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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Software Development
Hospitals & Clinics
Web Computing Specialist
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UW medical center | Seattle, WA
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Job Description

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Our Department of Biology has an outstanding opportunity for a Web Computing Specialist .

Under the general direction of the department chair, design, develop, test, and deploy web-based applications that facilitate instructional and administrative functions. If you believe "The right information in the right place just changes your life" (Stewart Brand, 1984) then you can be instrumental in changing the lives of over 200 faculty and staff, 125 graduate students and 1,600 undergraduates in the Department of Biology - on a daily basis. Help us transform paper-based workflows and document-confined information into well-crafted digital workflows and structured, searchable and configurable data using PHP, Symfony and Drupal.

Some projects are already underway and involve porting existing code to a new framework or integrating two or more databases, some involve creating new functionality for existing databases and some are new initiatives which will involve working with end users to develop specifications, coding and implementation, documentation and orientation of staff. This position requires a broad knowledge of Web/Internet hardware and software technologies and an ability to communicate technical subjects to non-technical faculty and staff. This position will be responsible for designing, programming, testing, implementing, and supporting complex web-based software systems which involve distributed, client/server systems, and relational databases, integrating hardware, server software, and web applications into reliable and effective systems for achieving academic and/or business goals. Position requires a high level of self-initiated problem-solving skills and an ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• In collaboration with end users, identify needs and design applications that leverage existing Content Management System (CMS) and frameworks.

• Develop, install, and maintain web applications, web software development utilities, database drivers, and related systems software. Implement requirements by writing code

• Support and enhance existing sites in compliance with specifications and security standards.

• Review and re-write previously-written code to improve and/or adapt code to changes.

• Create and support operation of test scenarios. Develop test scripts. Engage in usability testing as required.

• Incorporate UW policies regarding security, data encryption and user access management into the site and web applications.

• Analyze site problems and correct them promptly.

• Write clear and informative documentation sufficient to enable other IT staff to maintain and modify code as needed.

• Identify opportunities for improvements to existing IT-related functions and workflows.


Bachelor’s degree in Information Science, Computer Science, or a relevant discipline and at least two years of successful experience in the primary duties and responsibilities of the position to include writing object-oriented PHP applications and modules for Drupal CMS.

• Demonstrated proficiency and experience designing user-interfaces; designing relational databases (MySQL); developing complex computer-based and online programs/applications and databases in multiple languages including HTML, PHP, JQuery, SQL.

• Excellent organizational skills, experience establishing and managing multiple projects and priorities; accuracy and self-motivation; and demonstrated customer service focus.

• Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including problem solving and consensus building.

• Demonstrated ability to work well with a diverse group of technical and non-technical staff and students, and ability to communicate technical information at a level the client understands.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


• Experience using Symphony or Silex frameworks.

• Experience migrating complex Drupal sites from version 6 to 7.

Condition of Employment:

Irregular hours may be required during critical periods.

A satisfactory outcome from criminal background verification is required prior to hire.

Application Process

Part of the application process for this position includes completing an online cover letter assessment, as well as the Employment Eligibility Assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The assessment(s) will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.

About UW medical center

UW Medicine operates in a multifaceted and dynamic environment which is subject to intricate legal and regulatory requirements governing clinical, teaching and research activities. In recent years, academic health centers across the nation have seen a dramatic increase in the number and complexity of regulations from state and federal agencies, greater external scrutiny and progressively costly sanctions. In response to the complicated compliance environment, all components of UW Medicine have established compliance offices (including the practice plans, University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Hall Health Primary Care Center, UW Medicine Eastside Specialty Center, UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics, and the School of Medicine). Collectively, these offices are responsible for the development and implementation of compliance programs for issues such as professional fee billing, hospital facility billing, clinical research billing, HIPAA privacy and information security, and other regulatory requirements. In order to establish an institution-wide perspective, compliance directors meet bimonthly with the UW Medicine Associate Vice President/Chief Compliance Officer and attend the UW Medicine Board Compliance Committee meetings. Core elements of UW Medicine compliance programs include: Committment and support from executive leaders Institutional policies, standards and expectations Education and outreach Routine monitoring and auditing Timely and appropriate responses to compliance issues On-going assessment, analysis and response to emerging risks and regulatory developments Mechanisms (including hotlines) which invite and enable the safe reporting of compliance concerns Timely investigation of reported concerns and protecting of complainant rights Implementation of appropriate sanctions and corrective actions to address noncompliance when it occurs Process improvement projects as needed to enhance compliance efforts Regular evaluations of program effectiveness The commitment to compliance is imbedded in the expectation that all members of UW Medicine will meet the professional, ethical and regulatory standards associated with their individual roles. Faculty, staff, residents and students are all expected to maintain current knowledge of rules and regulations related to their work, comply with UW Medicine policies and procedures, act in a professional and ethical manner, and contact appropriate institutional offices when questions or concerns about compliance arise. UW Medicine's commitment to effective compliance programs demonstrates a deep awareness of its accountability to the public and the people it serves. Its commitment to professionalism, integrity, and ethical standards are all directly linked to UW Medicine's mission of exemplary patient care, teaching and research. If you have questions about compliance programs at UW Medicine, or need more information about your rights and responsibilities, please contact a compliance director.