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Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world's largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university's world­changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.


The University of Michigan Library is seeking a Front-End Architect and Accessibility Specialist.  The specialist position is twofold. As Front-End Architect, this position provides leadership for creating and maintaining high-quality, efficient user interfaces and setting front-end development standards across the Library’s websites, as well as for developing tools and workflows to maintain those standards. The Front-End Architect sets the direction for front-end development and coordinates related projects and initiatives, including the day-to-day work of other interface developers.

As Accessibility Specialist, this position helps to ensure that the resources we provide meet or exceed the accessibility requirements of our users. This includes evaluating interfaces (both legacy interfaces and interfaces we are creating, licensing, or planning to license) as well as consulting with developers, designers, and groups. The Specialist performs a significant amount of outreach with the campus and library accessibility officers and sets the direction for establishing best universal design practices and workflows for assessment.

The Front-End Architect & Accessibility Specialist reports to the Head of Design & Discovery.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library's mission.



  • Participate in the design and development of systems that support scalable adaptable business workflows, including needs assessment and requirements gathering
  • Coordinate with user interface designers and front-end developers to implement front-ends for web applications
  • Collaborate with other developers and systems specialists to design and develop backends for web applications
  • Lead the creation of front-end web development and universal design standards and best practices within the division and encourage their use
  • Work with the stakeholders, including partners within and beyond the library, to provide consultation, specifications, and technical support for their specific front-end and accessibility needs
  • Configure and customize open source software and engage in collaborative development activity ­using modern tools and techniques
  • Share knowledge and expertise with peers in informal and arranged mentorship roles
  • Participate actively in the open source communities with which we are engaged
  • ­Review system and software designs and prepare and conduct functional tests
  • Create and maintain internal documentation
  • Actively engage in professional development activities to expand skills and competencies

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Computer Science, or related field and three or more years experience in front-end development or web design or equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and experience

  • Demonstrated ability to develop front-end interfaces to web applications

  • Demonstrated programming skills in a modern web programming language including but not limited to any of the following: Ruby, JAVA, Python, JavaScript

  • Knowledge of HTML5, CSS, client-side JavaScript, and related tools such as SCSS, React

  • Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization

  • Intellectual curiosity and desire to discuss why we develop what we develop

  • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills

  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently or in close collaboration with a team

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with MVC (model/view/controller) framework-based web development using technologies such as Rails, Django, Spring, Symfony

  • Experience with applying WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards

  • Familiarity with agile development methodologies

Additional Information

Minimum salary for this position is $62,000.  Final salary will be determined by experience and qualifications.


The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.


This position receives 24 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.