Application Developer

Employer: Virginia Tech - Division of Information Technology
Job Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Category: IT/Computers/Networking, Software/QA/DBA
Employment Type: Full Time
Last Updated: 8/5/2021
Closing Date: 10/21/2021
Virginia Tech - Division of Information Technology
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Job Description

Job Description

Reporting to the Senior Director of Learning Systems in Virginia Tech’s Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) unit, the person filling this position will act as an application developer in support of all technology platforms provided by the TLOS Learning Systems (LS) team, including, but not limited to:
- Canvas learning management system
- Zoom video conferencing platform
- Kaltura video content management system
- EvaluationKIT survey platform
- Canvas Catalog course registration system
- Our enterprise WordPress instance
- The TLOS data analytics infrastructure

This person will serve primarily as a programmer, with the expectation that they will spend the majority of their time on heads-down coding activities. Team interaction will be important in terms of understanding requirements, following our best practices for development, testing, and in terms of providing tier-3 support for our systems. Much of our work is around data analytics and systems integration, making all systems listed above work seamlessly for VT students and faculty alike.

The Application Developer, as a member of our software development team, will work directly with their supervisor, others members of a development team, and other teams within TLOS to meet project goals with an emphasis on usability and end-user satisfaction. They will collaborate with the team to develop software solutions.

The person filling this role should both be comfortable writing code and supporting mission critical university-wide production systems, as well as having the skills to work on smaller, innovative technology efforts, as the job will require a mix of both.

Core Responsibilities:
- Perform software development efforts for TLOS meeting deadlines for deliverables
- Work collaboratively with other teams within TLOS to meet project goals and organizational objectives
- Troubleshoot complex application problems and implement root cause fixes
- Provide maintenance code changes for developed production applications
- Provide customizations to integrate, enhance, and maintain vendor software and enterprise systems based on end-user needs
- Use industry-standard best practices in all TLOS application development to ensure security, compatibility, and supportability
- Document all work thoroughly in a way that others can rely upon

Required Qualifications

- Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, or similar field
- Professional software development experience with a modern procedural, object-oriented, or functional programming language using an IDE - examples of languages desired: Java, Ruby, PHP, Python
- Experience building, deploying, and maintaining standards-based web applications in a highly available (24x7x365) and scalable environment
- Understanding of relational databases and experience working with databases in web based applications (solid SQL skills needed)
- Experience providing tier-2 / tier-3 end-user support
- Skills using source code management systems such as Git, Subversion, or CVS
- Experience with software testing frameworks such as JUnit, pyTest, or minitest

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