Asst. Web Developer Mass Historical Society

Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 12:00am

Assistant Web Developer (half-time; temporary two-year position)

The Massachusetts Historical Society seeks a talented and energetic individual to assist with the development and maintenance of the Society's rapidly expanding website. This is a half-time, two-year appointment. The MHS website serves the entire organization and presents information about the Society, digital collections, web exhibitions, and other online features. The successful candidate will report to the MHS web developer as a member of the library collections services department.

The MHS, the oldest historical society in the United States, is an independent, non-profit, research library founded in 1791 for the purpose of collecting, preserving, and disseminating sources for the study of American history. The Society is located at 1154 Boylston St. in Boston.

Duties: The assistant web developer will be responsible for contributing to the Society's web projects by working in a number of web technologies and languages including xHTML, CSS, Javascript, and PHP. In addition, s/he will assist with maintaining and upgrading earlier projects; improving application code; meeting new web standards for accessibility and compatibility; and creating documentation for new and existing web applications. Because the website serves all departments of the MHS, the successful candidate also must work and communicate well with staff at all levels and technical backgrounds.

Requirements: The successful applicant will be able to code xHTML/CSS2 following best practices, write PHP within existing MHS frameworks, be familiar with the LAMP platform, and have experience with data-driven applications. Excellent problem-solving and interpersonal skills and the ability to prioritize competing demands and multi-task are essential.

Strong preference will be given to candidates with experience in any of the following areas: writing Javascript from scratch, developing xHTML/CSS/Javascript for mobile devices, writing OOP in PHP following best practices, writing SQL queries, familiarity with XML, programming in XSLT and XQuery, and/or experience using the Linux shell. Experience in an academic or cultural setting also a plus.

Educational requirements: BA/BS in related field, with a demonstrated interest in the humanities a plus

Wage: 17.5-20 hours per week at $22/hour. Hours are flexible but the successful candidate must have a regular schedule between 9 am and 4:45 pm, Monday-Friday. This position does not offer benefits.

To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, a list of websites you have worked on specifying your contribution to the site, and examples of any server-side code for those sites to:

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Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02215
Fax: 617/859-0074
No phone calls, please

This position will be available on or around January 9, 2012. Preference will be given to applications received by December 9, 2011.


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