Web Administrator Developer

AppleTree Institute - Washington, DC - Full time

AppleTree Institute - Washington, DC - Full time

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AppleTree is seeking a creative and technological innovator to join our mission to close the achievement gap before children enter kindergarten. AppleTree offers the opportunity to truly transform early childhood education, while being part of an innovative, mission-driven team, with strong opportunities to advance your career. Our mission takes place inside the classroom and out. No matter your role, your work will help AppleTree Institute improve the life trajectories for vulnerable three- and four-year olds.

The Every Child Ready (ECR) reform initiative is a comprehensive instructional model designed to support the individualized learning and development of young students, teachers, and leaders. This instructional model is comprised of several modules that are used to inform one another, including: online assessment of students and teacher quality, gradebook, learning management system, online curriculum, and reporting analytics. A significant component of ECR is the online platform that will improve the user experience for teachers and instructional leaders by integrating the various modules and delivering the content to end-users.

The Web Administrator/Developer will join a team in the AppleTree Institute arm that is both operating the platform and creating new online tools for the platform. Her or his primary role is to ensure smooth and secure operation and maintenance of the online tools for all users. Additionally, the Web Administrator/Developer will work with stakeholders and external developers in identifying requirements and developing online and offline functionality to address those needs.

Duties and ResponsibilitiesWeb Systems Management

  • Administer web platforms, cloud computing tools, and software to ensure smooth, continual operation.
  • Secure content by applying critical software patches, performing necessary backups, and leading the organization in following industry best practices.
  • Identify and recommend technical tools, processes, and systems to solve user needs and to plan for future growth.
  • Work with team to ensure and audit appropriate permissioning of content.
  • Manage cloud MySQL databases, including querying and performing CRUD operations.
  • Create and manage website management protocols and processes.

Web Development

  • Work with team, Project Manager, and Business Analyst to understand user needs and translate into technology requirements.
  • Create wireframes and prototypes for new projects.
  • As identified by Project Manager, collaborate with external development team to develop, test, and release projects.
  • Build out and test new functionality using tools that will integrate with Drupal 8.
  • Utilize agile software development methodologies while keeping in mind change management challenges and the needs for the user base.
  • Incorporate open source code and tools as applicable to address functionality needs.


  • Coordinate work with internal and external technology team to complete projects.
  • Create and co-lead trainings to ensure internal and external users are equipped to utilize the platform tools.
  • Document all code and create user guides as needed.
  • Provide support to customers and their platform administrators as needed.
  • Work with internal team in understanding user experience through focus groups, usage analytics, direct observation, and other methods.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent
  • 3-5 years experience in web administration and development
  • CMS: Drupal 7 and 8, Acquia Lightning and Acquia Cloud, custom theme and module management
  • Databases: MySQL
  • Web: HTML, CSS, SASS, JavaScript, Bootstrap
  • Programming: PHP, JavaScript, Laravel (or other web frameworks)
  • Cloud Computing Platforms: Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Google Apps Script
  • Enterprise: Google Apps, Google Sheets, Microsoft Excel, Tableau


Salary commensurate with education and experience, including excellent benefits.

DisclaimerThe preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the Web Administrator/Developer.

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AppleTree Institute

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