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With an office in the Chicago Loop and remote team members from coast-to-coast, we’re smart, motivated, and casual. Our work environments are relaxed, but we’re serious about doing great work for our clients. If you think you’d be an asset to our team, please submit a letter of interest and your resume.

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Lead Backend Developer / Technical Architect

As lead backend web developer at mStoner, you’ll be responsible for planning and executing highly effective and usable websites and digital experiences for our college and university clients.

The ideal candidate is a committed and passionate developer who wants to remain primarily “hands on” and is also interested in contributing to our direction as an agency and providing technical consulting services to our clients.

We need a strong developer who can help us implement large-scale Drupal and WordPress driven sites and offers a point of view on development best practices, modern techniques and processes, and emerging technologies.

What You'll Do

  • Plan and implement effective and highly usable university websites in Drupal and WordPress
  • Build content integrations with other web applications and third-party systems
  • Convert front-end code to custom Drupal and WordPress themes
  • Lead functional and technical planning for new client websites
  • Participate in technical aspects of the discovery and strategy phases of client projects
  • Contribute to the technology direction of the agency, including how we best leverage emerging technologies (e.g., personalization and anonymous content targeting)
  • Complete maintenance, support and enhancement tasks for existing client websites
  • Participate in quality assurance activities


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Five years of web development experience, preferably with PHP, Drupal and/or WordPress
  • Experience implementing large and/or complex websites within a content management system environment
  • Prior experience in an agency or consulting firm that services clients; customer- or client-service mindset is a must
  • Comprehensive knowledge of responsive web design and HTML5 / CSS3 / SASS / SCSS / JavaScript / JQuery
  • Solid understanding of best practices and standards for web development, performance, security, accessibility (WCAG 2.1), and organic search engine optimization
  • Proficient with code versioning tools such as Github or Bitbucket
  • Familiar with quality assurance tools and code validation tools

Job Requirements

  • Must be a good problem solver and someone who is curious and enjoys learning new skills
  • Must be organized and able to manage and track time effectively
  • Must be able to meet deadlines and negotiate priorities with other team members
  • Must be able to balance multiple projects in a given week
  • Must be versatile and able to contribute and add value to the team on a variety of tasks
  • Must be proactive and self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision, this position is not for someone who needs to be told exactly what to do and how to do it
  • Must be able to communicate and collaborate effectively with clients and co-workers from a variety of professional disciplines and at different levels of authority
  • Must be able to collaborate and work effectively in a remote / distributed environment
  • Must be able to work in the Central Time Zone
  • Must be willing to travel on occasion to client locations, mStoner Chicago, or meet ups with technical team members in St. Louis

Salary Range

Estimated compensation: $85,000 to $95,000 depending on level of expertise.

How to Apply

To apply for this job, email your resume, cover letter, and link to GitHub and/or sample work directly to Jim Johnson (

About mStoner

We’re a digital agency focused on education marketing and communications. We were founded in 2001 and have a distributed team in six states with a home base in Chicago. We specialize in medium- to large-scale website redesigns powered by content management systems.

Adjectives that describe us: bright, verbal, and attractive. Just kidding. Not really. Let’s go with fun, hard-working, collaborative, casual, curious, client service-oriented, and user-centric. We’re also experts, thought leaders, strategic thinkers, problem solvers, creative, and tech-savvy.

mStoner is an equal opportunity employer. We do not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, national origin or any other basis that is prohibited by applicable law.

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