Backend Development Lead

Modern Tribe

Location
REMOTE ONLY
Position
Category
Developer
Modern Tribe logo
Skills
WordPressPHPMySQLredis

The Opportunity

Modern Tribe is looking for a Lead Backend Developer with advanced WordPress experience to join our company.

This role will offer you the opportunity to become a leader within our tribe. You will be helping to build and inspire an awesome dev team working on innovative and large scale WordPress installations. We are looking for a backend developer that is already actively working in the WordPress website and plugin development field. You need to be up to speed and knowledgeable about the most recent releases and standards of WordPress. We want you to be as excited and as passionate as we are about what we are creating with the platform.

Please note: This is not an entry-level position. Experienced WordPress developers with team leadership experience only!


Inclusion Statement

Modern Tribe is committed to a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion. We foster an environment of collaboration, open engagement, fairness and respect regardless of differences in age, race, disability, national origin, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. As a hybrid workspace ranging from distributed contractors to traditional employees, we value the unique perspectives and experiences of our global team.

We come from all walks of life. We are small business owners. We are tattoo aficionados and 80’s movie buffs and ex-pats. We are homeschool teachers. We are single parents. We are musicians, college drop-outs, and entrepreneurs. We are travelers, feminists, runners, volunteers, and makers. We are a Modern Tribe.

Everyday we strive to fulfill our motto: live well and do good work. We hope you will consider joining us.


Responsibilities

As a Lead WordPress backend developer at Modern Tribe, some of your key responsibilities will be:

  • Collaborate with the project strategist, team, and customer to articulate the best technological solution for the problem at hand
  • Analyze user story acceptance criteria to ensure the technical feasibility and point out potential issues
  • Lead a team of developers to make sure we can deliver on time, on budget and on scope
  • Architect and develop new backend features and plugins, custom functionality and theme integration
  • Write high quality code with readability, efficiency and maintainability in mind
  • Develop and maintain complex WordPress-based applications
  • Implement complex features using modern PHP code and patterns while following standards
  • Code review the work of other developers
  • Improve our internal tools, libraries and standards
  • Actively participate in our scrum and development meetings
  • Work with the team to diagnose and resolve backend bugs and support requests
  • Mentor junior developers
Personal Competencies

  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience working as part of a remote team
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A methodical approach to all tasks
  • Ability to prioritize workloads and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at the same time and complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Ability to work remotely with little-to-no supervision is a must
  • Excited to be part of a team with the potential for a long term relationship
  • Fluent English speaker

Knowledge & Experience

  • 5+ years experience working as a backend web developer on production sites
  • 2+ years focused on leading the technical direction of a team and mentoring development team members
  • Extensive experience implementing complex WordPress sites
  • Skilled at crafting modern PHP
  • A comprehensive understanding of what it takes to write secure and performant code
  • Thorough knowledge of MySQL
  • Ability to work remotely with little-to-no supervision
  • Excellent understanding of OOP, software development life cycle, and best practices
  • Experience working with at least one automated testing framework
Bonus Points


  • Experience with continuous integration and automated deployment pipelines
  • Unit Testing
  • Experience with JS application frameworks
  • Experience with server technologies like Redis or ElasticSearch
  • Remote work experience

Location

Work from anywhere in North, Central or South America. If your timezone is outside of US business hours but you work at least 4+ hours of overlap each day, let's chat. You must be fluent in English. You just need a computer and a strong wifi signal to support daily video chats with the Tribe.


Compensation

This is a full time position and pay range for this role is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Perks

We believe that distributed working is a way of life. We understand what it means to work remotely. We offer consistency in expectations, payment, and support. We believe in learning from each other and fostering personal growth. You can expect to learn a lot while working with us.

(Also, if you work enough with us, we’ll bring you on the team trips.)


Who We Are

Modern Tribe, Inc. is a rapidly growing software & design company. We develop custom solutions for some of the world’s largest companies, government institutions and smaller growing organizations. We pride ourselves on our ability to bridge people and technology and to bring the passion and dedication of an entrepreneur to every project. Our team is composed of talented employees and freelancers around North & South America (and a smattering across the globe).


Who You Are

We love working with each other because we have built a culture that suits us well. We work primarily with freelancers and coordinate their talents for large projects. To be on our team, you must be:

  • HAPPY: Where there is a will, there is a way. Having a positive disposition allows us to achieve great things and to support each other.
  • HELPFUL: Always looking for ways that you can help others.
  • CURIOUS: It is essential that you have a passion for learning. Technology changes daily, and life has a way of constantly raising the bar.
  • ACCOUNTABLE: Our clients expect us to get the right thing done on budget and on time. Communicating expectations and meeting them is the cornerstone of success.