Web Developer @ The Get Smart Group - Angels Camp, CA

Job Overview

5 days ago

Web Developer

The Get Smart Group - Angels Camp, CA

We build 99% of our sites in WordPress and, as such, you need to be an expert at WordPress. This doesn't mean that you've customized a premium theme for someone. This means that you can develop a custom theme for WordPress from the ground up, using a modern developer flow with local tooling. This also means that you know how to dive into an existing project, to modify theme files, plugins, and anything else that needs adjusting. You are expected to push code to GitHub each day and should already have a strong understanding of code versioning. ˛

When building a new site, we assess the project requirements to help determine the theme & plugins that will be needed. We're always balancing clean, efficient code with the need to add plugins as necessary. Plugins slow a site down but can also solve a tricky problem very quickly. We look for developers who can find the balance between using a plugin to execute a task efficiently, versus coding custom solutions for everything.

In addition to building sites from scratch, there is a lot of general maintenance to do. You need to be a great diagnostician - able to quickly identify issues and fix them.

The absolute most important thing to our team is that you be dependable. If you're dependable:

  • You'll set realistic deadlines and meet them.
  • You'll communicate regularly with any news, both good and bad.
  • You'll be accessible when you say you will - by chat, phone, email - whatever means of communication is appropriate and expected.
  • You'll have a lot of steady work for many years.

This is NOT an entry-level position! You absolutely must have significant WordPress experience to even be considered. We do occasionally post entry-level positions, but this is not one of them.

At a bare minimum, you should be able to do the following:

  • Set up a WordPress site from scratch with a strong knowledge of the backend tools like cPanel and phpMyAdmin
  • Develop custom themes and plugins using build tools for effective/efficient development. This means a strong understanding of SCSS, modern JS syntax, bundling, CI/CD, design systems, etc.
  • Convert a PSD file into a functional WordPress site with attention to the UI/UX components of website design
  • Troubleshoot strange issues within WordPress that could have any number of root causes
  • Work well with others, including our design team and project managers
  • Be able to add many pages of content with limited oversight
  • Fluent in HTML, CSS and PHP
  • Know how to use GitHub
  • Work largely unsupervised and still adhere to deadlines

Who We Are

We are a well-established digital marketing agency looking for an addition to our WordPress website building team. At any given time, we have 5-6 website projects in progress, and more are being added each week. Our current web team is at capacity and we need to add more hands. Right now, we're really looking for someone who can work with Elementor and make a live WordPress site quickly from Mockups. Also, you must be good at adding content. Most of our sites have 30-40 pages of content that you need to load, format and review for accuracy and look/feel.

This is a full-time position for a virtual employee to be trained remotely. We will train you by working side-by-side with you (virtually) on real client content. You will work with a team of dedicated specialists and our clients to build websites and update existing websites, depending on client needs. You will work with account executives, content managers, tech specialists, digital design artists, and other outstanding experts within our team. The ability to work both independently and with our teams is essential.

All members of our team exemplify The Get Smart Group's mission and values. Our Values aren't just a plaque hanging on the wall; we live by them. How does this look in practice? We are committed to innovatively building and empowering our clients' businesses by repeatedly delivering more than is expected with honesty and integrity. We strive to grow individually and as a team continually, and we believe that character trumps talent. Read more about our values here and if you're feeling really extra, choose one that you feel resonates particularly with you and tell us about it in your cover letter.

Work Schedule

You must be currently located in North or South America - no exceptions. The key for us is that you're able to work 8am - 5pm in the Eastern time zone.

Usually, no weekend hours are required, but occasionally special projects or last-minute needs arise, and we will discuss those on an as-needed basis at those times. There will be occasional opportunities for travel for industry conferences and team-building events.

Our employees work virtually from home or in a co-working space. Any individual working in this position needs to be self-motivated and organized, using the time management skills and tools available to our team members to get things done on time per our monthly production schedules. A stable internet connection, reliable computer, and a suitable area for working are essential. Access to copious amounts of coffee is a plus. Puppy dog and kitty cat coworkers are also encouraged, as is the occasional pet chicken.

The Perks

We invest a lot of time training the right candidate. There will be a 90-day probationary period so both the candidate and the company can see if this is the right fit. After that, you will be a full web developer, eligible for a raise and promotion, and earn vacation time and other employee benefits. We conduct regular quarterly reviews with each employee, designed to help you reflect, improve, and achieve your professional goals.

We offer a $100 a month stipend towards your personal health care plan, four floating holidays per year (in addition to national holidays), and an annual $500 vacation reimbursement.

We also offer an employee / employer matching SIMPLE IRA plan to all full time employees.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please provide your resume, cover letter, and references in response to this job post. Tell us about your SPECIFIC WordPress experiences and a few examples of sites that you’ve created or worked on. Tell us how long you’ve been working in WordPress and why you’re the right person for this position.

Starting Pay

Pay for this position is based on experience and qualifications and ranges from $45,000 to $50,000 per year to start. You may be offered an hourly or salaried position based on your level of experience, skills, and any previous web development experience you bring to the table. All employees can earn commissions through new sales and upselling to our existing clients. However, sales is not a requirement for the web developer's position.

If you are interested in using your responsibility, attention to detail, creativity, web development skills, and positive attitude in a healthy, friendly, genuine, and supportive work environment, this may be an excellent fit for you. Please make sure that our company mission and values sound like something you are interested in before applying. On a final note, if you feel inspired, please share with us a quick haiku about why you love web development!

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