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Web Developer (Remote)

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Web Developer (Remote)

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Web Developer – Remote

Message Agency is seeking to add a developer to join our growing staff. We develop highly interactive websites for nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and universities using Drupal, WordPress, and open-source technologies.

You will be building sites, customizing templates, and theming sites in WordPress and Drupal. You should know SASS, LESS, and HTML 5 and have experience implementing responsive designs. You should also be comfortable working with component-based libraries and design systems.  Comfort with continuous integration (CI) tools and the command line is ideal.  Working knowledge of PHP, Twig, and JavaScript frameworks (e.g. jQuery or Angular) is helpful and preferred. Exposure to package management like npm, automated tooling and build systems like gulp, and version control systems is also helpful. A deep understanding of the WCAG principles is preferred. Experience with Drupal and other open-source CMSs/communities gets you an interview.  At least two years of experience at an agency is preferred.

You’ll be working in a highly collaborative and cross-functional team environment. Designers, developers, and project managers alike work together to bring inclusive digital experiences to life.

Your duties will include collaborating with designers to determine feasibility and implementation approaches, template development, implementing designs using your front-end toolkit, participating in design fidelity review, developing custom modules, project documentation, and maintaining coding standards.

In addition to site development duties, you will assist with the design, development, and refinement of internal processes and products. You will be working closely with the entire development team to define and establish best practices. Thought leadership and/or public speaking experience is preferred, but not required.

An ideal candidate would have

  • Two to three years of experience developing websites
  • Direct experience with HTML, CSS, and Javascript libraries
  • ​​Direct experience managing codebases with Git
  • Experience developing with WordPress or Drupal (or another open-source CMS)
  • Familiarity with accessibility standards (WCAG)
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Experience researching technical solutions
  • Experience developing technical documentation
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate client / team requests and provide recommendations for solutions

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Direct experience in an agency environment
  • Direct experience working with or for nonprofits, higher education, foundations, or government agencies, or volunteer experience
  • Direct experience with PHP
  • College degree in computer science or certification from a bootcamp
  • Direct experience with accessibility standards (WCAG)
  • Experience with continuous integration
  • Experience with Twig templates
  • Experience interacting directly with customers and customer service
  • About Message Agency:
    Message Agency delivers digital impact for the greater good.  Founded in 2007, we are an established and growing web development company with a social mission. We build sites in Drupal and WordPress—open source content management systems (CMS)—and work with both regional and national nonprofits, universities, foundations, and government agencies. As a certified B Corporation that’s been awarded “Best for the World” status three times, we are a triple bottom line business that believes:
  • We must be the change we seek in the world.
  • All business ought to be conducted as if people and place mattered.
  • Through their products, practices, and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all.
  • To do so requires that we act with the understanding that we are each dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.
  • Message Agency is committed to our staff’s professional growth, and as such encourages and offers employees professional development opportunities and invites them to join teams outside of their discipline, such as our marketing team, Happiness Committee, and other internal initiatives. We frequently hold employee-led lunch and learns, company-wide “class trips” and outings, and the occasional bowling league.

    Compensation and Benefits
    This is a full-time position, salary ($60-$75K) and compensation are commensurate with experience.  We offer profit sharing, 100% paid health/dental/vision, 401(k) with employer contribution, generous paid vacation/holidays, professional development budget, commuter benefits, FSA plan, life insurance, short-term disability insurance, and a great working environment. We are located in Philadelphia, PA, and would prefer to hire talent from our region.  However, this is a remote role and open to anyone in the United States. 

    Cover letters are important to us. You will be required to complete a cover letter that describes why you think you are qualified for this role and how your experience makes you an outstanding candidate. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

    Also, please be patient. Our screening process takes longer than most other employers’—but we’re worth the wait.  We want to be sure that anyone we hire is a perfect fit for both the agency and employee, so our process is thorough. 

    Diversity and Inclusion
    Message Agency is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity at our company. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.