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Senior Backend Engineer

How You Will Contribute

The Senior Backend Engineer works collaboratively with museum staff to develop innovative online user experiences which are aligned with the museum’s goals of audience development, visitor experience, activating the collection, and civic engagement, including advocating for the innovative use of technology in all aspects of the museum’s marketing, curatorial, education and visitor services programs. This individual serves as the lead developer and technical expert in designing, developing, and maintaining innovative, dynamic, and complex digital websites, effectively communicating user experience, information architecture, and design practices to internal stakeholders using design tools, visual communications, and narrative vision.

Specifically, you will:

  • Prototype and deliver user-centered software solutions for websites and digital applications and identifies and oversees the work of contract developers, as necessary.
  • Configure and optimize the museum’s online digital environment and system architecture.
  • Create content management systems and enable content workflows.
  • Develop the connections between content management system (CMS), collections information system, linked data, application programming interfaces (APIs), and other shared systems, web services, and data sources.
  • Create and manage integrations between the online and infrastructure systems to feed content to all digital applications.
  • Research existing and emerging technologies to determine appropriate methods of content delivery and presentation.
  • Advise on applications, systems and metadata and writes technical documentation and specifications.
  • Employ industry best-practices in software and website development.

Your background and experience include:

  • An understanding of best practices based on user-centered design and agile development principles.
  • Experience with Drupal 8 CMS, APIs and content workflow development.
  • Experience working with AWS for digital asset management and delivery.
  • Experience with advanced web technologies such as Node.JS, PHP, SQL and NoSQL as well as web and proxy servers such as apache and nginx is preferred.
  • Understanding of linked data and semantic web technologies.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to provide advisory services and establish productive and collaborative working relationships.
  • Minimum of five years of professional web development or relevant experience

Compensation: The minimum salary for this position is $98,000.

This position is part of the AFSCME Local 397 bargaining unit.

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