Application Developer B

Application Developer B

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. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

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.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Application Developer B

Job Profile Title
Application Developer B

Job Description Summary
This Application Developer position serves as a developer for College Houses and Academic Services.

Reporting to the Director of College House Information Technology and under limited direction of Senior Application Developers: Create, develop, and deploy web-based applications. College Houses and Academic Services Technology primarily builds solutions using various platforms, including Cold Fusion and Drupal, while also supporting some additional SaaS hosted applications. This position requires a solid foundation in HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Some form of scripting knowledge using tools like CF, PHP, Python, Bash is required to help process routine data tasks. Application developers routinely work with data from internal/external SQL Servers and APIs. Command line tools are used to manage remote application servers and Git software repositories. The Application Developer administers full development environments with full QA and deployment protocols. This includes designing interfaces focusing on the end user's experience and ease of use; Organizing, planning, and leading projects; Creating documentation and supporting development process and redundancy; Assisting in monitoring, administering and maintaining all systems crucial to the division; Ensuring optimal up time to core constituency; Contributing to evaluating new software technologies and improving the College Houses and Academic Services IT infrastructure. Ensuring adherence to Security and Privacy Impact Assessments, and ISC technical requirements for University IT properties.

Job Description


1. Assist with maintaining, supporting, and updating existing administrative applications and databases written in multiple platforms and used by the 6000+ students, staff and faculty that comprise the Penn Housing community. Provide customization's and webpage changes required to deliver an optimal experience to CHAS staff and related stakeholders.

2. Conduct good development practice with proper planning for developmental lead time, quality assurance and testing. Documentation of all development processes and systems authored. Takes ownership of application deployment when technical lead including building team schedules and communicating outcomes.

3. Work with CHAS IT staff and various other constituencies to analyze requirements, identify risks, make recommendations, design, and implement applications, develop ongoing maintenance processes and identify possibilities for future development.

4. Investigate, learn, and implement new web-related technologies as required to enhance web services and programming. Assist in developing and maintaining IT security policies and helps to define, convey, and demonstrate best practices in accordance with university policies and industry standards.

5. Collaborate with peers to develop long term strategies for optimized web properties as well as redundancy in support protocols for those properties.

6. Participate in various campus-wide evaluation teams and pilot programs. Participate in the departmental planning / implementation of computing policies and related educational efforts including staff and student training.

7. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


A Bachelor's Degree and 0-3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Solid understanding of object-oriented programming practices (minimum 1 OOP language), modern web development practice and server-side scripting. Strong knowledge of Javascript and command of JavaScript as a full web stack programming language with asynchronous function calls. Knowledge of web technologies such as HTML5 and CSS3. Understanding of RDBMS, MS-SQL and/or SQL Server tools. Familiarity with command line tools for server maintenance and development. Willingness to learn and support existing legacy platforms, including ColdFusion, and assist with supporting the Drupal CMS. Existing knowledge a plus. Excellent communication, organizational ability, with a fine attention to detail. Technical writing skills. Ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive materials, to work independently and as part of a team and to simultaneously manage multiple assignments of varying durations.

Working Conditions:
Office, library, computer room

Alternate schedules

Physical Effort:
Typically sitting at a desk or table

Occasional lifting of 25 lbs or less.

Application Requirement:

A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Budgeted Pay Range:

$55,000 -- $65,000 commensurate with education and experience

University of Pennsylvania has made the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University announced that students, faculty, and staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID . As a prospective and/or new employee at University of Pennsylvania, you will be required to comply with University's vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required at the time of employment. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
College Houses and Academic Services

Pay Range
$43,919.00 - $90,263.00

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.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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