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Lead Web Developer - Remote Opportunity

Apply now Job no: 504007
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Information Technology Services

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

The lead web developer, university web strategy and solutions, plays the leading role for web development at Northeastern, striving to create clean, testable, and efficient web products that provide a positive experience to both end users and other developers alike. Along with strong OOP and MVC experience, they are a highly productive coder within the team’s technology stack (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP) and associated frameworks (primarily modern WordPress frameworks, Laravel, TailwindCSS, VueJS). The lead web developer brings well-formed opinions about how to deliver high-quality, performant, accessible and secure web properties within the context of the university’s brand that leads to a superior user experience across all platforms and devices. Along with strong coding abilities, the lead web developer effectively communicates with various clients and stakeholders as needed and delivers well-written, procedural documentation. 

The lead web developer is expected to build strong relationships with other university developers in order to align with industry best practices and to implement centralized web strategies




  • Lead the development of websites, applications and university resources leveraging the team’s technology stack, including semantic HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP, TailwindCSS, VueJS, webpack, WordPress, Laravel and various static site generators (eg. NUXT, Jigsaw, etc.). 
  • Develop features and maintenance releases for the various frameworks supported by Web Solutions (ie. University design system, WP Theme boilerplate, WP Plugins, etc.)
  • Ensure codebases have up-to-date, well-documented setup and deployment instructions.


Technical Leadership 

  • Create scope, specifications and time estimates for varipus web projects.
  • Establish the standards and practicies for commit messages, pull requests, testing, code style and linting.
  • Coordinate with other university developers to set development standards that align with industry best practices and implement various centralized web strategies. 
  • Proactively research new web solutions, tools and practices relevant to and beyond the team’s technology stack.


Support and Logistics 

  • Create efficiencies in the team’s overall workflow by automating repetitive tasks, clearly delegating assignments and appropriately and eliminating any identified work deemed unnecessary.  
  • Manage a backlog of bug fixes and feature requests for various projects.





  • 5+ years experience with web development, or a similar field.
  • A strong understanding of semantic HTML and CSS including cross-browser compatibility, performance, and WCAG accessibility compliance.
  • Proven experience with PHP for modern WordPress theme and plugin development (familiarity with Laravel and the Roots WP tools a plus).
  • Experience creating custom blocks with Gutenberg.
  • Ability to write modern, performant, and accessible JavaScript using latest technologies.
  • Experience building reusable web patterns and components, ideally in the context of an organization’s design system.
  • Experience with TailwindCSS, VueJS, AlpineJS.
  • Experience with third party integrations and client-side APIs
  • Experience with Git, PostCSS, linting and task runners such as Webpack.
  • Experience with Figma, Sketch or other collaborative design tools.
  • Familiarity with continuous integration and delivery
  • Able to collaborate effectively and communicate clearly with technical and non-technical clients.
  • Able to provide a code-based portfolio through a link to a GitHub profile or source files from a project.



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Additional Information:

A criminal background check is required for this role.

This is a remote opportunity.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

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