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Posting Information

Position Information

Position Type Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)
Department School of Media and Journalism-350100
Working Title Full Stack Developer
Appointment Type EHRA Non-Faculty
Position Posting Category Information Technology
Salary Range Dependent on qualifications
Full Time/Part Time? Full-Time Permanent
Hours per Week 40
Vacancy ID NF0002936
Position ID 20023870
Posting Open Date
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Start Date 03/15/2018
Position Summary

The Reese News Lab at the University of North Carolina’s School of Media & Journalism is seeking a full-stack news application developer to help build and maintain new media products that serve the information needs of geographic communities.

We are seeking a software engineer with a passion for the mission of journalism to help people understand the world around them and make decisions that help them lead happier and more productive lives.

Reese News Lab is a combination start-up and educational environment, and the ideal candidate will be comfortable both working on code sprints and patiently explaining technical opportunities and limitations to undergraduate students and rural journalists.

Position Summary
– Research and develop open source apps for extracting, transforming, loading and republishing public data for use by journalists in small newsrooms
– Work with the Reese News Lab director to research, design & develop digital media prototype products
– Maintain and update databases of public data for use by student developers and journalists
– Maintain and document Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure of the Reese News Lab
– Advise and assist student and professional journalists working on data reporting projects
– Advise students working in the Reese News Lab on technical feasibility of new product proposals they develop in class
– Work with professional and student designers on new product development.
– Understand and advise on the business cases for new digital media products.

This is a full-time position based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, although remote applicants will be considered.
This position reports to the director of the Reese News Lab and is funded through a grant from the Knight Foundation.
The schedule for this position is flexible, but will require regular meetings with students and other Reese News Lab staff in during regular business hours. Work space in the Reese News Lab will be provided, as will any hardware and software required to perform the duties of the job.

Educational Requirements

BS in computer science or journalism or related field plus three years relevant experience;

Qualifications and Experience

- Good communication skills – from verbal to email to readme files and code commenting
– Broad curiosity, self-initiative and ability to foresee both challenges and opportunities
– Professional proficiency with HTML, CSS and JavaScript libraries such as D3, Leaflet, Backbone, etc.
– Professional proficiency with web application development frameworks such as Django, Flask, Ruby on Rails
– Professional proficiency managing production SQL databases
– Experience deploying and managing services on AWS
– Previous experience in a leadership role
– Demonstrated ability to work independently with only general guidelines and little supervision
– Strong project management skills with proven ability to manage multiple projects concurrently

Preferred Qualifications
– Familiarity with data analysis in Python or R
– Familiarity with geographic data
– Experience working with digital media audience analytics
– An understanding of the basic economics of digital media
– Experience explaining what you’re doing and why you’re doing it
– Experience deploying and maintaining Wordpress websites, including integration with other platforms such as Google Analytics
– Experience in a startup environment, but the patience to navigate the regulations of a large bureaucracy

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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Department Contact Name and Title Debra McLaughlin HR Consultant
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Office of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to
Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select the response below that describes your level of education that best or mostly closely satisfies the education requirements for this position.
    • Bachelor’s degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
    • Bachelor's degree in any field/discipline
    • Master's degree or Doctorate degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
    • Master's degree or Doctorate degree in any field/discipline
    • None of the above