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Software Engineer - Lead

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Information Systems & Technology

Job Summary

Under limited supervision, this position designs, develops, documents, and maintains campus enterprise applications, as well as leading the day-to-day activities of the Application Engineering team. Primary activities include growing and building applications for university educational and administrative systems. In addition, this position will support methods to integrate applications with the campus computing infrastructure, which includes authentication, provisioning, and enterprise portal services, utilizing current technologies and DevOps philosophies. Emphasis will be placed on providing development support for critical systems, managing application builds, updates, integrations and web services

This position is eligible for remote work pursuant to Cal Poly’s Telecommuting and Remote Work Guidelines and the CSU policy requiring that all work be performed within the State of California.

Department Summary

Information Technology Services (ITS) is a fast-moving team that is responsible for helping Cal Poly achieve academic excellence through developing and implementing learning, teaching, and administrative solutions which leverage technology that align with strategic goals and objectives. With a focus on continuous improvement, ITS fosters innovation, supports continuous learning, and develops people to their full potential. Our team of more than 170 professionals works in a DevOps environment to shape the technology landscape at Cal Poly.

Key Qualifications

  • Ability to provide leadership, analyze needs, and ensure quality delivery of products and services.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and assign work by leading sprint planning meetings, standup meetings, and value stream delivery for designated service area.
  • Ability to provide leadership in solution design, architecture, and modern development practices, and ability to mentor other engineers in these areas. 
  • Advanced skills developing enterprise applications using Java and its ecosystem (particularly Maven, Spring, Spring Boot, and Grails), as well as frontend frameworks (e.g., Angular, Vue, React, etc.)
  • Advanced skills implementing applications using cloud hosted services (e.g. AWS, Azure, GCP) and using container-based deployments (e.g., Docker, AWS Fargate, Amazon ECS).
  • Thorough working knowledge of modern UI design concepts, including model-view-controller (MVC) architecture, and data binding.
  • Demonstrated skills with DevOps application management strategies and techniques; CI/CD workflows and code management standards, and Git-based development.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant experience. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for up to two years of the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Salary and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Range: $101,000 - $117,000 Per Year

Classification Range: $52,464 - $129,504 Per Year

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information. 

Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on philosophy, small class sizes and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California and the world. For more information, visit

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

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