The Art Institute of Chicago is seeking a web application developer with a solid experience in front- and back-end building for a unique and exciting 2-year project.

The Art Institute of Chicago is developing a web application called OSCI (Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative). This is an open source, Drupal-based publishing system that allows scholars to access high quality images and bibliographical references in a document formatted like a printed catalog, with the advantages of interactive web technologies.

OSCI is a high-profile project and a ground-breaking technology in the field of scholarly research and publishing. Some beta catalogs have been already published online:

Skills & Requirements

The ideal candidate will be responsible for delivering front- and back-end code within the Drupal framework making up the OSCI toolkit. He or she will provide technical and strategic expertise in planning and developing new features, debugging, maintaining, expanding and documenting the OSCI Toolkit code. Changes made to the source code will be committed to Github.

The candidate will also help integrating data into OSCI coming from CITI, our Collection Management System, and our Digital Asset Management System, which are accessed through REST and SOAP APIs.

The candidate might occasionally support other applications and RDBMS’s that manage the Museum’s data flow. Most of them are built in the PHP-based Yii framework and are backed by MySQL, PostgreSQL, Solr and MongoDB data sources.

This position reports to the Director of Application Services, Collections, and will work tightly with other 3 team members.

We are looking for an experienced developer able to grasp the complexity and diversity of the CITI ecosystem and deliver stable, secure, thoroughly tested and documented code for a high-profile, public-domain service.

A solid experience with PHP, Drupal, MySQL, HTML5, Javascript and CSS3 are primary requirements. Some experience with version control and collaboration with Git is also required. A portfolio of high-profile projects involving these technologies is highly desired.

We are not looking for a developer who just puts plug-ins together, but someone who understand the technology and utilizes at its best. Performance optimization, device portability and stability of the code are top priorities.

A developer with solid technical skills as well as ideas, who likes challenging and innovative projects and is committed to the Art Institute’s vision, is our ideal candidate.

The candidate will expect to be working with a friendly, small team, with an excellent technical knowledge and an open mind to new ideas. He or she will enjoy a great work/life balance, generous perks, an office aquarium and a rewarding everyday experience.

About The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the largest and most prestigious fine art institutions in the world.  It incorporates the museum, which is visited by millions of people every year who enjoy our distinguished collections, and The School of The Art Institute, which ranks as one of the top independent colleges in the United States and abroad in art and design.  The Art Institute’s outstanding reputation is based not only on its collections, facilities, and academic programs, but also on its team of dedicated professionals.  The Art Institute offers a variety of occupations for various skill levels, which in turn contributes to the diverse activities of the organization.  As a result, The Art Institute prides itself on effective, efficient, and productive operations.

But Wait, There’s More!
Here are our favorite parts about working for The Art Institute of Chicago:

  • Awesome Paid Time Off Program
  • Full medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • Free admission to the Art Institute and other Chicago cultural institutions
  • Exposure to art lectures, exhibitions, and other events that occur at the museum
  • A chance to work with some of the best-in-class curators, designers, and innovators
  • Tuition remission for all employees

How to apply


The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.


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