Relay Graduate School of Education: Director of Application Development

Posted by | July 25, 2012 | Web Pro Job Tips


Location: New York, NY


Relay Graduate School of
Education [“Relay”], recently licensed by New York State and formerly known as
Teacher U, is a new, independent graduate school with a ground-breaking
master’s degree program designed specifically to respond to today’s demand for
effective teachers. 
Relay’s master’s program is the first-ever to require its graduate students to
demonstrate proficiency and achievement while teaching in their K-12 classrooms
to earn a degree.  Relay is positioned to
bring about transformational change in teacher preparation, becoming the place
where a new generation of continuously improving, results-focused individuals
can fulfill their destiny in the world’s greatest profession.
As Relay grows, it will
deliver an increasing variety of software that will enable, complement, and
support the school’s instructional experience. 
Relay’s Director of Application Development will be primarily responsible
for realizing these applications, building a suite of state-of-the-art software
products that will be showcase capabilities for the organization.  In short, this is an exciting opportunity to
play an integral role in urban, public education reform by shaping the
experience for a leading edge graduate school. 
  • Own primary responsibility for all software development for Relay,
    which includes fully custom applications (e.g. tablets, automated rubrics, data
    trackers, analytics), adaptations of existing software (e.g. learning
    management system), and custom additions/enhancements to existing software
    (e.g. public website, student information system);
  • Shape, in conjunction with the Chief Information Officer, Relay’s approach
    to software development and data integration for web browsers, tablets, and
    mobile devices;
  • Ensure, in conjunction with product managers, that Relay’s
    applications are maximally intuitive, are visually and experientially
    consistent, and encourage our students, professors, and staff to be excited
    evangelists for Relay;
  • Build high quality, bug-free software that exceeds the requirements of
    Relay’s users;
  • Manage and coach application developers and consultants;
  • Ensure maintainability, re-usability, scalability, extensibility,
    integration, and performance of Relay’s code base by providing technical
    architecture guidance to application developers and consultants and by defining
    and enforcing coding standards;
  • Maintain up-to-date project plans for Relay’s existing applications
    and develop specific estimates for Relay’s senior managers regarding delivery
    dates, costs, and capabilities for new applications;
  • Coordinate with application developers, product managers, and
    consultants to maintain a complete inventory of requirements and enhancement
    requests for Relay’s applications;
  • Define and manage, in conjunction with product managers, the processes
    for collecting and prioritizing application development requests and for
    sharing the status of application development projects with Relay’s leadership
    team, application developers, and end users; and
  • Coordinate with Relay’s Quality Assurance team to ensure code quality
    and timeliness.
and foremost, the Director of Application Development must share the team’s
sense of urgency about the need to improve student achievement through
phenomenal teacher training.  Additionally,
candidates for the position must have the following:
  • A bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field
  • At least five years of relevant professional experience, including at
    least three years of experience leading and mentoring software development
  • Demonstrated success defining and launching excellent products
  • Experience with both Agile and waterfall planning
  • Experience with the LAMP stack, ideally in a virtualized environment –
    additional experience with Amazon Web Services (i.e. EC2, RDS, Elastic
    Beanstalk, S3, CloudFront) is a plus
  • Experience developing in PHP and MySQL using server-side MVC
    frameworks (e.g. Symfony) – additional experience with client-side frameworks
    (e.g. jQuery, Blueprint, Cappuccino, SproutCore) is a plus
  • Strong customer service orientation, team orientation, and
    collaborative nature
  • Proven ability to influence cross-functional teams without formal
  • Attention to detail as well as proven organizational skills
  • Ability to work efficiently, intensely, and within an entrepreneurial
  • A demonstrated passion for urban education and closing the achievement
  • A high level of zest, grit, hope, gratitude, and humor.
Relay offers a competitive salary and benefits
Relay Graduate School of
Education provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and

To apply: Interested individuals should apply online at

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