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Web Development Manager

at Harvard Medical School

Posted: 12/4/2019
Job Reference #: 1482123

Job Description

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Job Code
I0758M Applications Mgt IV

USA - MA - Cambridge

Business Title
Web Development Manager


Salary Grade

Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Additional Qualifications
  • BA/BS in computer science, engineering or related technical field
  • Minimum of 7 years of IT experience with 5+ in applications development
  • Experience with Drupal, PHP, JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3 required
  • Experience with PHP Frameworks (i.e. Laravel, Symfony, etc.) required
  • Exceptional interpersonal and project management skills, and a proven record of working collaboratively with a wide range of constituents
  • Self-starter who is able to work as part of a larger, complex and evolving team and to balance interests and needs of a variety of stakeholders
  • Broad technical delivery expertise, and experience with agile practices
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage complex, time-sensitive projects
  • Experience with Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager preferred
  • Prior experience with Acquia platforms a plus

Additional Information
The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) comprises several entities serving about 30,000 students annually. The Harvard Extension School, the Harvard Summer School, the Harvard Professional Development Programs and the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement allow Harvard to serve the learning needs of students across their life. For more than a century, Harvard Extension School has made Harvard faculty and teaching accessible to a diverse community of local, national, and international students. Harvard Extension School enrolls approximately 16,000 students per year in approximately 46 graduate and undergraduate liberal arts and professional fields. More than 1,500 open enrollment courses are offered year-round with over 600 available online are offered at affordable prices to our communities across the world.  Harvard Summer School offers approximately 450 courses on the Harvard Campus to 10,000 secondary school, college and adult learners and more than 30 international study abroad programs for up to 600 students each summer. The Division also includes the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement with approximately 550 active members and Harvard Professional Development Programs offering 80 short noncredit courses to almost 4,000 learners annually.

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Division of Continuing Education

Pre-Employment Screening

M-F 9-5

Job Function
Information Technology

Division of Continuing Education

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Summary
Independently manage complex applications/web development for projects of large to very large size and complexity; typically work as part of a team to implement business solutions. Perform expert coding: design, develop code at an expert level, and manage development projects, teams, programs. May manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Typical Core Duties
  • Responsible for effective staff management, including hiring and orientation, training and development, workflow and performance management, and the promotion of an inclusive and innovative work environment
  • Participate fully in software development life cycle
  • Research, design, and implement technical solutions to deliver business requirements
  • Identify opportunities to improve and simplify applications portfolio and implement related enhancements
  • Contribute to creation and maturing of software development best practices and new technologies
  • Draw on relationship and technical skills to act as technical liaison to internal and external clients and to mentor junior staff
  • Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct

Basic Qualifications
  • Minimum of five years' post-secondary education and/or relevant work experience
  • Supervisory Experience

Certificates and Licenses
  • Completion of Harvard IT Academy specified foundational courses (or external equivalent) preferred

Working Conditions
  • Work is performed in an office setting

Job-Specific Responsibilities
Reporting to the Director of Marketing Services in the Office of Marketing & Strategy at Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education (DCE), the Web Development Manager serves as a key member of the team responsible for setting the technical and strategic direction of DCE’s websites. The Web Development Manager leads a team of developers, providing direction to shape the future of each website keeping in mind departmental and organizational goals. A successful candidate will be well-organized, able to translate business processes and needs into technical solutions, and have the ability to build strong partnerships with key stakeholders, both internally and externally.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Manages a team of front- and back-end web developers, providing overall guidance and direction, including delivering positive and developmental feedback proactively
  • Sets technical direction for DCE public-facing websites
  • Stays up to date on current best practices regarding website features and functionality, and leads technical integration and migration of sites to new Drupal/CMS versions
  • Maintains Harvard Extension and Harvard Summer School course catalog web applications
  • Develops and maintains expertise in PHP; stays current on standards for web usability, design, coding, CSS, scripting languages, browser and mobile compatibility, and accessibility issues; must be flexible to learning new skills as needed
  • Develops and deploys testing and debugging strategies to ensure that sites are consistent and accessible to the widest number of users and devices
  • Partners with MIS department on integration of student information services (SIS; Banner) and Salesforce data into websites, and addresses ongoing performance and programming updates
  • Serves as primary point of contact for internal and external constituents and vendors, providing expertise related to SIS data imports, noncredit program registration systems, and troubleshooting issues with web-hosting vendor
  • Leads, manages, and trains on the coding and development of websites; sets and manages deadlines for technical projects, alongside the content team
  • Works with digital marketing team to develop strategic approaches to website analytics, tracking, and tagging for marketing campaigns and business intelligence/data gathering