Lead Web Developer


Mercy For Animals




$80,000 to $89,000

/ Yearly


Oct 28, 2022

We currently seek a lead web developer to join our DevOps team. In this role, you will mentor and lead a team of three web developers, providing hands-on guidance and helping establish best practices within current and new technologies through code reviews and nurturing a team culture of technical excellence and innovation. The lead developer will also execute stakeholder projects across the global organization in a WordPress development environment, as well as infrastructure projects for the DevOps team.

You will do invaluable work:

  • Provide technical leadership for web developers in the coding of WordPress (PHP) websites, plug-ins, and SaaS customizations, implementing code review processes for increased collaboration and knowledge sharing
  • Mentor web developers in current and new technologies, providing expertise through hands-on guidance and recommending professional-development resources
  • Write testable, scalable, and efficient code in a WordPress development environment in support of organizational projects 
  • Establish and maintain coding and development standards, automating processes and standards where possible
  • Provide technical leadership for infrastructure projects, ensuring systems and processes are scalable, secure, and reliable
  • Collaborate with the QA specialist and director of DevOps in establishing and implementing best practices throughout the software-development cycle
  • Manage change and incident-management policies and procedures in collaboration with the director of DevOps 
  • Collaborate cross-departmentally in reference to UX/UI design standards and integrations, collecting data as needed
  • Stay current with technology trends, introducing new technologies where appropriate, ensuring the DevOps team spends 10 percent of its time on innovation
  • Contribute to the creation of documentation for newly developed features or processes, for both the DevOps team and the organization
  • Adhere to all organizational policies and procedures
  • Perform any other duties assigned by team leader

Your qualifications will take our DevOps team to the next level:

  • Senior-level, hands-on web-development experience, with a deep knowledge of XHTML, CSS, JavaScript/AJAX, PHP, consuming and developing APIs, WordPress development, and change/release management processes
  • Relevant experience in a technical leadership role
  • Relevant certifications in computer science or related field (a plus)
  • Experience in mobile-first development
  • Solid understanding of UX/UI and accessibility principles
  • Deep knowledge of the software-development cycle, with experience implementing and administering best practices in a highly collaborative environment
  • Problem-solving capability, with an ability to listen and understand stakeholders’ questions and needs
  • Ability to operate in a highly detailed and organized manner while remaining flexible as the organization’s needs and priorities change
  • Fluency in written and spoken English (Spanish or Portuguese as a first or second language a plus)
  • Availability for occasional travel for conferences or retreats
  • Comfort working autonomously or hyper-collaboratively in a fully remote environment
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, with the ability to consistently meet deadlines (project-management experience a plus) 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with all levels of the organization
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Mercy For Animals
  • Commitment to continued personal and organizational growth in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles

About Your Team Leader

Your team leader, Tash, the director of DevOps, is a mission-driven technologist who joined Mercy For Animals in February 2020 after having held various technical and leadership positions in the arts and cultural nonprofit community for 13 years. She believes that a strong technology strategy and its effective implementation are vital for mission-driven organizations to maximize their impact. As a former database administrator, she is highly detailed and risk aware. As a former CRM strategist, she is always looking to the future—keeping her eye on where we want to be so we can identify opportunities and grow in the right direction.

She values a growth mindset and promotes a healthy work-life balance. And as someone who “thinks out loud,” she encourages people to voice even so-called bad ideas—because you never know where inspiration might come from.   Outside the world of Mercy For Animals, your team leader enjoys creating abstract art, spending time with her six (foster fail) cats, cooking, participating in social justice causes, and watching stand-up comedy. 

Compensation and Benefits

Earn an annual salary of $80,000–$89,500 (in the United States*), depending on qualifications. In addition to a collaborative and innovative work environment, you will be able to take part in our benefits package, including no- or low-cost health, vision, and dental insurance; generous paid time off and sick leave; and 401(k) retirement plan, with a dollar-to-dollar employer match of up to 3 percent of your annual earnings.

*Benefits and salary outside the United States will be shared early in the interview process.

Application Details

We consider traditional and nontraditional qualifications and carefully review each application, resume, and cover letter. Feel encouraged to go outside a traditional cover letter and state how you would add to our culture; what we would gain from having you on our team; and how you align with our organizational vision, mission, and values. 

Our Commitment to You

Mercy For Animals is a globally minded organization. We are committed to the principles of equity and justice, and our culture celebrates authenticity—enabling every team member to shine. All employment decisions are based solely on individual qualifications, job needs, and job requirements, and potential team members of every color, orientation, age, gender, origin, veteran status, and ability are encouraged to apply. We strive to include candidates from historically marginalized communities and those from or in communities impacted by environmental, social, and economic injustice. 

Come as you are, and help us transform our society and construct a truly compassionate food system.

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Job Function

Web Development

Job Location

-Outside the US, -Remote

Additional location info

USA, Brazil, Mexico

Job Industry

Environmental/Animal Welfare

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