Job Opening: Part-Time Web Developer

Posted: December 5, 2014

MAPS seeks a part-time Web Developer to manage, maintain, and develop our multiple Joomla-based websites. MAPS’ Web Developer is primarily responsible for the daily maintenance and improvement of MAPS’ web resources, and for being the main point of contact with MAPS’ hosting provider. The Web Developer reports to the Director of Communications and Marketing, and works closely with Communications and Marketing staff to plan and implement MAPS’ Web-based fundraising and public education initiatives.


  • Respond quickly to requests for changes to Joomla site function and layout, including managing extensions, editing CSS and templates, and proposing improvements to content and structure
  • Serve as main point of contact with MAPS’ hosting provider for performance and security monitoring, troubleshooting, maintenance, and administration
  • Build new Joomla-based websites to support new campaigns and initiatives
  • Perform routine Joomla maintenance and upgrades
  • Create and edit Web graphics (such as icons and navigation elements)
  • Provide training and consultation as needed to staff on Joomla and website best practices
  • Research, recommend, and implement Web software and technologies to help MAPS achieve its fundraising and public education goals


  • B.S. in Computer Science or a related field, or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of professional front-end website development experience
  • Experience managing and installing Joomla-based websites
  • Expertise in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, mobile and cross-browser compatibility, Web design, and current Web standards
  • Experience building and maintaining large Web sites (over 1,000 pages)
  • Experience with Web graphic design (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Strong grasp of Internet and Web security protocols and best practices
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to independently manage overlapping deadlines and shifting priorities
  • Strong portfolio of previous Web development work


This is a part-time contract position, approximately 15-20 hours/week for the first two weeks and 10-15 hours/week thereafter, starting January 5 or soon thereafter. Compensation will range from $30-$40/hour (DOE). Weekly videoconference and phone meetings are required, and qualified candidates must be available to attend in-person meetings at the MAPS office in Santa Cruz and/or with remote staff in the Bay Area several times per month.


Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana. MAPS furthers its mission by (1) developing psychedelics and marijuana into prescription medicines; (2) training therapists and working to establish a network of treatment centers; (3) supporting scientific research into spirituality, creativity, and neuroscience; and (4) educating the public honestly about the risks and benefits of psychedelics and marijuana.

For consideration, send resumé, cover letter, and work samples to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..