Job Description

COLAB is a digital empowerment agency whose mission is to create digital platforms and processes that empower marketing leaders. We are a team of strategists, designers, developers, software engineers, quality assurance analysts, and project managers who collaborate day in and day out to elevate how our clients use digital within their organizations. 

We are looking for a Web Development Lead to lead and manage our team of web developers, who work on frontend, theming, and site building. In addition to supporting the skill development and career growth of the team, this role will be responsible for overseeing projects from conception to implementation while providing guidance on technical issues along the way. The Web Development Lead will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer and work alongside other practice leads to produce the best solutions for COLAB’s clients, encourage collaboration across the company, and help guide and grow the teams underneath them. Keep reading to learn the types of things we expect a Web Development Lead will do at COLAB, along with some of the qualities we’d like that person to possess. 

A Day in the Life

As a Web Development Lead at COLAB, you can expect to be doing these types of activities on a regular basis:

  • Lead and approve front end technology and CMS implementation approach for all projects; determine appropriate technology solution given project constraints and ensure the foundation and early stages of work set up the project team for success
  • Collaborate with strategy, design, software engineering, and quality assurance teams in the planning of all website and web application projects 
  • Oversee and approve the front end development on multiple projects concurrently, ensuring code is high quality and appropriate for the project constraints
  • Provide direction to team members to overcome project issues; help create plans and solutions for technical challenges
  • Advise traffic manager as to the appropriate staffing to match the work based on specific skill sets and proficiency of team members
  • Collaborate with COO to ensure operational efficiency for technology work
  • Stay up to date with industry developments and trends; experiment and create proofs of concept when necessary 
  • Set the standard for front end development and CMS at COLAB and enforce technology best practices across the team; develop coding standards, methodology and repeatable processes
  • Continually refine and improve technology processes and collaboration across teams
  • Mentor and coach team members on technical as well as interpersonal and communication skills
  • Facilitate quarterly check ins and annual development discussions for your direct reports, helping to create a meaningful career path for them

About You

Here are some qualities that should ring true for you as a strong candidate for the Web Development Lead role at COLAB:

  • You are an expert in WordPress and/or Drupal 
  • You have a deep understanding of front end development and content management, and how to tie the two together
  • You have an understanding of UX and visual design concepts to provide perspective on front end technologies and their overall impact on the solution
  • You have an understanding of the business problem our product is solving for the client, how it empowers them and creates value for their business
  • You are a planner and a problem solver by nature with strong attention to technical detail
  • You have a balanced understanding of developing the best technology approach given project constraints and can advocate for decisions that balance priorities of COLAB, clients, and constraints
  • You easily foster good team relationships by handling a multitude of people/personalities with grace and are able to provide constructive feedback effectively 
  • You can encourage and guide debate, teasing out differing perspectives and gaining buy-in for the final solution 
  • You can manage and delegate firmly by articulating the goals, requirements, and measurements of success
  • You are innately curious, a forever learner, and enjoy learning about and applying new technologies
  • You have 3+ years of leading and managing a development teams in the creation of websites and web applications
  • You have 8+ years of experience developing front end code for websites and web applications with expertise in HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, and JS frameworks (React.js or Vue.js)

Requirements

  • 8+ years experience in a technology role
  • 3+ years managing technology teams
  • Senior-level front end development capabilities
  • Experience working on small project teams
  • Experience working at an agency

Intangibles

These are the things that no one ever puts on a job description, but always expects, so we’re just going to say it here:

  • Be nice and friendly to everyone
  • Treat everyone with respect
  • Communicate clearly and honestly with everyone
  • Collaborate always – more brains is better than one
  • Handle tough circumstances with grace and resiliency
  • Look for solutions rather than blame
  • Accept feedback as insight into the work, not as a personal affront
  • Be yourself – we believe authenticity breeds innovation

Sound like a good fit?