Important Preliminary Information for Prospective Candidates
Before reading further, prospective job candidates should know that this position calls for some degree of flexibility.In some weeks / months, for example, the successful candidate may have little (if any) work assigned beyond website and database maintenance.In others, however, the successful candidate may be required to work more than the proscribed 20-25hrs per week to meet organizational deadlines.
The successful candidate for this position will find that we at Modest Needs are very flexible with respect to scheduling.For example, but for a handful of mandatory meetings, we are happy for the successful candidate for this position to work remotely, at his or her own pace, and as this persons schedule permits, provided the successful candidate demonstrates a commitment to the needs of the organization and delivers high-quality work as specified and on time.
Accordingly, this position would be ideal for qualified persons looking to supplement their income with part-time employment that will not interfere with his or her "day job," or for qualified persons currently working as independent contractors who seek to augment the freedom of self-directed employment with the security that comes via a part-time position that offers both a dependable salary and substantial benefits, along with the opportunity to make a long-term difference in the lives of the working poor.
About Modest Needs
Founded in 2002, Modest Needs is a registered charitable organization with a unique, threefold mission. Modest Needs exists:
1. To responsibly provide short-term financial assistance to individuals and families in temporary crisis who, because they are working and live just above the poverty level, are ineligible for most types of conventional social assistance but who (like many of us) are living one or two lost paychecks away from the kind of financial catastrophe that eventually leads to homelessness;
2. To lessen the burden of state and federal agencies charged with the care of the truly indigent by doing everything in our power to stop these at-risk households from slipping into the cycle of poverty, despite the burden posed by an unanticipated emergency expense; and
3. To promote compassion and generosity on the part of individual persons living in the United States and Canada, the areas that we serve, by acting as a conduit for the power of personal kindness, and to demonstrate the power of that kindness to effect real, positive, and long-lasting change for our applicants, their families, and the communities in which they live.
Generally speaking, in accordance with company policies and procedures, the successful candidate for this position will have general responsibility for facilitating efficient front and back end development of the Modest Needs website and ensuring quality standards with respect to the ongoing development and maintenance of Modest Needs proprietary website and software.
More specifically, working from detailed specifications, this individual will maintain the front-end of Modest Needs website; develop and code programs utilizing appropriate computer languages; implement data mapping for system integration; perform Quality Assurance testing; stay current on programming features and software releases; and use analysis, design, coding, debugging, testing, and installation of software programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific data, documents, and information.
Essential Responsibilities and Qualifications
Programming and Related:
??? Advanced programming with HTML (forms, tables, and image maps).
??? .NET development including Visual Studio.Net, C#.Net, VB.Net, ASP.Net 3.5 -4.5, ADO.Net and SQL (Stored Procedures, Triggers, Views);
??? Using IIS and other Web Servers to create custom programs to suit the needs of the organization;
??? Working with relational SQL technology to generate reports and for data mining;
??? Streamline and modernize existing application functionalities.
??? Development, implementation, debugging amp; testing of SQL queries based on technical specifications designed, as well as from available data dictionaries.
??? SQL Database Development, Maintenance, and Administration.
??? Strong understanding of cross browsers and cross platform compatibility issues and solutions.
Additionally, the Successful Candidate for this Position Will:
??? Review specifications to determine project feasibility, time requirements, compatibility with current system and system capabilities;
??? Ensure on-time completion and deployment of deliverables;
??? Proactively identify enhancement opportunities to continuously improve technologies and applications and effectively deliver information solutions to enhance the companys competitive position;
??? Assist in development of process or procedure enhancements to increase effectiveness, efficiency and assist in meeting goals;
??? Test all programs to ensure programs work with minimal error prior to deployment;
??? Display a high level of flexibility and adaptability to support changing demands associated with job function and responsibilities;
??? Possess both working knowledge and practice in secure code development and design.
??? Possess strong problem-solving skills;
??? Proactively and effectively research, investigate and offer solutions to issues that are more complex and difficult in nature;
??? Pay close attention to detail, ensuring accuracy and completeness of work output;
??? Handle multiple tasks, responsibilities and/or projects when necessary;
??? Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusion or approaches to complex problems;
??? Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to change; and most importantly
??? Possess a genuine desire to make a lasting difference in the lives of Modest Needs applicants, as evidenced by a personal commitment to excellence with respect to this critical skill set.
Education and Experience
??? Bachelors degree in MIS, Computer Science, or related field with a minimum of five years work-related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience required. ??? Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer preferred, but not required.
Compensation and Benefits
In addition to a salary commensurate with the successful applicants qualifications and experience, Modest Needs will offer the successful candidate for this position, among other benefits:
??? The opportunity to work independently, remotely, and at his or her own pace, provided mutually agreed-upon deadlines for deliverables are routinely met, and that these deliverables meet or exceed the specifications and expectations of management;
??? If the successful candidate is not currently insured, fully-paid, non-contributory individual health insurance for the duration of his or her employment (health coverage for spouses / dependents is also available at a discounted rate);
??? Substantial paid vacation along with a liberal sick-leave policy; and
??? Generous longevity pay for each year beyond the first that the successful candidate remains employed by Modest Needs.
Before applying for this position, interested persons are STRONGLY encouraged to visit Modest Needs website at https://www.modestneeds.org to get a sense of the type of work that will be required of the successful candidate.
To apply for this position, please respond to this post with a cover letter detailing your qualifications and the reasons for your interest in this position; your current resume; and a link / links to your online portfolio / best work.Please send these documents in PDF format ONLY (you may include the link to your portfolio in your email).NO phone calls, please.
We will evaluate applications on rolling basis and will invite those candidates whom we believe would be a good fit for this position to our office for a personal interview.Our goal is to have completed the search process in time for the successful candidate to begin work on or before 1 February 2018.
Thank you very much for your interest in this position and in the very important work were doing at Modest Needs Foundation.We look forward to receiving your application materials soon.In the meantime, take care, and be well!