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Web Computing Specialist
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University of Washington | Seattle, WA
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Job Description

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nations 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.


Bachelors 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.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.

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About University of Washington

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the Pacific coast. The Seattle-based university has earned an international reputation for research, and its graduate programs are some of the most highly rated in the nation. It is a leader in such fields as drama, dentistry, medicine, nursing, health services, astronomy, computer science, molecular biotechnology, oceanography, biostatistics, physics, physiology, pharmacology, geography, sociology, and social work. The university currently enrolls 35,000 students.