Director for Web Initiatives
Columbia University 4.2300 reviews - New York, NY
Full-time, Temporary

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0704- OAD Database Initiatives



Job Type

Officer Full-Time Regular

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Development / Alumni Relations

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Commensurate with Experience

Advertised Summary Job Description

Reporting to the Database and Web Initiatives Manager, the Director for Web Initiatives manages a team of two web application programmers focused on ASP.NET, C#, Java Script and some Oracle backend development, and one front-end developer working with HTML/CSS and Drupal. The team maintains responsibility for building and supporting internal and public-facing web sites and applications, including Athena, Columbia's database of record for alumni and gift data. User community includes colleagues throughout the Office of Alumni and Development, other University staff involved in fund raising and alumni relations, and roughly 300,000 living alumni of Columbia's undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The Director is responsible for providing coding expertise, as well as a management structure based on agile methodologies, such as Scrum or XP. The Director for Web Initiatives is an active participant in application development, serves as the senior developer on the team while providing overall direction on programming techniques and application architecture; manages servers and related infrastructure; coordinates day to day tasks and longer term priorities; apprises the management team of progress via regular status meetings; maintains responsibility for direct management of the programming team, including annual reviews of staff performance and working with team members to establish individual goals for each fiscal year; assists with prioritization of work and ensures appropriate level of required support is sustained to effectively troubleshoot and resolve issues in a timely manner; serves as a business analyst consistently meeting with end users to identify new project opportunities, defines requirements and translates them into actionable tasks for the programming team; performs other duties and special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Bachelor's degree required; a minimum of five years related technical system experience, including at least one year of prior management experience required.

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Strong proficiency in Database design/development required; Must possess prior experience building large-scale, secure web applications, preferably using the Microsoft .Net platform or similar applications; must possess a knowledge and background of all tiers of such applications, from user interface to application server to database/back-end storage; Demonstrated ability to write secure code and prevent exploits such as those listed in the OWASP Top 10. Demonstrated ability to work in a high pressure, fast-paced environment. Demonstrated excellence in a variety of competencies including: project management, teamwork, analytical thinking and client/customer awareness. Ability to work with changing priorities and with multiple projects. Excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including a high level of attention to detail and active listening skills. Must be able to problem-solve and troubleshoot, in addition to the ability to work independently in a dynamic team environment. Demonstrated ability to effectively partner with a diverse group of administrators. Must be able to negotiate issues, resolve problems and have strong influencing skills. The successful candidate must be able to work well with all levels of management, both internally and externally, be flexible in nature, have sound judgment with a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization. Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced degree or other professional certification preferred; experience developing service-oriented APIs and client applications highly desirable. Familiarity with CMS platforms (Drupal or similar application) preferred. Prior experience in higher education preferred.

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