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Job Req ID:  12997

Full Stack Drupal Developer

Classified Title: Software Engineer 
Working Title: Full Stack Drupal Developer ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PE 
Starting Salary Range: Up to $100,000 per year
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 02-MD:Mount Washington Campus 
Department name: 10000111-Systems and Technical Support 
Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced K-12 students around the world. We provide today’s brightest students with fun, challenging courses; a community of engaged learners; and a strong foundation for future success in college and their careers. Want to join our team? We are looking for mission-driven problem-solvers who can thrive in CTY’s diverse, collaborative, fast-paced, and results-driven work environment. We value innovation, creativity, integrity, and a shared commitment to the bright young people we serve. In return, we offer employees the opportunity to be part of the Johns Hopkins community and to take advantage of our generous benefits package, which includes affordable health-care options and tuition assistance for employees and their families.

General Summary/Purpose:

Operating at the highest level of programming and technical expertise, the Full Stack Drupal Developer will work independently or on a team to analyze, implement, and support a custom Drupal website and web application environment and associated integrated system and database applications.  This position will be a primary front- and back-end development resource across CTY IT applications including, but not limited to, the public facing website, the constituent portal, the intranet site, the student information system, and numerous integrated web applications.   The Full Stack Developer will work closely with groups across CTY, JHU IT, and outside vendors to lead and support Drupal migration, modernization, and redesign projects.   This position will be responsible for Drupal installation, configuration, custom development, theming, module/plugin development, integration, testing, and support.  The Full Stack Developer will contribute to UI/UX decisions, will be expected to apply critical thinking to user experience and functionality across the portfolio, and will be regarded as an SME for usability and interface best practices and recommendations.

The Full Stack Drupal Developer may be responsible for some or all phases of the SDLC including liaising directly with customers, requirements gathering, translating general requirements into system specifications, complex development, unit testing and QA, interface development (UI/UX), data integration, and implementation including release / production support.  This position will be regarded as a technical expert and may be involved in training, customer consultation, and documentation.   The Full Stack Drupal Developer should remain fluent in and be prepared to recommend modern technical solutions and should be capable of working with COTS, open source, centralized, SaaS, and integrated applications. This position should cultivate and maintain a thorough understanding of CTY and Johns Hopkins mission, perspective, function, and strategy.

Job Scope/Complexity:

Responsible for full life-cycle of medium to large sized complex projects; strong technical skills; strong ability to understand complex business processes. Develops solutions based on extensive technical knowledge, skills and experience; influences client towards innovative/integrated solutions.


The responsibilities listed below are typical examples of the work performed by this position. Not all duties assigned to this position are included, nor is it expected that everyone in this position will be assigned every job responsibility.


  1. Define complex business/clinical/education problems by meeting with clients to observe and understand current processes and the issues related to those processes.  Provide written documentation of findings to share with the client and other IT colleagues.
  2. Gather complex system requirements by meeting with clients and researching existing technology to understand the business requirements and possible solutions for new applications.


  1. Develop detailed tasks and project plans by analyzing project scope and milestones for       complex projects in order to ensure product is delivered in a timely fashion according to software lifecycle standards.
  2. Write functional/technical specifications from the complex system requirements, putting them into functional and technical descriptions for use by programmers and business analysts to develop technical solutions.
  3. Develop/change data input, files/database structures, data transformation, algorithms, and data output by using appropriate computer language/tools to provide technical solutions for complex application development tasks.
  4. Document code and associated processes by adhering to development methodologies, adding code comments and appropriate documentation to various knowledge-base system(s) to simplify code maintenance and to improve support.
  5. Provide monitoring and guidance in application design and development to more junior staff.
  6. Provide thought leadership in designing and developing innovative integrated solutions.


  1. Create and document complex test scenarios using the appropriate testing tools to validate  and verify application functionality.
  2. Test all changes by using the appropriate complex test scenarios to ensure all delivered solutions work as expected and errors are handling in a meaningful way.
  3. Author and maintain documentation by writing audience-appropriate materials to serve as technical and/or end-user references.
  4. Mentor junior staff in testing tools and technologies by reviewing their work.


  1. Implement changes by adhering to the change management policies and procedures for any given project to communicate to all parties the nature, significance, and risk factors of the solution.
  2. Monitor changes and resolve complex problems by responding as they occur, by reviewing all processing and output of the newly implemented solution, and by proactively ensuring the solution works successfully in order to satisfy the customer requirements and to provide a smooth transition to the new solution.
  3. Provide support by investigating and resolving issues, including complex issues to ensure prompt, effective service.

Other Duties

  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
  • Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Additional experience may be substituted for education.
  • Five years of related work experience with computer systems and applications.
  • Additional education may substitute for experience.

Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits or 18 graduate degree credits = 1 year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college coursework may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Headless / decoupled Drupal development.
  • Atlassian administration experience.
  • Moodle development or support experience.
  • Semantic markup, accessibility, version control.
  • Experience in K-12, higher education, or academic medicine organization.
  • Experience upgrading and migrating legacy web applications.
  • Experience participating in Agile projects.
  • Familiarity with ColdFusion, Site Executive CMS.

Required Special Skills and Knowledge:

  • Expert knowledge of Drupal 8 theming, module configuration, custom module development, security.
  • Expert knowledge of PHP and MySQL, PHP frameworks (Symfony, Zend).
  • Expert knowledge of HTML, CSS (w/ preprocessing), JavaScript, Typescript, Bootstrap.
  • Expert knowledge of RESTful services, JS frameworks (Angular, React, Express).
  • Demonstrable experience with UI and UX principles, concepts, and techniques.
  • Demonstrable success on Drupal projects as a technical lead or senior individual contributor.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent time management, organization, and attention to detail.
  • Exemplary customer service skills.
  • Demonstrable critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Ability to thrive in an unstructured, fast-moving and constantly evolving high growth environment.
  • Ability to prioritize conflicting demands.
  • Ability to execute assigned project tasks within established schedule.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Physical Requirements for the Job:

  • Ability to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods of time
  • Dexterity of hands to operate a computer keyboard, mouse pad and other office machinery
  • The incumbent will be required to communicate regularly via telephone and face to face with internal and external customers and must be able to exchange accurate and timely information in these settings
  • Position also requires a degree of mobility common to working in an office environment; bending, kneeling or standing during events and presentations may be required.

Additional Information:

  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the US.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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