Lead User Interface Developer (UI)

At Hobsons, education is more than just our business; it's our passion. Since 1974, we have been helping educators, administrators, students, and families maximize success through every stage of the learning lifecycle. Hobsons' personalized learning, academic planning; post-secondary enrollment, and student support solutions serve tens of millions of students across more than 12,000 schools, colleges, and universities around the globe.
Hobsons is seeking a talented Lead Developer User Interface (UI) to join our development team for the Advising product line, initially focused on the Starfish products for Higher Education.
Lead User Interface Developer
Want to build software products that make a difference in the life of a student?
Do you constantly look for ways to develop something better and learn new technology?
You will have the opportunity to collaborate on User Experience (UX), impact product decisions, develop engaging and intuitive interfaces. We are looking for someone who loves designing, tinkering and building elegant user interfaces.
A developer who has a balance of design sensibilities and technical chops to develop production quality code.
You will enjoy working with energetic scrum teams and participating in hack-a-thons, while having stability and work life balance as part of a successful company.
This position will be located in: Arlington, VA (Clarendon Metro)
Essential Functions/Responsibilities
Own significant portions of system functionality; lead initiatives to build a superbly functional and elegant user experience.
Take ideas to build rapid prototypes and from prototypes to production code.
Collaborate with product management, UX to define what needs to be done and execute on the plan.
Develop dynamic interfaces that work across multiple browser types and also play nicely with mobile devices.
Think, then do, making sure there's a design to back up all the code you're laying down.
Sprint with your team members in agile mode, knocking out tasks and bugs while always looking out for places to streamline the code base.
Dive into customer issues as required to support an ideal end user experience.
Understand the current system and come up with creative ideas for refactoring or proactively improving the code base.
Produce high quality code that meets our coding guidelines. Tasks are not complete without thorough testing.
Minimum Qualifications
5+ years professional experience in developing compelling user interfaces for web applications
Solid knowledge of a good chunk of our technology stack including HTML, CSS and JavaScript (Angular, React)
Experience using JavaScript testing frameworks (Jasmine, Mocha)
Understanding of cross-platform browser compatibility issues
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required.
Preferred Qualifications
Proficient with multiple programming languages (e.g. Python, Java)
Experience with Node.js, task runners (Grunt, Gulp), Bower and CSS preprocessors (LESS, Sass)
508/WCAG experience
Experience with RESTFul Services, Microservices architecture is a plus
Experience with GO/GOLANG, D3.js is a plus
Bachelor's degree with major in Computer Science
Our employees are a direct reflection of our business. Diverse and talented, we are passionate about the power of education and proactive in seeking new challenges and innovations. But the most exciting part of Hobsons is where we are headed. We believe the biggest ideas are yet to come. We are well positioned for the future with a growing workforce, international expansion, increasing revenue, creative thinking and new opportunities. Hobsons recognizes the importance of taking care of our most valuable assets ? our employees. That's why we not only offer a comprehensive benefits package but also continuously evaluate our offerings to meet the evolving needs of our workforce.
Benefits include (but may vary depending on global location):
Competitive Medical and Dental Insurance Plans
Life and AD&D Insurance
Short-term Disability Insurance
Long-term Disability Insurance
401(k) Plan
Flexible Spending Accounts
Education Reimbursement
Employee Referral Program
Mental & Emotional Well-being
Substantial Paid Time-off
Generous Holiday Schedule PLUS a company-wide paid winter holiday from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day
Casual Dress Environment
Flexible Work Arrangement Program
In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, we actively foster a corporate culture that rewards employee excellence and encourages community service. Ability to document identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of original appointment as a condition of employment in compliance with Immigration Reform and Control Act requirements. To learn more about Hobsons, please visit our corporate Web site atwww.hobsons.com.
Hobsons is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.

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