Requisition ID R11482

Senior Software Developer
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We are seeking full time and volunteer professional Senior Software Developers to help us lead distributed teams of dynamic software developers. We have product teams that work in various frameworks and platforms.

A Senior Software Developer is a team leadership role for smaller teams with responsibilities that encompass the entire product lifecycle, leadership of the team, and fiscal management, and software development. Senior Software Developers work closely with the Development team, Language Technology leadership, partners and supporting organizations, user communities, and leaders of field trials. A good Senior Software Developer is expected to be a customer spokesperson, product visionary, team champion, and a strategic leader. The goal of this role is to develop and manage roadmaps and sprint priorities via robust processes for collecting and synthesizing user needs. Their duties include meeting with clients to determine their software needs, coding and testing software to ensure functionality, and updating software programs to refine components like cybersecurity measures and data storage capacities.

Job Description


Major Responsibilities

  • Champion the team, partners, and user community to ensure alignment around overall strategy and direction of the product
  • Discover what users need by conducting user research and unveiling critical insights
  • Create the product’s long-term vision and strategy
  • Align the team around a cohesive product roadmap
  • Design, develop, and deploy software applications, new features, and defect fixes.
  • Design and develop unit tests and perform code reviews
  • Lead creation of targeted promotions: white papers, conference presentations, user videos
  • Work with Director on yearly roadmap, budget, and funding proposals
  • Work with Director and Language Technology Leadership to develop and grow partnerships
  • Provide quarterly reports and requested metrics to Language Technology Leadership
  • Lead performance reviews and goal discussions for your team

Minor Responsibilities

  • Implement and Manage Agile software development methodology
  • Analyze software requirements by consulting with the user community
  • Support user community with developer-level support
  • Write technical reference documentation for the new software
  • Participate in regular project status, planning, partnership, and strategic meetings
  • Report any hardware and software needs to Director
  • Be available to travel to meet with the larger development team at least once per year
  • Be available to travel biennially to the Language Technology Conference
  • Participate in professional conferences and meetings

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A servant heart attitude
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Demonstrated skills in software development and algorithms
  • Demonstrated passion for understanding and resolving complex user-needs into product priorities
  • Demonstrated user interface design skills
  • Demonstrated appreciation for quality user interface design
  • Good interpersonal skills of communication
  • Good organizational skills
  • The ability to quickly analyze and learn a large existing codebase
  • The ability to make decisions in a timely manner
  • The ability to generate/analyze multiple solutions to a problem
  • The ability to quickly pick up technical concepts
  • The ability to work both with a team and independently, and to multitask effectively

Education and Experience:

Senior Software Developer should have experience in software engineering, a good understanding of the software development lifecycle, and experience leading development teams. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in computer science or equivalent work experience is preferred, but we care more for a heart and mind that are always learning. 3 to 5 years’ experience leading teams is preferred.

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.