Do you want to help investigative journalism survive-and thrive? Mother Jones, an award-winning, ass-kicking, independent news organization, is looking to hire a web developer to join our online technology team.
A go-to destination for deep investigative reporting, daily political coverage, and environmental, food, and other news-Mother Jones has 9 million readers across its print and digital platforms, with 2 million social-media followers and more than 50,000 donors. Our audience has grown dramatically over the last several years, and we are currently making a series of hires to expand and improve our mission-driven efforts.
The online technology team plays a central role in the organization, working with our journalists to build and maintain tools for publishing news, helping our business teams to raise funds, and providing data to the entire organization to measure our reach and impact. In this role you will have a chance to learn about all aspects of the online news business along with the continually evolving technologies involved in web publishing.
The ideal candidate is a skilled web developer who is experienced working on teams with others and able to take projects from start to finish alone or to collaborate and share a workload. Clear communication is key, along with the ability to research problems independently and ask questions as needed. In addition, we are looking for a candidate with experience in coding for a high-traffic WordPress site.
As web developer, you will work to develop, test, deploy, and maintain the technologies that power our website, MotherJones.com, and related infrastructure. This job will include working on the front-end design of the website, the editorial user interface used to publish content, and integrations between the website and various other systems, such as web analytics, social media, email service providers, and beyond. You will have the option of working from any of our three offices (San Francisco, New York, or Washington, DC) or working remotely.
Experience developing for WordPress
Solid knowledge of PHP
Experience working as part of a team on web development projects
Nice to Haves:
Experience with news/publishing organizations
Experience with unit testing
Experience with customer relationship management systems
You will be joining a distributed team of developers working from various locations across the country. We prefer open-source and collaborative solutions to problems. We have brief daily meetings and work in short, iterative sprints.
Over the last two decades, digital technologies have dramatically changed the news business. Mother Jones has successfully navigated those changes to build a powerful and successful news organization. In this position, you can help us as we continue to adapt, experiment, and iterate on our mission to produce stories that matter to the world.
What we have to offer you is a competitive salary, great benefits, ownership of your role, the opportunity for mentorship and growth, and a great team.
Mother Jones has a great benefits package that includes paid health, dental, and vision insurance; three weeks of vacation during your first year (increasing to four weeks during your second); 12 sick days per year; and 12 holidays (including your birthday).
The terms of this job are covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with Local 2103, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, AFL-CIO. Mother Jones and its parent organization, the Foundation for National Progress, are committed to building and maintaining a diverse and welcoming workplace. We do not discriminate in our hiring based on race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, union activity, physical or mental disability, AIDS/HIV status, on-the-job injuries, age, or any status otherwise protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.
To apply, please send us a résumé and a personalized cover letter telling us a little about yourself. Email both documents to jobs (at) motherjones (dot) com with “Web Developer” as the subject line. No calls, please.