Senior Application Developer at Shedd Aquarium

This is an exempt-level senior level developer position is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of custom and delivered software. This individual works closely with the Director of Application Development in the creation and execution of project plans, enhancements and troubleshooting software throughout the organization. The senior application developer will also make recommendations on the use of new and emerging technologies.

The ideal candidate will show a passion for learning new technology and problem solving using present, emerging, and future tools. Additionally, the ideal candidate will show a strong customer service approach, close attention to detail and strong communication skills.

Technical Skills:

  • SQL/T-SQL – scripting, stored procedures, custom views, tables, SSRS
  • Build & Continuous Integration – Octopus, Bamboo, Jira, Subversion
  • ASP/.NET – Webforms, C#
  • IOS – Swift, Objective C
  • Android – Java, Frameworks
  • Web Dev Frameworks – Angular JS 2, MVV
  • Javascript/JQuery
  • Testing – Acceptance, Regression, Unit, Functional vs. Performance
  • Object-Oriented Design & Programming, Design Patterns
  • Microsoft Business Tools

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate commitment to Shedd’s vision, mission and values.
  • Develop/Maintain in-house custom and third party developed/packaged applications.
  • Develop/Maintain reports to support business operations.
  • Attend operational meetings as necessary.
  • Clearly and effectively communicate to the project status progress and/or delays.
  • Engage in unconventional thinking to provide high value-of-service to clients.
  • Alert colleagues to emerging technologies or applications and the opportunities to integrate them into operations and activities.
  • Develop innovative, reusable technology tools
  • Learn/Code in different languages/frameworks as necessary
  • Write test cases, unit tests, regression tests
  • Mentor junior developers
  • Assess the advantages and disadvantages of new frameworks and technologies
  • Identify inefficiencies and offer innovative solutions
  • Other duties as assigned.


Any combination of education and training equivalent to a bachelor’s degree which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities as described; advanced coursework in computer technology field is desirable

5+ Five plus years’ experience in design, development, and support of custom and packaged software.


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About Megan Huck

At Shedd Aquarium, animals connect you to the living world, inspiring you to make a difference. That’s our mission. This is how we fulfill it: We’re cool teachers, creating experiences in which learning is fun. We’re dedicated stewards, caring for animals, people and the living world. We’re great managers, running a model organization. And it goes deeper, to the fundamental ways in which we act towards our guests and each other: Teach and learn something every day. Create an environment of fun. Be a connection to the collection. Be courageously creative. Be passionate. Whatever the job — feeding the fishes, training the whales, teaching a class, answering a guest’s question, creating a menu, planting a garden, sweeping the floor — we do it with a sense of stewardship, quality, integrity and respect. Count on it.