Designer/Developer in Virtual

Employer: Florida Justice Technology Center

Location: Virtual

Type: Contract

We’re looking for a dynamic individual that can help us further our mission of increasing access to justice through the innovative use of technology.

Position: Designer / Developer Automation Projects

What We Do

The Florida Justice Technology Center works at the center of the justice ecosystem in Florida - partnering with legal aid programs, the courts, the clerk’s offices, the private bar, social services organizations, and many others. We identify, create and promote web-based tools, resources, and applications to support advocates working in poverty law and to support members of the public dealing with legal issues without benefit of counsel.

Why Work with Us

We are a team of collaborative and creative individuals that work synergistically to empower and improve the lives of individuals that need assistance with their legal obligations. If you are a self-starter and team player with experience working in a startup environment, we would love to speak to you. You will be getting in on the ground floor of something groundbreaking. There will absolutely be room for growth within our organization as we continue to grow. We have an open-door policy and welcome new ideas to help us improve all of our processes. While working with FJTC, your contributions will be changing the world.

Here are a few examples of our work:

  • Manage FLAdvocate.org, the online hub for advocates to find email groups, resource libraries, and connect with colleagues.
  • Manage FloridaLawHelp.org, the state’s legal information website.
  • Florida Name Change, a tool to help transgender people update their legal name and gender marker on official government identification.
  • Develop a website for the Florida Health Justice Project, a new nonprofit working to improve access to affordable healthcare.
  • Develop a statewide triage system (read our Evaluation Report on our pilot).

Designer / Developer Role

Working with our partners, the Designer / Developer (DD) is responsible for the development of web- based tools and resources. The DD will be called upon to:

  • work directly with our end users, subject matter experts, FJTC project managers, and other stakeholders or partners, to design and prototype applications,

  • engage in iterative design/development cycles to ensure high quality products,

  • work with our evaluation team and participate in end user testing/product refinement,

  • work with our Google Analytics expert to ensure applications can be effectively measured and evaluated

  • engage in quality assurance tasks,

  • may be required to participate in outreach events to promote adoption of the applications

DD may also be called upon to research and identify technology solutions, identify and manage hosting solutions and other vendor relationships. The DD may also need to present these tools in-person at conferences and/or virtually via webinars.

The DD will need the ability to comfortably and effectively work with end users and stakeholders that have very limited experience and understanding of technology. The access to justice community is a complex ecosystem that requires a keen ability to understand stakeholder needs and develop solutions that advance the collective mission.

General Qualifications

The candidate must meet these qualifications to be considered:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Hands-on experience with software development (designing, coding, testing, UI/UX design, product management, etc.)
  • Experience with web based application development
  • Experience with Agile development methodology

General Skills

The candidate should have these skills to be successful in this role:

  • Manage timelines and multiple projects
  • Anticipate, identify, and manage project risks
  • Competence using Microsoft Productivity Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Docs
  • Competence with technology tools such as Zapier, Weebly, Typeform, Webmerge, Wordpress, and Canva
  • Able to adapt to changing application development tools and quickly adopt new technologies as they emerge
  • Able to advise FJTC management and staff on selection of technology tools
  • Able to manage the work of technology vendors and contractors
  • Able to get things done in an effective and efficient manner General Traits

The candidate should have these traits to be successful in this role:

  • Creative and collaborative
  • Self-Motivated; able to work without direct supervision
  • Detail oriented
  • Analytical with excellent problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work with multiple stakeholders/constituencies
  • Outstanding at relationship building
  • Effective at influencing others; able to influence without authority

Bonus

Candidates with these experiences and qualifications will likely stand out from the competition:

  • Graduated law school
  • Licensed attorney (even better if in Florida)
  • Experience with legal aid organizations
  • Experience with startup or small nonprofits or small businesses

Work Environment & Contractor Relationship

FJTC is an entirely virtual organization. The DD is expected to work out of a home/remote office. Occasional travel both in the State of Florida and out of state may be required. The candidate must have high-speed internet access in order to participate in video conferences on a regular basis.

This is a contract position. Hours will vary based on assignments.

Since Contractor is not an employee of FJTC, FJTC shall not withhold any taxes from amounts paid to Contractor and Contractor shall not be eligible to participate in any benefits or programs sponsored or financed by FJTC.

To Apply Candidates will complete an FJTC application form. Please create an online location with the following information for us to review.

The following minimum information must be included:

  • Clear expression of interest (written, video, etc.)
  • Clear expression of ability to meet qualifications, skills, and traits in the job description
  • Links to online portfolio – we are especially interested in any live projects available on the web
  • Availability to start and how many hours you are available per week
  • Resume (PDF) with three references we may contact in advance of an interview
  • Links to any online social media related to your professional work
  • Hourly rate for your services

Once this has been created, please complete the FJTC application.

Application deadline: position will be open until filled