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Web Front-End Developer(WFED035)

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), is seeking to hire a Web Front- End Developer. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane,Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.

The Individual will work with Communications Director to enhance the CMAP website to better communicate agency priorities through development of the agency’s web front end.

Essential Functions:

1. Develop easy-to-maintain web tools and templates that enhance the agency’s website.

2. Program and implement web content that is faithful to design mockups.

3. Interface with web hosting and development consultants under contract to CMAP.

4. Other duties as assigned by Supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must be a self-starter who loves working with technology to achieve web communication objectives. The ideal candidate will prefer front end development because he or she is visually oriented, creative, and highly attuned to the user’s experience. Attention to detail is an essential skill; the developer should enjoying taking responsibility for fine tuning and quality checking. Applicant should have a creative mindset with a good eye for design issues (graphics, typography, and spacing), as well as high standards of quality assurance.

Education and/or Experience

Minimum Bachelor’s degree in computer science or other appropriate IT discipline. Minimum three year’s work experience on front-end development. The website ( is based on Liferay portal software and experience with that is preferred, but not required. Candidate should be comfortable working in the context of a complex web application, while not necessarily understanding all of its intricacies. Should be familiar with Javascript markup libraries (e.g., jQuery, YUI, Prototype, Ext) and experienced with Java template engines (e.g.,Velocity, Freemarker). Experience with building repeatable Visual Test Scripts using a tool such as Selenium is a plus.

Must understand the difference between standards mode and quirks mode.

• Experienced working in partnership with graphic designers.

• Prefer experience with developing for Flash, including data-intensive content.

• Familiar with PhotoShop and/or comparable image processing software (e.g., Gimp,

• Fireworks).

• Experienced with Firebug (and/or equivalents) for troubleshooting and quality assurance.

• Experienced in guaranteeing visual precision across multiple browsers, including IE7.

Your cover letter should include at least four links to recent web projects, briefly indicating the type and extent of involvement.

Office Automation Skills: MS Word, Access, Excel, Power Point.

Specialized Technology:

Extensive experience with (X)HTML, Javascript, and CSS (minimum three years). Proficient in writing standards-compliant / semantic (X)HTML, Javascript, and CSS.

How to apply

Send your resume and cover letter with at least four links to recent web projects, briefly indicating the type and extent of involvement. Include Job Code WFED035 Email: Mail: Human Resources CMAP: Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800 Chicago, IL 60606

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