14 West | WordPress Developer - Technical.ly

WordPress Developer

14 West | Baltimore, MD 21201 | Dev / Eng

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Money Map Press, an Agora Company, is looking for an experienced WordPress Developer to develop custom WordPress themes and plugins. You’ll be a part of a highly specialized and talented group of web professionals and they will involve and include you on major decisions. You will have the ability to contribute like never before.

In 2016, 2017, and 2018, Money Map Press was recognized as one of The Baltimore Sun’s Top Workplaces.  You can learn more about life at Money Map Press by checking out their “Workplace Highlight” post on 14 West’s WestWord blog.

Responsibilities

  • Experience with WordPress (custom themes, shortcodes, CPTs, hooks, widgets, custom post types, page templates, WP-CLI, AJAX, functions.php, etc.).
  • Core understanding of browser and system requirements across multiple devices.
  • Design and build best-in-class websites, landing promotional pages and microsites.
  • Optimize websites to ensure they render consistently in cross-browser environments, with best SEO principles.
  • Knowledge of the best practices and limitations of web design UI/UX (layout widths, typography, image optimization, etc.).
  • Document processes and code in a clear, comprehensive and organized manner.
  • Experience producing secure, Object Oriented (OOP), server-side code – specifically PHP.
  • Basic understanding of RESTful API practices and server communication using AJAX/JSON and JavaScript/jQuery.
  • Basic understanding with version control on a large scale – specifically GIT.
  • Proficiency in all front-end web languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) as well as libraries such as jQuery and jQuery UI. Heavy JavaScript preferable.
  • Experience with development tools: Grunt, Bower, node, etc.
  • Experience with React and/or Laravel is a plus.

Qualifications

At least 3 years of experience and knowledge of:

  • PHP
  • WordPress
  • HTML5
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Content Management Systems
  • MySQL
  • Responsive Web Design
  • UI/UX

Money Map Press offers competitive salary and an excellent benefits package, including medical and dental coverage, disability, group life insurance, 401(k), paid holidays, personal leave, and vacation.

If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter to the link provided.

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What’s it like to work at 14 West in Baltimore?

Missing a day in the office at 14 West makes you feel as if you’ve missed out. We have a great group of really smart and motivated people that come up with truly brilliant solutions to the challenges we face in the publishing and subscription services we enable. This being said, the office is totally casual — people bring their dogs to work and there’s work/life balance in that you can work remotely if needed.

Our offices are beautiful. They make up a campus of 12 individual buildings in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. In the summertime when we have interns working with us it starts to feel like a college campus as you see the interns going from building to building with their backpacks. The buildings are a mix of incredible historic homes and some modern construction. We sit in massive open offices that carry mixes of the functional roles; this enables cross collaboration. You can stand up and go talk to anybody, you don’t have to set up formal meetings. It’s open and easy, and that’s how we’re able to move so quickly to get things done each day.

Who is 14 West and what do you do?

14 West is the backbone of The Agora; a network for over forty companies in publishing and direct marketing that exist across 17 countries. The various companies span from Money Map Press to The Oxford Club and the very first of The Agora Companies, International Living (now based in Waterford, Ireland). At 14 West, we are a centralized service provider that enables the growth and innovation of all these different niche companies; internally we refer to them as affiliates. We are the technology, accounting, human resources, legal and facilities teams devoted to them.

What’s a common attribute amongst 14 West employees?

The preeminent traits seem to be a desire to learn and curiosity. If you are willing to work hard and want to understand how 14 West works, how The Agora Companies make their money, how things are done and how to contribute new ideas, you’ll be rewarded and will move up quickly. One thing that is expected of everyone that walks in here is you need to raise your hand and you better have high expectations for yourself. If you’re waiting for someone to tell you what to do, that gets noticed very quickly and not in a good way.

What is the team working on at the moment?

We handle all of our enterprise data. A lot of our focus right now is in optimization and building world class tools for our affiliates. One specific project our team is working is developing a set of new self-service applications where instead of Agora affiliates reaching out to our team directly for data and reports, they’ll be able to source what they need on their own. We are developing a series of new, cutting-edge feed applications where data can be loaded in, reports can be generated on the fly and our developers can understand exactly what the affiliates most want.

How do 14 West employees stay connected and engaged with each other?

A lot of us travel to different conferences to develop our skills and that’s always a great way to reconnect in a more personal way with your colleagues.

We do a lot of volunteer work within the community right around us here in Baltimore. Aside from this, we take pride in having the best holiday parties — there have been people caught trying to sneak into them! We also do a lot of happy hours in the office (employees enter their preferred beer or wine via their Drizly account). 

What can new employees expect?

New employees can expect extensive training through 14 West’s learning and development division, which features hands-on classroom learning and online guided courses that ensure new hires have been inducted into the company through a mentored program. Otherwise, get ready to run with your ideas. We like big ideas and if you bring them to the table you better be ready to act on them, we’ll provide the resources to drive it.

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