Nov 07, 2018

Software Architect, nonprofit jobs, Los Angeles

  • The Getty
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Information / Web Museums Libraries and Historical Sites

Job Description

Job Summary

At Getty Digital, we're re-imagining how we can use software to provide access to our collections and research.  We intend to provide a deeply connected, consistent experience for scholars, researchers, and enthusiasts as they explore the complex information held across the Getty.


We're looking for a strong software architect and hands-on developer to work with our Enterprise Data & Application architect to develop key data management backbone for the research applications at the Getty.  The position will collaborate with other developers who may also work on this critical infrastructure.


The position will report to the Enterprise Software Architect and work closely and take direction from that individual.  You will be responsible for working with the Enterprise Software Architect and the other team leads to define the scope, plan the implementation, and execute major initiatives across the Getty.  You will also be responsible for working with a talented team of software developers, helping implement policies and best practices. You will be responsible for fostering a collaborative environment and for working with subject matter experts across the Getty's programs. 


Our software stack is Vue.js on the front end, with backend implementations in Python, data provided via APIs, and custom search interfaces using ElasticSearch.  The Getty is committed to using Linked Open Data across our architecture, and to the use of IIIF for access to rich media assets.


The Getty is among the most prestigious cultural heritage organizations in the world, dedicated to furthering the study of the history of art. You will work on an amazing campus amongst fabulous art, architecture, and archives, collaborating with world-class scientists, curators, librarians, archivists, and academics.  We offer 4 weeks of vacation a year, every other Friday off, excellent benefits, and a very strong commitment to balancing work and personal life.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Work with the Enterprise Software Architect and other developers to build the robust data management and shared services layer of the envisioned architecture.
  • Provide input into strategic digital initiatives across the Getty
  • Design, build, and maintain an ecosystem of applications presenting detailed information about the Getty's collections and scholarship
  • Participate in the day-to-day development and testing of applications


    • Bachelor's degree in a related field or a combination of education and relevant experience; Master’s degree preferred

    • 8-12 years software development experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A deep interest in the work of cultural heritage
  • Preferred 7+ years combined software development and technical lead experience
  • Expertise with Python
  • Experience developing dynamic, data-driven web applications
  • Experience with unit and end-to-end testing frameworks
  • Experience with HTML & CSS, including the use of pre-processors
  • Experience with Git and GitHub
  • Experience with REST APIs & HTTP
  • Tact, diplomacy, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop positive relationships within a large organization
  • Ability to multitask, manage priorities, and meet deadlines

Title / Level of Responsibility

Officer, Coordinator

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