We're Hiring: Front End Developer

Cosmic Studio


We’re Cosmic – a creative marketing agency specializing in social purpose brands. We’re on a mission to help brands with a social purpose play at the same level as their profit-driven competitors. With deep roots in our community, our studio is in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, CA. A bit about us:

  • We focus on strategy+design+technology.
  • We value in-person collaboration. So, you’d work in our Santa Cruz studio. It’s a modern, light workspace within walking distance of restaurants, taprooms, and cool local shops.
  • We work a 4-day week and believe that good work is sustained through true work/life balance.
  • Our team has a broad spectrum of interests. Our culture’s defined by an appreciation for social good, design, music, coffee, craft beer & food, outdoor adventure, amazing film & TV, soccer, and finding the perfect animated gif to express our thoughts.


We’re looking for a Front End Developer with an innate sense of design thinking. This position’s about much more than developing websites.

  • You have experience as a front end developer, and specifically agency or client-facing experience is required.
  • You instinctively think ahead, adapt, and quickly problem solve, all while keeping your cool.
  • You have the ability to remain flexible, iterate, and prioritize on a daily basis.
  • You have experience developing complex CMS-based websites (we use CraftCMS)
  • You are extremely familiar with modern frontend technologies (CSS, Javascript).
  • You have an understanding of web servers and ability to deploy code using Github.
  • Exceptional ability to translate designs into semantic, accessible front-end code.
  • Strong understanding of modern web technologies and workflows.
  • Strong understanding of mobile & responsive design & development practices.
  • Solid understanding of GitHub/Version Control.
  • Solid understanding and appreciation for color, typography, and composition.
  • Ability to work directly with designers to implement designs and provide design feedback if necessary.
  • Ability to defend and explain your technical recommendations to other team members, Creative Director, and clients.
  • You relish the ability to be involved with a project from start to finish.
  • Able to work within a clear and consistent workflow and process.
  • Must be open to changes in approach to coding that follow new and evolving standards that will be developed with team input and discussion.
  • Enjoy working within a fast paced hybrid agile sprint cycle where new work and iterations to previous work is presented to the client on a weekly basis.
  • You enjoy learning quickly and diving deep into each client’s world to understand their market space, how they function within it, and how we can help them meet their goals.
  • Bonus points for integrating with third party API’s, and developing plug-ins to extend base CMS functionality.

The Gig

  • Your day to day will be a mix of writing code for client projects and collaborating with the Cosmic design and dev team.
  • Develop marketing websites, Ecommerce sites, and websites that edge into being mini applications.
  • Develop integrations with third party API’s and Applications.
  • Participate in the the processes used by the Cosmic development team to keep current on developing and evolving technology and platforms.
  • Participate in the process of maintaining the Cosmic code standards and frameworks as well as documentation for easy communication and evolution of these code standards for use by the in-house developers.
  • Help develop in-house tools, workflows, and starters to simplify the development process in-house and provide consistency when used by the Cosmic team.
  • Work with Cosmic’s lead developer in regards to the strategic approach to projects, technology stack choices, and problem solving.
  • Participate in a workflow and established process for code review, testing process, server setups, and help maintain standards of all code produced across the team.
  • Stay up to date on the technology used in donor engagement, social engagement, sales processes, and emerging technology trends that could support clients in the social purpose market space.

Perks & Benefits

  • We work a 4-day work week (32-40 hours per week). Enjoy 3-day weekends every week!
  • 401k Plan + employer contributions after a year on the job.
  • 2 weeks paid vacation each year.
  • 5 days paid sick time each year.
  • 5 paid holidays each year, plus the Studio closes for the last 2.5 weeks of the year as an additional long paid holiday.
  • Studio located in downtown Santa Cruz, CA.
  • Beer from local breweries on tap.
  • Join a humble, collaborative team.

To Apply

  • Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@designbycosmic.com.
  • Please provide a link to any relevant portfolio work and your GitHub.

We believe in listening, learning, and iterating. So, this position is ever-changing and evolving.