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Web Application Developer (PIA2/4B)

Web Application Developer (PIA2/4B)

Application deadline:  May 11, 2018 at 12:00am

Position Description:

The Library Application Developer provides support and development for central library applications, including commercial applications as well as locally developed systems.  Consults with users to define functional/technical specifications for limited scope solutions. Troubleshoots/debugs/identifies malfunctioning systems and implements software fixes.  This position reports to the Head of LIT Department.


Specific Responsibilities and duties include:

  • Implement, develop, and/or support backend technologies that may include MS-SQL, MySQL, IIS and Apache.
  • Install, configure and troubleshoot vended Library applications
  • Create functional and technical specifications for local development, soliciting input from library staff and other stakeholders as appropriate
  • Recommend programmatic solutions; modify, write and document program code or code changes
  • Write documentation for developed applications
  • Provide backup system administration support
  • Provide third-tier support to students, faculty, and other library users
  • Provide second-tier support to library technical services and public services staff who maintain the data.


Education Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience developing application solutions.
  • Knowledge of activities, tasks, practices and deliverables associated with writing and modifying programs that comprise an application system.
  • Knowledge of a variety of specific tools and toolkits for development and support of applications.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate with users from diverse technological abilities and background.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the mission and function of a large academic library in a public comprehensive research university.
  • Experience working with University of Iowa authentication tools.
  • Experience using versioning tools.
  • Experience with programming languages such as php, perl and Unix shell scripting.
  • Experience with relational databases such as Oracle, SQL Server or MySQL including stored procedures, functions and triggers.
  • Experience with data extract and manipulation via api.
  • Knowledge of XML and JSON data formats.
  • Familiarity with library standard such as MARC, Dublin Core and MODS


Salary and appointment: Start date is negotiable. The salary range for this positon is $51,000 – $55,000.  The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, your choice between two retirement plans and two University of Iowa health insurance plans, dental insurance, pre-tax child and health care spending accounts, and additional options.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at   Application deadline is Friday, May 11, 2018.

References will be requested at a later date for finalists.


Universal Competencies:

  • Positive Impact/Achieving Results: Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.
  • Service Excellence/Customer Focus: Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.
  • Collaboration and Embracing Diversity: Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, nationalities, genders, ages, etc.


The University of Iowa Libraries: The University of Iowa Libraries system consists of the Main Library, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and a number of branch libraries. The Libraries has more than 5 million volumes including thousands of electronic resources and coordinates the development and maintenance of the University’s locally-created open access digital resources including the Iowa Digital Library, featuring close to a million digitized texts, images, and audio and video recordings, as well as Iowa Research Online, our institutional repository. Our Special Collections include over 200,000 rare books, ranging in age from the 15th century to newly created artists’ books.


Library systems are built on a mix of open source, locally developed, hosted services, and vended applications primarily from Ex Libris, OCLC, and Microsoft. The University of Iowa is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, ARL, OCLC, CRL, SPARC, CNI, CLIR, LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, and Portico. The Libraries provides a program of support for professional development activities and its staff members are actively engaged in national cooperative efforts.


The UI Libraries is a charter member of the newly formed ACRL Diversity Alliance.


The University and Iowa City: A major research and teaching institution, the University of Iowa offers internationally recognized programs in a diverse array of academic, medical, and artistic disciplines, from otolaryngology to fiction writing, printmaking to space science, hydraulic engineering to dance. The University consists of a faculty of 2,000 and a permanent staff of 13,000 serving 30,500 students, more than 40% of whom are from out of state and close to 10,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. Approximately 9% of the University’s faculty and staff and 10% of its student body are members of minority groups, and 8% of the students are from foreign countries.


The University of Iowa is home to the Writers’ Workshop, the oldest graduate creative writing program in the country, and the blueprint for many of the creative writing programs that now thrive on campuses worldwide. It is also home to the International Writing Program where, since 1967, over a thousand writers from more than 120 countries have participated. The University has recently instituted a program in creative writing in Spanish. In 2008, UNESCO designated Iowa City as a world City of Literature.


Iowa City is a community of some 71,000 people (more than 150,000 live in the surrounding area) with excellent educational, recreational, and cultural advantages. It is consistently cited in the national media as a city with an excellent quality of life. The city is readily accessible via interstate highways and a major airport is only 30 minutes away. The community is growing in its diversity; within the Iowa City Community School District, 35.4% of the students are minority, with 19.8% identifying as Black, 8.4% as Hispanic, 6.7% as Asian/Pacific Islander, and .3% as Native American during the 2014/15 school year.


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The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.