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Northeastern University

Lead Developer for Design

Boston ,MA
3 months

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Lead Developer for Design

Location: Boston, MA Type: Full Time

Lead Developer for Design

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 for Design excels in HTML5, PHP (Wordpress in particular), CSS3 and JavaScript. You must be well-versed in U/I and U/X and data visualization and able to bring great designs to life that translate complex information in an engaging way for a wide range of audiences. You must love developing new tools and reusable components in a fast-paced environment. You must be able to take complex information and data and make it relatable with superb functionality. You'll be joining a curious, innovative and hard-working team of journalists, editors, media relations professionals, and social media producers who love creativity and collaboration. We value those who solve problems, bring ideas and are not afraid to experiment. We also value those who take responsibility for managing their own time and projects without missing deadlines.

Responsibilities: The Lead Developer for Design 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 a newsroom, to develop new tools for journalists/storytellers to tell traditional, as well as rich media- and data-driven stories, rapidly iterating based on the needs of the newsroom. He/she is a critical member of the digital newsroom, 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 must work well in collaboration with other designers and developers and other content creators under tight deadlines in a fast-paced newsroom environment, and must be excited about storytelling best practices in a digital environment. He/she can work with and visualize data, including creating maps, charts and other interactive functionalities. 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.

The Lead Developer for Design takes on leadership roles in digital team-centric projects and across the newsroom. He/she functions as second in command of the digital team to the Digital Design Director and assumes team lead when the Director is not present. He/she advises and provides feedback for other teammates in various roles, and identifies areas of opportunity for team improvement as well as opportunities for innovation.

Qualifications: You must have: | Bachelor's degree | 8+ 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.) | Experience with data visualization Excellent work ethic and a positive attitude / Great sense of humor 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.

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 | Used analytics tools | experience in a newsroom-type environment | experience with management responsibilities

Preferred Qualifications:

Salary Grade: 12

Additional Information: The Lead Developer for Design 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 for Design will occasionally be required to work outside of regular business hours, including weekends. What stands us apart: We offer a highly competitive benefit packages, 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.

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

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