The Polis Center is looking for an experienced developer to join our information technology team in providing open access to actionable data and research used by nonprofits, community-based organizations, government, and academics for community good.

The Polis Center is an applied research center at IUPUI in the IU Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. Polis makes data actionable for improving community health, equity, and resilience. We build and use information technology and geographically precise data across a variety of domains and sectors to identify and address our community’s most pressing challenges. We are a convener and connector, collaborating with community and academic partners to translate data and research into action. We build capacity in nonprofits, community-based organizations, government, and researchers to use these resources effectively for community good.

Job Summary

Department-Specific Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of both front-end and back-end technologies used in the deployment of the SAVI Community Information System and related products.
  • Works closely with clients, front-end graphic designers as well as back-end data analysts and database administrators.
  • Applies skills in code maintenance, continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline strategies, testing, beta-to-production deployment strategies, and microservices to develop information technology products used by community and university partners.
  • Participates in requirements discovery to ensure optimum functionality, performance, accessibility, scalability, and security of websites and web applications
  • Designs and deploys front-end websites in an IIS, .net framework and Golang/Kubernetes framework
  • Integrates data and user input through REST and other API protocols
  • Produces visualizations using tools such as ESRI ArcGIS APIs, Leaflet, Google Map APIs and D3.js custom visualizations
  • Collaborates with data team to develop performant data models and caching strategies
  • Collaborates with the Systems Engineering Leader to tune microservices environment

General Responsibilities

  • Develops high-performing websites and web applications, including building and implementing back-end (APIs, databases) and front end (interfaces, web-based tools) solutions.
  • Consults with stakeholders and/or web administrator to review existing websites/webpages; develops new functionality and/or codes necessary web changes.
  • Develops data structures, web tools and programs while taking into consideration multi-browser and mobile compatibility and performance.
  • Documents website and web application development efforts (changes, new functionality, issue/problem resolution).
  • Tests website and web application performance and functionality, performs quality assurance checks, and fixes bugs accordingly.
  • Acts as a liaison between design/creative teams and stakeholders to ensure optimum functionality, performance, accessibility, scalability, and security of websites and web applications.
  • Ensures that all protocols used in the development and maintenance of websites are up to date and compliant with university policies and standards; researches and stays up-to-date on new industry web standards, emerging media technology, UX/UI design/philosophy, and accessibility standards.




  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Computer Science or related field)



  • 2 years of full stack web development or related experience


  • 3 years of experience designing, developing, and maintaining web-based computer applications

Combinations of related education and experience may be considered



  • Proficient communication skills
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrates time management and priority setting skills
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty
  • Highly thorough and dependable
  • Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure
  • Ability to audit and perform updates to developed code systems and projects
  • Ability to contribute to related file repositories and communicate with peers to ensure project success
  • Strong understanding of related policy and standards
  • Strong ability to read and write code in HTML,CSS, JS
  • Ability to work on developed common JS frameworks and consult on UX related projects
  • Ability to integrate advanced protocol interfaces (API)
  • Strong ability to code in logical dynamic language
  • Ability to write complex relational database schema
  • Ability to audit and develop systems of applications


  • Demonstrates experience in Microsoft .NET framework, Visual studio IDE, vue.js, MVC development architecture.
  • Demonstrates experience in SQL with SQL Server, PostgreSQL and Oracle, HTML/CSS/JavaScript web technologies. Familiarity with NoSQL databases a plus.
  • Demonstrates experience in working with third party vendor APIs like Google API, ArcGIS and d3.js libraries
  • Familiarity with a DevOps environment using GitHub, Kubernetes and Docker or related container platform

Working Conditions / Demands

This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

IUPUI campus

Indianapolis, Indiana

Advertised Salary

$70,000- $80,000 annually

Benefits Overview

For full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:

  • Multiple plan options for medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
  • Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options
  • Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting
  • Additional supplemental retirement plan options
  • Tuition benefit for IU classes
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Learn more about our benefits by reviewing our online Benefits Brochure.

Job Classification

Career Level: Career

FLSA: Exempt

Job Function: Information Technology

Job Family: Web Admin, Design, & Develop

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