This is a fully benefited, full-time Harvard University position that has been for two years from start date. There is the possibility of renewal, contingent on university priorities and satisfactory job performance.
Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is a community of Information Technology professionals committed to delivering service and technological solutions in support of teaching, learning, research and administration. We are recruiting an IT workforce that has both breadth in their ability to collaborate and innovate across disciplines – and depth in specific areas of expertise. HUIT offers opportunities for IT professionals to learn and work in a unique technology landscape and service-focused environment. If you are a technically proficient, nimble, user-focused, and accountable IT professional who also connects with the importance of collaborating well in a team environment, we are looking for you!
The Senior Software Engineer will work as a member of the Common Alumni Affairs and Development Systems (CAADS) team to deliver a combination of commercial and custom software solutions to 1,100 staff University-wide and over 350K alumni world-wide. The individual will be responsible for the design, development and maintenance of software pursuant to technical specifications; unit testing; execution of source code control procedures; participating in application and system upgrades; and providing technical support.
The Senior Software Engineer Developer works closely with fellow team members, technical partners and vendors to design, develop, test, implement and validate software solutions to support ongoing and emerging needs. The successful candidate will be motivated and intellectually curious, with a proven record of achievement, teamwork and creative problem solving. Additionally, the individual is expected to have strong communication skills and to be able to effectively and efficiently collaborate with others to deliver solutions that fully meet organizational requirements.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Plan and conduct comprehensive applications/ development for complex projects
Design and develop code at an expert level
Manage development projects, teams and programs
May manage multiple projects simultaneously
Participate fully in software development life cycle
Support technical solutions to deliver business requirements
Troubleshoot problems and suggest improvements to coding practices
Act as technical liaison to internal clients
Contribute ideas to coding best practices and new technologies
Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct
Provide tier 3 (including after-hours) support / resolve all escalated issues.
Typical Core Duties:
Research, design, and implement technical solutions to deliver business requirements
Identify opportunities to improve and simplify applications portfolio and implement related enhancements
Contribute to creation and maturing of software development best practices and new technologies
Draw on relationship and technical skills to act as technical liaison to internal and external clients and to mentor junior staff
Work as part of a team to implement complex business solutions
Minimum of five years' post-secondary education or relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
The following Additional Qualifications are strongly preferred. If you meet some, but not all, you are still encouraged to apply; we value employees with a willingness to learn.
5 or more years' experience developing web-based applications using Java
Ability to work both as part of a team as well as independently
Ability to lead small to mid-sized projects
Ability to prioritize and multitask, deadline and detail-oriented
Demonstrated team performance skills, service mindset approach, and the ability to act as a trusted advisor
Experience with tools and libraries including Spring Framework and Hibernate
Experience writing web APIs in Java
Familiarity with build and CI/CD tools including Maven, npm, Artifactory, Jenkins
Familiarity with Linux
Experience with SQL (preferably Oracle)
Experience developing REST-based Web Services
The following skills are considered a plus, but are not required:
Experience working with WebLogic Server
Experience working with Apache Solr Search
Familiarity with Amazon Web Services, including EC2 and S3 services
Familiarity with Linux shell scripting
Experience with server-side web templating packages such as Thymeleaf
Certificates and Licenses
Completion of Harvard IT Academy specified foundational courses (or external equivalent) preferred
HUIT actively supports hybrid work where business needs allow. This position has been designated as a primarily remote position. All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA). Travel to campus may be necessary based on business needs and the nature of work.
Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage. Harvard University Health Services employees and other health care individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University's COVID-19 Information Website.
Please provide a cover letter with your application.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.
We are unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.
This position has a 180-day orientation and review period.
More about HUIT: Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is responsible for the strategy, planning, and delivery of information technology across the University. Our mission is to assure Harvard's leadership in IT. We strive to make it easier for faculty, students, and staff to teach, research, learn and work through the effective use of information technology. HUIT's core values are User Focused, Collaborative, Innovative and Open.
IT Academy (designed for IT Staff): HUIT's IT Academy aims to enable each IT staff person to grow professionally and become a trusted partner to her or his team. The IT Academy is built on the belief that every IT staff member across the University (including technology employees at each school and campus) can grow in her or his area of expertise as well as building strong people and project management skills. Learn more here: https://itacademy.harvard.edu/
Total Rewards: Harvard's Total Rewards Program is designed to attract, retain, and reward the performance of talented employees. As a Harvard staff member, you enjoy many perks that come with working for one of the top employers in Massachusetts, including:
Paid Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks accrued vacation days, 12 accrued sick days, 12.5 paid holidays plus winter recess, and 3 personal days awarded each calendar year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Harvard University Employees Credit Union: Our employees credit union provides a complete line of services for all your financial needs. https://huecu.org
Transportation: 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: A variety of programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
Access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Accessibility: Harvard University IT plays an important role in supporting Harvard's commitment by seeking to create, procure and deploy technologies that are accessible to all, including and especially those who live with disability. Harvard welcomes individuals with disabilities to apply for positions and participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact our University Disability Resources Department.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
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EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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