PlayItFWD: Grails Developer for PlayItFWD

Posted by | November 23, 2011 | Web Pro Job Tips


Location: Ojai, California (Greater Los Angeles Area)


We’re a band of innovators and creatives boldly pursuing the idea that there’s a greater potential to the human spirit. The dominant memes of lack and consumerism comprise only one side of the human experience. Our mission is to create digital solutions that give life to our greater, abundant nature. We’re creating technology that makes it easy to give, and by doing so, we endeavor to unleash the generosity latent within us all.
PlayItFWD is a fledgling startup that offers a new twist on online film. We host inspiring and transformational movies and allow viewers the ability to “gift” them to others through email or social networks like Facebook and Twitter. All of this functionality is contained within an interactive widget embeddable on blogs and third-party sites. 
We launched on November 11, 2011 with the movie THRIVE as our first film and have seen a huge fraction of users gifting it forward through the PlayItFWD system! 
Here is our website:
Our widget has been deployed on the site of our launch partner, the THRIVE movie:
PlayItFWD is an Elevate initiative ( Elevate is a community and company based in Ojai, California. Elevate began as a film and event company in the transformational media space, and created the Elevate Film Festival, the world’s first international philanthropic film-making competition and the world’s largest single-screen film festival (
We’re building out our internal tech team and looking to engage an experienced Grails developer who loves their craft and passionate about creating technology that catalyzes positive social change. 
This is a full-time position, and freelance contractors are welcome to apply.  
If you’re interested, please answer the following questions in addition to sending in your resume:
Question 1: How has your experience of life changed over the years? Tell us some lessons you’ve learned along the way and how that’s shaped the way you live your life now. 
Question 2: What are projects you’ve built and are super proud about?
Question 3: What is it about development that excites you? 
Job Description
Remote candidates will be considered if written communication skills and quality of execution are demonstrably outstanding.
Your activities
* Maintaining and improving our existing video content delivery system 
* Requirements gathering, design, development, deployment and maintenance of our application framework
* Application support and administration
* Debugging and correcting problems across multiple internal and third-party systems (AWS, Paypal, Facebook, Kaltura)
* Looking for ways to improve applications to reduce support and administration overhead
* Proactively increase security, reliability and system scalability
Required skills
* Experience working with Java and Grails technologies in a production environment
* Experience in standards-compliant efficient HTML & CSS
* Excellent understanding of JavaScript and supporting libraries
* Knowledge of back end technologies such as Spring, Hibernate, SQL and relational databases
* Initiative and the ability to work independently and with a remote team
Preferred skills
* Experience with internal business-systems (CRM, CMS, RDBMS-based reporting)
* Experience building dynamic Ajaxified interfaces
* Experience working with the Kaltura open-source video platform

To apply: Send the answers to the above questions along with your resume to

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