Web Developer

Pennsylvania, United States
Thursday, 10 September 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 10 November 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Web Developer

Job Profile Title

Application Developer B

Job Description Summary

The web developer works to create and update library web applications, focusing primarily on the main library Drupal website. This position requires strong front-end, back-end development and QA automation skills, including the ability to fix accessibility issues, setup for new Drupal sites including building theme and custom modules.

Job Description

The web developer will work closely with application developers, designers, the Libraries’ Office of Strategic Communication, and other stakeholders across the libraries.  The projects include new and existing web applications that serve thousands of users per day with varying levels of research experience and a wide variety of information and research needs. Communications and interpersonal skills are essential, since the web developer works closely with departmental staff and external vendors to continuously improve the Libraries' web presence, as well as define and document new projects.

The web developer must possess strong critical thinking and technical problem-solving skills, along with a demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging technologies that will help the library pursue continuous improvement in user interfaces and UX. They will have facility with the platforms, methods, and best practices that power our primary sites: Drupal, Javascript, and CSS.


The web developer is responsible for the full-stack web application design, development, testing, maintenance and documentation to work on the following:

  • Build Drupal modules and themes
  • Provide training and technical assistance to facilitate the creation of accessible web content
  • Continuous improvement of web properties
  • Collaborate on project documentation and best practices


  • A Bachelor's Degree is preferred and 2 years to 3 years of related experience is required.
  • Proficient understanding of web markup, including HTML5, CSS3
  • Proficient understanding of client-side scripting and JavaScript frameworks, including jQuery
  • Proficient understanding of cross-browser compatibility issues and ways to work around them.
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git
  • Ability to read and ensure feasibility of UI/ UX/ design documents such as screen layouts, user interface elements, and prototypes;
  • Knowledge of web standards and ability to identify and remedy web accessibility issues;

*** REQUIRED*** Please submit a resume and cover letter as one attachment when applying.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

University Library

Pay Range

$42,953.00 - $113,435.00

Affirmative Action Statement 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.