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Full-Stack Developer

Apply now Job no: 506050
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: External Affairs

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 Full-Stack Developer excels in HTML5, PHP (Wordpress in particular), CSS3 and JavaScript. You must be well-versed in U/I and U/X and data visualization and able to bring great designs to life that translate complex information in an engaging way for a wide range of audiences. You must love developing new tools and reusable components in a fast-paced environment. You must be able to take complex information and data and make it relatable with superb functionality.
You'll be joining a curious, innovative and hard-working team of journalists, editors, media relations professionals, and social media producers who love creativity and collaboration. We value those who solve problems, bring ideas and are not afraid to experiment. We also value those who take responsibility for managing their own time and projects without missing deadlines.
The Full-Stack Developer is based on Northeastern’s Boston campus, and is not eligible for remote work. Like all staff members in the Office of Communications, the Full-Stack Developer will occasionally be required to work outside of regular business hours, including weekends.
What stands us apart: We offer a highly competitive benefit package, including tuition waivers for that master's degree or certificate you've been thinking about. Other current offerings include discounts on technology products, health and fitness programs, generous retirement programs, and professional development opportunities.


The Full-Stack Developer works in both the front and back ends of the web environment. He/she works with a small team of designers and developers, as well other content creators in the communications department to develop new tools for journalists and storytellers to tell traditional - as well as rich media- and data-driven stories - rapidly iterating based on the needs of the department. He/she is a critical member of a digital news operation, working on projects from conceptualization to implementation, with a special emphasis on development involving PHP, CSS, HTML, JQuery and Javascript, and incorporating U/I and U/X best practices, as well as API. He/she will create beautiful, engaging and interactive experiences to tell stories as part of the digital newsroom. Stories will focus on a wide range of topics, including research, experiential learning, teaching, entrepreneurship, faculty expertise, etc. He/she must work well in collaboration with other designers and developers and other content creators under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment, and must have familiarity with journalistic storytelling best practices in a digital environment. He/she can work with and visualize data, including creating maps, charts and other interactive functionalities. He/she has a strong grasp on the code base and ensures that organizational code standards are maintained. He/she also keeps current with the latest in web technology, can help modernize the newsroom and communications platform as needed.


You must have: | Bachelor's degree | 4+ years of experience working in both the front and back end of development, working familiarity with HTML5, CSS3, PHP, JavaScript | Wordpress theme and plugin development experience | Experience with data visualization | Working knowledge of task runners and bundling/deployment tools (Grunt, Gulp, Webpack, etc.)
Excellent work ethic and a positive attitude / Great sense of humor and the ability to communicate with others, including non-technical people | Respect for code quality and deadlines | Git & GitHub version control | Familiar with accessibility standards and best practices
Experience in a journalism/storytelling-driven environment is a plus. Experience in higher education is neither necessary, nor desired.
Great if you also have:
Knowledge of Advanced Custom Fields for Wordpress | Experience working with a template engine (bonus points for Twig/Timber) | Familiarity with server, network, and hosting environments | Experience using APIs, visualizing data, including creating maps, charts and other interactive functionalities (D3, R or other) | Experience in a newsroom-type environment | Know UI / UX best practices | Experience with analytics tools

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Additional Information:


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.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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