ArchivesSpace Developer, LYRASIS (Telecommuters Welcome)

ArchivesSpace ( is the emerging, open-source, archives management web application to manage descriptive information for archives, manuscripts, and digital objects built with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Once completed, ArchivesSpace activities will become a member-based community designed to support the long- term development and sustainability of the software with LYRASIS serving as its organizational home. Community collaboration and member contributions will be key to ArchivesSpace overall success. The ArchivesSpace Developer will work closely with the ArchivesSpace Program Manager, Technical Advisory Group, coding community, and LYRASIS to support the ongoing development and releases of the ArchivesSpace application, as well as support the ArchivesSpace member community. The ArchivesSpace code base is currently hosted on Github at

The Developer will serve as the liaison between the ArchivesSpace Technical Advisory Group, the coding community and the ArchivesSpace Organizational Home. S/he will play a crucial role in the ongoing development of ArchivesSpace, contributing to development, managing the code revision control systems and the issue tracking reporting system, and compiling and packaging updated releases in all supported versions. The Developer will be part of a geographically and institutionally distributed team, and as such, applications from candidates interested in telecommuting are strongly welcomed.


Software Development and Community Contribution Management

  • Contribute to and co-lead ArchivesSpace application development
  • Manage and administer the code revision control system
  • Manage and administer issue tracking reporting systems
  • Administer version control system, including tagging of releases
  • Compile and package updated releases in all supported versions
  • Assist Chair of Technical Advisory Council with code review of community contributions and evaluation of potential contributors and committers
  • Ensure the application’s code base has a robust test suite maintains thorough testing coverage

Application Support

  • Assist with ArchivesSpace Help Desk activities
  • Interact with ArchivesSpace members to resolve help desk issues
  • Troubleshoot and respond to customer inquiries
  • Analyze and prioritize reported bugs in collaboration with Program Manager and chair of the Technical Advisory Council
  • Monitor channels for security issues that may impact application. Create patched versions and notify community of updates as needed
  • Develop bug fixes and application updates

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience developing Ruby (especially JRuby) web applications and REST APIs using Rails, and Sinatra, with MySQL and Apache Derby backend
  • Knowledge of best practices in test-driven development, using RSpec, Selenium, static analysis and code coverage tools, and continuous integration (Hudson/Jenkins and Travis-CI)
  • Knowledge and experience with using Git and GitHub for version control and release management
  • Experience with deploying and packaging JRuby web applications on the Java virtual machine, using Jetty and Apache Tomcat servlet containers
  • Experience with frontend development in HTML5, CSS and JavaScript, using JQuery and Twitter Bootstrap, with a strong understanding of Web standards, accessibility, and usability
  • Experience with Apache Solr for search and indexing platforms
  • Familiarity with agile development methodologies, especially Scrum
  • Experience with XML-based library and archives metadata standards, including Encoded Archival Description (EAD), MARCXML, MODS, Dublin Core, and METS, as well as XSLT stylesheets associated with their transformation
  • Ability to work well in a distributed team environment with minimal direction
  • Time management skills and organizational ability for project management
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Three to five years related work experience

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in application and web service development for libraries, archives, and digital collections
  • Knowledge of and experience with archival management systems including Archivists’ Toolkit or Archon
  • Testing software applications on a broad range of browsers and browser versions as part of the application development process as well as when troubleshooting problems experienced by end users
  • Demonstrated experience managing contributions to open source projects and/or managing a developer community
  • Experience providing customer relationsskills and data migration

Some travel required. To apply, please provide cover letter and resume, referencing job opening, to or fax to 404.892.7879.

LYRASIS, the Organizational Home for ArchivesSpace, is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) 3 membership organization providing services supporting libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage organizations. We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package, including an immediately vested retirement plan and a national medical/dental insurance plan. LYRASIS is an equal opportunity at-will employer. LYRASIS reserves the right to alter the position overview, with or without notice. This position overview is not a contract of employment and does not alter the employment relationship. Every position overview is subject to modification to reasonably accommodate persons with disabilities.