Developer 2 - Extension Technology, St. Paul Campus
Minneapolis, MN
Job Description


Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree in MIS, computer science, or a closely related field AND TWO YEARS of progressively more responsible professional experience in web development,
  • OR
  • BA/BS in any field AND FOUR YEARS of professional experience in web development
  • Experience developing web solutions in content management systems
  • Experience building responsive websites using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript/jQuery
  • Experience building web applications in PHP, preferably 7.2+ in Object-Oriented frameworks like Symfony or Laravel
  • Experience with version control, preferably Git
  • Experience maintaining applications in C# flavor of ASP.NET and MSSQL

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in advanced site-building in Drupal and creating custom modules
  • Experience consuming and building REST APIs
  • Knowledge of WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 standards and guidelines for developing and validating accessible web pages
  • Comfortable using and running open source technologies in a Windows environment
  • Knowledge of modern JavaScript tooling (NPM, WebPack, etc) and frameworks (React/Vue)
  • Experience with Docker for local development, including building custom containers
  • Experience with non-relational data systems and search index technologies, Apache Solr or ElasticSearch
  • Knowledge of SEO coding best practices
  • Experience independently managing projects
  • Ability to participate in a cross-functional team environment and a distributed organization
  • Strong verbal/written English communication skills
  • Commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive work environment

Title: Developer 2

Appointment: Full-time, Academic Prof and Admin, Developer 2 (9790D2)

Location: University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus

Program Area: Extension Technology

Reports To: Chief Technology Officer

Application Deadline: July 9, 2019; Open until filled

About this Position

Extension Technology needs a technical developer to oversee the setup, configuration, and long term strategy of web infrastructure and applications. We are looking for a self-motivated and creative problem-solver with experience and skills building Drupal-powered sites, large scale site planning, and back-end web development. In this job, the Developer will design, maintain, and constantly improve our Drupal environment, as part of the University's enterprise system, collaboratively developing solutions with the central Drupal team and online engagement opportunities for web audiences.

As part of a small but experienced technology team, the Developer is responsible for collaboratively implementing Extension's online vision for outreach, advocacy, and education via creative use and integration of University-supported tools and data.

Web development in Extension solves challenges ranging from online information and education delivery, to distributed publishing, to system stability. This position is critical to providing the development services needed to accomplish modern outreach priorities in a large organization.

The position is supervised by the Program Leader for Family Resource Management area of expertise for program direction, performance evaluation and personnel actions with input from Carver County and Scott County.

This is a full-time, 12-month position with benefits, including medical, dental, and life insurance, details are listed at, Salary range: $60,000-$70,000, depending on qualifications.

Responsibilities and Performance Expectations

Web Developer (60%)

  • Responsible for designing and implementing new features and functionality, establishing and guiding the website's system architecture, ensuring high-performance and availability, and managing all technical aspects of the CMS. Work closely with front-end developer to ensure an effective, visually appealing, and intuitive implementation.
  • Testing, maintenance and troubleshooting of existing organizational sites
  • Stays up-to-date on the U's Drupal Platform, informs Extension of relevant new technologies or changes, and passes feedback to central Drupal team on Extension needs
  • Develops and maintains technical documentation for CMS implementation, applications, and relevant business processes. Train users and team members as necessary.
  • Informs the web development project prioritization/portfolio for Extension's web sites.
  • Evaluates, recommends, and implements web infrastructure/platform changes and improvements.

Web system architecture and application development (30%)

  • Perform general server and database administration tasks (in collaboration with systems administrator).
  • Informs decisions on Extension's web system architecture, configuration, web services, and applications infrastructure
  • Ensures Extension and University security requirements are met regarding web and applications management.
  • Maintains specific online and business legacy applications, primarily using the .NET framework.
  • Provides expertise to project teams on complex technical design and systems integration projects.
  • Fosters IT partnerships and relationships throughout the University to continue to streamline Extension operations by leveraging central resources.
  • Complete other technology-related tasks as assigned.

Project Management (10%)

  • Develops strong relationships to aid in understanding the varying needs around a project. Applies gathered requirements to web and application based solutions.
  • Ensures Extension's application projects are developed effectively and efficiently, using unambiguous project goals and expectations,
  • Manages any outsourced application and database development.
  • Documents and communicates project barriers and status to product owners, end users, and leadership.

About Extension

University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of the University of Minnesota is: Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.

Extension Technology delivers technology resources, training, equipment, tools, and creative solutions that enable over 700 staff to effectively and efficiently perform and support educational work connecting audiences to the University's research. Our technology team of 10 is cooperative and collaborative. Extension Technology team members are interested and curious in all aspects of technology, and enjoy lending a hand in projects across the team. We welcome new ideas and innovations, and encourage growth and development.

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Please include the following attachments with your online application:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume

Professional references and copies of transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) will be required during the interview process.

Additional documents may be attached after the application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).

For questions about this position, contact: Amy Baker, Chief Technology Officer;

For questions about applying online, contact: Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources,

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

Job Type Full-time