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Lead Web Developer

The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Lead Web Developer to architect and create the foundation for a number of new technology initiatives ranging from web, wearable, and machine learning technologies. We are looking for someone with a breadth of knowledge including best practices in front and back end coding, systems architecture, and web design to lead us into the near future.

The Barnes is fully rethinking all aspects of visitor facing technology. As such, you will have the opportunity to build our new technology stack—from the web server all the way to frontend libraries—from a blank slate in the way you think will work best for maintainability, scalability, security, and reliability.  While some early decisions have been made, you’ll be working to analyze those choices while thinking about the best past forward for a number of forward-thinking projects. 

In addition to working on new digital projects, you will be responsible for creating technology standards and guidelines designed to foster maintainable coding practices and system design while ensuring these standards are implemented across all consultant projects. You will be responsible for conducting code reviews, security audits and any other inspections necessary to ensure projects meet the standards you will help establish. Projects under your supervision will need to be integrated into our new cloud infrastructure. This may include the creation of continuous integration infrastructure to handle the deployment of these projects as they are developed and maintained, as well as a means of managing the security concerns and many software dependencies these projects will introduce.

In this role, you may be coding projects onsite or overseeing consultant teams across multiple cities acting as a project liaison. As projects launch, you’ll be responsible for server maintenance and maintenance automation, including backups, disaster planning, patching and upgrading. You’ll be reporting to the Chief Technology Officer in addition to working closely with the Deputy Director of Digital Initiatives and Chief Experience Officer.  This position can be performed remotely, but ideally based in Philadelphia or New York City and will require occasional commutes to both of those cities. 

We are open to hiring this role as a full-time or part-time position depending on needs of the right candidate.

About Us:

Established as an educational institution the Barnes Foundation carries out its mission by promoting appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, through the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the collections of Albert C. and Laura L. Barnes.

Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation’s art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more. The 12-acre Arboretum contains over 3,000 species of woody plants and trees.

The Foundation engages diverse audiences through its exceptional collections and related high-quality programs that reflect a broad range of periods and cultures and build on the founders’ innovative educational vision of transforming lives through the arts and horticulture. 

Skills and Knowledge:


  • HTML, JavaScript, and frontend frameworks

  • Backend development languages and frameworks (PHP, Ruby, Ruby on Rails,Python, React, etc.)

  • Creating and maintaining cloud infrastructure (AWS preferred)

  • SQL, Relational Database, NoDB, Elasticsearch

  • Third-party REST APIs and API authentication schemes

  • Source control management systems (git preferred)

  • Building and deploying continuous integration solutions

  • Securing web servers and auditing for secure web practices

  • Creating clear and concise coding standards and guidelines

  • Working effectively with remote teams

  • Communication skills including the ability to articulate complex technology concepts to non-technologists


  • Experience with unit and integration testing systems

  • Experience with managing machine-learning libraries and their dependencies

  • Familiarity with Agile development concepts and practice

  • Familiarity with Microservices/SOA architecture and best practices

  • Familiarity with the Android Studio SDK

  • Familiarity with CMS Engines, specifically Craft CMS

Competitive Benefits Include: Full time—Group health, dental and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; short and long-term disability and group life insurance; 403(b) with matching contributions; Employee Assistance Program; voluntary benefits; as well as paid vacation, personal time, sick time and holidays. Part time benefits are available depending upon the scheduled hours.

To Apply:

Please include your cover letter, a list of three professional references and a resume with your application. Applications that fail to fulfill this requirement will not be accepted. 

The Barnes Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we’re committed to diversity and equal opportunity in our recruitment and hiring. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply for this position.

Employees have rights under other laws including, but not limited to, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act. We participate in E-Verify.

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