WSOL is on the hunt for a performance-savvy front-end web developer to join our team.


Who we are:

WSOL is a small interactive agency located just west of Chicago. We focus on helping organizations of all sizes take advantage of the awesome potential of the Web. Our design and development teams are comprised of thought leaders, subject matter experts and creative thinkers. We're looking for a few more people to help us in our mission of driving the web forward, by building the smartest and best performing web experiences we can for each of our client partners. 

What we do:

We build responsive websites, intranets, and mobile/web applications for a diverse base of clients including universities, hospitals, manufacturers, medium sized businesses, and name it. We’re proponents of device agnostic design, so we worry about making the stuff we build work across browsers, devices and platforms. 

What kind of stuff you would be doing:

Your focus would be front-end development. The majority of work would be spent collaborating with others on the team to produce prototypes for new projects. A small proportion of time would be spent working on bug fixes and doing important (but not-very-glamorous) updates on existing or inherited projects.

If you apply for this position, the expectation is that you have the following abilities: 

HTML/CSS - You need to be extremely fluent in well-crafted, accessible HTML and CSS—so much so, that you might consider them second languages. We're looking for knowledgeable experts with the practical sense to use the tools of modern web design for clients today. This means you don't shy away from new technology. Instead, you embrace the responsible use of HTML5 and CSS3, and philosophies like mobile first, progressive enhancement and adaptive web design are baked into the core of your being. 

Scripting - As a front-end web specialist, you should also be willing able to take ownership of JavaScript and client-side scripting tasks. You'll be expected to build responsive navigation systems, touch-friendly carousels, tabbed panels, accordions, and plenty of other conventional (and unconventional) interactive components.

Developing Standards - Aside from the production of work, we're looking for someone who can contribute to discussions about, and help define our best practices toward: advancing our front-end code framework, improving our approach to version control, and optimizing sites for speed and performance. 

You’ll also be working closely with our .NET application engineers to find better ways of standardizing and modularizing mark up (using OOCSS/SMACSS fundamentals), and adapting code to integrate with content management and back end systems.

Who we're looking for:

People aren't cogs, and we don't expect you to be. The ideal candidate has a core strength and expertise in front-end code, but is an excellent cross-disciplinary collaborator. You'll need to work closely with UX and visual designers throughout the design process, and hand in hand with back-end programmers on a daily basis. If you aren't an expert in every area mentioned above, maybe you're interested in becoming one. We can still chat. We're most interested in finding someone who might be a good cultural fit. So, let's hear about what you believe you can bring to the table.

Education: You must appear convincingly educated. 

Requirements: Expert knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery is required. Experience using preprocessors and different frameworks is a plus.

Experience: Experience writing (or the confidence to begin writing) production-ready front-end code for large scale website implementations. 

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Aside from our standard benefits package, design team members get hooked up with sweet equipment and software, get opportunities to attend conferences, participate in hack days and other collaborative projects, and perhaps most importantly, work as a part of small team that really cares about doing a good job on each project. 

Location: Our office is located in Aurora, Illinois, and for this role we are seeking a candidate that would be available to work in-office. We are open to discussions about working part-time from home and/or relocation assistance.

To Apply: To apply for this position, send something that you feel communicates your expertise and what you're all about to This could be a resume, a portfolio site, or something entirely unexpected. You decide.