Lead Web Developer

Al-Monitor, Washington, District of Columbia

Date PostedJanuary 30, 2018
IndustryDigital Media
SpecialtyNational/World News
Job StatusFull-time

Lead Web Developer Position Overview:

Al-Monitor is looking for an experienced Developer to lead our development of innovative online programming that complements our award-winning coverage of the politics, people and the culture across the Middle East. This is an exciting role, and the successful candidate will work hand-in-hand with global business, editorial and technical team members and be responsible for designing, coding, modifying and maintaining the Al-Monitor website and conceiving ancillary products. 

Al-Monitor’s mission is to foster a deeper understanding between the Middle East and the international community by diving deep with analytical pieces from some of the most trusted, independent authors from across the globe. 

Our team represents a diverse set of perspectives and Al-Monitor provides a unique, multilingual platform that amplifies their insights to allow us to uncover the trends that are shaping the future of the Middle East.

Al-Monitor’s authors write for those who want to go beyond the headlines — readers who want to explore into the nuances of regional politics, but also those who want to better understand the social and culture context of the Middle East as seen, experienced and understood by those who live there.  

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:  Lead Web Developer will be responsible for overseeing Al-Monitor.com. This includes but is not limited to layout, functionality and user experience. The Lead proposes development strategies to help the group become more efficient and strives to create robust, recyclable code that is user-friendly.

The candidate must have a strong understanding of UI, cross-browser compatibility, general web functions and standards.

Responsibilities could include, but are not limited to:

  • Produce elegant solutions following design and style guides to new products.
  • Effectively communicate potential solutions and realistic timelines to management.
  • Organize development, testing and maintain delivery, uptime and speed across multiple devices and ISP access of our end users. 
  • Participate in project teams from concept through production.
  • Maintain high degree of industry knowledge re content management, digital distribution and video production.
  • Perform other duties as required. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • At least 5 years of experience in media and its unique content management needs
  • Must have expert level experience with development in Java EE and expected to become cerified in our CMS, Jahia. 
  • Demonstrate organizational and time management skills and work well under deadline pressure.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to strike a balance between showing initiative and seeking appropriate guidance and input from others.  
  • Ability to prioritize work load and consistently meet deadlines. 
  • Good interpersonal skills; effective team player. 

Technical Skills:

Must have:

  • Experience in HTML, JS, JQUERY, CSS
  • Experience with Mobile web design/development

Nice to have:

  • Experience in Spring, JSTL, REST
  • Active work with Google tools (Analytics, Webmaster, Custom Dimensions, Surveys, Tag Manager)


Competitive based on experience Relocation assistance as necessary.

Qualified candidates should send CV, include links to reel and/or recent work and cover letter to vvoci@al-monitor.com with “Lead Web Developer” in the subject line.


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