We’re hiring a full-stack developer

RRCHNM is hiring a full-stack web developer. We’re looking for a developer or developer-scholar who can help us fulfill our mission to democratize history. RRCHNM has a twenty-five year track record of bringing history to public and educational audiences, and we have many exciting new avenues of research underway, ranging from historical visualization and computational history, to podcasts, to our existing strengths in public history. We are a great, friendly place to work, and whoever enters this position will have a chance to develop professionally while collaborating with a large team of faculty, grad students, staff, and undergraduates who share a common mission to bring history online and make it accessible.

Please see the job ad and apply for the job at GMU’s job portal. Below is the text of most of the job ad.

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University is hiring a full stack Web Developer. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

The Web Developer will contribute to existing and future projects that advance RRCHNM’s mission to democratize history by making our work publicly available on the web. The technology stack for future projects will be determined in consultation with the developer who is hired. Current projects are based on MySQL and PostgreSQL/PostGIS; PHP, Go, and/or Javascript; and the Omeka, Drupal, and WordPress CMSs. Candidates should demonstrate a strong working knowledge of one or more of these languages and platforms. The developer must be able to help architect and develop web-based projects, working in connection with our systems administrator, web designers, project managers, graduate students, and historians.

The person hired for this position must have the demonstrated ability to learn on the job, must demonstrate flexibility when it comes to the various tools and platforms they will use here at our Center, and must be someone who thrives in a highly collaborative environment. The person hired for this position will have at least 10% self-directed time for professional development or self-initiated projects and scholarship. Because RRCHNM is first and foremost a history center, we have a strong preference for candidates who want to help us create meaningful historical projects by means of digital technologies. Candidates should understand and be committed to the idea that historical research projects, digital public history projects, and educational resources for history teachers and their students are what we are creating, and that technology is the means for creating those historical resources for our large and diverse audiences. To get a sense of RRCHNM’s work, candidates are invited to browse our list of current and past projects.

RRCHNM is America’s oldest and most successful digital humanities center with a long track record of success in pushing the field of digital humanities forward. Because our work is rooted in history and the humanities, we have a preference for candidates who have a degree or significant coursework in history or an associated discipline and also have the technology skills and experiences we require. However, a background in history is not required. RRCHNM has a well-supported infrastructure for web technologies, including a full time systems administrator, our own on-premises servers and cloud infrastructure, and access to research computing resources at GMU.