Handshake is the number one site for college students to find a job. Today, the Handshake community includes 17 million students and young alumni at over 1,000 colleges and universities — including 120+ minority-serving institutions. We connect up-and-coming talent across all 50 states with nearly 500,000 employers recruiting on Handshake — from every Fortune 500 company to thousands of small businesses, nonprofits, startups, and more. Handshake is democratizing opportunity and ensuring college students have the support they need to find a great job and kick-off a meaningful career regardless of where they go to school, what they choose as a major, and who they know.

We welcome all people. We celebrate diversity of all kinds and are committed to creating an inclusive culture built on a foundation of respect for all individuals. We seek to hire, develop and retain talented people from all backgrounds. Individuals from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized or underrepresented groups strongly encouraged to apply.

If you are not sure that you’re 100% qualified, but up for the challenge - we want you to apply.

Your Impact:

Handshake is hiring a Lead Web Developer to ensure every visitor to joinhandshake.com always receives a memorable digital experience. Serving employers, universities and students - you’ll sit in the Employer team and partner broadly across our business to manage a queue of projects alongside our existing contract dev team, gathering requirements and setting expectations with business owners along the way.

As website product owner - you'll own stack evolution, appropriate handoffs to our product and ops/analytics teams, technical SEO, and overall site uptime, conversion and performance metrics. You are a player/coach and love to build in addition to proposing better ways of accomplishing end goals.

Your Role:

  • Build easy-to-use and performant websites serving multiple partners across the business, primarily partnering with marketing and design
  • Manage our web dev sprints including resources alignment with our contract dev team, the processes by which projects are raised, and ongoing communications regarding requirements/expectations/tradeoffs with stakeholders
  • Participate in the full development lifecycle, including estimation, design, development, testing, and deployment
  • Collaborate with our design team via regular design critiques and working sessions
  • Review and respond to operational issues, escalating as necessary and partnering with our security teams to ensure best practices are implemented
  • Partner with our product and engineering teams for cohesive external/internal experience for all end users
  • Partner with our marketing operations team to ensure relevant data capture for tracking and attribution 
  • Help kickoff and oversee an ongoing queue of website experiments (CRO, A/B testing, etc)
  • Own and track technical SEO, load times, bounce rates, conversion rates and overall website health metrics

You’ll work with these technologies (and more!):

  • WordPress/php/mySQL
  • JS/ES6 and CSS/SASS
  • Jira/Trello - project management system
  • Marketo - marketing automation platform
  • Salesforce - CRM
  • Bizible - marketing attribution system
  • Splash - event marketing system
  • Zoom - webinar system

Your Experience:

  • You are a player/coach and you’ve built high impact, high performing websites incorporating security best practices and have scaled teams/resources along the way
  • You can articulate a vision but are able to balance with near-term results 
  • You are passionate about good UI/UX and on top of the latest developments and learnings in web development
  • You can express ideas to both technical and non-technical individuals
  • You can speak with experience to WordPress themes and plugins 
  • You have in-depth knowledge of brand systems / design principles and best practices
  • You can define and propose projects in addition to building them
  • You have excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • You have demonstrated critical-thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving skills
  • You are comfortable in a high-growth startup, can balance many simultaneous projects, and thrive in fast-paced environments

Bonus Areas of Expertise: 

  • You have experience with Advanced Custom Fields and ACF Gutenberg blocks!

Benefits:

  • Stock: Ownership in a fast-growing company.
  • 401k: We care about your ability to save for your future.
  • Family Focus: Parental leave and flexibility for families.
  • Time Off: Flexible vacation policy to encourage people to get out and see the world.
  • Healthcare: World-class medical, dental, and vision policies.
  • Goodies: Whatever hardware and software you need to get the job done.
  • Team Fun: Regularly scheduled events, sports, game nights, book clubs.
  • Learning: Learning & Development opportunities for you to grow your skills and career.
  • Great team: Working with fun, hardworking, nice people who are committed to making a difference!
  • ...And much more!

We value diversity of all kinds, and are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome people of all different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives.

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