Web Developer, Walker Art Center

The Back-End Web Developer works to develop, and support the Walker’s front-facing technologies including websites, mobile properties, and in-gallery interactive technologies. This is a hands-on, multifaceted role. You must be a web developer and programmer first of all – with a passion for new media and developing innovative solutions.

Responsibilities will include application development and support as well as oversight of site architecture and coding standards. This individual will seek out innovative solutions to support a growing, constantly improving, website.


  • Computer Science degree or significant professional experience is necessary (minimum 5 years)
  • Strong communication, troubleshooting, and problem solving skills
  • In-depth knowledge of Python/Django and/or Ruby on Rails
  • Experience working with PostgreSQL, MongoDB, and Solr
  • Knowledge of current web trends for HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Demonstrated skills working with Internet standards and protocols, including caching, security, APIs and RESTful web services
  • GIT experience and integrating into workflow (or similar source control)
  • Working knowledge of Linux, especially Ubuntu

Nice to have

  • Knowledge of preprocessors including SASS, CoffeeScript, HAML
  • Experience with the following technologies: JQUERY, XML, JSON, bower
  • GIThub and/or Stack Exchange Profile (include with your application)
  • Experience in a museum setting highly desired

For consideration, please email letter of interest, resume, and salary requirements as MS Word or PDF attachments to jobs@walkerart.org. No agency applications will be considered.

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About Robin Dowden

Robin Dowden is an independent consultant working at the intersection of technology and museums. From 1997-2015 she worked at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis as the Director of Technology and New Media Initiatives. There she led the department responsible for developing the Walker’s use of interactive and emerging technologies including the Walker’s websites, multimedia computer applications, mobile interpretive resources, and projects to create digital resources. From 1997 to 2009 she directed the development of ArtsConnectEd, a website that provided access to works of art and educational resources from the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Walker Art Center for K-12 educators, students, and scholars. From 1998 to 2003 she directed mnartists.org, an online resource for Minnesota artists developed by the Walker and the McKnight Foundation. Prior to joining the Walker, Dowden was the Collections Systems and Web Site Manager at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.