Northwestern University — Developer Sr.

Job ID:  39146
Location: Chicago, Illinois 

Department: MED-Central IT
Salary/Grade: ITS/80

Job Summary:
Participates as technical expert in design, development, coding, testing, and/or debugging of major new software and/or significant enhancements to existing software, which may include applications over multiple platforms.  Guides and advises junior staff.  Manages complex projects independently and assists in estimating and planning for future development work. Performs complex system integration tasks.

The successful applicant will maintain and extend novel web applications that support the Feinberg School of Medicine. The position is homed in the central IT group and works closely with faculty and staff at Feinberg.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical leadership on projects.
  • Acts as subject matter expert (SME) in appropriate technologies and business domain.
  • Designs, codes, tests, debugs and documents all phases of applications development.  
  • Codes software applications adhering to designs supporting internal business requirements or external user.
  • Troubleshoots complex, difficult issues.
  • Designs databases and data structures.
  • Provides recommendations on how to enhance system to meet full business requirements.
  • Determines project feasibility and how to integrate with current system.


  • Develops and implements procedures for data security, management and compliance
  • Creates and maintains code documentation.
  • Creates ad hoc administrative reports.
  • Delivers system presentations and overviews.   
  • Evaluates feature/upgrade/change requests and recommends action.
  • Researches new technologies to enhance current system.

 Strategic Planning

  • Provides application development leadership for new and existing software applications.  
  • Partners with user in designing features for technology.
  • Provides recommendation on how to enhance system for future growth.
  • Advises/recommends project and activities as related to system/architectural direction and strategy.  


  • Provides work direction to team members.
  • Supervises staff such as team members, subordinates, contractors, vendors, students, etc.
  • Coaches and mentors staff.
  • Manages projects ensuring timelines and deliverables are met and meet expectations. 
  • Provides input to staff assignments.
  • Provides input to performance evaluations for junior team members.  

Performs other duties as assigned 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in a major such as computer science, information technology, or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience. 
  • 4 years relevant experience required.
  • Knowledgeable in the following areas: 
    • Code Repositories (Git, Subversion)
    • CSS
    • C#
    • JQuery
    • PL/SQL
    • Critical thinking 
    • Data modeling 
    • Database design/ data structure 
    • Judgement 
    • Code documentation 
    • Collaboration and teamwork 
    • Planning 

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  1. Excellent communications skills, both oral and written. 
  2. Excellent organizational and problem solving skills.
  3. Team Player: ability to build effective collaboration and trust in a team environment.
  4. Multi-tasking: ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  5. Attention to detail: must be able to manage a complex project and maintain accuracy while working on complex tasks.

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)

  • Experience working in a University environment
  • Experience with support of researchers and scientists

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Prior experience with Cloud-based serverless development (i.e. AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Azure)
  • Experience with modern programming languages (Golang, Node.js) a plus.
  • Experience with building automated code deployment pipelines in a CICD environment a plus.
  • Working knowledge of automated integration unit testing.

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Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.