UX Developer - Full time, competitive salary

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Alley Interactive is a team of experienced developers, designers, and user experience architects who tackle the most complex challenges facing publishers, news organizations, and large-scale non-profit institutions.

As a User Experience (UX) Developer at Alley Interactive, you will be at the intersection of design, information architecture, and web development. You will work closely with our design team to translate the wireframes and visual palettes they produce into responsive prototypes in the browser, putting you on the front lines of an exciting and dynamic process of web product development.

Successful candidates should share our excitement about learning new tools, code and otherwise, for streamlining the design-to-development process and be passionate about sharing knowledge with collaborators, whether at Alley or on the open web. For this position, a desire to work on a team and move fluidly between interactions with designers, developers, and clients is essential. In addition, candidates will demonstrate strong skills in a range of front-end technologies and be knowledgeable concerning the processes of designing and developing for the responsive and semantic web. They will have a clear understanding of the importance and significance of component-based front-end architecture, and ability to implement, scale, and refactor front-end code based on that model.

Qualifications

You have a well-earned expert knowledge of semantic HTML5, and have dealt with related concerns like machine readability and accessibility.

You are fluent in CSS, and are comfortable with CSS preprocessors and front-end build systems like webpack or grunt (and with learning a new one when you need to).

You have a strong grasp on the underlying concepts in front-end development, such as the DOM and the box model, and like to think theoretically about human-computer interactions.

You believe in separating presentation and business logic, and you love creating clean, organized front-end templates to do it (in a variety of templating systems).

You know JavaScript and can build DOM manipulations using browser-native JS. You’re also comfortable with the ES6 standard and understand transpilers and deployment for it.

You’re familiar with front-end speed and performance concerns and you know common strategies to alleviate them.

You’re used to dealing with compatibility on a variety of devices, and checking your work systematically at different widths and breakpoints.

You should feel comfortable at a Unix command line, even if you aren’t an expert.

You must know your way around git and understand version control well, and be able to carry out typical operations with it, including branching, merging, submitting code for peer review, and reviewing your peers’ code yourself.

We apply Scrum as a development methodology, and broadly endorse Agile as a philosophy. You should be open to working this way as well, and significant experience doing so before is a plus.

You should also have very strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to wield them with both team members and clients.

Discipline concerning delivery dates, stylistic appreciation of what makes code good and readable, and a positive attitude about documentation, tickets, and issue tracking, are all very important “soft skills” for our developers to have.

Important: In order to be considered for the position, your application must include samples of code that you’ve written. With your code samples, explain the problems or goals the code was addressing, and describe how the code reflects your abilities and experience. We cannot consider applications without code samples.

When submitting your code, please provide links to specific files on GitHub/Bitbucket/GitLab/etc. or upload files using the application form. In your explanation, be sure to call attention to specific parts of the files if they are especially lengthy.

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