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Information Systems Engineer - A&F IT

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: A&F Information Technology
Union: PSU
Categories: Computer & Information Technology

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

The Information Systems Engineer develops and maintains Ruby on Rails web applications for intranet and internet transactional websites for Administration and Finance (A&F) departments. Recommends new technologies, helps plan future directions for A&F, and leads internal projects.


Essential Functions

  • Designs, develops, deploys, documents, and supports enterprise class, mission critical web applications using Ruby on Rails, Single Sign-On Authentication, Web Services, version control software, SQL, Oracle, vendor APIs, and other related technologies.
  • Provides consulting to A&F departments on the design and development of web and intranet sites. Designs and maintains web and intranet sites throughout A&F.
  • Participates in the planning of short- and long-term goals and directions for A&F Web programming group.
  • Re-programs and migrates applications from legacy PHP infrastructure to Ruby on Rails while maintaining mission critical access to the information.
  • Leads paired programming and periodic code reviews. Follows University guidelines for security policies, standards, and PCI compliance. Attends training, as required. Other Responsibilities.


Other Functions

  • Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business or related field OR Associates Degree in Computer Science, Business or related field with two (2) or more years of relevant experience.
  • Experience meeting demands of a complex production environment where system availability is mission critical. Must be able to plan and schedule migrations and updates to minimize impact on users. Must be able to troubleshoot and fix problems while communicating expected time to resolution under stressful conditions.
  • Experience programming complex web applications using languages such as PHP and model–view–controller software architecture and frameworks such as Ruby on Rails in conjunction with technologies such as CSS, JavaScript, XML, JQuery and AJAX.
  • Experience with prototyping, unit testing, and agile software development methodologies.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL) and experience with maintaining Linux systems.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with University policy.
  • Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.
  • Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.
  • Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Knowledge of web server administration (Apache and Internet Information Server) and experience with data security standards and best practices.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Balancing, carrying, pulling/pushing, repetitive movement, standing, bending, climbing, driving, reaching, sitting, twisting and lifting.
  • Travel to other campuses and typical office environment.


Work Schedule

  • 7.5 Hours per day, Monday - Friday.
  • Required to work some nights.
  • Required to work some weekends.


Salary Information

Level 26

PSU Salary Ranges


Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with application, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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