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Manager, Library Software Engineering, Harvard University (Cambridge)

Manager, Library Software Engineering

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!

Reporting to the Managing Director for Library Technology Services, the Manager of Library Software Engineering is a member of a high-performing leadership team which focuses on development and implementation of world-class solutions to fulfill the mission of the Harvard Library: to advance scholarship and teaching through the collection, creation, application, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge. This is an ideal opportunity to work at the intersection of scholarship and technical innovation, and in an organization that values creativity, collaboration and diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

The Manager supervises a team of library software engineers responsible for developing, enhancing, and maintaining an extensive portfolio of Library applications and platforms. They will assume a lead role, in collaboration with the Managing Director, Architect, peer managers, and the software engineering team, in designing world-class and modern solutions. They will serve as a leader in the department in developing industry-class software development practices and workflows and will be a core contributor to the development of a culture of collaboration and openness within Harvard and beyond.

The Manager of Library Software Engineering will serve as a mentor and coach to all engineers in the department and will help identify, coordinate, and lead skills and professional engineering activities with the objective of building organizational capacity and developing people. In collaboration with peer managers, they will help determine the composition of project teams and allocate resources to support the requirements of a complex and dynamic portfolio. The Manager will also be a leader in the broader global digital library.

Typical Core Duties

  • Responsible for effective staff management, including hiring and orientation, training and development, workflow and performance management, and the promotion of an inclusive and innovative work environment
  • Participate fully in software development life cycle
  • Lead development of technical solutions to deliver business requirements
  • Participate in long term strategic planning for the application portfolio(s)
  • Establish and maintain internal/external stakeholder relationships
  • Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct

Certificates and Licenses

  • Completion of Harvard IT Academy specified foundational courses (or external equivalent) preferred

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in an office setting

Additional Information
Please provide a cover letter with your application and upload as one document

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.

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.

• User-focused
• Collaborative
• Innovative
• Open

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:

Harvard University welcomes individuals with disabilities to apply for positions and participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please let your recruiter know.

Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging:
The dynamism that comes with working at Harvard is largely the result of our diversity. Here, staff, faculty, administrators and students representing a wide range of ages, races, interests and backgrounds come together in pursuit of common goals. Together, we strive to provide an environment that values diversity and promotes an inclusive culture.

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 accessto athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

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 seven years' post-secondary education and/or relevant work experience
  • Supervisory experience

Additional Qualifications

  • Expert knowledge in one or more of the following software development frameworks or languages : Java, Ruby on Rails, Python, JavaScript, Angular, NodeJS, React.
  • Strong knowledge of server and storage architectures, as well as cloud based solutions; including authentication, authorization, account provisioning, identity management, and directory services, and proven experience designing systems that integrate with / incorporate these services
  • Proven ability to capture, understand, document and convey complex business needs and processes, translate them into functional requirements and system specifications, and develop a supporting technical solution at an abstract level, and detailed technical specifications (including choice of implementation technologies)
  • Experienced with Agile methodologies, processes and tools, and proven experience integrating agile methods into a department.
  • Knowledge of key trends in digital developments in research libraries including open source community projects, linked open data, bibliographic standards, metadata schemas, digital repositories, and Artificial Intelligence.
  • Sophisticated understanding of how information is organized and used to support the academic and research missions of the university.

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2020-01-31 |  Quick link to this job