We're Hiring! Front End / CMS Developer (Full time)

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Sandstorm Design is seeking a Front End / User Interface Developer with skills in either WordPress or Drupal to join our team!

The Front End Developer is responsible for the front-end/presentation layer and UI development for website and web application projects; utilizing HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, Twig, and other relevant programming languages. The successful candidate has a passion for building user-friendly experiences and creating elegant and dynamic UIs for the web.

You’ll work in a fun, energetic environment that builds careers and makes news. Founded in 1998 by a successful female entrepreneur, Sandstorm has earned nationwide recognition for being an industry leader and sustaining a track record of satisfied clients.

If this sounds like the right fit, apply online or email your cover letter and resume to jobs@sandstormdesign.com. If it’s not quite right for you, please share this opportunity with someone in your network.

Skills & Requirements

Required experience:

  • Strong understanding of HTML and CSS (HTML5 and CSS3 preferred) - Minimum of 2 years experience
  • Strong understanding of Javascript, including jQuery experience - Minimum of 2 years experience
  • Strong understanding of web standards, cross-browser and cross-platform development techniques
  • Strong understanding of developing for responsive design projects
  • Experience in theme and plugin creation in WordPress; or theme and module development in Drupal
  • Familiarity with SASS/Compass or LESS.
  • Experience with Twig templating
  • Front-end frameworks like Bootstrap or Foundation
  • MVC Javascript framework like Angular or React
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop and Illustrator)
  • Git, including an understanding of Git workflows
  • Concurrent versioning systems like GitHub or BitBucket
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Commitment to excellence, usability, and coding standards
  • Intense attention to detail

Nice to have experience:

  • Familiarity with other open-source CMS tools or frameworks
  • Familiarity with AJAX, XML, and JSON a plus.
  • Familiarity with Grunt, Gulp, and similar tools.
  • Familiarity with PHP, Ruby on Rails, and/or ASP.NET
  • Familiarity with JavaScript frameworks such as EmberJS, AngularJS, BackboneJS, etc.
  • Twig, Handlebars, or other Front-end templating framework
  • Facebook and other social media integration
  • SQL, MySQL, or other databases
  • Apache and/or Microsoft IIS experience
  • Understanding of server configurations (LAMP, LEMP, etc.)
  • Bash or other shell scripting languages


Why Sandstorm?

We’re a high energy, super fun, Chicago-based user experience agency that does good work for good people (that’s our mission!) We leverage strategic marketing, UX design, emerging technologies, and usability to create high impact and compelling brand experiences. We work with large amazing brands and interesting niche players too. If you want to do big Agency digital work, in a boutique environment, we’re the place for you.

Who works at Sandstorm?

At our core, we are a team of compulsive problem solvers and solution-seekers; always thinking about what could be and implementing it. We play well with others and have found that clients benefit most when all partners are aligned and working well together. This follows our “Yes and” philosophy of always listening and building upon ideas, no matter where they originate. Collaboration is in our cultural DNA.

What about Culture?

Our team is constantly evolving and growing both as employees and as professionals in our industry. Job titles rarely do our staff justice. Our culture is grounded in our three core values:

  1. Be Curious – Continuous, collaborative improvement is fundamental
  2. Warrior Spirit – We are a team and in it together. Persevere!
  3. Having FUN! – Showcased by our monthly “You Rocks!” and random Super Secret Sandstorm events

We have amazing benefits too! Free snacks/beverages in the fridge, costume contests, 4% match in your 401K, $50/month contribution into your HSA, great hours for work/life balance, paid volunteer days, company lunches, and your birthday is a day off here!

Local candidates only - no relocation assistance. This position will work from our Ravenswood neighborhood, Chicago, IL office. Note: This position will be full-time remote as our office is closed to protect the health and safety of all employees. 

US Citizen or greencard holders only.

No recruiters, please.

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

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