14 West | WordPress Developer - Technical.ly

WordPress Developer

14 West |  Baltimore | UX / Design

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Are you a Front-end guru who loves building new things with an eye for design? Do you ensure what you design and build is usable and scalable?  Are you creative and not afraid to think outside the box to come up with solutions that push the boundaries?  How do you feel about an environment that will not only listen to your ideas but truly wanting you to share?

Agora Financial, a Baltimore-based independent publisher, an Agora company, is looking for a highly intelligent Front-end Developer with WordPress, Design and UI/UX experience that loves to figure out complex problems and make solutions simple for everyone. If you are the type of person who loves creating the perfect user experience, there could be a spot on our growing development team for you.

This individual will work closely with other developers and design team to build and develop high performance, highly scalable, custom applications for the web. He or she will support, extend and/or enhance existing codes, identify areas in the user experience that can be improved, and deliver solutions from start to finish. Our ideal candidate will have a strong desire to continue improving your skill sets and to stay on the cutting edge of UI/UX and front-end web development.

You can learn more about Agora Financial by checking out their “Workplace Highlight” blog post.

Responsibilities

  • Work across multiple departments to support applications that support customer service, marketing, production and web teams.
  • Assist in defining UI/UX requirements for each development project.
  • Duties include maintaining and developing front-end features and custom themes for several custom WordPress sites.
  • Develop personalized features for customers (personal watch list, personal account views, etc.).
  • Ability to capture the intent of the design and carry that throughout a website and into user experience.

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of web design and development experience.
  • Familiarity with vanilla JavaScript as well as modern JavaScript frameworks.
  • Familiarity with git / version control.
  • Understanding of PHP within WordPress.
  • Experience balancing short term vs. long term needs, business needs, and customer needs.
  • Experience working with a team of front-end and back-end developers and designers.
  • Active collaborator (willing to share ideas and teach/learn from others).
  • Strong Proficiency with common front-end languages (HTML/CSS/JS).
  • The ability to take designs and turn them into functioning websites.
  • The ability to take WordPress themes and customize to match desired designs.
  • A Strong portfolio illustrating familiarity with mobile first UI/UX best practices.
  • Strong familiarity with front-end frameworks like Zurb Foundation, Bootstrap, or similar.
  • Strong familiarity with responsive design and building for mobile first.
  • Strong familiarity with modern Build and Automation tools (SASS, Gulp, Grunt).

Preferred Skills

  • Familiarity with custom plugin development.
  • Familiarity with MVC pattern of development.
  • Familiarity with object-oriented programming.
  • Understanding of REST APIs (how to consume them).

Agora Financial offers a wide variety of benefits, programs, and services to their employees, including:

  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance plans.
  • Employer-subsidized parking.
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching.
  • Generous vacation time and paid holidays.
  • Fitness programs and discounts.
  • Casual dress code.

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

About Agora Financial

Agora Financial provides independent economic and alternative health ideas to help everyday folks live a more independent, healthy and wealthy life. They publish these ideas through print and online publications.

Agora Financial is all about “fat-tail” ideas.

 

Everyone on the team needs to be OK with continuous testing. Which means they also need to be OK with failing. At AF, failing = learning. And the minute you stop taking chances, shaking things up, and exploring new ideas is the minute you fall behind.

 

They believe in putting in the hard work, and pushing one another. They believe that personal growth and development of individuals is only a small piece of the pie. And that the real wins are higher quality products for subscribers, and success for the team at large.

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Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Dental
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Onsite Gym
  • Vision
  • Wellness Programs
Parental Benefits
  • Generous Parental Leave
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Company Outings
  • Snacks
  • Special Discounts
Professional Development
  • Online Trainings
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Generous PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days

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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