Introduction

Creating a job description to advertise a new vacancy requires research, speaking to managers and more. If you have never created a job posting before you may get lost in the process.

That's why Process Street has created this Web Developer Job Description Template, to help you create your web developer job description.

Before we look into what web developers specifically do, it is important to make the distinction between a web developer and a web designer. Web designers design the aesthetics of a given website, whereas a web developer builds the website from behind the scenes.

If you think that our Web Designer Job Description Template is more relevant, you can access this template [HERE].

Web developers are responsible for coding a website ''telling'' the website how to the function. The website is built from the bottom upwards with the customer in mind.

The design must include the products and the services offered and show the customer how to use these products and services.

Website development provides companies with a necessary web presence that gets in touch with millions of web surfers over the world. The better your web's development, the wider the range of potential customers you can reach.

For a well-developed website, you need to hire the best talent out there in regards to web developers.

To do this, use Process Streets Web Developer Job Description Template to get the best web developer candidates applying!

Before you begin this template, take the time to consider the below skills which make a good web developer.

  1. Constantly learning and improving
  2. Keeping up to date with the industry
  3. Being able to manage time and prioritize
  4. Have a clear understanding of the technical side of the role
  5. Be able to communicate well with others

Preparation:

Record details

Record the details of your business that is hiring. Do this by using the form fields below.

Your job title may not be 'web developer' word for word. You can alter the job title to suit your unique position.

Gather job information

You will need to find out information regarding the web developer job role. You will have to speak to the current manager of the relevant department and gather the information you need to post the job. Use the sub-checklist and form fields below to record everything you need.

  • 1
    Location of the job
  • 2
    Salary and benefits included
  • 3
    Examples of projects they will carry out
  • 4
    A summary of the job

Read an example job description

Have a look at the below accountant job description example. This will give you a rough idea of what you are aiming to create.

Web Developer

The Jr. Front-end Developer works within Art.com's in-house Creative Services team as a member of Creative Development. The role will regularly collaborate with cross-functional teams to support internal business stakeholders. Major responsibilities include front-end development using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, and rapid prototyping of UX solutions.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Act as developer for Marketing, Business Development, and Product web initiatives
  • Contribute UX design solutions and dynamic interactions on a project-by-project basis
  • Perform quality assurance testing of code generated by the creative development team
  • Act as a liaison between Creative and Product teams at Art.com
  • Balancing contributions to internal tools and processes with ongoing marketing promotions

REQUIREMENTS:
  • 1 - 3 years of experience in Front-End development
  • Excellent communication skills across a variety of disciplines (i.e. can flawlessly converse with technical and non-technical individuals alike)
  • Excellent knowledge of HTML and CSS
  • Proficient in JavaScript and jQuery
  • Familiarity with Git or SVN version control
  • Knowledge of mobile-first responsive design and development practices
  • Familiar with design tools such as Sketch, InVision, and Adobe Photoshop
  • Team player, assisting the team with projects when bandwidth opens up
  • Must be highly organized, attention to detail, and able to work under tight deadlines
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and proven team player
  • Must be efficient with time management and working on multiple projects in parallel
  • Graphic design background and/or familiarity with the design process is a plus
  • Familiarity with CSS preprocessors/PostCSS and HTML templating is a plus
  • Familiarity with Node.js is a plus
  • Experience with JS libraries/frameworks (Angular, React, Vue) is a plus
  • Experience with task runners such as Gulp or Grunt is a plus
  • Experience with a CMS (i.e. WordPress) is a plus

Writing The Job Description:

Decide the position title

The first thing that catches a candidate's eye when they are job hunting is the job title. This will give them a rough idea of what the web developer position responsibilities will include and if they are able to fill it. Make sure that the title includes what the job will be, so in this case; a web developer role should include 'web developer' in the title.

Use the sub-checklist and form field below

  • 1
    Accurately describe nature of job
  • 2
    Is free of gender or age implications
  • 3
    It is self explanatory for recruitment purposes
  • 4
    It does not exaggerate importance of the role

Jot down responsibilities

The job description should contain a list of the duties and responsibilities associated with the web developer role. You can also include how long each task should take. The list of duties and responsibilities will vary in length, but as a rule, should be as short as possible, otherwise, the document becomes an operational manual, not a job description.

The day-to-day work of web developers varies depending on whether they work mainly for clients or for an in-house organization. Examples of the responsibilities for most roles include:

  1. Being able to write code in one or more programming or scripting languages such as JaveScript or PHP

  2. Design the architecture of the components of an application

  3. Fixing bugs in existing projects

  4. Running performance benchmarking tests

  5. Research, incorporating and contributing to Open Source projects

  6. Building and maintaining databases

  7. Refactoring and optimizing existing code

  8. Attending and speaking at web development conferences and workshops

  9. Designing information architecture within an application or website

  10. Gathering requirements from clients and users

Required qualifications

Once a candidate clicks on the job description, they will need to know if they are able to qualify academically or with work experience. Jotting down the needed qualifications for the job will ensure the candidate is able to know if they are able to apply for the role.

Highlight hierarchy structure

Reporting lines clarify the responsibilities of the position by showing who the candidate reports to and who reports to them. This is important, not only in relation to compliance issues but also to give the candidate a look into the structure of the organization and how the position they are applying to fits into it.

You can detail how the candidate will fit in your companies hierarchical structure using the long-text form field below.

Include term of employment

The term of employment can be an important piece of information for candidates as they want to know if they will be hired on a short-term basis or long-term basis and if they will need to be looking for another job in the near future. 

Choose salary

Instead of assigning a particular salary to the position, work out a salary range to include in the job description that is competitive with similar positions in other organizations and allows for variations in education and experience. 

The salary of a web developer is around $70,614 per year.

Posting The Job Description:

Preparing for posting

Once you have the post written you will need to get it prepared for posting. Find out how many candidates minimum you need, when the posting will close and if there is any further important information you need.

More than half of all applicants apply to jobs early in the week.

Job description review

Job Description Review

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You can review your job description and approve if you are happy with it. This is a stop task, meaning you are unable to move forward with the job description template until you are happy with the job description and it has been approved.

  • 1
    Job description approval

Shorter job descriptions receive 8.4% more applicants per view.

Choose where to post your job description

Once your job description has been approved, the next step is to choose where you would like to post this job description. You can make a list for where this job description will be posted using the long text form field provided.

There are some good websites out there to list your job description on. Provided below are  some useful links to help you decide where to pos your job description:

  1. Indeed

  2. careerbuilder

  3. dice.com

  4. glassdoor.co.uk

  5. Google For Jobs

  6. idealist

  7. LinkedIn

  8. linkup

  9. Monster

  10. US.jobs

  11. Specialty niche job sites

Post the job description

Finally, the last thing you have to do is post the web developer job description you have created and wait for those skilled candidates to start applying! 

Check our Human Resources Pre Employment Screening and learn how to screen candidates appropriately.  

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