Senior Front-end Web Developer

California, United States
15 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford Web Services (SWS) is an award-winning agency within Stanford University providing web strategy, user experience, visual design, and web development services to the campus community. SWS is part of University Information Technology (UIT), a 600-person strong organization supporting 100+ services for Stanford.

SWS takes pride in our mission to care for Stanford’s ever-evolving web presence, because supporting the research and education mission of a world-class university can make a positive impact in the world. We craft usable, secure, accessible, and beautiful websites and connect with our clients and partners through friendly and clear communication and creative problem-solving. Also, we don’t build one website at a time: we build tools to drive better development for everyone. We built the Stanford Sites Drupal CMS, use GitHub to share our code, contribute to open source, and manage a growing library of responsive design patterns in collaboration with others. In short, SWS evolves products to empower the Stanford community, from storytellers to technologists and everyone in between!

SWS is seeking a Senior Front-end Web Developer to help build a modern web development stack and elevate the experience for our products. In this position you will: 

  • Collaborate with visual and user experience professionals, back-end developers, and strategists to create sophisticated digital experiences using CSS, HTML, modern JavaScript frameworks, and RESTful API data sources.
  • Create accessible, semantically correct, responsive front-ends that function properly across all major browsers and devices.
  • Evolve a design system of UI components in a pattern library and socialize its utility across the expansive Stanford web community.
  • Mentor others in modern web component-oriented development practices using Twig, Drupal, WordPress, React, GraphQL, and Node.
  • Contribute to product and technical documentation.

The following is the standard job description for this type of position at Stanford and includes information about general responsibilities that might help you decide. If it sounds like a good fit for you, please apply. We’re a great team doing great things!

Job purpose

  • Create and maintain websites. Design, build, and implement new, high quality, high performance web based applications and tools that maximally leverage available technology infrastructure. 

Core duties

  • Design, implement, and manage websites, web applications, and interfaces from initial design and architecture through development, test, and deployment.  
  • Work in tandem with back-end developers to implement and maintain features and functionality for Stanford-specific web requirements. 
  • Research, establish, and enforce code and design standards for maintainability, usability, and accessibility. 
  • Develop and deploy client-side web interface components that interact with relational database management systems that integrate with Stanford’s web, authentication, and authorization infrastructure.  
  • Evaluate and implement new programming languages and technologies. Provide lifecycle management for software and code.  
  • Mentor, oversee, and check the work of other staff on technical matters. Conduct peer reviews of code written by other developers.
  • Other duties may also be assigned

Minimum requirements

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

We’re looking for candidates with deep expertise in: 

  • Component-oriented development using React/Gatsby/Angular/Web Components/Polymer or equivalent, and Node.
  • Mobile-first and responsive design principles using front-end frameworks that rely on ES6/9, SASS, and grid systems and balancing progressive enhancement and graceful degradation.
  • WCAG 2.0 AA web accessibility standards, including the use of semantic HTML and ARIA.
  • Developing websites using open source tools, languages, libraries, and standards-compliant code.
  • Git and feature/branch workflows.
  • Creating and fixing HTML, CSS, SASS/SCSS, and Javascript.
  • Working with REST APIs, JSON, XML, and build tools and package managers, such as Yarn, Webpack or similar. 
  • Working effectively under pressure on concurrent projects in a collaborative environment.

Other abilities include:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated significant experience developing for web content management systems.
  • Demonstrated significant experience in developing websites and web applications using open source tools, languages, libraries, and current standards-compliant code.
  • Demonstrated ability to write, compile, test, debug, and deploy software on UNIX-like platforms and web servers.
  • Ability to interact positively with and build consensus among a diverse group of colleagues, clients, and senior leadership.
  • Ability to understand and manage greater web environment.
  • Ability to design and integrate complex web enterprise systems.
  • Familiarity with browser devices and platform differences and idiosyncrasies, and ability to develop workarounds to accommodate specialized user/client needs and device platforms.

Certifications and Licenses:


Physical requirements

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Frequently sitting.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, use a telephone.
  • Rarely writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Strong visual acuity.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Working conditions

  • May work extended hours, evenings and weekends. 

Work standards

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We’re located in Redwood City. Our new Stanford Redwood City campus is open and brings together 2,700 staff in a collaborative environment that reflects Stanford’s culture and mission. The campus offers amenities such as onsite cafes and a dining pavilion, a high-end fitness facility with an outdoor pool, and a childcare center. As of June 2020, much of University IT is working remotely to support the university. This position will begin as 100% remote and may transition to on-site at a later date.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak. 
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums. 
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

How to Apply 

Apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit an online application and include a cover letter, résumé, and link to your online portfolio and/or GitHub.

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4873
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: J
Requisition ID: 86738

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