Libraries Application DeveloperWashington State University

Post date: Aug 19, 2021

As part of a larger functional team, comprised of personnel from the Libraries Systems Office and the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC), this position will learn from and participate in all phases of software development of Mukurtu, Mukurtu Mobile, and related projects. This includes requirements gathering, design, front-end development, back-end development, testing, documentation, deployment, support, and community outreach. This position will also work as a developer on a variety of WSU Libraries’ projects, including web development and back-end processes. The projects in the Libraries and the CDSC are constantly evolving and as such, this position will have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of technologies including Drupal, React, WordPress, numerous scripting languages, and more. This position is part of a growing development team at the WSU Libraries and will be able to help shape its digital services and make significant contributions to open-source projects. This is a full-time, 12-month, classified staff position that reports to the Libraries Application Development Team Lead at the Washington State University Libraries in Pullman, Washington. Some telework may be considered.

Job Application Posting:

Applications must be received by Tuesday, September 21, 2021: Online applications are required ( and will include a cover letter addressing the qualifications, curriculum vitae, and complete contact information for three current professional references. Finalists will be subject to a background check as a condition of employment. Questions may be sent to the search committee via Bonny Boyan,, 509-335-1535.


Required: Positions require a Bachelor’s degree in computer science or equivalent. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.


  • Experience developing web applications

  • Experience in and understanding of Object-oriented programming

  • Experience designing, writing, and running software tests

  • Familiarity with operational considerations for running and maintaining modern web applications

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, organizational, problem-solving and planning skills

  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues; Proficiency with modern collaboration tools (e.g., version control systems, ticketing systems, remote work platforms)

  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse communities

  • Development experience with Drupal or other content management systems

  • Experience designing, developing, or utilizing REST APIs

  • Experience with modern mobile app development technologies

  • Experience with the import, export, and manipulation of metadata in a variety of formats

  • Familiarity with access and privacy issues on the web

  • Willingness to work in a distributed team environment, assist in expanding the open source community of developers, and be flexible


Starting salary: $5,725/month. Washington State University has comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, in addition to excellent retirement programs and a generous leave program.

Washington State University

Washington State University, one of the two research universities in the state, was founded in 1890 as the state’s land-grant institution with campuses in Pullman, Spokane, Vancouver, Everett, and the Tri-Cities. Due to its strong emphasis on excellence in research and education, the Carnegie Classification™ has designated WSU as RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity). The WSU strategic plan and the new OneWSU initiative have equity, inclusion and diversity as core values and the plan explicitly includes commitments to and goals surrounding being a national leader in “advancing the quality of life, economic development, sustainability, and equity through meaningful engagement in discovery, education and service with partners throughout the state, nation and world”.

Washington State University – Pullman

WSU Pullman, the largest and oldest campus in the WSU System, is situated on approximately 620 acres in southeastern Washington in the unique Palouse bioregion on the homelands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and the Palus people. The Pullman campus has a largely residential student population (19,900 in 2020) with a college town feel with close access to both the mountains and rivers of the Inland Northwest and less than a day’s drive to any major city in the Pacific Northwest.

The Libraries

The WSU Libraries (, one of two Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in Washington State, houses over two million books and over 30,000 journal and magazine subscriptions. The Libraries are a part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance and are deeply invested, along with our partner libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, in the activities of the shared Unified Resource Management and shared Discovery environment. The Libraries also houses and co-directs the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (, a collaboration with the College of Arts & Sciences that fosters digital projects across all disciplines and is home to national programs such as the Tribal Stewardship Cohort Program, The Sustainable Heritage Network (, the Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal ( and Mukurtu CMS (


WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs ( WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Washington State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or