Application Development Manager, Innovation Lab

Feb 25, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
The Chronicle
Full Time
Application Development Manager, Chronicle Innovation Lab

The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy provide award-winning news coverage to professionals on college campuses and to nonprofit organizations around the world.

We're looking for a technology leader to work with The Chronicle's journalists, technologists, and business teams to create interactive and dynamic information-driven products. The leader must inspire a product team to foster innovation, and must love to create fast, scalable code. The leader will report to the CTO.

The leader will work closely with the award-winning data and interactives team at The Chronicle. The leader also must collaborate with our business departments on products that are developed in the lab. These products range from big data news apps to new tools that make our journalism more compelling and useful to readers. The Innovation Lab also leads experimentation with new digital media frameworks and platforms. (You can see what this group has already created at


-Drive powerful collaborations of technologists and editorial teams to create innovative products for our audiences.
-Collaborate with our business departments on company priorities involving audience development and revenue.
-Collaborate with other technology team leaders on company best practices.
-Lead small, agile teams to create great applications and solve tough technology problems.
-Keep abreast of new technologies and implement these features into our microsites or standalone products when the technology suits our needs.
-Work closely with the editorial staff and data and interactives team to shape products developed by the Innovation Lab.
-Develop tools and templates to support a fast-paced news environment and create sustainable, repeatable design implementations.


-Seven years of CMS, CRM and architectural experience, with some project management experience.
-Experience with digital media technology and applications, especially with progressive data and journalistic applications.
-Experience collaborating with editorial and business teams to understand their needs and create great solutions.
-Strong proficiency in PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, jQuery, Linux, MySQL5 (or similar RDBMS).
-Expertise with dynamic Web publishing and database technologies.
-Currency with new, innovative technologies.
-Experience as a problem solver with strategic and analytical capabilities.
-Strong written and verbal communications skills.
-Experience with effective ways for journalists and technologists to do great work together.
-Knowledge and experience using GIT and AWS technologies.
-Self-driven, independent, with a healthy disrespect for the impossible.
-Experience working at a news organization is a plus.
-Experience working with marketing, audience development and advertising departments is a plus.
-Bachelor’s degree in computer science, journalism or related field.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to with “Application Development Manager” in the subject heading. Candidates who fail to supply all three aforementioned materials will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

The Chronicle is based in Washington, D.C. and offers excellent benefits including 24 paid vacation days a year.

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