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UX Developer

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 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. They should share our excitement about the prospect of learning new tools, code and otherwise, for streamlining the design-to-development process. For this position, a desire to work on a team and move fluidly between interactions with designers, developers, and clients is essential.

 

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.

Note: Please submit samples of code that you’ve written with your application for this position. Your code samples should represent work that you’re proud of and that you think accurately reflects your abilities and experience. It’s fine if you didn’t write 100% of the code you submit because you were part of a team that worked on it together, or because it includes open source components, but you should be able to discuss with us what your contribution to it was, and explain confidently how it works.

About Alley Interactive

We offer competitive salaries and company subsidized medical, dental and vision benefits. We also offer 401(k) with company matching, a profit sharing plan, and transportation and lunch benefits programs.

We have no set hours and do not limit vacation or sick time (but we require everyone to take a minimum of two weeks off). We trust our team members to get their work done and take the time off they need to recharge.

Alley Interactive was born in New York City, and we have an office in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. Our team members are free to work from the office, or out of their homes or a local coworking space. About a third of our team lives in the New York area, and the rest are spread around 18 other states and provinces (and counting).

Alley Interactive is an equal opportunity employer and we seek to increase diversity in the tech industry. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and other communities traditionally underrepresented in this field.

Please note that we can only consider candidates based in the United States or Canada for this position.

Recruiters: Please do NOT contact us about this job. All hiring duties at Alley are carried out by our staff.

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