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Web Development Manager

Fear Free, LLC
Fear Free, LLC
Job Functions:
Software Engineering, Data Science
Employment Types:
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Fear Free is a rapidly growing, innovative company whose mission is to alleviate fear, anxiety and stress in pets and to educate and inspire the people who care for them. As the Web Development team continues to expand, Fear Free is looking for a Web Development Manager who is passionate about managing a small team of developers and designers, and has a track record of successfully leading sprints and projects in an Agile environment.

The Web Development Manager is responsible for both back-end and front-end development, including theme and plugin maintenance and development (experience in WordPress absolutely required, and LearnDash LMS strongly desired) for its current and future websites. This position requires a combination of programming skills (namely PHP, HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript) and strong understanding of UX design, development, and best practices. The candidate should have a strong understanding of industry trends and content management systems. Experience with the responsive and adaptive design is strongly preferred. A complete understanding of the entire web development process—from concept to code development, testing and deployment—is required.

The Web Development Manager will be an integral part of the Fear Free team and will support the overall growth of the company by active participation in brainstorming sessions, strategic planning, and leadership discussions.

The Web Development Manager reports to the Chief Operating Officer.


  • Lead and mentor a team of developers and designers
  • Lead the development, testing and execution of projects, web site enhancements, reporting tools, and UX design
  • Develop and manage Agile initiatives, stories and epics
  • Manage all external vendor relationships and oversee all associated projects
  • Actively contribute as a Full-stack developer to projects and website enhancements
  • Define web development strategic priorities and manage towards completion of agreed upon goals

Technical Skills & Abilities Needed:

  • Expert knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP
  • WordPress expert knowledge
  • Competency in WordPress Plugins and custom plugin development
  • Comfortable creating custom templates
  • Good understanding of child themes and template overrides
  • Extensive experience optimizing websites
  • GIT or similar versioning system familiarity
  • Knowledge of SQL/phpMyAdmin/WordPress database and tables
  • LearnDash experience preferred but not required
  • Knowledge of AWS or other cloud infrastructure

Other Requirements:

  • Passionate about animals and animal welfare
  • Strong people management skills and an inherent aptitude to mentor and coach
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Highly organized with the ability to prioritize and adapt to changing priorities
  • Self-motivated
  • Creative thinker with the ability to problem solve
  • Ability to come up with new processes and procedures
  • Able to work effectively on teams and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues
  • Contribute to collaborative discussions about not only specifics of implementation but what should be implemented on the websites, taking user workflow into consideration
  • Curious learner


  • Preferred: Denver, CO
  • Open to candidates from across the US
  • Remote position if not in Denver, CO. Hybrid position if in Denver, CO.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Fulltime, exempt position
  • Annual starting salary range: $95,000 - $115,000
  • Health, dental & vision insurance (monthly premiums covered 100% by Fear Free)
  • 20 days of PTO
  • 9 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Paid time off between Christmas and New Year
  • Internet and phone expense reimbursement
  • Option to participate in 401(k) plan and to benefit from employer match
  • Pet insurance for your four-legged family members
  • Flexible work schedules
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