Creative Coder / Web Developer

Monday, July 14, 2014
Creative Coder / Web Developer

We're hiring! We need a savvy, content-loving developer who thrives on well-crafted interfaces and making things work (and look) better. If you delight in solving problems and having a stake in a media project that people love, this position is for you. Are you the one?

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Full-Time / Benefits / Non-Exempt
Minneapolis, MN (Loring Park)

On Being, a Peabody and Webby Award-winning national news program, is looking for a Creative Coder / Web Developer who will work closely with the production team to create, design, and envision a new era for its digital channels and online services.

Reporting to the Head of Content, this person will work directly on the day-to-day creation and production of all On Being’s digital platforms: websites (onbeing.org and civilconversationsproject.org), mobile/tablet apps, and emerging products and services as assigned. The right candidate will help lead our development and design efforts, aspiring to On Being’s mission and elevating its presence through a combination of creative design thinking and multi-platform awareness. You must have a passion for innovating in the digital media space and improving the user experience. You will help us reimagine and deepen how our audiences relate to one another and our content — and then implement these new technologies.

At On Being we believe in hard work, an exchange of ideas, experimentation, and building meaningful relationships with our audiences. Intelligent conversation and deep listening are core to our style of journalism. Curiosity is required; serendipity is embraced. This person should be willing to bring his or her full self to the position, representing On Being audiences in everything we create and curate, and in what we might not yet know.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Under the guidance of the Head of Content, maintains and supports all digital platforms and systems used to support On Being’s digital content delivery, including its content management system (Drupal), mobile and tablet applications, search, analytics, syndication, email newsletter, and blogging software.
  • Work with editorial team to design and develop interactive content and features around On Being’s topics and audiences.
  • Create and support systems allowing producers and editorial staff to update its websites with better workflows and intuitive interfaces.
  • Establish and maintain standards for new site features and development projects.
  • Lead development projects with keen technical documentation and tactful communications.
  • Manage and track development schedules and deadlines.
  • Evaluate new site architecture and recommend new platforms/modules to improve the audience’s and producer’s experiences in delivering On Being’s content.
  • Inform page and app design, including limited work creating mock-ups and use case scenarios.
  • Helps inform and execute on strategies that substantially increase audience.
  • Adheres to and elevates high standards of accuracy, production quality, and timeliness.

  • Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.
  • Experience with Drupal and/or other content management systems and semantic tools.
  • Three to five years experience in web development with fluency in HTML/CSS, HTML5, JavaScript, PHP/MySQL, and XML/XSLT.
  • Experience with version control systems such as SVN and Git.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work under heavy deadline pressure.
  • Ability to handle tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proven ability to specify business and technical requirements.
  • Flexibility, ability to respond to changing priorities.
  • Energetic and motivated to serve online audiences.
  • Ability to envision project outcomes that integrate a variety of media.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision.
  • Solid understanding and appreciation for information architecture and user interface design.
  • Experience with streaming media and audio functionality for a quickly evolving environment.
  • Knowledge of new media applications for digital distribution, audience engagement, and community networking.

  • Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time.
  • Required to move about in the community.
  • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.

  • Working Conditions:

  • Moderate noise level.
  • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions.
  • A deadline-driven environment that can be stressful.

  • To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Trent Gilliss, head of content, at trentgilliss@onbeing.org. He’d love to read about projects you’ve worked on and what you did on each project, problems you’ve solved, and why this position is your ideal job and why we must hire you.