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Senior Application Developer, Penn Arts and Sciences (Remote Eligible)

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Mar 1, 2023

Senior Application Developer, Penn Arts and Sciences (Remote Eligible)

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.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Senior Application Developer, Penn Arts and Sciences (Remote Eligible)

Job Profile Title
Application Developer Senior

Job Description Summary
Our group seeks a creative problem solver able to successfully partner with our internal team and with (non-technical) client groups to help them identify and deploy innovative web, vendor, and business intelligence solutions. This individual will assist clients across a diverse mix of institutional research-related datasets, provide analytical and operational analysis, mentor clients on the appropriate use of institutional data and adhere to security standards.

Job Description

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. The School of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world's leading research universities. We teach students across all twelve Penn schools, and our academic departments span the reach from anthropology and biology to sociology and South Asian studies.

Institutional Research and Application Development (IRAD) in Penn Arts and Sciences is a collaborative and flexible organization of developers, data analysts, and trusted advisors. Our work and working environment allow us to connect directly to the academic mission of the School and the diverse, vibrant campus community while retaining a flexible work/life balance. We work closely with various clients across the school to create web applications and integrate vendor products. Our group provides expertise on institutional data through analysis, reporting, data visualizations, and business intelligence technologies. We strive to create innovative ways to improve operations and enable more informed decision-making.


Work independently and as part of a project team to analyze and organize institutional data to derive meaningful insights and develop and maintain applications and services using web, data visualization, and business intelligence technologies. Configure and integrate vendor solutions with business processes (Interfolio, BPLogix, or other low-code tools/cloud-based platforms). Provide analytical, programmatic, and operational analysis; develop procedures to solve complex problems across diverse institutional research datasets- including student, admissions, instruction, enrollment, employment, survey, and development and alumni relations. Consult with divisional clients, including senior leadership, to evaluate needs, gather functional requirements, and prepare proposals, specifications, and project plans.


A Bachelor's Degree and 3 to 5 years of experience in developing relational databases and web applications with demonstrated project management skills. Strong customer service and communication skills are a must. Familiarity with University Data Warehouse is a plus. Detailed knowledge of relational database design, PHP, SQL, and other web technologies. Knowledge of several of the following desirable: Oracle, MySQL, business intelligence/analytics software (QlikView, Tableau, Power BI), PL/SQL, APEX, Javascript, using PHP and JavaScript Frameworks, experience with statistical analyses, and packages such as R. Experience working in higher education is preferred. Must be flexible and adept at analyzing and decomposing complex problems to formulate solutions, with the aptitude to context switch between projects. Ability to be a great teammate to build consensus among peers and effective relationships with divisional clients.

The salary for this position is expected to be from $70,000 to $110,000.

Working Conditions
Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Remote Eligible - This position is eligible for a fully remote schedule with all work performed remotely. (Note: Only salaried (i.e., exempt), non-temporary positions are eligible for remote work outside the tri-state area (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.)

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $132,906.66
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

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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