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PHP/Wordpress Developer & Project Manager - Boston, MA



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Christopher Stile

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JN -112020-14218

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Position Overview:
A digital leader—and a lead developer—with experience managing development projects.  Manages cross-functional projects. Supports the revenue and content goals through digital projects. As technological expert, oversees the management of all digital platforms: web site, mobile, e-reader, and others.  Sets and reports on digital metrics.  Identifies trends and upcoming new technologies that present significant opportunities to achieve its strategic goals. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

User Experience 15%
Co-owns the user experience for laptop and mobile sites. Leads the team in search optimization efforts, and continually scans for improvements to findability. Constantly evaluates and seek to upgrade the UX to optimize customer experiences for readers. Leads teams in addressing UX problems and bugs.

Digital Leadership and Development 20%
Serves as lead developer for platforms, and directs other developers in pursuit of the digital roadmap.  Matches strategic and tactic challenges to technology solutions. Prioritizes projects, develops quarterly and annual goals, and implements projects to meet the goals. Directs scheduling, planning, resource allocation, and project teams for all development projects. Continually scans the digital horizon for emerging trends and best practices in digital publishing and reports on same to the  team.

Project Management 20%
Initiates and manages digital projects. Provides project management for complex development projects. Directs cross-functional teams on new digital initiatives with editorial, marketing, and business development; sets project direction, designs project stages, leads all project meetings, ensures that deadlines are met, assigns responsibility and tasks, allocates resources, owns final project outcomes.

Partners and Integrations 20%
As integrations leader, directs partner searches and selection for digital platform tools, and directs business owners in their searches for tech tools, leading the effort to develop requirements and evaluate options. Directs integration projects and teams, and overall owns the tech stack, understanding the interactions between tools.  Responsible for external platforms/formats.   With edit team, devises the systems through which content flows onto digital platforms, including web site, apps, ebook, mobile, webcasts, and video. 

Quality/Maintenance/Security 20%
Owns commitment to quality and security. Plays crucial role of assuring 100% uptime for content platforms. Manages all development projects for WordPress web site, and develops code where necessary, including doing quality assurance and testing.  Directs the managed hosting partner. Oversees the day-to-day operations; ensures that editorial, marketing, circulation and advertising interests are considered in all online publishing activities. Manages site database and writes site code. Manages the site search appliance and other plug-ins.  Manages debugging, site plug ins and tools, software updating, and security.

Analytics 5%
Purchases/manages analytical tools; provides analytics support to business units; evaluates analytics needs and sets up templates for users; finds them tools.

Qualifications & Skills:
  • Three-four year’s experience managing digital platforms, preferably in a publishing environment.  Advanced skills in WordPress, Git, PHP, and front-end web technologies (JS, CSS, pre-processors). Knowledge of PHP web stack apps and awareness of emerging web technologies (headless WP via Laraval, React, etc.).  Demonstrated experience managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders.  Expertise in the digital content marketplace. 
  • Undergraduate degree required. Ability to work in a team environment. Ability to listen well to diverse content, business, and production requirements and devise integrated solutions.  Ability to manage ‘client’ relationships internally and externally.  Ability to educate and explain technical issues to nontechnical staff or external providers to promote necessary competencies and common functional and conceptual understandings.  Ability to manage conflict around competing goals and time pressures. 
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