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Lead Application Developer / Manager

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IT Professionals
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21001011 Requisition #

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) Technology Services, is seeking an enthusiastic software developer and people manager to provide leadership over a team of application developers. Ideal candidates will be comfortable developing full-stack web applications and be willing to explore cloud development environments such as Azure and AWS with specific interest in lightweight applications.  The person hired for this position will report to the Senior IT Director of Technology Services and participate on the leadership team.

 As the lead member of the team, you will build and support critical applications to support and contribute to advancing the research, instruction, and administrative efficiency of the college.  You will be a member of a high-performing team that values critical thinking, communication, accountability, and collaboration with customers and peers. You will have the interest and ability to quickly learn new technologies and you will use those skills to build solutions that impact all of campus.

 In a typical week, your responsibilities might include:

  • Meeting with (3-4) Application Developers to discuss individual development efforts and prioritization.
  • Collaborating with central and distributed IT application development teams working on projects specific to the college.
  • Meeting with the senior staff of the Dean’s Office, including the budget officer and human resources officer, to gather user stories and requirements in an iterative fashion.
  • Writing code instrumental to success of the unit.
  • Monitor the development environment to ensure a secure and sustainable architecture is in place.
  • Routinely check JIRA for bugs, issues and resolution.

Education Required:
A Bachelor’s degree in a STEM or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Experience Required:
Minimum of 7 years professional related experience developing and maintaining database driven web applications in a secure, professional environment.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience with programming in .NET Core, PHP, Ruby, C#, Java, or other object-oriented language.
  • Experience with MVC programming frameworks such as CodeIgniter, Drupal, Spring, Angular, Rails.
  • Advanced skills with relational database design theory and SQL query languages.  Demonstrated experience working with MySQL or MS SQL.
  • Experience with user interface CSS frameworks/libraries such as Bootstrap or JavaScript/JQuery.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and accurately, both orally and in writing, with technical and non-technical staff.
  • Proven experience interacting with end users and subject matter experts along all phases of software development including concept, iteration, release and production.
  • Successful track record of leading full development lifecycle including gathering requirements, design, development, analytics, implementation and support.
  • Experience leading teams and/or projects.
  • Demonstrated job-related experience with, and commitment to, promoting diversity in the work/academic environment.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in leading, motivating, evaluating and rewarding personnel in a supervisory role.
  • Experience developing and implementing cloud-based initiatives/services/applications with cloud providers (such as AWS or Azure)
  • Experience using Microsoft’s business intelligence tools such as SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), or Microsoft Excel PowerPivot
  • Experience with data visualization methodology using technologies such as PowerBI or Tableau.
  • Experience using ORM technologies, such as Hibernate and the Java Persistence API, Entity Framework, LINQ, etc.
  • Experience developing in integrated development environments (PhpStorm, IntelliJ IDEA, Visual Studio,…)
  • Experience with best practices and technologies used in building RESTful API’s.
  • Familiarity with software development best practices such as source code control, issue tracking, testing using Jira or similar technologies.
  • Familiarity with agile software development.
  • Knowledge of University policies, procedures and regulations.

Additional Information:
Please attach a resume and cover letter (in the relevant submission specific field) that clearly indicates how you meet the qualifications. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions or additional information, please contact Kim Kuebrich Yordi at kim-yordi@uiowa.edu.

There is an expectation that the person in this position will maintain effective, civil, and respectful working relationships with the University of Iowa campus community and uphold a high standard of cultural competency and respect for difference that represents our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and credential verification.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer


The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.


Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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