The Lead Technology Developer is responsible for providing technical expertise and leadership in the design, development, integration, and enhancement of the University of Tennessee’s repository, publishing platform, and other critical applications utilized or developed by the Libraries. Reporting to the Director of Technology Solutions, this position works with faculty, staff, and other stakeholders to identify problems and develop solutions for high impact services that support publishing, research, and learning activities at the university. The position is responsible for leading the development of the software that preserves and makes available the research, scholarship, and cultural heritage materials produced or housed by the University. In collaboration with other developers and librarians, this position works to develop solutions that integrate our repository software with other open services using APIs, open specifications, and other tools. The position serves as a full stack developer and will lead critical, high impact, and urgent projects that are essential to the academic, research, and operational mission of the Libraries and greater University. As a senior developer, this position will mentor other junior developers in the unit. As part of our commitment to create reusable open source tools, the incumbent will work with developers from other institutions and make contributions to the open source community projects where the Libraries is a partner.
This position is telework eligible.
All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.
Five years of relevant experience working in software or web development.
Expertise in designing, developing, testing, and deploying applications.
Proficiency with application design and data modeling.
Ability to define and solve logical problems for highly technical applications.
Ability to listen, empathize, understand, and communicate effectively with technical and nontechnical faculty and staff.
Strong knowledge of Object Oriented Programming principles and design patterns.
Ability to select, adapt, and effectively use a variety of programming methods.
Knowledge of Ruby and Rails.
Knowledge of IT security practices.
Ability to design and develop comprehensive integrated technology strategies.
Ability to identify potential pitfalls and develop solutions to ensure project deadlines and overall timelines are met.
Knowledge of CI/CD platforms and practices.
Knowledge of the open-source software development process and life cycle.
Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities.
Ability to mentor junior developers.
Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
Knowledge of test-driven development and software testing.
Knowledge of visual design and data representation principles.
The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the flagship campus of Tennessee’s premier public research university. The University of Tennessee holds the Carnegie Foundation Research 1 designation, granted to doctoral universities with very high research activity. As a land-grant university and as Volunteers, serving our state and nation are key to our mission. UT enrolls approximately 30,000 students at its Knoxville campus. Demographically, 24% of all students identify as non-white, 24% identify as first-generation students and 29% are Pell-eligible. The University culture is guided by adherence to core values that define the Volunteer spirit and include: seeking knowledge; leading with innovation and integrity; advancing diversity and inclusion; engaging locally and globally; and embracing responsible stewardship of resources.
The UT Libraries supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the university and enhances the academic experience of each student at the Knoxville campus—through outstanding print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources. The John C. Hodges Library in the heart o...f campus houses the majority of the UT Libraries' collections and many unique services. Two branch libraries offer specialized collections and services: the Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library and the George F. DeVine Music Library.
The UT Libraries is a national leader in digital collections; in support of open access though our digital repository, Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise. The UT Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, HathiTrust, the Library Publishing Coalition, LYRASIS, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at the state level with the other University of Tennessee System libraries as well as the libraries in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.
The UT Libraries champions diversity in collections and staffing. The University of Tennessee is committed to creating a welcoming environment. More information about how we put our principles of civility and community into action is available at https://www.lib.utk.edu/diversity/.