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Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit global convener of dialogue on the most significant issues of the day through engagement across four pillars of the arts, education, religion, and recreation. The Chautauqua community is located on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State and comes alive each summer with a unique mix of visual and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship/programs, and recreational activities.  The Institution has passed a strategic plan (150 Forward) that endeavors to expand its reach to year-round programming and to harness its brand for continuous impact. A Washington, DC Office allows the Institution to play an ongoing role in the cultural conversations of the nation. 

About Information Technology

The Institution’s Department of Information Technology is responsible for advancing the mobilization of technology solutions organization-wide to meet strategic goals while supporting day-to-day technology requirements.  Information Technology has a small team of experienced technicians who support software and hardware systems for numerous services, departments, and programs including sales systems, video processing, and ticketing systems.  Information Technology integrates applications to create a technology ecosystem that enable the Institution to expand its mission and deliver on goals and objectives.

Summary

The Web Developer will work with other developers to design, code, test, and analyze web programs of a broad nature related to ticketing, finance, video processing, server automation, data processing, and eCommerce among others. This includes researching, designing, documenting, and modifying application specifications throughout the production lifecycle. The web developer will also monitor and address software errors in a timely and accurate fashion and provide status reports where required. This incumbent will work on web programs that serve both internal users and patrons as well as assist in connecting or extending existing software applications. 

Responsibilities

Strategy & Planning

  • Assist developers, analysts, and designers in conceptualizing and developing new programs and applications.
  • Plan phases of the software development for a variety of projects.
  • Assist in the preparation and documentation of application requirements and specifications.
  • Research and document requirements of application users.

Acquisition & Deployment

  • Conduct research on emerging web development software products, languages, and standards in support of procurement and development efforts.
  • Recommend, schedule, and perform software improvements and upgrades.

Operational Management

  • Consistently write, translate, and code web applications according to specifications.
  • Run and monitor performance tests on new and existing programs to correct errors, isolating areas for improvement and general debugging.
  • Administer critical analysis of test results and deliver solutions to problem areas.
  • Generate reports for management and/or team members on the status of the programming process.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of user manuals and guidelines.
  • Install software products and provide guidance and support for end-users as required.
  • Write programming scripts to enhance functionality and/or appearance of company website/applications.
  • Remove code script from company website/applications as necessary.
  • Liaise with network administrators, systems analysts, and software engineers to assist in resolving problems with software products or company software systems.

Education and Experience

Required education: Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, computer engineering, or related field. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education/work experience will also be considered.

Required professional experience: Minimum 3-years of professional experience as a web developer is strongly preferred.  Candidates who are recent graduates of a bachelor’s program with an equivalent combination of education/experience through a formal internship program may also be considered.

Required technical experience:  Functional knowledge of programming languages, such as Python and JavaScript.  Proven technical savvy with HTML and CSS.  Demonstrated technical capabilities working in frameworks such as JavaScript (like Vue.js and React) and MVC (Django and Laravel), version management programs (Git), basic server administration programs (Linux), relational databases (SQL), and internet/web browser technologies (REST and OAuth).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Technical savvy with an innovative approach to web or interface design and flexibility/adaptability to learn, apply learning to scenarios, and develop an understanding of new and constantly evolving technologies. 
  • Logic and reasoning to understand theories, principles, and practices related to technology and to use this knowledge to support strategies, implement and deploy new technology solutions, and ensure healthy operations organization-wide through writing/coding, testing, and performing critical analysis on programs.  
  • Analytical thinking to identify complex technical issues, use critical thinking, logic, reasoning, and relevant information to evaluate options, and develop appropriate, effective solutions.
  • Project management experience to navigate multiple projects, full cycle, simultaneously with the further capacity to learn, provide end-user support and training, and develop processes, procedures, and resources.
  • Relationship-building expertise to provide functional and professional support across interworking groups. A consultative and collaborative approach to communication/listening and problem-resolution in teams.
  • Balanced self-starter and team player focused on work that builds a foundation of process and procedure, accomplishes routine responsibilities, plans for the future, and meets deadlines and goals.
  • Ethical compass to navigate complex technology, make recommendations and resolve problems with an independent judgment that is consistent with best practice, policy/procedure, industry standards, and law.
  • A life-long learner who is eager to maintain technical knowledge, establish professional networks, participate in industry-specific organizations, and attend technology conferences.

Work Location, Schedule, and Travel

This position will be based in Chautauqua Institution’s home office, located in Southwestern New York State.  The Web Developer will work a full-time schedule (35-45 hours/week) that may include daytime and evening hours, weekdays, and weekends, especially in the busy summer operating season at Chautauqua Institution.  Qualified candidates will be considered for telework. 

Discovering Your Chautauqua Experience

There are countless ways that our talent will engage with our mission, vision, and diverse communities, and you are invited to immerse yourself in our programming as a gateway to this experience.  Employees will receive the traditional Chautauqua gate pass, which provides access to programs at the Amphitheater.  In addition to a traditional gate pass, employees and their families will receive full access to our current and historical programs online at CHQ Assembly.   

Total Rewards for Our Talent

Chautauqua Institution’s competitive compensation and a benefits suite that includes health insurance with Blue Cross Blue Shield, flexible spend (or health savings) account options, dental and vision insurance, complimentary life insurance, wellness incentives, and fitness options, an employee assistance program, and supplemental life insurance and long-term disability options. The Institution supports planning for retirement through a discretionary employer pension contribution, which has recently been (10%) of gross compensation following a designated service period.

Vaccination for COVID-19

Chautauqua Institution has adopted a mandatory vaccination policy to safeguard the health of our employees, patrons, and our shared community from COVID-19.  By applying for employment, candidates acknowledge that they will comply with Chautauqua Institution’s Mandatory Vaccination Policy requiring all employees to provide proof of full vaccination immediately upon hire or be approved for a medical or religious accommodation and before physically starting work. 

Commitment to Values of IDEA

Chautauqua Institution values Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) as a priority in our strategic plan, 150 Forward.  One of our five core values is “The dignity and contributions of all people.”  We are committed to creating conditions in which everyone feels that they can engage as full and valued participants in the Chautauqua experience.  The Institution is an equal opportunity employer committed to equitable and inclusive hiring practices and applicants will not be discriminated against based on any status protected under federal, state, or local law. We especially welcome applications from those who can demonstrate experience, engagement, and professional expertise in IDEA.

Joining Our Talent Community

Qualified candidates should apply online at CHQ.org/employment.  Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume, with optional portfolio documents, for consideration. You are encouraged to learn more about Chautauqua Institution at CHQ.org and the 150 Forward Strategic Plan at 150fwd.CHQ.org.

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Experience

Required
  • 3 year(s): Professional experience as a web developer is strongly preferred.  Candidates who are recent graduates of a bachelor’s program with an equivalent combination of education/experience through a formal internship program may also be considered.

Education

Preferred
  • Bachelors or better in Information Technology or related field
  • Bachelors or better in Computer Engineering or related field
  • Bachelors or better in Computer Science or related field

Skills

Preferred
  • Relationship Management
  • Analytical
  • Troubleshooting
  • Teamwork
  • Task Management
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Administration
  • Software
  • SQL
  • Python
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Point of Sale Software
  • Prioritization
  • New Technologies
  • Multitasking
  • Logic
  • Information Technology
  • Implementation
  • End User Support
  • Defining Problems
  • Decision Making
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Computer Programming
  • Coding

Behaviors

Preferred
  • Team Player: Works well as a member of a group
  • Functional Expert: Considered a thought leader on a subject
  • Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well

Motivations

Preferred
  • Growth Opportunities: Inspired to perform well by the chance to take on more responsibility
  • Peer Recognition: Inspired to perform well by the praise of coworkers
  • Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help
  • Goal Completion: Inspired to perform well by the completion of tasks

Job country: United States

City: Houston

Category: Information Technology

Location: Houston, TX, United States

Job posted 2022-09-22

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