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Job Title: IT and Applications Development Manager
Company Name: Room to Read
Location: SAN FRANCISCO, CA United States
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/24/2018
Expire Date: 11/24/2018
Job Categories: Information Technology, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
IT and Applications Development Manager
Position Overview:

The IT and Applications Development Manager leads Room to Read’s Information Technology (IT) team based in the San Francisco, CA headquarters. This Manager is responsible for leading the IT function, project scoping, development, implementation, and direct supervision of the team – an IT Associate Manager and a Salesforce Database Administrator. Indirectly, the function supervises seven IT staff and two outside consultants in nine Southern Asia, Southeast Asia and Southern African countries.

The successful candidate must have an entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to create business value through automating manual workflows, developing APIs to seamlessly integrate existing enterprise-wide systems and recommending application solutions to deliver our programs in a more efficient and effective manner. The IT and Applications Development Manager reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer.

Duties & Responsibilities:

-Develop customized solutions and identify SaaS and PaaS solutions compatible with our various platforms; to support critical business functions, and meet project objectives, internal client business requirements and company goals
-Manage Room to Read’s global IT environment and staff
-Design, develop, and unit test application upgrades and system API integrations in accordance with established standards
-Work with end users in various departments to identify, document, and communicate standard business processes, work flows and system change business requirements
-Define, communicate, and manage a change management (release) process to develop and implement new applications, business processes and work flows, and manage updates to existing applications
-Collaborate with various internal departments, including Development and Communications, Finance and Accounting, HR, International Operations, and Program Design and Technical Assistance to ensure our IT environment supports internal and external needs relating to functionality and performance
-Stay up-to-date on the latest technology releases, applications, integrations, and opportunities to recommend appropriate business solutions for Room to Read business requirements
-Understand internal client requirements and how they translate in application features
-Collaborate with a team of IT professionals to set specifications for new applications
-Design creative prototypes according to specifications
-Potentially, write high quality source code to program complete applications within deadlines
-Perform unit and integration testing before new applications or application revisions launch
-Conduct functional and non-functional testing
-Troubleshoot and debug applications
-Evaluate existing applications to reprogram, update and add new features
-Develop technical documents and handbooks to accurately represent application design and code
-Liaise with external implementation partners as required
-Other duties as necessary



-Minimum of seven to ten (7-10) years of relevant professional work experience with at least three years of experience as a developer
-BSc/BA in computer science or relevant field is preferred
-Excellent project management skills including the ability to write requirements that are clear and concise, facility project team meetings and communicate effectively with Subject -Matter Experts and other non-technical staff
-Prior success working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people
-Prior experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented global or regional organization
-Ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative
-Effectiveness in working or volunteering in a non-profit organization that is focused on maintaining high quality work and low overhead
-High level of customer service - must be able to recognize the needs of customers and create or identify new applications that answer those needs
-Must be able to clearly communicate their ideas to developers, teammates, implementation partners and management
-Proven ability to creatively invent new approaches to problems and develop innovative applications, and make decisions that efficiently and effectively move the project forward
-Very strong attention to detail in most areas including coding, application evaluation, testing, documenting and change management
-Experience working successful in a team environment as a leader or team member
-Must have an advanced knowledge of Microsoft Azure SaaS and PaaS
-Experience with the following technologies and frameworks:
-C# and the .NET platform for Windows and cross-platform development
-Front and backend web development (e.g. MEAN stack or others), familiarity with Ed
-Tech and digital content delivery is a plus
-Familiarity with the following technologies currently in use at Room to Read:
-Ruby on Rails
-Git + Github and Bitbucket
-In-depth knowledge of programming for Windows and Linux operating systems and platforms using development tools
-Excellent understanding of MVC software design and programming principles
-Working knowledge of supervising staff, budgeting and management responsibilities
-Certified application developer is a plus
-Experience with the software development life cycle and familiarity with software development methodologies, e.g. Agile
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
-Ability and desire to travel internationally as required
-Legally eligible to work in the United States; no sponsorship provided

Room to Read offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. Benefits include health, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, commuter benefits and a 401K match. The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, fun, and rapidly growing organization that is changing transforming the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.

Global Office - Main - San Francisco

To be successful at Room to Read, you will also:

-Have passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic nonprofit organization
-Be a proactive and innovative thinker who achieves results and creates positive change
-Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
-Embrace diversity and a commitment to collaboration
-Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment

Room to Read is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled
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Company Name: Room to Read
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Room to Read is a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, our innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income countries during two time periods that are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. We work in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. By focusing on the quality of education provided within the communities and ensuring these outcomes are measured, we have created a model that can be replicated, localized and sustained by governments. Room to Read has benefited 11.5 million children across over 20,000 communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Grenada, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia, and aims to reach 15 million children by 2020. Join our global movement and find ways to get involved at www.roomtoread.org/takeaction!
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