Requisition ID R11476

Keyboard Developer
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We are seeking full time and volunteer professional Keyboard Developers to help us design keyboards for the world's writing systems. We are looking for someone to work with our collection of Keyman keyboards.

A Keyboard Developer is responsible for developing, reviewing, and approving keyboard layouts that are submitted to the Keyman repository.

Job Description


Major Responsibilities:

  • Convert non-Keyman keyboards into the Keyman format
  • Review and approve keyboards submitted to the Keyman repository
  • Document keyboard-related processes
  • Help to maintain the Keyman GitHub repository
  • Test keyboards as a member of a group of testers
  • Synthesize and communicate needs and research
  • Articulate design decisions
  • Participate as an integral and enthusiastic part of the team, exhibiting ownership, follow-through, initiative, awareness, and effective communication with peers and management.
  • Work with the team around a cohesive product roadmap

Minor Responsibilities:

  • Propose refinements to processes and systems for design and user research
  • Contribute to the development of team culture
  • Analyze software requirements by consulting with the user community
  • Participate in regular project status, planning, partnership, and strategic meetings
  • Be available to travel to meet with the larger development team at least once per year
  • Be available to travel biannually to the Language Technology Conference
  • Participate in professional conferences and meetings

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A servant heart attitude
  • Demonstrated skills in keyboard development
  • Good interpersonal skills of communication
  • Good organizational skills
  • The ability to make decisions in a timely manner
  • The ability to work both with a team and independently, and to multitask effectively

Education and Experience:

Keyboard Developers should have experience in data management and, ideally, GitHub. Bachelor's degree in computer science or equivalent work experience is preferred, but we care more for a heart and mind that are always learning. Sociolinguistic exposure and multicultural experience helpful

Training and Orientation:

Will complete the initial IT Software Department training program and relevant portions of IT Orientation.

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About SIL

Dallas, TX - Founded in 1934

SIL is a global, faith-based nonprofit that works with local communities around the world to develop language solutions that expand possibilities for a better life.

Our faith inspires and informs our commitment to expand possibilities for people to thrive. We believe all people are created by God and given language as a means for flourishing. Through language, we understand who we are, experience relationships and explore life’s most important questions.