The CUNY Academic Commons is hiring a developer

The CUNY Academic Commons is hiring!

We are looking for a part-time developer to join our growing development team (part-time = starting around 5hrs/wk, with the potential for growth). Developing for the Commons means fixing bugs, responding to feature requests, and building things from scratch. To get a sense of the sort of work we do, have a look at our public bug tracker and our page on the plugin repository.

Here’s a little bit about the kind of developer we are looking for.

You must have:

  • Extensive experience developing for WordPress (where ‘developing’ means coding from scratch)
  • Good communication and collaboration skills (the job involves working with end-users as well as fellow developers)
  • Experience using and developing for BuddyPress
  • A solid understanding of front-end best practices, including proper markup, JavaScript libraries like jQuery, cross-browser testing of CSS

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • A proven track record of participation in open-source communities, in the form of: patches submitted; plugins or themes available for public use; activity on blogs and forums related to open source projects (ideally in the WordPress world)
  • Knowledge of Git
  • Experience administering and developing for MediaWiki
  • Some knowledge of system administration – MySOL, Apache, Red Hat Linux

We’re a close-knit development team. Special consideration will be given to applicants who are local to the New York City area.

If you’re interested, send an email to containing a statement about why you’d be a good fit for the job, as well as links to one or more of the following:

  • Websites you have built or helped to build, with an explanation of the role you played in the construction of the site
  • Publicly available code (your Github account, your plugins page in the repo, your contributions to the source of a large project)
  • Your blog or website

We’re hoping to move quickly, so please don’t delay in sending your applications. We’d like to do a first round of interviews (probably via Skype for non-locals) around the beginning of April.


The CUNY Academic Commons is a website whose mission is to provide a platform for connection and collaboration between faculty members, administration, graduate students, and staff across the 23 campuses of the City University of New York. The Commons has been a leader in the development of open-source tools for social networking and academic work, contributing significant add-ons for software like BuddyPress and WordPress.

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