envisionit media: Technology Director / Development Manager

Posted by | January 22, 2011 | Web Pro Job Tips

Location: Chicago, IL

URL: www.envisionitmedia.com

Successful Chicago interactive agency is looking for a seasoned Technology
strategist and Development Manager. Our perfect candidate must LOVE technology,
be very organized, have strong communication and leadership skills, highly
self-directed and is cool under pressure.  
As a senior role on our web team, we will look to you to help us navigate our
technology decisions for a vast array of clients we work with. This is a great
opportunity for the right candidate looking to take their skills to the next
level.  Seasoned Technology PMs and Programmers are also encouraged to
Strong mobile, technical architecture, technical project management, cloud
services with understanding of SEO best practices and the ability to work with
many different types of personalitys is highly desired. We’re a hardworking, fun
group, looking for strong team players to join us.
Key Responsibilities
  • Consults
    as a technology strategist at the start of all new projects, through completion
    of our discovery phase.
  • Defines
    and/or approves technology requirements produced by our project management
    team, within the scope of a given project.
  • Lead technical architect for magic projects, applications and sites.
  • Collaborate
    with team members from all disciplines to produce functional specifications,
    feasibility assessments, engineering estimates, and technical recommendations.
  • Mentors
    developers, project managers, and account managers on a wide range of
    interactive topics related to technology, architecture, and development.
  • Leads
    and/or assists project managers with developing complex site architecture, and
    signing off on all architecture, wireframes, and designs before presenting to
    client ensuring they are aligned with approved system requirements.
  • Leads
    and/or assists developers and project managers with generating accurate
    technology estimates as needed.
  • Guides
    and mentors developers and project managers through technical and functionality
    related challenges, proactively helping them avoid production pitfalls later in
    the process.
  • Lead developer when necessary, to help other developers work through more complex challenges.
  • Helps
    development team with specific technology related challenges as needed,
    ensuring all barriers are removed and production continues to run smoothly.
  • Oversees
    project team during QC process ensuring all bugs are fixed and team is taking
    appropriate steps towards meeting our launch deadline.
  •  Oversees
    all web site launches and is responsible for ensuring that the team launching
    the site is successful. Confirms launch team has taken all required steps and
    has done their due diligences.
  •  Responsible
    for defining, recommending, and approving hosting environments for all sites
    including streaming video. Ensures all hosting environments are set up
    correctly and helps team trouble shoot specific challenges related to hosting,
    DNS, and domains.
  • Obtains advanced knowledge of current industry technologies and researches emerging technologies.
  • Researches and maintains a reliable pool of third party resources (hosting, tools, etc.)
  •  8-10
    years of total work experience in object-oriented software
    engineering in web or service applications. Prior
    experience in an entrepreneurial or start-up environment is a plus 
  • 5+ year’s production management,
    managing/leading programmers while making key technology decisions on a project
  •  5+
    years’ experience with defining requirements, architecture, and identifying
  •  5+
    years working/managing complex database development projects.
  • 3+
    years managing simple to complex interactive projects preferably in an agency
    or creative environment as a project manager.
  • 3+
    years recommending and defining technological strategies of varying
  • At
    least 5 years of hands-on software development experience and must
    have a solid understanding of PHP, HTML, HTML5, XML, JavaScript, .ASP, AJAX web
    services, API development, authentication, MVC and open source software.
  • Experience
    with FLEX, Silverlight, Java, .NET, and ColdFusion is a plus.
  • Proven experience recommending and/or setting
    up complex, secure, hosting environments
  • Must
    understand both waterfall and agile methodologies.
  •  Experience
    working with content management systems, especially open-source (Joomla,
    Drupal, WordPress).
  •  Bachelor’s
    Degree, Computer Science, Engineering Certifications or equivalent work
  • Strong
    attention to detail and ability to accurately estimate job time. 
  • Understands client’s needs, including budgeted time allotted, and translates
    that into an exceptional result.
  • Demonstrates
    sound judgment/reasoning, decision-making, negotiation, organizational and
    presentation skills.
  • Functions
    effectively in a fast-paced collaborative agency environment; prioritizes and
    successfully manages multiple projects/deadlines simultaneously.
  • Defines
    and resolves issues in a timely and accurate manner.

To apply: Send resume to davids@eimchicago.com

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