Senior Back-End Developer (Telecommute or on-site)

Eastern Standard

Job Description

Eastern Standard is looking for a seasoned web developer to join our existing development team in: architecting and building complex websites, implementing back-end code and configuration for content management systems, and integrating external data sources and APIs with custom-designed front-ends.

Senior developers are also charged with being strategically-minded, collaborative team members. We value best practice approaches to our development work, close communication with strategy and design teams through the project lifecycle, and challenging our development team to do their best work.

The Role
You'll help set the standard for our development practice, and play an integral role in project architecture and implementation

Craft well-architected code to meet custom project requirements
• Work closely with our UX, visual design, and development teams to architect and build custom web-based experiences
• Implement custom functionality (primarily in PHP), marrying back-end data sources (e.g. content management systems or external databases) with front-end experiences
• Configure content management systems (most often Drupal) to meet content and data requirements
• Perform development and implementation of custom code to meet specific project requirements

Lead by example with strong communication skills
• Collaborate with project teams (producers, UX strategists, visual designers, developers)
• Interface directly with clients, providing expertise and client education support to the project Producer
• Champion best practices for code structure and nomenclature
• Work in conjunction with junior developers, providing development support and guidance
• Introduce new and emerging patterns and technologies into our workflow

See projects through from beginning to end
• Collaborate with project teams early and often to identify implementation concerns or questions, and provide insight into the development approach
• Identify back-end requirements to meet the needs of the complete user experience
• Meet with designers early in the project to audit design mockups for practicality and responsiveness

What you bring to the table:
• Extensive experience with object-oriented code in PHP and/or Ruby
• Deep functional understanding of web requests (e.g. HTTP protocol/AJAX)
• Very strong knowledge of git/version control
• High degree of competency with UNIX terminal/command line
• Experience working on large-scale, custom website builds
• Commitment to best practices and well-organized code
• Familiarity with compilation tools such as grunt and gulp
• Positive, "can do" attitude
• Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and creatively solve problems
• Exceptional communication/interpersonal/presentation skills
• Ability to quickly ramp up on new or existing projects

General Expectations:
• Develop/implement back-end code (primarily PHP/Drupal)
• Coordinate and manage technical aspects of project launches (and associated DevOps)
• Stay on top of industry-leading approaches, best practices, and technologies
• Play an active role in both internal and external meetings and discussions
• Contribute to a positive overall work environment and experience
• Maintain accurate time tracking

What We Provide:
• Competitive salary commensurate with experience
• Simple IRA with employer matching
• Health & Dental Insurance
• 3 weeks PTO Annually
• 8 paid holidays annually
• Profit Sharing / Bonus Program
• Individual recognition bonuses
• Paid Maternity and Paternity leave
• Retirement savings account with company matching
• Life insurance policy
• Long-term disability policy
• (Healthcare) Flexible spending account
• Bi-Weekly Lunch & Learns (free lunch and a learning topic chosen by team members)
• Fully stocked drink fridge
• Company sponsored outings and events
• Company paid conferences
• Company paid professional development opportunities
• Hosted community meetups
• Blog Post Opportunities (writing opportunities)
• Commuter Benefits
• Employee Discount Program through various retailers
• Employee Birthday Celebrations
• Casual, collaborative, and creative work environment

Company Description Eastern standard is a combined user experience and web technology agency. We are dedicated to objective strategy, sophisticated design execution, and best practices web implementation. We have developed a truly interdisciplinary team of designers, UX specialists, and developers, and were even honored last year with a Webby Award for "Welcome to the Universe", a site we designed and built to promote Neil Degrasse Tyson's then-newest book.

Our team and our company are continuing to grow, and we're looking for innovative, experienced practitioners who want to challenge themselves and our work to produce standard-setting projects. We value curiosity, cheerfulness, and the kind of people who feel compelled to always do their best work.

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