Software Development Senior

$85,000 - $100,000 yearly
  • University of Michigan
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Dec 13, 2022
Full time Computer Science Engineering Information Technology Technology

Job Description

What You'll Do

In this position, you will be empowered in a highly autonomous developer role within a collaborative team leveraging modern technologies, languages and approaches. The developer for this role will join cutting edge efforts to support higher education through personalization and gameful learning. Work with complex data and cloud based solutions. Be part of a dynamic multi-disciplinary team that focuses on creativity and impact; automation and iteration. The developer selected for this position will play a critical role in advancing and exploring the cutting-edge of teaching and learning software innovation at the University of Michigan. Help create and evolve applications to author and participate in simulations (ViewPoint), coach students to success in foundational courses (ECoach), and support data informed decision making for courses and majors (Atlas). Operate across a wide range of exciting projects and technologies with a focus on leveraging dedicated development cycles to target the initialization, improvement and iteration needed to advance high-priority software innovations.

Who We Are

About the Educational Technology Team: As a Senior Developer at the Center for Academic Innovation, you will play a key role on the Education Technology team. This team is made up of diverse skill sets and individuals, including Software Developers, UX Designers, QA Analysts, DevOps Engineers, Data Scientists and Behavioral Scientists. We work collaboratively to apply our expertise to create innovative solutions, tools and technologies to the big challenges in education, enabling innovative learning and personalization at scale across the U-M community and beyond.

About the Center for Academic Innovation: The Center for Academic Innovation is where creativity, excellence, and the University of Michigan’s aspirations for societal impact combine to reimagine the future of higher education. Through curricular innovation, educational data and research, and educational technology, we position U-M as a global leader in academic innovation to create and inspire change in higher education and to reinforce an engaged and informed society.

Why Work at Michigan?


In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, the University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off, including vacation time, sick time, holiday and season days
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

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  • Project level application development, including reviewing the work of fellow developers and designers
  • Coordination with QA to ensure fully tested and high quality version releases
  • Maintaining technical familiarity and expertise with the evolution of mainstream and emerging technologies
  • Collaborating closely with software developers, user experience designers, instructional designers, faculty, researchers, and students at the University of Michigan
  • Employing a pragmatic approach by understanding the tradeoffs between a perfect solution and a working solution
  • Working closely with the team to solve problems, transfer knowledge, and develop software architecture and designs

Skills You Have

  • You are a self-driven team contributor who enjoys conceiving and implementing solutions to complex real world problems. You think in terms of abstraction, modularity and reuse. You architect your projects to address the situation in front of you and optimize for future flexibility. You know how to work backward to address a problem rather than accept a solution.
  • You are known for your forward-looking mindset, anticipating needs and opportunities before they emerge. You believe in iteration and think in terms of efficiency and sustainability, pursuing automation and reducing points of failure. You take pride in the work you deliver and are known for the quality of your releases. You set ambitious goals and realistic milestones.
  • You are valued as a team member and thought partner. You are comfortable presenting your ideas to your team and stakeholders. You are a skilled and enthusiastic collaborator who works well in team settings, knowing where to listen to the expertise of others and when to lead with your own.
  • You think from the user perspective and challenge yourself and your collaborators to think about impact and design solutions to identifiable challenges. You care about usability, functionality and presentation of the applications you design. You have experience creating something new and helping projects realize their potential.

Additional Information

  • This position will report to the Associate Director for Application Architecture at the Center for Academic Innovation
  • This role is intended as a hybrid role (some amount of time in-office in Ann Arbor, some remote)
  • This position must be based in the United States
  • This is a 5 year term limited position with the possibility of renewal depending on funding

Salary Information

The expected salary for this position begins at $85,000. Candidates can expect to be paid a competitive and equitable salary. Factors used to determine salary include experience, knowledge and skills for the position and internal equity within the unit. All candidates are encouraged to discuss salary questions to honor alignment and transparency throughout the recruiting process.

Hiring Details:

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, include your salary requirements, 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.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) is committed to inclusion in our organizational work, culture, climate, and the products we create. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain a diverse team as a reflection of our commitment to our work designing equitable and inclusive learning and work environments that are necessary for the university community to make progress on solving societal challenges. CAI draws on each of our team member’s unique backgrounds and experiences to guide our everyday work in the center, and our team collaborates with students, staff, and faculty on projects that center our commitment to DEIJ work. All interested applicants, including those from groups historically marginalized by educational privilege, are encouraged to apply.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including one booster when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.


Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related field and 3+ years of professional software development experience, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience
  • Experience working in a cross-functional product team
  • Experience developing and deploying applications at scale
  • Experience working with Python or Ruby and an associated web application framework (e.g. Flask/Django or Rails)
  • Foundational knowledge of modern web technologies including JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS
  • Experience working with relational database platforms (e.g.: MySQL, PostgreSQL or Oracle)
  • Hold strong attention to detail and concern for information accuracy
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work well in a multicultural and collaborative environment

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General-Other: IT-Software Development, IT Project Management, Project Management, Systems Analysis - IT

Salary Information

Candidates can expect to be paid a competitive and equitable salary.