Sr Manager of Software Engineering (LMS)

Gravity IT Resources

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Job Title: Sr Manager of Software Engineering (LMS)
Type: Direct Hire
Location: Remote 


  • Manage team performance assessments, emphasizing optimization of the LMS domain, including people, process, and technology.
  • Solution design and guide teams with developing custom plugins, integrations, and features for the Brightspace and/or Anthology Blackboard LMS platforms; utilizing a diverse set of programming languages such as Java, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.
  • Collaborate closely with instructional designers and subject matter experts to create e-learning solutions tailored to a variety of audiences, ensuring these solutions are both innovative and effective.
  • Lead the integration of Brightspace/Anthology with other systems and applications, with integration platforms, APIs and other technologies.
  • Lead and support ADA and Digital Accessibility initiatives.
  • Spearhead prototyping, integration testing, performance optimization, and scalability testing to ensure robust and efficient LMS applications.
  • Maintain a strong focus on the security and compliance of LMS applications, overseeing change management processes and managing vendor relationships effectively.
  • Develop comprehensive technical specifications, system architectures, and deployment plans, focusing on the efficiency and scalability of LMS operations and new initiatives.
  • Apply a tactical and strategic approach to solution design, utilizing best practices and innovative methodologies to deliver impactful e-learning solutions.
  • Stay up to date of emerging trends and technologies in e-learning, applying these insights to continually enhance the LMS platform and stay ahead of industry developments.
  • Analyze complex problems and deconstruct them into actionable technical solutions, leveraging your deep understanding of LMS applications.
  • Engage in project planning, estimation, and documentation, contributing your expertise to ensure successful project execution.
  • Leads business process improvements and design alternatives to optimize LMS technical solutions, demonstrating a keen understanding of both technical and business needs.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned



  • In-depth experience developing custom plugins, integrations, and features for the Brightspace and/or Anthology Blackboard LMS platform, including leveraging APIs and other integration technologies.
  • Familiarity with Brightspace SDK, including access to Brightspace APIs, client libraries, tools, samples, and walkthroughs.
  • Knowledge of Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standards
  • Strong proficiency in programming languages commonly used in web development, such as Java, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.
  • Expertise in integrating LMS with other systems and applications, such as CRM systems, student information systems, and payment processing systems, using REST APIs, SOAP APIs, and other integration technologies.
  • Knowledge of instructional design principles and e-learning best practices, and experience implementing these principles to design and develop effective e-learning solutions.
  • Advanced problem-solving and analytical skills, with the ability to troubleshoot and debug complex technical issues related to the LMS platform and integrations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate technical information to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams, including instructional designers, subject matter experts, and project Senior Managers, using agile development methodologies and best practices.
  • Ability to follow Web accessibility (Section 508 and Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)) standards.
  • Experience with integration platforms, APIs, and the ability to design and develop custom integration solutions to meet specific business requirements.
  • In-depth knowledge of SQL and relational database management systems (RDBMS), such as SQL Server, MySQL, or Oracle, and expertise in writing complex SQL queries to retrieve and manipulate data
  • Expertise in database design and normalization principles, as well as database performance tuning and optimization techniques
  • Familiarity with database administration tasks, such as backup and recovery, monitoring, and maintenance, and experience implementing these tasks in a production environment.
  • Understanding of data warehousing concepts and techniques, such as ETL processes and dimensional modeling, and experience designing and developing custom reports and dashboards using SQL and reporting tools, such as Power BI
  • Expertise in security and authentication protocols for integrations, such as OAuth 2.0 and SAML
  • Minimum of 10+ years of overall IT experience with 3+ years having led LMS teams and delivered complex LMS solutions.
  • 5+ years of experience in full-stack web development using Java, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS; SQL and expertise in SQL queries.
  • 3+ years of experience developing custom plugins, integrations, APIs, and features for the Brightspace and/or Anthology Blackboard platform.
  • Solution design and development lead role experience is a must.
  • Experience developing utilizing DevOps/Agile SDLC, Testing, and CI/CD required.
  • Experience working in a 24×7 environment; ability to work flexible hours and be on-call.
  • Highly self-motivated, self-directed, and attentive to detail.
  • Ability to present ideas in business and user-friendly language.
  • Leads organizational improvements and advances resources with new opportunities.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including for non-technical resources and executive management.
  • Please note that you may be asked to provide your Web portfolio in addition to your application and resume.

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