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Senior Application Developer
Chicago, IL

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Job Description

Please make sure to read the job posting in its entirety as it reflects both the University roles and responsibilities, followed by the specific description.

Department4445003 IT Services Web Services

About the UnitIT Services is an integral part of the University of Chicago, committed to service delivery and support of the university mission through innovative uses of technology.

Job FamilyInformation Technology

Responsible for the design, implementation, and maintenance of new and existing applications, systems architecture, and network infrastructure. Ensures operation and security of all servers and networks. Configures, installs, maintains and upgrades applications and hardware for the organization's infrastructure and for end-user devices.

Career Track and Job LevelProgramming

Performs and oversees a variety of activities relating to software support and/or development. Oversees technical development projects and the implementation of applications and/or websites. Provides analysis, design, development, debugging, and modification of computer code for applications, beta general releases, and production support. Develops and builds web pages, applications and user interfaces using a variety of software applications, techniques, and tools. New development, break fixes, maintenance, operational support of code and application ecosystem currently in production. Includes overall application administration and integration management.

P3: Requires in-depth knowledge and experience. Uses best practices and knowledge of internal or external University issues to improve products or services. Solves complex problems; takes a new perspective using existing solutions. Works independently, receives minimal guidance. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience.

Role ImpactIndividual Contributor

ResponsibilitiesThe job works independently to perform a variety of activities relating to software support and/or development. Analyzes, designs, develops, debugs, and modifies computer code for end user applications, beta general releases, and production support. Guides development and implementation of applications, web pages, and user-interfaces using a variety of software applications, techniques, and tools. Solves complex problems in administration, maintenance, integration, and troubleshooting of code and application ecosystem currently in production.

1) Designs new systems, features, and tools. Solves complex problems and identifies opportunities for technical improvement and performance optimization. Reviews and tests code to ensure appropriate standards are met., 2) Utilizes technical knowledge of existing and emerging technologies, including public cloud offerings from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud., 3) Acts as a technical consultant and resource for faculty research, teaching, and/or administrative projects., 4) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities

1) Leading ongoing development, maintenance and support of the ServiceNow (a provider of enterprise service management (ESM) software) application, including but not limited to designing work processes and workflows, developing applications and code, optimizing packaged application code performance, maintaining code, mentoring other developers and administrators and providing support.

2) Responsible for ServiceNow projects as a senior developer, analyst, implementer and reviewer; and consults on technologies, environments, and other IT Services decisions related to the hosting and/or development of the overall portfolio of internal tools applications assigned to this team.

3) Shares responsibility for ServiceNow application strategy and operations.

4) Manages changes, mentors and assists other team members with process design and enhancement.

5) Translates business requirements into well-designed applications while balancing user and business needs, technical competencies, industry developments and time constraints.

6) Documents proposed solutions through technical diagrams.

7) Prepares resource estimates.

8) Provides periodic status reports on past, current and planned activities.

9) Works with users and technical staff to resolve problems and responds to suggestions for improvements and enhancements.

10) Diagnoses and repairs systems failures and provides on-call support for problem resolution.

11) Participates in developing user manuals.

12) Maintains up-to-date technical knowledge through a variety of vendor information sources.

13) May serve as services manager for the purposes of the IT Services catalog.

14) ServiceNow application life-cycle:

15) Lead the design, develop and implement additions, enhancements, changes, upgrades and fixes to the ServiceNow application.

16) Provide documentation and technical drawings as required

17) Provide analysis of the process designs for ITIL functions utilized within ServiceNow and assess opportunities for improvement .

18) Participate in testing, Quality Assurance, security review, and support of internal applications tools.

19) Manage services through operational upgrades and patches, changes in platforms, service subscriptions, and/or licensing

20) Maintain, implement, and test modules in cooperation with the Manager and departments utilizing best practices for software development, including automated testing, proper execution of specifications, adherence to documentation standards, and participation in implementation & configuration reviews.

Unit-preferred Competencies

1) Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

2) Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.

3) Excellent analytical skills.

4) Process mapping/diagramming tools such as Visio.

5) Keen sense of IT Service Management automation.

6) Excellent organizational and time management skills.

7) Knowledge of educational data standards.

Working Conditions

1) Standard office environment

2) On-call responsibilities

Mental Demands

1) Self-motivation and the ability to take initiative.

2) Ability to prioritize multiple projects and independently follow through with detail.

Education, Experience, and CertificationsMinimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field.

2) Advance degree in a technical field.

3) Developer Certification.


1) Minimum five years of experience supporting tools and applications used internally by IT(e.g. recharge systems, work ticketing systems, billing systems, monitoring and alert systems, etc).

2) Minimum four years of professional programming and testing experience with JavaScript, Java, and/or open source technologies.

3) Minimum three years of experience developing and executing application test plans.

4) Minimum three years of experience using SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) and providing service in an ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) environment.

5) Minimum three years of experience with at least three of the following ServiceNow processes: (e.g. Incident Management, Change Management, Service Request Management, Problem Management, SDLC, Asset Management, Human Resources, Financial Service Management, Knowledge Management).

6) Experience leading a team.

7) Experience with the following: (e.g. Javascript, subscription-based technologies, Platform-as-a-Service services, multi-tenant applications).

8) Professional experience within a higher education environment.

9) Experience implementing systems using the Agile/Scrum methodology.

10) Experience designing and coding applications for cross-departmental or multi-client use.

11) Experience with configuration and maintenance of applications and services in cloud/hosted environments.

12) Minimum five years of experience in IT in a Research 1 university.

13) Minimum five years of experience with Service Now or similar tool.

14) Experience with the most recent version of the ServiceNow product.

Required Documents

1) Resume

2) Cover Letter

NOTE: When applying all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

FLSA StatusExempt

Pay FrequencyMonthly

Pay GradeDepends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours37.5

Benefits EligibleYes

Drug Test RequiredNo

Health Screen RequiredNo

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry RequiredNo

Posting Date2019-05-23-07:00

Remove from Posting On or Before2019-11-23-08:00

Posting Statement

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

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