How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. If possible, please include a link to your electronic portfolio/dossier as part of your resume.
The University of Michigan Library is one of the world's largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university's worldchanging work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.
The University of Michigan Library is seeking a Front-End Architect & Accessibility Specialist. The specialist position is twofold. As Front-End Architect, this position provides leadership for creating and maintaining high-quality,efficient user interfaces and setting front-end development standards across the Library’s websites, as well as for developing tools and workflows to maintain those standards. The Front-End Architect sets the direction for front-end development and coordinates related projects and initiatives, including the day-to-day work of other Interface Developers.
As Accessibility Specialist, this position helps to ensure that the resources we provide meet
or exceed the accessibility requirements of our users. This includes evaluating interfaces
(both legacy interfaces and interfaces we are creating, licensing, or planning to license) as
well as consulting with developers, designers, and groups outside of Library IT. The Specialist performs a significant amount of outreach with the campus and library accessibility officers and sets the direction for establishing best universal design practices and workflows for assessment within the Library IT division.
The Front-End Architect & Accessibility Specialist reports to the Head of Design & Discovery.
The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library's mission.
- Participate in the design and development of systems that support scalable adaptable business workflows, including needs assessment and requirements gathering
- Coordinate with user interface designers and front-end developers to implement front-ends for web applications
- Collaborate with other developers and systems specialists to design and develop backends for web applications
- Lead the creation of front-end web development and universal design standards and best practices within the division and encourage their use
- Work with the stakeholders, including partners within and beyond the library, to provide consultation, specifications, and technical support for their specific front-end and accessibility needs
- Configure and customize open source software and engage in collaborative development activity using modern tools and techniques
- Share knowledge and expertise with peers in informal and arranged mentorship roles
- Participate actively in the open source communities with which we are engaged
- Review system and software designs and prepare and conduct functional tests
- Create and maintain internal documentation
- Actively engage in professional development activities to expand skills and competencies