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Front-End Web Developer at DonorsChoose.org

at DonorsChoose.org in New York, NY   —   Apr 06, 2014   |  
Overview
"A revolutionary charity." -- Oprah Winfrey



"This new philanthropy system is turning traditional philanthropy on its head." -- ABC World News Tonight



"I encourage everybody to go on and make donations...let's make a difference." -- Stephen Colbert



"The results are powerful." -- BusinessWeek



"I think the capacity to expand is infinite." -- Bill Clinton



Founded by a young public high school teacher in the Bronx, DonorsChoose.org has enabled citizen philanthropists from all 50 states to fund more than 130,000 public school classroom projects, channeling over $53 million of resources to more than 3 million students in low-income communities. At DonorsChoose.org, someone giving $10 enjoys the same choice, impact, and vivid feedback that-until now-have been reserved for millionaire benefactors. Recognition of DonorsChoose.org includes the Nonprofit Innovation Award given by Stanford Business School and Amazon.com; the Fast Company Social Capitalist Award; a Global Technology Laureate from the TECH Museum of Innovation; and a "Crunchie" Award from TechCrunch. Major supporters include eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, Yahoo! co-founder David Filo, venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, and Netflix founder Reed Hastings. Board members include Stephen Colbert, former Senator Bill Bradley, venture capitalist Fred Wilson, and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner. Learn more at http://donorschoose.org/about.
Responsibilities
ABOUT THE POSITION
DonorsChoose.org is seeking an energetic, team-oriented, and self-motivated Front-End Web Developer to improve the user experience of DonorsChoose.org's unique philanthropic marketplace. This position will report directly to DonorsChoose.org's CTO and will play a central role in an agile organization that is serious about technology.
The right candidate is a top-notch contributor with a proven track record of success, who will be comfortable in DonorsChoose.org's start-up atmosphere and ready to play a key technical role on a small, dedicated team. A passion for delivering high-quality web functionality on aggressive schedules is crucial. This Front-End Web Developer will be joining a charity with deep private-sector management experience. The DonorsChoose.org team is young, committed, and passionate, and the work environment is informal, fast-paced, and fun.
HE OR SHE MUST:
Design, implement, and maintain new front-end functionality for use by teachers and prospective donors.
Estimate and deliver on rapid implementation schedules--without compromising smart development goals and principles--to build rich web UIs that are functional, performant, and scalable.
Keep a high-volume transaction-driven web system running by troubleshooting and fixing critical bugs.
Experience
CANDIDATES MUST POSSESS:
Experience building robust web UIs for commercial web sites and applications, including working with designers to bring pixel-perfect webpages to life from design comps.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strong sense of ownership and detail-orientation throughout the web engineering lifecycle.
Superb self-management skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment with little supervision.
Exceptional problem-solving skills and enthusiasm for tackling diverse development challenges.
Deep expertise with HTML, CSS, cross-browser development practices, and browser degradation strategies.
Very strong JavaScript skills: authoring sophisticated AJAX functionality, working with or without a JS framework.
Comfortable using SQL, and working in back-end code and programming languages, to wire functionality end-to-end.
Experience integrating 3rd-party web applications, services, and components.
Nice to have: development experience with Java, JSP, JSTL, version control, and extra credit for experience with Spring/Hibernate.
Compensation
DonorsChoose.org is based in New York City. Full benefits including paid vacation, family medical and dental insurance. Salary commensurate with experience.
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