American Institutes for Research

Drupal Developer

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Do you want to work for a mission-focused and exciting organization? Then come join us at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We do this work because when we look to the future, we see opportunities to close gaps that are rooted in injustice. At AIR, we know that equity begins with systems that work for everyone, so we lead with expertise, follow the evidence, and never stop drawing new connections to build a better, more equitable world.

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated Developer & DevOps Engineer to join our team.  Our Technology Solutions team at AIR incorporates a user-first philosophy with cutting-edge web and mobile technologies to design and develop elegant products that drive  our mission in the Education, Health, Workforce, and International sectors. You will get to work with a collaborative team on projects that drive our mission in the education, health, workforce, and international sectors. This position can be located out of any of the following AIR locations once offices are reopened: Crystal City, VA; Rockville, MD; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; or it can be remote.


  • Developing Drupal 7/8/9 mobile and web portals using HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP
  • Theming and implementing highly-visible, user-facing features with data visualization components
  • Migrating websites from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8/9
  • Migrating websites from on-premises to Azure cloud using Docker
  • Programming custom PHP and web application development using Drupal
  • Maintaining (security patches, upgrades), troubleshooting, testing, and deploying websites
  • Researching and following Drupal best practices


The ideal candidate possesses the following skills:


  • BS degree in a related field
  • 1 – 3 years developing mobile and web applications in Drupal 7/8/9
  • Comfortable using Linux and Unix based operating systems
  • Experience with custom Drupal module development experience
  • Experience with HTML5, CSS, and jQuery
  • Experience working with version control systems (specifically Git)
  • Experience with team collaboration software (bonus points for Atlassian products)
  • Experience with MySQL and basic database concepts
  • Experience with web application development using Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP (LAMP)
  • Experience with front-end development technologies (Bootstrap, LESS, AngularJS, jQuery)


General Qualifications

AIR is seeking someone with the following traits:

  • Life-long learner – Passionate about web technologies and interested in learning PHP, Docker, Azure, and the latest cutting-edge web technologies
  • Team player – willing to help others, and has great communication and interpersonal skills
  • Adaptable – able to adjust when priorities or technologies change
  • Analytical – able to apply critical and creative thinking to technical issues
  • Well-organized – able to simultaneously work on multiple projects under strict deadlines
  • Detail oriented – tests with a critical eye to ensure all features work properly
  • Collaborative – works effectively with other developers, designers, and non-technical staff


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.


AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.






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