Senior PHP/WordPress Developer

Development · Des Moines, Iowa
Department Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Happy Medium is a company of creators, innovators, artists, storytellers, makers and leaders. While operating as a full-service interactive marketing firm, it also thrives on development of its own cutting-edge products and technology. We implement the same strategies for our clients that we do for ourselves. Happy Medium has had repeat appearances on the Inc. 5000 list, awarded to the fastest growing companies in the United States. It has also been awarded Best Workplace for Young Professionals by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Business with a Bright Future by the Business Record, Best Social Media Company and much more. Company culture is priority to the agency which is demonstrated in the unique benefits, competitive pay and founding principles: Curiosity, Happiness, Integrity and Teamwork.


Happy Medium proudly supports an inclusive employee environment. We know that our clients are best supported when our team mates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion or ability, are equally supported. We believe in opportunities for all.


Happy Medium is seeking a Senior PHP/WordPress Developer to join Happy Medium’s agile, growing and award-winning development team in creating and improving client websites and website applications. You will play a pivotal role in helping the team develop amazing and challenging work for some of our largest clients. We are looking for someone who wants to develop the future by working for a dynamic company that believes in compelling work on the cutting edge of web marketing. The Senior PHP + WordPress Developer is someone who wants to creatively use all the tools the web has to offer to develop solutions for our clients. This is a person who is proactive with technical issues, a role model among the team and a damn fine developer in their own right. The person in this position is someone willing to continue to grow, able to help the team do the same and gets excited at the prospect of new work every day.


As a Senior PHP/WordPress Developer at Happy Medium, you will be responsible for the following:  

  • Designing and coding superior technical solutions for Happy Medium’s web projects
  • Recognizing system inefficiencies and implementing effective solutions
  • Showing aptitude and desire for owning responsibility of technical decisions for multiple projects
  • Coordinating with the design team to create low-fidelity and high-fidelity in-browser mockups of websites
  • Creating and executing project work plans depending on changing needs and requirements
  • Applying knowledge of industry trends and developments as well as natural curiosity to improve service to Happy Medium’s clients while enforcing coding standards
  • Creatively managing the troubleshooting of post-launch bugs or malfunctions as well as proactively suggesting updates
  • Generating team enthusiasm
  • Iterating quickly on HTML prototypes to bring a client’s website to life
  • Integrating HTML prototypes into a user-friendly WordPress site
  • Coordinating the writing of thorough documentation for clients to use and update their websites
  • Updating and entering content into new and existing websites


  • 3-5 years of experience in PHP web development
  • 3-5 years of experience with WordPress theme development
  • Strong understanding of modern front-end web development techniques including responsive design and website performance
  • Strong experience using CSS preprocessors like SASS or LESS and task runners like Grunt or Gulp
  • Knowledge of modern JavaScript practices
  • Knowledge of SEO/SEM and its impact on web design
  • Significant knowledge of client server and internet systems architectures
  • Strong technical communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience being a self-starter and a motivated learner
  • Strong experience with Git workflows
  • Experience writing about technical issues


  • Competitive pay
  • Graduated unlimited PTO
  • Paid holidays
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance Plans
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Free onsite parking
  • 100% paid parental leave (including mothers, fathers and adoptive parents)
  • Remote work

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