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    Mid-level PHP Developer

    We look to work with talented developers and the most passionate creators in the industry. If you think that you might fit that bill, please keep reading.


    Emerson Stone is a product-focused design agency in Boulder, Colorado. Since 2014, we’ve been creating beautiful brands and lasting digital applications for clients around the world.

    We’re a team of designers and engineers with years of experience in creating digital products for both startups and global brands. Our design process is always deeply collaborative between the agency and the client, creating ownership, trust and value at every stage of a project.

    As an agency, we are invested in the continued success of our clients. Since 2014, over ninety percent of our clients have come back for additional projects and we still have clients that have been with the agency since the first month. We believe that design is most successful when it is consistent and permanent—more than just launching a single design into the world, we work to support, iterate, and develop valuable products for a client over time. In many ways, we act as the in-house team for many of our clients.

    The mid-level PHP developer is a contract-to-hire position and will involve both server-side and client-side programming. Acting as the bridge between the backend and front-end team, your responsibilities will focus on implementing complex features into new or existing code-bases, by writing clean and simple code. You will be a part of a tight-knit team that strives to create quality digital experiences and is constantly challenging themselves to improve. If we have a good working relationship, there is potential for the position to turn into a full-time position in the future.

    Links to previous work, a GitHub account or portfolio site, as well as a cover letter explaining why you would be a great fit for the agency will be required for your application. Sorry, no recruiters.


    Develop and expand features on new and existing PHP applications and websites

    Write clean and easily navigable code

    Review project requirements and write technical specifications

    Debug, test, and fix errors

    Document code development and revisions

    Learn new technologies and platforms (Laravel, Heroku, Vagrant, Webpack, Wordpress, Middleman, etc.)


    3+ years professional backend web development work

    Ability to quickly understand and work with code having a high degree of inherent complexity

    Experience with standard web technologies including HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, and familiarity with the command line.

    Familiarity with relational databases such as MySQL, Postgres, Maria

    Practical experience with MV* architecture, unidirectional data flow, and minimal class/object interfaces

    Experience working with version control tools such as git

    The ability to communicate effectively with designers, engineers, and project managers

    Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills

    Full-time positions include

    Competative Salary

    Stipend for educational materials

    Medical, dental and vision health insurance (company contribution)

    Paid cell phone plan

    The best coffee money can buy


    Please be sure to attach a resumé or portfolio to your email along with any relevant links that you’d like us to look at in considering you for the position. Thank you for your interest.

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