Designkitchen: Senior Web Developer

Posted by | November 7, 2011 | Web Pro Job Tips


Location: Chicago, IL


A Senior Web Developer represents a strong leadership role within the Designkitchen Technology Team. You will be a key, lead technology resource responsible for the delivery of digital solutions for Designkitchen clients. You will act as lead developer on a variety of large and small digital applications and a main point of contact for both internal client services and external client resources.
The ideal candidate has….
…an expert-level web development background (see “Technical Requirements” below)
…the ability to follow a project from scoping through delivery and into maintenance
…the ability to collaborate with creative and strategic teams to develop and execute custom solutions for our clients
…knowledge of emerging digital interactive technologies and a passion for technical exploration and experimentation
…extreme attention to detail
…leadership and mentoring skills to help foster the skills of other team members
…a team-oriented view that drives collaboration, efficiency and knowledge sharing
…a nimble and creative mind
…a good attitude and a positive outlook
The person in this position will definitely…
…be a heads-down developer a majority of the time
…act as a task manager for the specific technical projects a percentage of the time
…be involved in “agency support” activities a percentage of the time’
…be involved heavily in development for the web, mobile platforms, CMS systems, social networking integration, and other open APIs
…have to estimate efforts for future projects and work on scoping
…have to analyze and address project risks
…go to meetings
…interact heavily with clients
…delegate and oversee internal and external resources
…be responsible and accountable for the technical success of projects

It would be nice if the person in this position had…
…an educational background in a technology-related field
…experience in an agency environment, especially one with diverse client requirements and deliverables
…experience managing and mentoring
…experience working with external vendors and freelance resources
Technical Overview
Expert experience and a passion for the technologies below is an absolute requirement
Front-end: HTML, HTML5, JavaScript (and modern JS toolkits like JQuery), CSS3, JSON, RESTful services, OAuth, Ajax, mobile platforms, cross-browser development
Integration APIs: Facebook JS SDK, FB OpenGraph, Twitter APIs, Google Maps API, YouTube APIs, other open APIs
The ideal candidate will also have some exposure in one or more of these areas:
Application layer technologies: Ruby on Rails, .NET, PHP, general MVC APIs, professional CMS integrations 
Data layer: SQL (MySQL, SQL Server) & NoSQL data storage platforms
Techniques: TDD, Web application scalability analysis, 
Standards and compliance: Accessibility/Section 508, Internationalization & localization (i18n), COPA 

To apply: Please send a resume and examples of work to

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