Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
The Viking Union supports Western's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
This position provides analysis, design, programming, maintenance and technical support for applications and web-based applications. Development work includes automating staff workflows and improving the efficiency of business processes for the Viking Union Organization and the Associated Students of Western Washington University as well as providing some level of development support for the Dean of Students Administrative Unit.
About the Position
This is a highly technical, programming-heavy position, with project management, student developer supervision, server and database administration responsibilities. It requires extensive experience with application development and integration, content management systems, web architecture, database design for web applications and systems administration.
As our Lead Software Developer you will serve as the lead developer and architect on all software development projects for the organization. You will lead a team of 3-5 student employees, with an emphasis on providing an educational opportunity for the student employees to learn professional software design, development and deployment practices.
You will engage in professional development opportunities to support the development of competence and effectiveness in the areas of inclusion, diversity, multicultural and cross-cultural proficiency, and other related topics.
You will be in support of:
An inclusive environment for staff and students
Development of cultural competency skills
The delivery of programs that support the diversity objective of the campus community
The State HR classification for this position is IT Specialist 3.
Bachelor's degree in any subject plus three years of work experience writing applications with one or more high-level programming languages
Two years of experience designing and administering relational databases
One year of experience developing in a Web Applications Framework, such as Django or Ruby on Rails
Experience with version control systems, such as Git or SubVersion
Familiarity with agile development methodology (Scrum, Kanban, XP, etc.)
Experience configuring and maintaining Linux/Unix database and web servers
Experience working with diverse populations
Experience working in an education setting
Demonstrable customer service skills
Experience developing applications in Python
Experience developing sites with Drupal
Experience implementing principles of Test Driven Development
Experience designing and/or maintaining a Continuous Integration Environment
Familiarity with Web Design principles, including accessibility standards and responsive design
Five years of experience working in a technology related field
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, MIS, Math or technology related field
Demonstrated experience effectively supervising personnel, including hiring, scheduling, directing work, reviewing performance, or coaching
Experience in at least one of the following areas:
Customer Support - Supporting or training users in the use of Microsoft Office or third party web applications
User Account Management - Managing user accounts and permissions to various IT applications, services or file systems
Hardware and Software Support - Troubleshooting computer hardware or software and creating and deploying computer images
Network Support - Designing, planning, or implementing computer networks; knowledge or experience with network concepts including TCP/IP, DNS, LAN/WAN and DHCP troubleshooting
New hires typically begin at $4399/month, including an excellent benefits package
This position is part of a Public School Employees of WWU bargaining union. New employees are required to meet the membership requirements of the current collective bargaining agreement within 30 calendar days of employment.
A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.
Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.
Closing Date Notes
Application review begins June 30, 2018; position is open until filled
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); email@example.com
WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).
All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.
With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.