Technical Lead, The Commons

at Michigan State University (view profile)
Location East Lansing, Michigan
Date Posted October 8, 2020
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $50,242
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency commensurate with experience
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Twitter Handle @meshresearch


The College of Arts & Letters (CAL) and the MSU Libraries seek an Information Technologist II to fill the Technical Lead role supporting the development of The Commons, a nonprofit academic professional network serving scholars across the disciplines and around the world. This is a full-time, 24-month end-dated position, with the possibility of renewal. Please see the full job posting and our slide deck for more information. (UPDATE 10/14/20: The corrected position has been reposted; please let us know if you have questions.)

The successful candidate will be an up-and-coming leader in academic WordPress development, with a commitment to building and maintaining a large-scale scholar-focused network. The candidate will also have outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills, deep intellectual curiosity, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively on a distributed team.

Specific areas of responsibility for this position include:

  • Prototyping and developing new platform integrations and features
  • Tracking and resolving bug reports and other user feedback
  • Designing and implementing a federated, scalable architecture for network growth
  • Ensuring full adherence with network accessibility standards and consistently improving platform user experience
  • Creating full documentation both for code developed and for network deployment processes
  • Working with the Commons team to shape the project’s roadmap, prioritize development goals, and deliver on those goals.

The Technical Lead will report to the Director of the Commons. The Commons is a trusted nonprofit network that allows scholars and practitioners to create professional profiles, discuss common interests, develop new publications, and share their work. The Commons network comprises three disciplinary hubs (currently including Humanities Commons, but soon to be joined by Social Science Commons and STEM Commons) and multiple nodes supporting scholarly organizations and institutions. Commons accounts are free and open to anyone regardless of credentials or institutional affiliation. Learn more about Humanities Commons at, and more about the Commons’ expansion at

The College of Arts & Letters (CAL) and MSU Libraries promote an academic and organizational culture that actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members to achieve excellence. We are interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion. We seek candidates with integrity and a strong work ethic, who possess an understanding of what it takes to continuously improve and maintain research projects within a major academic research institution. We particularly welcome applications from women, people of color, LGBTQI individuals, and others who are traditionally underrepresented in the academy. We invite you to apply even if you have not currently mastered all the skills listed. We seek someone with the ability to collaborate and to expand their technical skill set in creative ways; we’re happy to discuss whether you’ve got the skills we need for this role.

This position does not require the successful candidate to move to East Lansing; however, it is important to note that salaries are pegged to the East Lansing market.

For more information, contact Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Search Committee Chair,

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.