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[JOB] Web Developer for Leading Creative Writing School

Job Title: Web Developer for Leading Creative Writing School

Job Duration: Full Time

Company: Gotham Writers’ Workshop

About Gotham Writers’:

Gotham Writers’ Workshop is the leading private creative writing school in New York City and online. Professional writers present workshops in more than a dozen forms of writing. The schools interactive online classes, selected as Best of the Web by Forbes, have attracted thousands of aspiring writers from across the United States and more than one hundred countries.

Gotham Writers’ Workshop launched its online division,, in June of 1997. Using proprietary software, the online campus offers interactive, craft-oriented classes and resources for writers. As virtual replicates of the NYC classes, the online courses are accessible 24 hours a day and are taught by the school’s expert faculty.

Job Requirements and/or Qualifications:

Gotham Writers’ Workshop seeks a web developer with an adventurous spirit whose ideas and work will play a major role in the experience of thousands of students a year. It’s a chance to blend technical expertise with creativity.

While Gotham is highly respected, it bears little similarity to “academic” institutions. The office staff is small and casual; the web developer will work with the director of technology as a team of two, meaning this person’s ideas and creativity are greatly valued. It’s also a “people” job as the web developer will be interacting with teachers, students, and office staff on a regular basis. In other words, you won’t be a cog in a cubicle here.

The activities of the web developer are diverse, including front and back
end work, as well as a mixture of conceptual thinking and day-to-day operational maintenance. Among the activities: redesigning the website and in-house classroom software to stay on the leading edge; providing tech support to students and teachers; improving content management, financial software, and marketing communication; brainstorming with the office staff on various ways to enhance the company.

A strong technical background is necessary but there is leeway to develop some of the necessary skills on the job.

Skills (at least 2):

LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL , PHP — OO preferred)
Database design and administration
MVC frameworks (Yii Preferred) + legacy non-MVC web code
HTML, CSS, jQuery, XML
Linux Systems Administration (Red Hat)
Ability to explain technical issues to non-technical people
Interest in educational technology

Additional Skills (not deal breakers):

Mobile Application development
Social Media Application development
Mercurial Version Control
Perl, Windows Systems Admin
Knowledge of design and UI aesthetics

Education: Bachelor’s Degree (Masters preferred)

Work Samples: Please include samples or your work – urls are fine -and let us know specifically what your level of involvement was.

Salary: Under $65,000
Benefits: 401K/403B, Health
Job Location: New YorK, NY 10018 USA

Applicants should respond to: or my email Joel Mellin