Web Developer
VA Tech - Virginia

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Reporting to the Associate Dean for Research and Informatics, the Web Developer will participate in University Libraries efforts to integrate the library, its services and resources, into Virginia Tech's research and learning environments. The incumbent will split time between user interface development for the library's digital services (e.g. virtual research and learning communities) and web development for externally funded research projects. Virginia Tech University Libraries is looking for an energetic, motivated individual with an entrepreneurial spirit to work in a team-based environment with VT researchers and librarians to advance its strategic directions, goals, and objectives.Design, develop, implement, and optimize user interfaces and visualizations for open source web-based digital platforms intended to add value to VT researchersâ?? scholarly communications within virtual communities; build modern, user-sensitive interfaces for virtual communities that support a variety of academic and research needs, connecting people, information, resources, and discoveries.Perform system administration for virtual community platforms (currently Drupal CMS), including module evaluation and installation, workflow design and implementation, information organization, and theme development; executes technical processes involved with user support for virtual communities, including - but not limited to - monitoring and tracking usage, debugging software, troubleshooting problems, and adjusting settings as needed.Work both independently and in partnership with others in the Libraries, including technologists, designers, and subject librarians, in the development of user interfaces; present design mockups, test use cases, and create appropriate documentation; serve on informatics related sponsored research project teams, collaboratively evaluating and communicating stakeholder needs and designing and executing workplans.Provide user training to librarians and VT researchers; create templates for web authoring and user guidelines/suggested best practices.Assess user needs and regularly solicit feedback from internal and external stakeholders; plan and conduct usability testing as needed; develop basic web graphics; assist with interfaces of other digital library web-based tools; and support interoperability among various systems supported by the Libraries.

Minimum Qualifications

Required: Master's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or equivalent advanced degree in a related field; experience managing digital projects; experience with Drupal or other open source content management system platforms; experience in web design, scripting, and programming web-based applications; excellent communication and project management skills; ability to set priorities and make deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred: Proficiency in XHTML, CSS, DHTML, XML and XSLT, PHP programming language, and Javascript; knowledge of Linux, MySQL, Apache, software development methods, jQuery, Ajax, and search engine optimization; ability to build complex SQL queries against relational databases; experience with data visualization and usability testing; demonstrated capacity for developing documentation and training material; excellent troubleshooting and problem solving skills.

Special Requirements

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