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Lead PHP/WordPress Developer 

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Req Number EHS19-0130  
Category Information Technology  
Division Eagle Harbor Solutions  
Location EHS Washington, DC  

Eagle Harbor Solutions is seeking an experienced Lead PHP/WordPress Developer to support our government customer in Washington DC.

We offer competitive compensation and an extraordinary benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance, 401K with company matching, flexible spending accounts, paid holidays, three weeks paid time off, and more.

Eagle Harbor Solutions is seeking a Lead PHP/WordPress Developer to provide technical leadership to a team doing web site development for a high-profile government client in an agile environment. This person will not only develop solutions but be a servant leader to mid-level developers and junior developers. This person will review client requests and break the work out into technical design in support of the writing and assigning of epics and user stories. The support under this Task area involves requirements for developing, integrating and leveraging, through user research, agile methodologies, application program interfaces plugins, scripts and other software tools that support the Mission Website Platform,, and other IIP WordPress sites. The Lead developer will provide demos to the client and help the client develop the product backlog that maximizes the web site. In addition, the Lead developer will be responsible for supporting the local AWS and Bitbucket environments in alignment with standards provided by the client. The Lead Developer will work closely with the customer and other stakeholders on this effort and will serve as the focal point of contact to all involved. This will serve as the highest level of technical support and escalation from the development team.

The Lead PHP/WordPress Developer will oversee and provide guidance to the team to the following task areas:

  1. Integrate third-party application program interfaces (APIs);
  2. Integrate CRM and other third-party applications and databases;
  3. Engage with the open-source GitHub community;
  4. Use open-source software;
  5. Publish to open-source communities;
  6. Incorporate responsive design;
  7. Follow an iterative and agile development model with sprints and a regular release cycle to support continual development of web technologies;
  8. Provide work estimates for sprint management purposes;
  9. Coordinate with Government Product Owner and the O&M Team in drafting a formal release process;
  10. Leverage and develop APIs, plugins, and scripts as needed, to interface with internal applications, social platforms, and third-party services. Make existing high-value data and content available through web APIs;
  11. Develop centrally managed functionality to minimize the need for customization and manipulation of federated web properties;
  12. Collaboratively work with infrastructure support vendors to maintain and enhance application security, stability, and scalability;
  13. Repurpose and build custom objects and custom assets that modify the functionality, look, and feel of existing platforms;
  14. Conduct demonstrations as needed to facilitate Department trainers in maintaining media platform functionality and ultimately training the end user;
  15. Draft plain language descriptions of new functionality and system upgrades, to be edited and published as release notes;
  16. Document the architecture, design, interfaces, APIs, and algorithms of all developed code, and draft Standard Operating Procedures and Standard Installation Procedures;
  17. Evaluate and modify code and functionality in response to 508 evaluations and reports, ensuring digital platform compliance with Section 508 requirements; and
  18. Conceive and develop functionality changes to improve the usability and user experience of web properties;
  19. Design, build, test, and deploy new site templates, layouts, and sections, as necessary, based on user testing;
  20. Conduct user testing of functionality and features, to include remote and in-person testing;
  21. Conduct user research to gain insights into our audiences, using tools that include: focus groups, interviews, card sorting, personas, surveys, task analysis, journey mapping, prototyping, design thinking frameworks, not limited to but including methods outlined by;
  22. Iteratively design for optimal user experiences, relying on data from user research and analytics;
  23. Design, build, and test user interfaces that ensure optimal user experiences, adhere to accessibility and branding requirements, and are based on user needs;
  24. Provide Information Architecture services that follow industry standards for creating, storing, accessing and presenting information, and result in the production of intuitive search, labeling, and navigation systems;
  25. Create templates and guidance for long-term assessment of user experience across the various lifecycles of the digital platforms, that may be replicated and used across multiple sites for various audiences;
  26. Assess user experience of the site-implementers (those updating the site) for ease of use, to allow for simple and flexible implementation of content, design, and digital strategy to ensure a positive customer experience for the end-user;
  27. Assess user and customer experience using analytics software tools including but not limited to Hot Jar, Usability Hub, Crazy Egg, and other A/B testing software as recommended.
  28. Develop and adhere to a QA testing plan for all new code before deployment.
  29. Preferred technical skills include: WordPress, Various WordPress plugins, Akamai, Cloudflare, Amazon Web Services, Sharepoint, Google Analytics, Google Search Console, Google Tag Manager, Google Data studio, Git Repository, BitBucket, DigitalGov Search, Bing Webmaster Tools, LDAP directory service, LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP), Javascript (especially front end), Python, .NET, Oracle, Django, PostgreSQL, Celery, AngularJS, RabbitMQ, MariaDB, Node JS, Jenkins, Ansible, Composer, Gulp, Babel
  30. AWS experience is highly preferred to include working with services to include: ELBs, EC2, Autoscale Groups, S3 Buckets, Glacier, EFS, RDS Instances, Cloudwatch metrics, SQS Queues, Anti-Virus Management Server, SES, IAM, CloudTrail, SNS, SQS, DynamoDB, VPC, ELB, Elasticsearch, ElastiCache, ElasticIP, API-Gateway, Lambda, Step Function, Cognito, Elastic Transcoder, Media Convert, CloudWatch, CloudTrail, Certificate Management, Kinesis, Route 53, Subnet, Network ACL, Security groups, Gateways, AMI.
  31. Strong emotional intelligence to create a positive work environment and professionalism in a fast-paced environment
  32. Strong consulting skills to ensure client advocacy with the goal of becoming a trusted advisor.
  33. Ability to translate a symptom reported by the client to a technical solution and convey any impacts/trade-offs to the client. Also, translate that analysis into user stories for assignment and tracking.
  34. Strong agile background that will allow monitoring of Scrum boards by the development team and ensure that the scrum will be successful by reassigning stories, performing work or deferring stories.
  35. Assist in story pointing to ensure that sprint backlogs are appropriately loaded.
  36. Field production bugs and quickly turn around by performing coding or properly identifying the best developer for assignment.
  37. The Lead will also be responsible for external and internal reporting.
Position Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred
  • Minimum of fifteen (15) years’ relevant experience required with DoS, DoD, the IC, or other Federal government agency.
  • Minimum of interim Secret Security clearance is required for this position

Working Environment & Conditions

This position is primarily indoors, consistent with a standard office position and has a noise level of mostly low to moderate. The incumbent is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. The work load may require the incumbent to sit for extended periods of time. The incumbent must be able to read, do simple math calculations and withstand moderate amounts of stress. The incumbent must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The company is an equal opportunity employer. The company shall not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity (except where gender is a bona fide occupational qualification), national origin, age, disability, military/veteran status, marital status, genetic information or any other factor protected by law. We are committed to equal employment opportunity in all decisions related to employment, promotion, wages, benefits and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.

The company is dedicated to seeking all qualified applicants. If you require an accommodation to navigate or to apply to a position on our website, please contact Heaven Wood via e-mail at or by calling 703-488-9377 to request accommodations. This contact information is used for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire on a status of your application.

Travel Requirements Occasional travel to customer site in DC  
Security Clearance  
About our Company

Eagle Harbor Solutions LLC, an 8(a) certified company, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koniag, Inc., an Alaska Native Regional Corporation and part of the Koniag Government Services Sector. EHS provides a range of professional services for cyber intelligence and information technologies capabilities to the Federal Government, Civilian, and commercial markets to further the nation's national security and civilian service missions. Eagle Harbor addresses some of our country's most pressing challenges in the areas of Cyber Intelligence, Business Analysis, Emergency Preparedness and Contingency Planning.


Our Equal Opportunity Policy EOE Minorities/Female/Protected Veterans/Disabled. Shareholder Preference in accordance with Public Law 88-352  

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