Backend Developer

Cornershop Creative

Cornershop Creative ( is seeking an awesome, U.S.-based backend developer to join our distributed team. This will be a short-term, full-time 4-6 month engagement to help with specific projects. (We hope this will turn into a permanent full-time position, but we can’t guarantee that at the moment.)


The core responsibility for this position will be building custom API integrations and scripting data migrations for WordPress-based websites and applications for our non-profit and small business clients. Tasks may include setting up WordPress custom post types, fields and taxonomies; troubleshooting server errors and migrating sites to different hosts; integrating WordPress data with third-party tools like SalesForce and Blackbaud products; and creating scripts to migrate data from other CMSes and data structures to WordPress. Additionally, this position may be responsible for developing and maintaining custom WordPress plugins.


While our primary need is strong PHP skills with solid experience building sites and applications in WordPress, our ideal candidate will have familiarity and eagerness to learn to code in other languages and on other frameworks (e.g. javascript, mobile app development, Laravel).


Our ideal candidate is a hard-working, curious troubleshooter comfortable working independently with little supervision who also enjoys working as part of a team that includes developers and non-developers. Since we’re a distributed shop, you’ll get to work from home! Cool, right?


Some Things You’ll Need to be Comfortable With:

Making WordPress sync data with common (and not so common) third-party REST & SOAP APIs

Crafting ingenious scripts to migrate datasets from outside systems, such as other CMSes, into WordPress, even when their character encoding isn’t what you want it to be

WordPress theming, including the template hierarchy, hooks, WP_Query, etc.

Finding existing libraries, plugins or other internal/external solutions to solve programming challenges, rather than reinventing the wheel

Deploying websites onto production hosts via git, rsync (and maybe sometimes sFTP), configuring caching, updating DNS records, and associated launch tasks

Quickly and effectively maintaining/troubleshooting/supporting code written by other developers

Command line tools like git, gulp, and wp-cli

JavaScript (particularly in jQuery)

Laughing at our stupid jokes (and the occasional good one)

Performing basic devops/Linux sysadmin tasks like writing bash scripts, configuring web or database servers, and figuring out why the “uploads don’t work!”

Troubleshooting MySQL performance issues (and writing performant queries)

Working in a fast-paced environment (we keep pretty busy!) and managing a workload of several projects at a time

Utilizing superb written and oral communication skills


Other stuff we’d love it if you’re good at, but aren’t requirements:

Working with and customizing Buddy/bbPress and WooCommerce

Drafting functional requirements that specify the appropriate technologies, techniques and architectures necessary to bring needed features to life

Working with other developers to implement the aforementioned plans

Not losing your s#!% when you occasionally get feedback like “Nevermind. We actually need that field that we told you not to migrate” (and then getting asked to change it back), which may happen despite our best efforts

Working with nonprofit CRM tools such as Salsa, Luminate Online, Engaging Networks, and Salesforce

Remembering to un-mute yourself before talking on conference calls

Being passionate about progressive causes

Writing custom CSS/SASS for cross-browser, responsive design (not just by using Bootstrap)

Configuring and/or maintaining AWS environments for hosting PHP-based websites and applications

Mucking around with Laravel


Cornershop Creative is an award-winning online services agency committed to listening carefully to our non-profit and small business clients and helping them achieve their goals. Our designs are beautiful, and our websites are creative and innovative. Learn more about us at


To apply, send an email to with the following:

Your résumé, which should include an indication of which American state you live and work in

A brief cover letter, explaining why you’re excited about this opportunity

Links to work you’ve done that we should see, such as recent websites, git repos, or contributed plugins/modules/themes

Ideal hourly rate


U.S. Applicants only!


Please be sure to include all of these items — to save everyone valuable time we’ll throw out incomplete applications. Thanks for understanding.



Cornershop is an equal opportunity employer.


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