Senior Application Developer, Wharton Marketing and Communications

Senior Application Developer, Wharton Marketing and Communications

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Posted Job Title
Senior Application Developer, Wharton Marketing and Communications

Job Profile Title
Application Developer Senior

Job Description Summary
The Senior Application Developer, Wharton Marketing and Communications, will be a member of the Marketing Technology and Web Services group. Reporting to the Web Services IT Director, the Senior Application Developer will have joint responsibility for the development and maintenance of the code base that runs Wharton's WordPress CMS with other members of the Marketing Technology application development team. Development responsibilities include feature upgrades, version releases, bug fixes, normal business hours and occasional off hours application support for products, working closely with external vendors as necessary. Additionally, responsibilities include software architecture design, systems integrations,scoping requirements and developing approved customizations of individual websites. Work with the Marketing Technology team and its business partners to plan road maps. Actively participate in discussions, planning sessions, and solution mapping. Identify new features to existing applications, identify new applications that will streamline operations, and identify areas of improvement.

Job Description

Work closely with the Web Application Architect in coding new front and backend features and mitigate bugs to meet needs of the Marketing Technology team. Responsible for all aspects of the software development life cycle, including requirements gathering, application architecture, application development, testing, project management, and development of customer support and training materials.

Manage the product development Wharton's Wordpress codebase and ecosystem, including web content development within the CMS. Work with the Web Services IT director and various business partners to identify new features to existing applications, new applications or plugins that would streamline operations, and areas of improvement. Plan product road map for accomplishing requests and mitigating bugs. Ensure that deadlines are met.

For larger initiatives, take the lead to coordinate with externally contracted resources to complete project tasks. Responsible for managing the quality of product code contributed by other groups and validating that objectives are being met. Serve as mentor to junior developers within the department and across the school.

Provide normal business hours and off hours application product support. Respond to business partners in a reasonable time frame and provide a high level of support for the products developed and managed. Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with team members, business partners across the school, vendors, and university contacts.

Working closely with the Web Services IT Director, and the Marketing Technology and Web Ops team, define, implement, and maintain application development standards, methods, best practices and workflows. Establish and adhere to best practices for code deployment and testing. Provide common libraries that can be used in other projects.

Act as key contributor in the management of the Wharton web environment; work within the constraints of the hosting provider to ensure development and maintenance of a robust and secure infrastructure. Recommend and aid in modification of the environment as appropriate and necessary.

All other duties as required and assigned.


A Bachelor's Degree and 4 years to 6 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

The successful candidate will be passionate about enterprise-level programming and willing to take the time to stay abreast of new technologies for possible use in future school-wide applications. The candidate will be responsible for providing normal business hours and occasional off hours application support for products. We offer the opportunity to be part of a dynamic and challenging team-oriented work environment.

Programming and Technology Skills:

WordPress Core programming, including WordPress REST API v2 and WP Query (required);

Experience with programming REST frameworks necessary (required)

PHP, including versions up to 7.3 (required)

Javascript, and jQuery libraries (required)

CSS, including Sass and LESS preprocessors (required)

Source code management and workflow using tools such as GIT (required) and modman (preferred)

Working knowledge of MySQL, query design and relational database development (preferred)

Familiarity with Apache2 and NGINX server environments (preferred)

Familiarity with writing and automating BASH shell scripts within a Linux Ubuntu server environment (preferred)

Familiarity with Salesforce products, and building integrations using the Salesforce Platform APIs (preferred)

Soft Skills:

Excellent judgment and high energy

Must be able to act consistently with integrity; handle confidential material with complete discretion

Excellent verbal, written communication, and interpersonal skills (required)

Ability to multi-task and work effectively within tight turnaround schedules (required)

Ability to formulate technical specifications from business requirements (required)

Experience working within a Marketing Technology/Operations environment (preferred)

Excellent judgment and high energy required, along with the ability to multi-task and produce while working within tight deadlines

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$59,703.00 - $132,459.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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