The Arc of the United States is hiring a

Full Stack Web Developer

Washington, United States


Who Are We:

The Arc is the nation’s leading nonprofit advocating on behalf of and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families and the people who support them. The Arc’s mission is to promote and protect the human rights of people with IDD and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Position Summary:

The Full Stack Developer is responsible for building websites or web apps from the ground up. The Arc seeks a self-directed problem solver, capable of identifying and suggesting paths forward, and proactively recommending solutions to non-technical teammates, without requiring explicit direction. This role will create whole new websites, develop new features for existing sites and maintain existing sites. The sites all vary from relatively simple, brochure websites built on WordPress and hosted on WPEngine (for example, The Arc’s main national website, The Arc’s National Convention) to more complicated webapps built on Ruby on Rails and hosted on Heroku (for example, Center for Future Planning, Tech Toolbox). The Developer will most often act as the sole developer with responsibility for the back end. On a project by project basis, this role may partner with a front-end developer, in-house designers, program managers, product owners, and subject matter experts representing business needs from various teams within the organization. The successful candidate will display initiative and a proven ability to work well independently and across several teams.


Job Responsibilities

  • Participate in all steps of the development life cycle including design, planning, development and support. Primary developer within the organization.
  • Work collaboratively with Marketing team colleagues, including the Director to understand the strategy behind what is requested to build, Associate Director on strategy and design iterations, project manager on informing how the project will unfold, advising on timeline and potential risks, and staying in communication with these colleagues as the work unfolds.
  • Propose technical options for meeting requirements, including estimates for effort, time, quality, and other factors relevant to selecting technical options to implement.
  • Translate wireframes and written requirements into server-side logic, databases, and other components that maintain high performance and responsiveness from the front end.
  • Identify development-related risks, raise concerns with team members, and suggest options for addressing risks.
  • Write code and use libraries that are highly readable, testable, reusable, efficient, well-documented, secure, and optimized across a variety of web-capable browsers and devices.
  • Responsible for routine maintenance for all websites, including updates to WordPress, WP plug-ins, database upgrades, security and other patches, etc.
  • Implement systems for logging site performance, to identify potential performance problems early and investigate the causes of bugs.
  • Troubleshoot bugs to resolution, in collaboration with our in-house front-end developer and our external server administrators.


Required Skills

  • Proficiency with Ruby and PHP.
  • Proficiency with HTML, CSS, Javascript (Node, React, or others).
  • Able to write SQL queries and familiar with Postgres and MySQL.
  • Understanding of how to optimize across multiple devices (e.g. mobile and desktop).
  • Comfortable articulating database schemas to support business processes.
  • Comfortable implementing automated testing tools in the development life cycle.
  • Proficiency with version control tools, such as Git.
  • Experience with RESTful APIs.
  • Basic understanding of web accessibility.
  • Basic understanding of security compliance.
  • Not required to manage the network level, but able to communicate and coordinate with external developers who manage the network level (servers, DNS, etc.)
  • Able to work remotely.


Required Experience

  • Experience in all aspects of web application development: architecture, separation of layers, configuration, performance, integration, deployment and analytics.
  • Experience creating and maintaining sites developed with Ruby on Rails.
  • Backend WordPress development including plug-ins and themes.
  • Experience with DevOps processes and implementation, generally.
  • Experience with or knowledge of Agile/Scrum and test-driven development best practices.
  • Experience deploying on Heroku or similar platforms.
  • Experience working in high performing development teams, using best practices and tools.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, or related field.
  • Experience creating and maintaining WordPress Multisites.
  • Experience building and maintaining websites that rely on WPEngine, Heroku or similar platforms.
  • Experience with Salesforce.
  • Experience with Amazon SageMaker.


How to Apply

Applications are accepted online only. To apply to this position visit


The Arc is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.


When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing (please visit the contact us page on the web;


More About The Arc

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating with and for, and serving, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We work on behalf of people with disabilities of all ages and varying support needs, including individuals with autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Intellectual Disability, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and various other developmental disabilities.  With more than  600 state and local chapters nationwide, The Arc promotes and protects and protects the human rights of people with  intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.  Our Vision is for people with IDD to be valued members of their communities, with the opportunity to fulfill their full potential and a future that is secure. 


State and local chapters of The Arc are engaged in both public policy advocacy and individual advocacy to assist people with IDD to get the services and supports they need.  Our chapters also provide a wide array of services and supports for people with IDD and their families. This varies by chapter and includes but is not limited to: residential, educational, and employment services, personal care, peer support, self-advocacy training, person-centered and future planning, day programs, recreational activities, and other supports that meet the unique needs of people with IDD in each community.


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