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WordPress/BuddyPress developer (full-time) at Modern Language Association

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    WordPress/BuddyPress developer (full-time)

    The MLA is excited to announce a new developer position dedicated to its WordPress-based scholarly communication platform, MLA Commons. This fast-growing site allows MLA members to create profiles, seek feedback on their work, establish and join groups to discuss common interests, and collaborate with like-minded scholars through new kinds of open-access publications.

    This developer will be working within the production team to extend and maintain the open-source Commons-in-a-Box program, which is based on BuddyPress. This is an extraordinary opportunity to help shape a platform for the leading membership association in the humanities and contribute to an award-winning and active open source project.

    In addition, our long-term plans include exciting and eagerly anticipated projects that will expand the scope of MLA Commons, some of which are joint ventures with other organizations. Therefore, this developer must be able to communicate and collaborate effectively with others inside and outside the MLA.

    Skills & Requirements

    • Proven expertise in WordPress plugin and theme development
    • Comfortable in LAMP/LEMP server environment
    • Experience using REST APIs to connect systems
    • Fluency in CSS, JavaScript, and SQL
    • Familiarity with principles of good UX design
    • Interpersonal skills and intellectual curiosity

    Bonus Skills

    • Has worked with Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Azure, or other cloud platform
    • Experience with BuddyPress, Fedora Repository Project, Solr / Blacklight


    • Intellectually stimulating work environment
    • Competitive salary
    • Generous vacation and sick time
    • Flexible work hours
    • 403(b) retirement plan
    • Individual health and dental plans are offered with no shared premium cost

    About the Modern Language Association

    In 2013, the Modern Language Association launched MLA Commons to expand the opportunities for its members to communicate their teaching experiences and collaborate on scholarly research. The MLA has an annual convention, works with related organizations, and sustains one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities.


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