University of Pennsylvania FRONT END DEVELOPER in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 81-29058


School Name President's Center

Org University Communications

Posted to the Web 06/07/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade C

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule 9-5

Months 12

Position Length Ongoing

Position End Date

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The mission of the President’s Center is to support the President, the trustees, and the University’s senior leadership; advance Penn’s highest priorities; to aid the faculty, students, and staff in their teaching, research, and service activities; and to advance excellence at Penn. In addition to the Office of the President, the President’s Center includes the following units: African-American Resource Center, Almanac, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Office of General Counsel, Office of Institutional Research & Analysis, Office of Government and Community Affairs, Office of the Ombudsman, Office of the Sexual Violence Investigative Officer, Office of the University Secretary, University Archives and Records Center, Office of University Communications, and WXPN.


The front-end developer works with departmental staff and constituencies throughout the University to create and maintain Drupal-based websites including the central University website, Penn Today, the Office of the President as well as special projects and a suite of email newsletters.* Work with design and development staff to create html websites, website templates and Drupal themes. * Create, maintain and improve responsive email newsletter templates.* Retrofit existing publications to meet accessibility standards* Continuous improvement of web properties* Assist w Q/A process* Make content updates to webpages* Collaborate on project documentation


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or related fields preferred is preferred and 3 years to 5 years of related experience is required. * Proficient understanding of web markup, including HTML5, CSS3* Proficient understanding of server-side CSS pre-processing platforms, such as LESS and SASS* Proficient understanding of client-side scripting and JavaScript frameworks, including jQuery* Proficient understanding of cross-browser compatibility issues and ways to work around them. * Proficient programming for HTML newsletters. Mailchimp and Litmus prefered.* Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git* Good understanding of SEO principles and ensuring that application will adhere to them.* Good understanding of build and automation tools like Grunt, Gulp* Proven experience coding responsive designs with high traffic, high profile websites;* Ability to read and ensure feasibility of UI/ UX/ design documents such as screen layouts, user interface elements, and prototypes;* Knowledge of web standards and ability to identify and remedy web accessibility issues; * Ability to work collaboratively with developers and designers, working within a pattern library or style guide* Able to integrate and interpret Google Analytics* Design skills and/or Drupal dev skills a plus.* Motivation to stay abreast of current coding practices and make continuous improvements on work.* Ability to effectively manage multiple concurrent projects; use time management, prioritization skills, and independent judgment* Must possess strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills* Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • How did you hear about this employment opportunity?

  • Jobs@Penn

  • Contacted by a Penn Recruiter

  • Referred by a Penn Employee

  • Referred by a friend or family member

  • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)

  • Inside Higher Ed


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  • Linkedin

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  • Professional Affiliation/Trade Website

  • Diversity Association/Publication Website

  • Heard about it at a conference or career fair

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  • Recruitment and/or staffing agency

  • What is your highest level of education completed?

  • Less than high school education

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Vocational or Technical School

  • Associate's Degree or Two Year College

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Master's Degree

  • PHD/MD/JD or equivalent doctoral degree

  • How many years of experience do you have related to this position?

  • 0 to 1 Year

  • 1 to 2 Years

  • 2 to 3 Years

  • 3 to 5 Years

  • 5 to 7 Years

  • 7 to 10 Years

  • Over 10 Years

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

Optional Documents

  • Cover Letter