Web Developer

Jun 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Web Developer

Job Number:

Web Developer with Stanford Web Services

Stanford Web Services very well may be looking for you.

You make websites You are a skilled web developer with 5-8 years of professional experience. You:

  • Are versatile, self-directed, and enjoy building secure, accessible, and fast websites.
  • Appreciate a strong development workflow with code reviews and version control.
  • Have practical experience in PHP, Drupal, WordPress, HTML5, and JavaScript frameworks.
  • Are active on drupal.org and GitHub (or Bitbucket).
  • Like to learn new things, because let's face it: things just don't stay the same.
  • Get bonus points if you enjoy mentoring and are comfortable with public speaking.
You can get behind the goal of doing things right:
  • You write clear, robust, well-documented code and use existing code where possible.
  • You have learned or would like to learn more about universal design and web accessibility.
  • You never rest on your laurels and instead look forward to improving the next time around.
We are Stanford Web Services Known as SWS, we are 12 (and growing) top-notch web professionals, many of whom left commercial industries for careers in higher education. We take pride in our work and have a shared purpose of making Stanford's web presence even stronger, because supporting the research and education mission of a renowned university can make a positive difference in the world.

As a part of the Stanford community, we encourage a culture of real work-life balance; going home at a reasonable hour is how life should be. Our group includes musicians, a photographer, a brewer, a master gardener, a rock climber, an ultra marathoner, a lunchtime Zumba-enthusiast, a champion marksman, and many loving parents. We like what we do and other things, too.

Read more about our team: https://swsblog.stanford.edu/blog-contributors

Here's what we do Our mission is to build beautiful, mobile-responsive, secure, and accessible websites for Stanford, including engineering.stanford.edu, knight-hennessy.stanford.edu, cardinalatwork.stanford.edu, and over 100 more.

We don't build one site at a time: we build the tools to drive faster and better development for ourselves and others. (Yay open source!) We created a Drupal hosting platform called Stanford Sites, use Github to track over 80 features and products, are moving into scalable cloud-based services, and are evolving our product line to empower web communications by our schools and departments.

Everyone in SWS, from designers to developers, works directly with campus clients and partners and is committed to problem-solving using friendly and clear communication.

Here's what you'll do As a Web Developer, you'll perform substantial and technical development as part of a team, including:

Service support (80%):
  • You'll develop, improve, and document code (e.g., modules and themes) on custom projects for clients.
  • You'll advise on development strategy ranging in complexity from single websites to complex products and services.
  • You'll review code for functionality, accessibility, security, performance, and maintainability.
  • You'll embody the agile spirit through active participation in daily scrum, weekly development sprint meetings, and project and sprint retrospectives.
Platform support (10%):
  • You'll develop, improve, and document code, features, and installation profiles for services (e.g., the Drupal-based Stanford Sites Jumpstart) and platforms (e.g., Stanford Sites Drupal content management system).
  • You'll look for opportunities to reuse custom components created for client work, folding them into the underlying framework to benefit the greater campus community.
  • You'll contribute to multiple open-source software projects (e.g., Drupal, WordPress, Behat).
Community engagement (5%):
  • You'll support our customer experience team on complex development-related questions.
  • You'll participate in Stanford's Communities of Practice to support an open and sharing environment with our peers.
Professional development (5%):

  • You'll keep your skills sharp through attending conferences and training.
Benefits at Stanford We work for the greater good. We don't have stock options or free lunches (though “Free Bagel Tuesday” is nice.) We'll pay for your Caltrain ticket, match-and-then-some your retirement contributions, help with tuition for your dependent(s), and provide healthcare options that include zero deductible plans. Stanford is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which qualifies for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program with the Department of Education.

You can also take advantage of Stanford's recreation facilities and libraries, get discounted tickets to sports and events, and more. Check out what makes it pretty sweet to work for Stanford:

https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/benefits-rewards/sweeteners The fine print Human Resources wrote up a common set of core duties, minimum and physical requirements, and standards for everyone at Stanford with this job classification. They're appropriate and applicable, if not particularly sexy. And now, without further ado, the fine print:

JOB PURPOSE: Create and maintain websites. Design, build, and implement new, high quality, high performance web-based applications and tools that maximally leverage available technology infrastructure.

  • Design, implement, and manage web-based applications, databases, and interfaces from initial design and architecture through development, test, and deployment.
  • Implement and maintain Drupal and WordPress content management systems, including installation, configuration, troubleshooting, and creation of Stanford-specific modules or plug-ins, in a collaborative development workflow. Develop and deploy upgrade/migration plans for content management systems.
  • Perform web platform analytics; identify and work in collaboration with departments and units to resolve strategic and university-wide problems.
  • Develop and deploy web applications and client-side web interface components that interact with relational database management systems that integrate with Stanford's web, authentication, and authorization infrastructure.
  • Evaluate and implement new programming languages and technologies. Provide life-cycle management for software and code.
  • Design and document data structures, architecture, and process flows for websites, web-based applications, and databases.
  • Mentor, oversee, and check the work of other staff on technical matters. Conduct security reviews of applications written by other developers.
  • Design, coordinate, and troubleshoot integrations, components, and infrastructures to run enterprise class website.
  • Research, evaluate, and enforce web standards for usability and accessibility. Develop and enforce Stanford programming and application design standards.
  • Facilitate vendor relationships.
* - Other duties may also be assigned

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated significant experience in developing websites and web applications using content management systems, open source tools, languages, libraries, and current standards-compliant code.
  • Strong understanding of Drupal architecture and experience in creating and maintaining Drupal modules.
  • Experience in a collaborative development workflow, including development/stage/production environments, code reviews, Drupal Features, installation profiles, and Git/GitHub.
  • Experience in test automation and continuous delivery.
  • Experience with HTML5, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, and SASS/Compass.
  • Demonstrated ability to write, compile, test, debug, and deploy software on UNIX-like platforms and web servers.
  • Knowledge of web analytics tools and related analyses.
  • Ability to design and manage relational databases.
  • Ability to design and implement RESTful web services using Drupal.
  • Ability to interact positively with and build consensus among a diverse group of colleagues, clients, and senior leadership.
  • Ability to understand and manage greater web environment.
  • Ability to design and integrate complex web enterprise systems.
  • Familiarity with browser devices and platform differences and idiosyncrasies, and ability to develop workarounds to accommodate specialized user/client needs and device platforms.
Certifications and Licenses:

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
    Frequently sitting.
    Occasionally stand/walk, use a telephone.
    Rarely writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
    Strong visual acuity.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, https://adminguide.stanford.edu.
Please note that visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job: Information Technology Services

Location: Business Affairs
Schedule: Full-time
Classification Level:

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: stanfordcareers.stanford.edu

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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