Software Engineer - Engineering Education

School/Institution:Yale University, United States, Connecticut

Discipline: Engineering Education

Employment Type:Full-time


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Software Engineer

Bargaining Unit: None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)

Time Type: Full time

Duration Type: Regular

Compensation Grade: Administration & Operations

Compensation Grade Profile: Supervisor; Senior Associate (P5)

Work Location: Central Campus

Worksite Address: 150 Munson Street New Haven, CT 06511

Searchable Job Family: Computing and Information Systems

Position Focus:

Reporting to the Application Development Manager, the Software Engineer participates in the sustainable development and maintenance of custom software applications in support of faculty-led research, student life, and other areas of the mission of the university. This role requires close work with colleagues, clients, students, and vendors to deliver high-quality, easy-to-use, and easily maintainable software as well as support and remediate existing applications.

The Software Engineer will be responsible for developing high-quality, well-tested, robust, and secure web and mobile applications. They will write, review, and maintain code (primarily in Ruby and JavaScript) following industry standards and best practices; evaluate and recommend solutions; guide architecture decisions; and work with UX designers and project managers to implement new features and build applications as well as help remediate and maintain existing applications. This role will include collaboration with the User Experience & Design Services team, the Information Security Office, and the Infrastructure and Design Services teams as well as other departments across the University to ensure successful outcomes.

Incumbent will have strong technical skills, be self-motivated and have the capability of working both independently and collaboratively, and take a user-first approach to developing software.

Essential Duties

  • Develops programs or systems of small to moderate size and complexity. Modifies existing systems at all levels of difficulty.
  • Provides informational input into decisions concerning the development and delivery of applications, programs and systems. Defines and analyzes requirements to meet the expectations of stakeholders and intended end user needs, scheduled timeline, and budgetary targets.
  • Analyzes, defines and designs new systems and applications. Writes code in support of business solutions.
  • Responsible for the creation, definition, communication, and management of project plans which includes architectural design, technology selection and methodologies to apply.
  • Troubleshoots problems and provide ongoing maintenance and support for applications and systems.
  • Prepares documentation, user manuals and develops formal proposals for new systems and modifications to existing systems. Mentors technical staff and provide training for end users.
  • Contributes in the development of policies or modifications to exiting policies.
  • Applies and keeps current with existing and emerging technologies and methodologies. Provides ongoing input to the establishment of programming standards, procedures, and methodologies.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's Degree in a related field and two years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Technical proficiency in one or more web application development frameworks or technologies including Ruby on Rails, Node.js, and front-end JS frameworks (i.e. React.JS).

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Proven ability with the modern software development lifecycle as it pertains to web and mobile applications such as Git, Continuous Integration, Test-Driven Development, automated testing / QA, and modern application deployment.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Knowledge of agile software development principles; capable of handling multiple projects at once, meeting deliverables, and independent time management. Demonstrated ability working collaboratively with others and providing meaningful feedback through formal code review and informal discussions.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Familiarity with the principles of digital accessibility and techniques to remediate accessibility issues and proactively develop accessible front-end interfaces from scratch.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Excellent oral and written communication, presentation and facilitation skills.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Experience with DevOps: managing application servers, database servers, containers (e.g. Docker), and monitoring / logging. Experience providing formal and/or informal mentorship or teaching.

Weekend Hours Required : Occasional

Evening Hours Required : Occasional

Drug Screen: No

Health Screening: No

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:

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