Web Computing Specialist (Temporary)

University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104

Web Computing Specialist (Temporary)

Req #: 176149
Department: Environmental Health and Safety
Appointing Department Web Address: http://www.ehs.washington.edu
Posting Date: 01/23/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is Competitive. Salary is Commensurate Upon Qualifications and Experience. 
Shift: First Shift 

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nations premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Health Science Administration (HSA) has an outstanding opportunity for the position of Temporary Full Time Web Computing Specialist.

Position Purpose:

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Web Computing Specialist. This position serves as a key member of the Planning & Administration team. Under the general direction of the University of Washington Information Technology Solutions (ITS) Manager, the Web Computing Specialist is responsible for computer system administration, analysis, design, development, maintenance, webmaster duties, and database administration for EH&S. The focus of this position is technical development, maintenance, and support for business applications and related integrations that support EH&S operations. This position requires collaboration with internal teams as well as external groups to ensure that applications and integrations are well designed, robust, and reliable. The initial focus for this position will be converting existing, internal systems to web applications or other appropriate technology. Working independently and as a team member, the successful candidate will work closely with users, developers, managers and other stakeholders to provide support and training, resolve client and system-related issues, and determine functional and technical requirements including configuring, installing, and maintaining computing applications that support EH&S business processes. The Web Computing Specialist is responsible for assessing data needs, translating business process information into uniform database solutions, and applying business standards beyond what may be articulated in client specifications in order to ensure accuracy and consistency across platforms. Working in a fast paced, dynamic, deadline driven environment, the ideal candidate will exhibit outstanding individual initiative, project management skills, and the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects efficiently and effectively by setting priorities. All EH&S staff are expected to demonstrate the highest level of professionalism, ethical conduct, collaboration, and customer service in the execution of their duties.


Develop new web applications and extend functionality of existing applications
Utilize PHP, Python, JavaScript, application frameworks, APIs, and SQL databases to create, extend, and maintain custom internal and external facing applications
Build reusable code and libraries for future use and improve existing code and its design by applying appropriate refactoring
Test code, features, business rules, and integrations
Centralize data warehouse utilization
Install and maintain application dependencies
Write and maintain thorough documentation of all programs and procedures
Troubleshoot and resolve complex database issues
Meet with customers to gather business requirements
Define and develop workflows related to business processes that require automation
Track and execute multiple projects while maintaining a high level of attention to detail
Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills
Test and evaluate work products to ensure accuracy on an ongoing basis
Work closely with other staff members to collect requirements, estimate work, and ensure that projects are delivered according to schedule
Plan for, coordinate, and execute software deployments
Assist with design of web application front end and database backend
Become familiar with existing technology environment
Explore new technologies and make recommendations for adoption
Learn cutting-edge methods and how to apply them
Communicate clearly and effectively while contributing as a productive member of the Information Technology Solutions team
Participate in the overall department, carrying out other duties as required


Bachelors degree in computer science or related field, or equivalent experience as a database developer
Three years of experience as a full stack web developer
Outstanding interpersonal skills, including team and relationship building
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and decision making skills
Self-starter with demonstrated ability to learn and adapt to new methods and processes
Proven ability to independently prioritize work assignments and meet deadlines
Willingness to assist coworkers as needed

Additional Requirements:

Excellent interpersonal skills, including a strong team ethic
Solid grasp of technologies including PHP, Python, JavaScript, SQL, HTML, and CSS
Experience learning new technology and applying when appropriate
Experience implementing Web UIs from conceptual designs
Experience in development, querying and manipulating data and structures in an RDBMS such as MySQL
Experience with the Unix/Linux command line and CLI tools
Experience with source code management tools such as GitHub

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


Experience with unit testing and continuous integration
Experience with Drupal 7 or 8 module development, configuration, and migration
Experience with user-centered design
Experience consuming and implementing Web APIs
Experience with Node.js, React, and other JavaScript libraries and frameworks
Experience with agile development methodologies
Experience with IIS and Windows environment

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter, and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu.


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