SMU DataArts - Cultural Data Profile


Applications Developer

Job Summary: 

Would you enjoy developing software in a start-up like environment, but also like having the backing and support of a 100+ year old educational/research institution? How does a casual workplace in a loft-like office building in the up-and-coming Philadelphia neighborhoods of Northern Liberties and Olde City sound to you? Does helping nonprofit arts and cultural organizations across the country find funding to continue their passion motivate and intrigue you? 

SMU DataArts is building a national culture of data-driven decision making, enabling useful and accessible information to the arts and culture sector. We are seeking an energetic, motivated, growth-oriented developer to join our team. The position will be responsible for working with other team members and stakeholders to understand business requirements and to assist with project plan estimates and ensure milestones are met, using the latest tools in the industry.


Salary Range: 

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Essential Functions:

  • Develop, commit, test, and deploy the organization’s web-based application coded in PHP and MySQL
  • Adhere to and enforce version control system processes
  • Assist with application deployment strategy in development, staging and in production
  • Utilize relevant trends and industry best practices in order to reduce maintenance burdens, ensure quality service and product, increase efficiency, and maintain a secure environment
  • Collaborate with all development team members (Business Analyst, Data Administrator, Graphic Designer, Front-end Developer, etc.) and stakeholders (both internal and external) to understand business requirements and contribute creative ideas and enhancements to the platform
  • Assist with project plan time estimates and ensure development milestones are met


Education and Experience:

A bachelor's degree and a minimum of 3 years of experience and expertise in PHP, Laravel/Angular framework, MySQL, and version control systems (Git) is required for this position. 


Knowledge and Skills:

The ideal candidate will have strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills with a solid customer service orientation. Problem-solving, time management, and project management are all key to the success of this position. Organizational and planning skills with attention to detail are a must.

Candidate should have a passion for the best design and coding practices and the desire to develop creative and bold ideas. Must have enthusiasm in the organization's mission and for bettering and growing the arts and culture sector of our nation. Must be able to produce clear, well-written documents for a wide range of audiences and have the ability to set priorities and manage multiple competing projects on deadline.

This position requires demonstrable knowledge of frameworks currently in use at the organization (AngularJS, Laravel, Bootstrap), Linux, Apache, CSS, HTML. Must have experience building and/or working heavily with REST APIs and a proven history working on long-term, full SDLC projects, particularly using Agile (SCRUM) methodologies.


Deadline to Apply:

This position is open until filled. 


This position is based in Philadelphia.


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