Lead Software Engineer (LMS)

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Job Title: Lead Software Engineer (LMS)
Type: Direct Hire
Location: Remote 


  • Lead the design and development of custom plugins, integrations, and features for the Brightspace and/or Anthology Blackboard LMS platform using a variety of programming languages (e.g., Java, JavaScript, HTML, CSS).
  • Collaborate with instructional designers and subject matter experts to develop and implement effective e-learning solutions that meet the needs of various audiences.
  • Integrate Brightspace/Anthology with other systems and applications, including Boomi, using APIs and other integration technologies.
  • Conduct prototyping, integration testing, performance optimization, and scalability testing for LMS applications.
  • Ensure the security and compliance of LMS applications, including change management and vendor management processes.
  • Develop technical specifications, system architecture, and deployment plans for LMS operations and new initiatives.
  • Apply solution design methodologies and best practices to develop and implement innovative and effective e-learning solutions.
  • Conduct research on emerging trends, technologies, and best practices in e-learning and apply them to enhance the LMS platform.
  • Lead and support ADA and Digital Accessibility initiatives.
  • Analyze and decompose complex problems into potential technical solutions for LMS applications.
  • Participate in project planning, estimation, and documentation efforts as needed.
  • Recommends business processes and design options to optimize technical solutions.
  • Performs other 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 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 8+ years overall IT experience and 4+ in full-stack web development using Java, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS, creating and consuming RESTful, OData and SOAP based Web Services, JavaScript Object Notification (JSON), XML, and interface design.
  • 3+ years of experience developing custom plugins, integrations, APIs, SQL, 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.
  • Demonstrated listening, analytical, organizational, and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently or lead teams/projects and cross-functionally, including in high-pressure situations
  • Methodical, organized and detail oriented.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Please note that you may be asked to provide your Web portfolio in addition to your application and resume.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

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