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Lead Web Developer (Wordpress)

The Good Food Institute

The Good Food Institute

United States

Other technical






Middle or junior management

Mgmt responsibilities: 

Animal Charity Evaluators Review: 

Previously recommended


Date posted:



About the Role

Oversee the web presence that is changing the future of food 

How You Will Make a Difference 

As a Lead Web Developer, you will serve as the lead for the day-to-day technical development of the GFI U.S. and independent affiliate websites. The Lead Web Developer will be responsible for the following: 

* Maintaining GFI’s WordPress website through plugin and platform updates, bug fixes, and technical SEO improvements to support content creators and provide for optimal end-user experience.
* Developing new and updating existing custom Gutenberg block functionality through well-designed, testable, and efficient code.
* Developing new must-use plugins within GFI’s custom WordPress implementation using WordPress coding standards.
* Staging new web pages, performing technical reviews, and maintaining web page content.
* Supporting routine site audits and correlating technical fixes as required.
* Collaborating with the broader IT team on related projects, including managing DNS and domains, building APIs, and code review and deployment.
* Collaborating with a variety of individuals and teams across GFI, including Comms: Creative Team, Development Team, and content creators and strategists for assignments, prioritization, project direction, status, technical scope, and visual styling. 
* Directly managing one team member, delegating and collaborating on development projects and performing regular code reviews.
* Performing other duties as assigned.

Who We’re Looking For 

The Lead Web Developer must have:
* Demonstrated web development experience, including a minimum of three years of professional WordPress development and administration experience with custom themes and 3rd party plugin integrations.
* Fluency in PHP, HTML, Javascript (including strong jQuery and React knowledge), CSS (including SCSS), npm/Gulp, Git and Timber/ Twig templating required.
* At least 1 year supervisory experience. 
* Experience developing Gutenberg custom blocks highly preferred.
* Fluency in Linux/macOS command line (bash/zsh), SSH/SFTP, Gravity Forms, and SASS preferred.
* Experience with phpMySql is a plus.
* Experience with the Kinsta web hosting platform and the DevKinsta development tool are a plus.
* Impeccable organization and attention to detail. 
* Basic knowledge of SEO best practices.
* The ability to develop creative solutions independently, with a desire to collaborate with the Creative and program teams.
* A swiss-army-like reserve of knowledge and tools to problem-solve creatively and efficiently.
* A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to nurturing this on your team and throughout GFI.
* Comfort working remotely and in a rapidly growing and evolving organization.
* Strong support for GFI’s philosophy and mission; demonstrated interest in plant based & other alt proteins, public health, environmentalism, climate change, animal protection, or hunger relief.
* A commitment to GFI’s values: believe change is possible, do the most good we can, share knowledge freely, act on evidence, and invite everyone to the table.
An ideal candidate would also have:
* Demonstrated experience consuming and developing APIs.
* Familiarity with implementing  web analytics (Google Analytics, Google Ads, Facebook Pixel etc.) tracking.
* Demonstrated understanding of software development lifecycle best practices and experience managing and prioritizing a web projects pipeline. 

We want the best people and we don’t want biases holding us back. We are testing a third-party anonymizing tool to redact personal information from submitted applications — including name, location, contact details, and several other factors — to reduce bias and increase fairness in our process. We strongly encourage people of every race, color, orientation, age, gender, origin, and ability to apply. Because we value a diverse workplace, we prioritize an inclusive climate absent of discrimination and harassment during the application process and after you join the team. 

Research indicates that men tend to apply for jobs when they meet just 60% of the criteria, while women and people from other marginalized groups only apply if they are a 100% match. If you are passionate about GFI’s mission and think you have what it takes to be successful in this role even if you don’t check all the boxes, please apply. We’d appreciate the opportunity to consider your application. 

The Fine Print
* Position Type: Full Time, exempt
* Reports to: Irina Rodina, Director of IT and Data Protection & Privacy Counsel
* Location: Remote; United States
* Travel: Up to two weeks per year for major GFI events and company retreats.
* Benefits: Working from home, full medical coverage, optional dental and vision packages, a 401(k) plan with employer match, flexible holiday and vacation plans, opportunity for advancement, respectful managers, and supportive colleagues. More information here: 
* This is a U.S.-based position: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 
* COVID vaccination policy: GFI requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination will be requested before the start of employment. GFI will consider requests for accommodations or exemptions from this policy on a case by case basis, in accordance with applicable laws.
* Salary: $92,395-$95,656 

Application Deadline: February 9, 2023

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