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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 50-27615
School Name University Library
Org Van Pelt Library
Posted to the Web 02/28/2018
Posted Job/Salary Grade D
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 9-5
Months 12
Position Length Ongoing
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Penn Libraries serve the world-class faculty and students of Penn’s 12 schools. The Libraries’ collections comprise more than 7 million volumes, over 100,000 journals, some 2 million digitized images, and extraordinary rare and unique materials that document the intellectual and cultural experience of ancient and modern civilizations. Through our collaborative relationships, we supplement Penn’s great local collections with physical access to the Center for Research Libraries (approximately 5 million items), the combined holdings of the Ivies (more than 70 million volumes), and exclusive electronic access to some 2 million public domain titles in the HathiTrust. Today, the Libraries play an instrumental role in developing new technologies for information discovery and dissemination and are noted for groundbreaking work in digital library design. To learn more about the Penn Libraries, visit


The Penn Libraries’ Teaching, Research, and Learning (TRL) Services directorate seeks an enterprising, collaborative developer for the position of Learning Management System and Student Portal Developer. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for TRL and working alongside the Libraries’ Courseware Services lead, the developer will serve as the technical lead for Canvas, Penn’s centrally managed courseware system that serves 23,000 students daily. S/he will make technical recommendations and collaborate with campus stakeholders leading the implementation of Penn’s Next Generation Student System. The developer will write, document, test, and debug code for new and existing applications; provide second-tier support by verifying, testing, and interfacing with the vendor on new features; and develop and improve integrations with related Penn technical systems and processes. In addition, the developer will also work on other TRL projects such as querying the Springshare library service platform for reporting and trend analysis, and contributing to new initiatives within our Digital Scholarship team. This position is an exciting opportunity for a mid-career developer to participate in a range of cutting edge projects. Working in a fast-paced environment, you will research solutions to fit specific project goals and requirements and will be able to learn and evaluate new technologies quickly. Ideal applicants are passionate about programming solutions that improve teaching and learning at Penn.

Duties include:
* Collaborating with a range of campus stakeholders to develop, document, implement, test, and improve custom Canvas tools and integrations;
* Performing detailed documentation and analysis of existing technical system architectures and workflows;
* Research, design, and implement administrative and reporting tools for platforms managed within TRL including Springshare (library services platform), Drupal (web site), and Bepress (open access repository) to streamline workflows, migrate data as needed, and improve overall system management;
* Proactively participating in Libraries’ IT practices and working groups;
* Participating in campus-wide technical working groups to evaluate, enable, test, and recommend new digital tools, platforms, and methods that extend and enhance teaching, learning, and research at Penn; and
* Performing other duties as assigned.


BA/BS required with at least 2-3 years of relevant experience developing and maintaining web-based applications or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required: Thorough understanding of REST and ability to write programs which interoperate with REST APIs in Python, Ruby, Java, or similar languages. Some experience with Javascript, HTML, and CSS. Working knowledge of source code management tools like Git or Subversion.

Preferred: Demonstrated experience developing web application frameworks like Django and Rails. Experience with Ruby preferred as well as using Bootstrap, and developing integrations and tools using the LTI standard are all highly desirable.

The ideal candidate will have experience with the Canvas or another LMS, demonstrated technical abilities, a strong customer-service orientation, and excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
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  2. * What is your highest level of education completed?
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    • High School Diploma or GED
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    • Associate's Degree or Two Year College
    • Bachelor's Degree
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    • PHD/MD/JD or equivalent doctoral degree
  3. * How many years of experience do you have related to this position?
    • 0 to 1 Year
    • 1 to 2 Years
    • 2 to 3 Years
    • 3 to 5 Years
    • 5 to 7 Years
    • 7 to 10 Years
    • Over 10 Years

Applicant Documents

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