Developer 2017-12-31T00:27:27-05:00



Chicago, United States
Posted May 06
If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume to melissa@thesmartdept.com.

smartdept.inc is in search of a motivated developer for a client in Chicago. The lead developer will help build interfaces for our clients’ websites, as well as the technical framework behind them. This is a full-time, direct hire opportunity. The ideal candidate must be a skilled programmer and a creative thinker who is on top of industry and cultural trends.

This role will work with designers and digital strategists to make sure our interactive projects have optimal functionality, engaging user experience and that branding is balanced with innovation and completed within budget.  As a developer, you’ll be responsible for building websites for our clients on the WordPress platform, code emails, banner ads, and landing pages that feed to CRM systems such as Slate and Salesforce. Projects will involve custom Drupal development, and web projects are executed on the LAMP stack.

what you'll do:

  • Participate in discussions with our clients to determine technical requirements for their projects
  • Review site maps, wireframes, and design documents for technical feasibility
  • Review design documents and wireframe annotations for WCAG/ADA concerns; make recommendations for amelioration
  • Initialize development and staging environments for our web projects—an understanding of (and experience with) hosting LAMP-stack websites in Amazon Web Services is a definite plus
  • Work with creative team members to prototype functional solutions to client challenges
  • Collaborate closely with visual designers, digital and account strategists, other developers, and project managers to create and execute optimal user experiences
  • Build websites in basic HTML, in PHP, and in WordPress
  • Maintain your code in a version-control repository—Git is strongly preferred
  • Fine-tune your code for optimal speed, accessibility, mobile response, and SEO
  • Deploy tracking and analytics code, such as Google Analytics and Facebook pixels, via Google Tag Manager
  • Proactively look forward to new value-added opportunities and technologies
  • Share your knowledge. The agency employs people across a wide continuum of disciplines and practice. You are encouraged to contribute to our blog, to participate in informal information-sharing sessions (brown-bag lunches), and to speak up during kickoff meetings.

what you'll need:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or equivalent experience in related field.
  • 4+ years experience in Web Development
  • Experience in creating WordPress websites, plugins and building user interfaces for web applications
  • Comfortable working with WordPress “starter” themes/frameworks — UnderStrap and Genesis, for example
  • Experience with responsive development, and comfort using common front-end libraries, such as Bootstrap, to execute them
  • Facility with the Advanced Custom Fields plugin for WordPress
  • Experience in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ajax, jQuery
  • Experience working with external APIs; an understanding of the Salesforce API is a plus
  • Experience creating WordPress Gutenberg blocks (either by writing your own JSON, or via ACF)
  • Manage repo deployments to multiple environments
  • Experience with source control, GIT, and/or SVN

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume to melissa@thesmartdept.com.