Information Technology Services
89606 Requisition #

Stanford Web Services is seeking an Associate Front-end Web Developer and Themer to help build a modern web development stack and elevate the experience for our products. In this position you will:

  • Collaborate with visual and user experience professionals, front- and back-end developers, and strategists to create sophisticated digital experiences using CSS, HTML, and modern JavaScript frameworks.
  • Create accessible, semantically correct, responsive front-ends that function accurately across all major browsers and devices.
  • Help to evolve a design system of UI components in a pattern library and socialize its utility across the expansive Stanford web community.
  • Polish your skills with the support of mentors and peers in modern web component-oriented development practices using Twig, Drupal, WordPress, React, GraphQL, and Node.
  • Contribute to product and technical documentation.


About SWS

Stanford Web Services (SWS) is an award-winning agency within Stanford University providing web strategy, user experience, visual design, and web development services to the campus community. SWS is responsible for  more than 3,400 websites and is part of University Information Technology (UIT), a 600-person strong organization supporting 100+ services. SWS is a geographically diverse team spanning much of North America, from Rhode Island to British Columbia.


SWS takes pride in our mission to care for Stanford’s ever-evolving web presence, because supporting the research and education mission of a world-class university can make a positive impact in the world. We build beautiful, secure, accessible, and effective websites, including giving.stanford.edu, students.alumni.stanford.edu, engineering.stanford.edu, earth.stanford.edu, and many more. Everyone in SWS works directly with campus clients and partners and is committed to problem-solving using friendly and clear communication.  SWS uses GitHub to track hundreds of features and products, contributes to open source projects, manages a pattern library for efficient and usable designs, and evolves our products to empower communication by our schools and departments.


As a part of the Stanford community, we encourage a culture of real work-life balance; signing off at a reasonable hour is how life should be. Our group includes musicians, a brewer, a master gardener, an ultra marathoner, a lunchtime Zumba-enthusiast, a champion marksman, and many loving parents. We like what we do and other things, too!


Minimum requirements

Education & Experience:

A bachelor's degree and three years of increasingly technical work experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

We’re looking for candidates with expertise in:

  • Component-oriented development using React/Gatsby/Angular/Web Components/Polymer or equivalent, and Node.
  • Mobile-first and responsive design principles using front-end frameworks that rely on ES6/9, SASS, and grid systems and balancing progressive enhancement and graceful degradation.
  • WCAG 2.0 AA web accessibility standards, including the use of semantic HTML and ARIA.
  • Developing websites using open source tools (Drupal, WordPress), languages, libraries, and standards-compliant code.
  • Creating and fixing HTML, CSS, SASS/SCSS, and Javascript.
  • Working with Git and feature/branch workflows.


Other abilities include:

  • Ability to work well under pressure with multiple projects in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Ability to interact positively with and build consensus among a diverse group of colleagues, clients, and senior leadership. 
  • Solid understanding of web standards and usability methods.
  • Familiarity with browser devices and platform differences and idiosyncrasies, and ability to develop workarounds to accommodate specialized user/client needs and device platforms.
  • Familiarity with Drupal 8’s theme layer and the Twig templating system is beneficial, but not required.
  • Some experience working with REST APIs, JSON and SOAP and build tools and package managers, such as Yarn and Webpack or similar, is beneficial but not required.


Why Stanford Is for You

Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Ponder what the world would be like without the "World Wide Web". Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. SWS is part of Stanford's diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff that support this mission. We seek talented people who are driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow: We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TED Talk, a film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture: We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you: Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun: Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources: Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!


How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit your résumé and a cover letter along with your online application.


The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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