Job Opening: Graphic Designer / Front-End Developer

Delta Systems was founded in 1986

Delta Systems is looking for another self-motivated and enthusiastic web designer / front-end developer to join our team. You will be responsible for designing and developing websites and user interfaces for web-based applications. Strong creative and design sense, ability work efficiently in a team, and ability to communicate directly with the client are key. You will be expected to read and interpret client design briefs, translate their ideas into complete website mock-ups, and cut and code those designs into static HTML/CSS templates. Anything you can do beyond that is gravy. And we love gravy.

The ideal candidate will have real passion for the web and always keeps an eye on emerging technologies. You will be working closely in a team of highly skilled web developers that are scattered across the United States. If you can design it, they can make it a reality.


  • Strong web design portfolio
  • Proven experience designing for client needs
  • Strong understanding of HTML/CSS
  • Strong understanding of User Interface (UI)/User Experience (UX) principles
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills
  • Understand and practice web standards
  • Ability to work on multiple projects is essential

Bonus Points:

  • Bachelor’s degree in something (if it’s something related to graphic/interactive design, even better!)
  • Experience working with a modern CMS – Experience templating for WordPress is a huge plus
  • Experience with JavaScript / jQuery / YUI / Backbone.js / etc
  • Strong understanding of HTML5/CSS3
  • Experience with PHP would be nice, but not expected
  • You know your way around Basecamp
  • You are used to keeping detailed, client-friendly time records
  • You have a account
  • You have a GitHub account


Work Environment:

Since 1986, Delta has been building tracking systems for everything from napkins to insurance policies, from golf courses to hot dog ingredients, from horse ailments to yoga certifications, and from blood donors to paddlefish.

Building online applications and data management systems that are intuitive and powerful is our specialty.

Read about Delta in the Columbia Daily Tribune

Delta Systems has been named “one of Mid-Missouri’s foremost web design and support firms” by the Columbia Daily Tribune and “a premier providers of computing solutions” by the Columbia Business Times. Our employees enjoy many freedoms and benefits. We do group coding weekly for reviews and single-project focusing to knock out features, do some spec work, or just to put an app together to find and fix issues quickly. Free lunch-and-learn sessions provide opportunities for ongoing training.

Delta builds award winning websites.

Delta Systems employees exemplify professionalism in every aspect of client relations and work.

Typical daily activities:

  • Work along other senior developers to provide PHP programming and functionality for a wide variety of consumer related websites, intranets, extranets, and web-based applications
  • Be challenged on a daily basis to solve problems in new and creative ways
  • Design, evaluate, update, and maintain object oriented applications in PHP
  • Design, evaluate, update, and maintain complicated database schemas in PostgreSQL and SQL Server
  • Share your opinions and insights with business leaders on a daily basis in order to affect rapid decision cycles and effective solutions to business requirements


  • Paid by the hour
  • Flex time – If you like working from 7am to 3pm or 3pm to 11pm great!
  • Health Insurance, 90% paid by employer
  • SIMPLE retirement plan with corporate matching
  • Dental
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid holidays


  • Free soda, tea, coffee and occasional lunches.
  • Development environments: Ubuntu, Windows, or Mac, whichever
  • We’ll pay for applicable certification exams
  • Subscription to O’Reilly Media
  • Enjoy “Virtual Tuesdays”; you can work from anywhere you want without meeting interruptions
  • Dress is casual – jeans and t-shirts are just fine. When meeting with clients, we expect business appropriate attire and demeanor.

Email resumes to

Please no phone calls.

This job will also be posted on Craigslist,,, etc when we get around to it.


Some additional thoughts:

We like to see examples of work. This means chunks of code that you’ve written as well as URLs to sites/systems that were built for school, work, practice, or a charity that you’re involved with.


Include the URL to your personal site. If you don’t have one then make one.


Resumes that have a list of proficiencies in certain technologies and programs but have zero URLs that point to examples usually don’t make it very far.


Create an account on GitHub and post sample code there.


Show where you’ve improved or worked on some open source projects. Perhaps you could make an extension to a JavaScript library.


Learn a CMS and build out a site in one of them. We prefer WordPress for multiple reasons. Millions of websites are built using it so it would not be a wasted exercise. Not knowing WordPress isn’t a deal killer though. We just like seeing that people are curious and want to know more about these platforms. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of multiple Content Management Systems is a big plus.


We’re going to Google you. So either ensure that the nefarious stuff you do online is not associated with you personally or clean up your act. Our clients know how to Google people as well. We pride ourselves on professionalism and high ethical standards. We hire those that practice the same.  If you do not have a web presence, then make one. If you intend to work on building the Internet then we expect you to be a part of it and use it well.  Contributions to StackOverflow show a willingness to help others and show off skills. Having a Dribbble account shows that your peers like your graphical skills.  Working on projects on eLance, oDesk, or show you’re anxious to be challenged and want to be paid for the effort.


A red flag for us is anyone that says they can do design AND development. People that can do this are extremely rare; we’ve been blessed with employing a few. These people have an online portfolio, personal websites, and code samples they’ve tinkered with to sharpen their skills. One side or the other is usually stronger but most people are weak in one. That’s ok.


Finally, we like to know how people keep up with changes in technology. All of us continue to learn from outside sources. We will want to know what sites you read, what industry experts you follow, what conferences you’ve been to or watched online, etc.


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