Lead Developer

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 01, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Lead Developer

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
The Lead Developer functions as a full stack developer, working in both the front and back ends of the web environment. He/she works with a small team of designers and developers, as well other content creators in the communications department to develop new tools for journalists and storytellers to tell traditional - as well as rich media- and data-driven stories - rapidly iterating based on the needs of the department. He/she is a critical member of a digital news operation, working on projects from conceptualization to implementation, with a special emphasis on development involving PHP, CSS, HTML, JQuery and Javascript, and incorporating U/I and U/X best practices, as well as API. He/she will also take the lead role in special projects across the Communications department. He/she must work well in collaboration with other designers and developers and other content creators under tight deadlines in a fast-paced. He/she has a strong grasp on the code base and ensures that organizational code standards are maintained. He/she also keeps current with the latest in web technology, can help modernize the newsroom platform as needed and improve security as appropriate.

What stands us apart: We offer a highly competitive benefits package, including tuition waivers for that master's degree or certificate you've been thinking about. Other current offerings include discounts on technology products, health and fitness programs, generous retirement programs, and professional development opportunities.
The Lead Developer is based on Northeastern's Boston campus and is not eligible for remote work. Like all staff members in the Office of Communications, the Lead Developer will occasionally be required to work outside of regular business hours, including weekends and holidays.


You must have:
Bachelor's degree
6+ years of experience at the cross-section of design and development, heavy on HTML5, CSS3, PHP, JavaScript
Wordpress theme and plugin development experience
Experience working with a template engine (bonus points for Twig/Timber)
Working knowledge of task runners and bundling/deployment tools (Grunt, Gulp, Webpack, etc.)
Excellent work ethic and a positive attitude and the ability to communicate with others, including non-technical people
Respect for code quality and deadlines
Git & GitHub version control
Familiar with accessibility standards and best practices
Experience in a journalism/storytelling-driven environment is a plus. Experience in higher education is neither necessary, nor desired.

Preferred Qualifications:

Great if you also have:
Knowledge of Advanced Custom Fields for Wordpress
Familiarity with server, network, and hosting environments
Experience using APIs, visualizing data, including creating maps, charts and other interactive functionalities (D3, R or other)
Dabbled in Agile, SCRUM
Know UI / UX best practices
Experience with data visualization
Used analytics tools | Experience in a newsroom-type environment | experience with management responsibilities

Salary Grade:

Additional Information:
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.

To apply, visit https://careers.pageuppeople.com/879/cw/en-us/job/506519


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