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Senior Front End Developer

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Our client, a University Web Team, builds apps using reliable tools our team knows and trusts, and uses best practices for security, scalability, and maintainability. They build unit testing into their software and are working toward a day when they are developing in a continuous integration environment (DevOps approach). They work with PHP/WordPress and Python/Django using Linux/Apache/MySQL stack. They are a collaborative team who genuinely enjoys working together and are passionate about their work. They work closely with the Marketing & Communications unit at the University on website design, and they are strongly focused on providing an exceptional user experience for visitors to their sites.

- Develop a WordPress plugin (with unit tests) to add a new feature to our WordPress environment.

- Collaborate with peers on the Web Team to review and provide feedback on another developer’s application and/or WordPress code.

- Contribute to internal tools to help them improve their development processes and procedures.

- Work with their systems administration and/or systems operations staff in addressing a production issue.

- Help their skilled support team triage tickets and resolve bugs, incidents, or fulfill escalated service requests.

- Troubleshoot a complex service issue and work with peers to implement a fix or workaround.

- Meet with peers to brainstorm a solution to a project requirement, supply effort estimates to project management to tackle the problem, and develop/implement the agreed-upon solution.

Critical traits and attributes-
- 5+ years of development experience

- You possess a laser-sharp focus on security issues, including best practices for prevention of issues such as cross-site request forgery, SQL injection, etc.

- You have a curiosity about how things work.

- You have built professional web applications and/or WordPress plugins that you can point to as things you’ve built.

- Your work is available for review (technical assessment) with access to a code repository (preferably Github).

- You are intimately familiar with the WordPress “loop” and you know how to approach solutions in “the WordPress way.”

- You write readable, understandable, and testable code with an eye towards maintainability.

- You are a strong communicator. You can explain complex technical concepts to clients, designers, and support personnel.

- You enjoy mentoring and teaching more junior developers.

- You know how the web works, know HTTP and TCP/IP, know what a good API looks like, and possess strong computer science fundamentals.

- You are ready and eager to help fix things that break (they will!) and can be available for off-hour deployments and the occasional late weekend night with the team for major releases.

Nice to Haves!
- You have contributed to WordPress core code.

- You have developed and/or contributed to a WordPress open source project, plugin, or theme.

- You’ve developed using PHP, Python, or Javascript without framework.

- You have experience in higher education.

- You have previous experience with large-scale websites that operate at a high volume with seasonal spikes.

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