IHRC Seeks Full Stack Developer

December 15, 2015

PDF iconIHRC Developer Contract Posting (pdf)

Full Stack Developer (Contract)

Work Description

The Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) at the University of Minnesota is developing a web application to help immigrants create digital stories and submit them to the IHRC’s Immigrant Stories project. [immigrantstories.umn.edu]

The IHRC developed Immigrant Stories to preserve and share the personal histories of the United States' newest immigrants. Immigrant Stories teaches participants to create digital stories about their personal or family immigration experiences. The IHRC has arranged for the videos’ professional preservation through IHRC Archives and for their dissemination through the Minnesota Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America.

The Immigrant Stories web application will guide users through the entire process of creating their digital story and submitting it to the IHRC. The application will include prompts for script-writing, technical training, and a video editor (via WeVideo) embedded within the application. Users will include high school and college students as well as non-native English speakers.

The IHRC is seeking a full stack developer in the Twin Cities for a short-term contract to build this web application. The developer should have experience with Ruby on Rails, UI implementation, API use, and experience using authentication solutions like Devise. They must be comfortable developing to multi-lingual application environment requirements. The developer will work with the IHRC to implement their wire-framed design and coordinate with WeVideo to implement their API. This application will be responsible for handling account creation (locally or using third party authentication), collecting and storing a variety of text input from the user, and then redirecting the user into a third party media editing solution (WeVideo).  It will also provide a basic administrative backend as well as a periodic “cleanup” task. Development will ideally begin in February 2016, and the tool will launch by September. There may be opportunities for ongoing updates and maintenance. The developer will work remotely.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience working with the University of Minnesota
  • Full stack developer who works equally well on front-end side as well as server-side
  • Ability to code to a static mockup with an eye towards design
  • Experience working in nonprofit and educational environments
  • Previous work designing tools for users with limited computer literacy

About the IHRC

The IHRC is a world-renowned interdisciplinary research center in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. Established in 1965, the IHRC, along with its partner, the IHRC Archives, is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary research center and archives devoted to preserving and understanding immigrant and refugee life in North America.

How to Apply

Send a resume, cover letter, and links to a portfolio or work sample to Elizabeth Venditto, Immigrant Stories Project Manager: vendi002@umn.edu. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.


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