Senior Web Developer

  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Silicon Valley, CA
Full Time Information Technology Software Development

Job Description

Senior Web Developer


Location: Silicon Valley


Job ID: 14263


Initial Review Date (IRD)

UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit.


Initial Review Date (IRD): 01-25-2021


Dept Marketing Statement

This is a position within the division of the University of California Santa Cruz Extension.


Smarter Balanced is a member led organization of states and territories that collaborate to provide formative, interim and summative assessment resources (e.g. tools, items, tests, etc.) that help educators better prepare their students to be college and career ready after they leave high school.


The UCSC Extension is the leading workforce educator in Silicon Valley and the only institution in the area to offer University of California quality accredited courses designed by experienced instructors who are actually working in their field. We serve:


  • new college graduates needing practical skills
  • people in the workforce looking to update skills or change direction
  • lifelong learners interested in studying with industry experts in the heart of Silicon Valley
  • K-12 students and educators by providing access to high quality curriculum and assessments that are aligned to rigorous standards


Position Summary


Uses advanced applications programming skills to resolve highly complex issues related to Smarter Balanced applications and conducts code fixes and enhancements. Regularly works on highly complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. May lead a team of internal or external engineers on projects or technical efforts. Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.


Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary Information: $90,000 - $110,000 / Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.


No. of Positions: 1


Benefits Level Eligibility: Full


Schedule Information:


100% weekly

40 hours weekly


Day Shift


Employee Classification: Career Appointment


Job End Date: None


Work Location: Remote


Union Representation: None


Job Duties

65% - Software Development


Applies advanced software concepts to plan, design, develop, modify, enhance. debug, deploy and evaluate highly complex software for functional areas. Analyzes existing highly complex software or works to formulate logic and devises algorithms for new software systems. Performs highly complex data analysis and tests/debugs sophisticated software, working directly with clients and management. Initiates, analyzes, designs and applies highly complex interfaces between systems and databases. Applies and documents highly technical programming security practices.


Specifies, develops and executes complex test plans, including performance, security, accessibility and integration testing. Develops conversion and system implementation plans. Performs or directs highly complex data modeling, performance and integration testing and builds interfaces. Determines source code control techniques and configuration management design and changes. Provides leadership in the development of departmental best practices for software development and support.


Supports general operations across the portfolio. Completes client requests and resolves incidents. Drafts and updates technical documentation. Evaluates and responds to error messages, alerts, and inquiries from peer departments.


35% - Technical Leadership


Participates in a wide range of project and service efforts. May serve in a variety of roles, including developer, lead software engineer, team member, technical subject matter expert or liaison to another group. Provides team and individual estimates of effort and duration for proposed projects and activities, including contingency and scenario planning. May serve as technical lead for multiple software development projects of moderate to broad scope. May lead a team of software development professionals. Enforces project plans.


Stays abreast of and mentors peers in current technologies and best practices. Seeks interactions with colleagues across the division to share experiences and information. Mentors fellow developers in development techniques and approaches. Understands and applies industry practices, community standards and department policies and procedures in depth.


Security Statement

The incumbent is required to follow all applicable UC Policies and information security policies, procedures, and standards to maintain minimum standards of information security for data, systems and applications. Supervisors are responsible for making sure their staff have appropriate security skills and qualifications, and complete all appropriate and required security training.


Required Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Advanced knowledge of secure software development Thorough experience with common programming tools.
  • Highly advanced skills associated with large and small scale software specification, design, modification, implementation and deployment including object-oriented programming concepts. Specifically, expert knowledge in PHP, TypeScript, Javascript, Node, Containers, Docker, Kubernetes, Cloud-based Microservices, API integrations, CI/CD Pipelines, and SQL databases such as Postgres.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand functional needs and how systems can support those needs. Demonstrated ability to develop conversion and system implementation plans.
  • Advanced experience with identification and use of code libraries and open-source forums.
  • Demonstrated software repository skills.
  • Experience developing and executing complex test plans.
  • Demonstrated effective communication, adaptability, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization.
  • Self-motivated and works independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to learn effectively.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated complex problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to interface with leadership and management on a regular basis.




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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.


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Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree