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Web Application Developer

at UKA Teacher U (New York, NY, USA) Full Time Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Job Description:

Teacher U regards technology innovation as a fundamental platform of the organization’s strategy. As such, Teacher U seeks a talented Web Application Developer who is passionate about building software that helps develop continuously-improving, results-focused teachers. This is a hands-on position that will require you to wear many hats, but will also allow a great deal of creative freedom to establish a unique technology platform serving public school teachers across the United States. This is an outstanding opportunity to play an integral role in public education reform.


Design and create new, custom academic software;

Support, enhance, and extend an existing learning management system (developed using Moodle);

Enable a coherent user experience by building appropriate data integration between Teacher U’s academic and operational applications;

Document anecdotal application requirements and translate documented application requirements to the production of high quality, bug-free software; and

Coordinate with third-party application development contractors and consultants, as necessary.


Candidates for the position must have the following qualifications:

An ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment;

Excellent organization and project management skills;

An obsessive attention to detail;

A solid command of verbal and written English and the ability to tailor communications for technical and non-technical audiences;

A demonstrated ability to work with colleagues both at the adjacent desk and in geographically separated cities;

A high level of professionalism, self-confidence, decisiveness, and initiative; and

Three years of relevant professional experience preferred.

Candidates for the position must also have the following technical skills:

Ability to enhance an open source application (Moodle) using custom code in a PHP framework (Symfony) and MySQL;

Experience with developing custom software from scratch;

A strong grasp of at least one object-oriented language;

An ability to demonstrate competence in common design patterns by writing code;

An ability to articulate best practices for version control, code promotion, configuring technical environments, and writing and tuning database queries; and

Familiarity with several different development methodologies and ability to articulate an informed preference for at least one methodology.


The ideal candidate for this position will also possess some combination of the following professional and personal characteristics:

A strong eye for UX/UI considerations;

A high level of zest, grit, hope, gratitude, and enthusiasm;

A sense of humor; and

A bachelor’s degree, preferably in engineering or computer science.


Teacher U offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience.

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume to [email protected] with the name of the position for which you are applying in your subject line.