Senior Front-End Web Developer and Themer

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Senior Front-End Web Developer and Themer

Stanford University

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Senior Front-end Web Developer and Themer
* We're looking for a senior-level candidate, but will consider non-senior level candidates as well. Position seniority will be determined based on years of experience.

Stanford Web Services (SWS) is an award-winning agency within Stanford University providing web strategy, user experience, visual design, and web development services to the campus community. SWS oversees more than 2,000 websites and is part of University Information Technology (UIT), a 600-person strong organization supporting 100+ services for Stanford.

SWS takes pride in our mission to care for Stanford's ever-evolving web presence, because supporting the research and education mission of a renowned university can make a positive impact in the world. We create beautiful, secure, accessible, and effective websites, including,,, and many more. Everyone in SWS works directly with campus clients and partners, and we are committed to problem-solving using friendly and clear communication. Also, we don't just build one website at a time: we build tools to drive better development for everyone. We built a Drupal platform called Stanford Sites, use GitHub to track hundreds of features and products, contribute to open source projects, manage a pattern library for efficient and usable designs, and evolve our products to empower communication by our schools and departments.

SWS is seeking a Senior Front-end Web Developer and Themer to help build a modern web development stack and elevate the experience for our products. In this position you will:

  • Collaborate with visual and user experience professionals, back-end developers, and strategists to create sophisticated digital experiences using CSS, HTML, and modern JavaScript frameworks.
  • Create accessible, semantically correct, responsive front-ends that function properly across all major browsers and devices.
  • Establish and evolve a design system of UI components in a pattern library and socialize its utility across the expansive Stanford web community.
  • Lead front-end development work for teams supporting legacy websites during transition to a more modern stack.
  • Mentor and manage others in modern web component-oriented development practices using Twig, Drupal, WordPress, React, GraphQL, and Node.
  • Contribute to product and technical documentation.
    The following is the standard job description for this type of position at Stanford and includes information about general responsibilities that might help you decide. If it sounds like a good fit for you, please apply. We're a great team doing great things!
    Create and maintain websites. Design, build, and implement new, high quality, high performance web based applications and tools that maximally leverage available technology infrastructure.
    Core duties
  • Design, implement, and manage CMS-based websites, and interfaces from initial design and architecture through development, test, and deployment.
  • Work in tandem with back-end developers to implement and maintain features and functionality for Stanford-specific modules and themes.
  • Research, establish, and enforce code and design standards for maintainability, usability, and accessibility.
  • Develop and deploy 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 lifecycle management for software and code.
  • Mentor, oversee, and check the work of other staff on technical matters.
  • Other duties may also be assigned Minimum requirements
    Education & Experience:

    A bachelor's degree and five years of increasingly technical work experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    We're looking for candidates with deep expertise in:
  • Component-oriented development using React/Gatsby/Angular/Web Components/Polymer or equivalent, and Node.
  • Mobile-first and responsive design principles using front-end frameworks that rely on ES6/9, SASS, and grid systems and balancing progressive enhancement and graceful degradation.
  • WCAG 2.0 AA web accessibility standards, including the use of semantic HTML and ARIA.
  • Developing websites using open source tools (Drupal 8, WordPress), languages, libraries, and standards-compliant code.
  • Drupal 8's theme layer and the Twig templating system.
  • Git and feature/branch workflows.
  • Creating and fixing HTML, CSS, SASS/SCSS, and Javascript.
  • Working with REST APIs, JSON and SOAP and build tools and package managers, such as Yarn and Webpack or similar.
    Other abilities include:
  • Ability to work well under pressure with multiple projects in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Ability to interact positively with and build consensus among a diverse group of colleagues, clients, and senior leadership.
  • Familiarity with browser devices and platform differences and idiosyncrasies, and ability to develop workarounds to accommodate specialized user/client needs and device platforms.
  • PHP experience beneficial but not required.
    Certifications and Licenses:
  • None
    Physical requirements
  • Frequently sit, perform desk-based computer tasks, and grasp lightly/fine manipulation and lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, write by hand.
  • Rarely use a telephone, kneel, crawl, climb ladders, twist/bend/stoop/squat, reach/work above shoulder, grasp forcefully.
    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.

    Working conditions
  • Travel locally and cross-university.
    Work standards
  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • 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, .
    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.

    We're located in Redwood City. Our new Stanford Redwood City campus is open and brings together 2,700 staff in a collaborative environment that reflects Stanford's culture and mission. The campus offers amenities such as onsite cafes and a dining pavilion, a high-end fitness facility with an outdoor pool, and a childcare center. As part of our telecommute options, we have Stanford locations in San Francisco, Newark and San Jose and a supportive work-anywhere program for our Bay Area staff.
    Why Stanford is for You
    Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more! How to Apply
    We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit your resume and a cover letter along with your online application.
    Additional Information
    • Schedule: Full-time
    • Job Code: 4873
    • Employee Status: Regular
    • Grade: J
    • Requisition ID: 84515


    Location: Business Affairs: University IT (UIT), Stanford, California, United States
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    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

    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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    Posted: 9/11/2019
    Application Due: 9/11/2031
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