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University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 179345
Appointing Department Web Address: http://www.washington.edu/uwit/employment/
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 05/20/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

If you would like to find out more about what it is like to work for UW-IT, as well as to get a feel for our culture and our people, visit us at our employment website.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for six consecutive years. 

UW-IT is the central IT organization for the University of Washington, providing critical technology support to all three campuses, UW medical centers and global research operations. UW-IT collaborates with University partners to advance teaching, learning, innovation and discovery at the UW.  Academic Services (AS) is the division of UW-IT that develops and supports enterprise academic and student administrative systems.

The Student Program unit under AS, has responsibility for systems that directly support the entire student lifecycle - including admissions, academic planning, registration, financial aid, and student accounts - as well as those that enable it, such as curriculum management.

Apart from the students, the Advisors and the University Administrators are also key users of the systems developed by this team. The Student Program engages the UW community in envisioning a technology enabled future that supports the broader goals of the university.

UW-IT has an outstanding full time opportunity for a Mainframe & Web Services Developer.

The Mainframe & Web Services Developer develops, implements and supports major information systems at the University of Washington.  The technical environment includes mainframe, web-based and cloud technologies.  This involves development and maintenance of University specific software.  The incumbent will work in a diverse, mission-critical suite of application software of varying ages and technologies in the Student Program.

The Student systems include the Unisys mainframe computing environment comprising of batch programs and online modules coded in Cobol 85.  Other applications are written primarily in .Net and Java.  We are seeking an individual who can collaborate on complex projects and can quickly climb the learning curve to understand and support custom UW Cobol, web and cloud applications.

The Mainframe & Web Services Developer participates in all aspects of the software development lifecycle.  This includes definition, specification, architecture, design, programming, testing, documentation, quality assurance, implementation, maintenance and production support for distributed applications, databases, Web services, enterprise middleware and system interfaces across multiple computing platforms.  The Senior Applications System Engineer is technically competent, has extensive knowledge and working experience in all aspects of application development, communicates effectively, and is able to work both independently and as part of a team collaborating on complex projects.

Relevant Technologies:

  • Successful candidate in this role is a seasoned software developer who has a proven track record of designing, coding and releasing large software products and services.

  • Demonstrated skills in active learning and using different programming languages.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in debugging, understanding and maintaining software developed in house.).

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in building backend services and UI.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and working experience with DevOps and SDLC.


  • Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of four years experience  with COBOL and mainframe database management systems.
  • Experience in building, integrating and supporting software solutions and systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop creative solutions for business and research needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a professional manner in a fast-paced, highly collaborative team environment, across different application areas and with different client and technical teams.     .
  • Proficient in Dev-ops and all aspects of the software development life cycle.
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply new technologies and skills is essential.
  • Demonstrated expert knowledge, or certification in, a wide range of enterprise architecture methodologies, technologies and tools.
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in developing backend APIs and web services.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated excellent written/oral communication skills, technical documentation skills, user liaison skills, and personal interaction abilities.

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


  • Knowledge and experience with Java, C#, .NET, XML, SQL/MySQL.
  • Knowledge and experience with WFL, DMS II, CANDE, and COBOL85 in the Unisys MCP mainframe environment.
  • Experience with Cloud technologies like Terraform, containers and lambdas.
  • Experience with Agile/Scrum development methodologies.
  • Experience with software architecture patterns (e.g. MVC)
  • Experience  working at a large research or academic institution

    This position contributes in a collaborative team work environment.  Collaboration is supported through a shared space working environment, ad hoc meetings focused on problem-solving, and the use of a variety of communication tools.   Responsibility to work varied hours as needed to meet project deadlines and to accomplish work assignments on which others activities depend.  Some travel required.
    Open office 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 Workforce 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.
  • 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 equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.


    Posted: 2020-05-21 Expires: 2020-06-20

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