutions that fully meet organizational requirements.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Independently perform complex applications/web development for projects of large to very large size and complexity; typically work as part of a team to implement business solutions. Responsible for all aspects of application development cycle. Code advanced and complex software solutions.

Core duties:

Participate fully in software development life cycle
Implement and support technical solutions to deliver business requirements
Identify and evaluate opportunities to improve services
Contribute ideas to coding best practices and new technologies
Draw on relationship and technical skills to act as technical liaison to internal and external partners
Utilize knowledge of WAI-ARIA standards and practices to deliver accessible systems
Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct
Additional Information

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.

Join Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) to assure Harvard's leadership in IT!

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:

Job Function
Information Technology

Sub Unit

USA - MA - Cambridge

Library Technology Services

Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening

EEO Statement
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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Basic Qualifications

Minimum of two years' post-secondary education and/or relevant work experience
One or more years' experience in development of responsive and accessible web front ends using Angular, NodeJS, JavaScript, and/or Ruby on Rails
Additional Qualifications

Minimum two years' additional post-secondary education and/or relevant work experienc
Knowledge of information technology applications, processes, software and equipment
Experience with open-source development
Demonstrated familiarity with database (PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, and/or MongoDB) and XML programming
Knowledge of library and/or archives practices and processes
Demonstrated team performance skills, service mindset approach, and the ability to act as a trusted advisor

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2019-05-31 |  Quick link to this job