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Lead Software Architect & Senior Interactive Developer

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is looking for a Lead Software Architect and Senior Interactive Developer (LSASID) to work on exciting interactive applications, websites, mobile platforms and web/interactive system integrations. The Museum has ambitious plans for the creation and integration of visitor-facing applications that tie into a suite of back-end services. We need an experienced system architect who can plan and then implement this vision, including the development of visitor applications and the integration of those applications into a suite of services that runs across multiple outlets including mobile apps, web sites and digital experiences in the galleries.

These interactive applications center on presenting different combinations of media, including video, animation, audio, imagery, and graphics to create a visitor-centered experience that is aesthetically-appealing and content-rich. This person will also provide mentorship to the Interactive team and should encourage and support experimentation in approach, adherence to a systematic development plan, and iterative as well as collaborative work practices.

Specifically, you will…

  • Design, plan and implement a mobile platform architecture, establishing centralized services to be used across systems (web, mobile and in-gallery) with support from the Web Developer and outside vendors, if needed.
  • Oversee software development on Interactive projects that are relevant to the mobile platform, whether developed in-house or by outside vendors. This includes, but is not limited to: APIs, wayfinding systems, mobile applications, and integration to related devices (such as iBeacons and touch devices).
  • Coordinate with the Project Manager to establish milestones and determine team deliverables that maintain forward progress.
  • Mentor the Interactive Team on iterative work processes, embracing agile methodologies and best practices to develop high quality, visitor-centered experiences.
  • Provide guidance to Museum staff and implement workflows that allow the staff to generate and take responsibility for content creation via the use of content management systems.
  • Mentor staff and oversee contractors on user experience practices for museum interactives.
  • Oversee the development and integration of reporting systems for visitor interactions and hardware status monitoring of Interactive applications and services.
  • Provide thought leadership regarding overall systems architecture, flow and user experience and all issues pertaining to digital transformation and best practices.
  • Research and prototype new methods and technologies for mobile applications, CMS systems, web presentation techniques, API layers, media repositories, interactive technology, as well as developing ways of integrating new functionality with existing backend solutions.

Your diverse background includes…

  • 5+ years of professional web and mobile application development experience
  • Degree in Computer Science or related field
  • An extensive knowledge of mobile web and mobile application development practices and a sophisticated knowledge of UI development
  • Prior experience in programming digital media; experience at a new media studio/agency is preferred.
  • Senior-level proficiency with HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, Swift / Objective-C and PHP. 
  • Must be adept at utilizing advanced Web technologies such as Node.JS, SQL, ASP, XML, and modern JavaScript Frameworks.
  • Experience with CMS systems, API’s, Content Workflow development and interactive technologies.
  • A firm understanding of best practices based on user-centered design, and agile and responsive principles is required.
  • Experience with Section 508 Accessibility guidelines and prior museum experience are preferred.
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