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Lead Javascript Software Engineer


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Be part of something innovative and cutting edge. Join our team of more than a hundred software engineers, designers, project managers and software specialists that are smart, creative and excited by what they do.

Some of our ground-breaking work includes:
• advanced computer-adaptive algorithms (only one that’s peer-approved in the country)
• mobile support for the user interfaces
• learning management systems with social media features
• user interfaces that are universally accessible to people with or without disabilities
• innovative, machine-scorable items

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a leading professional services firm with a growing software engineering and product development team. We design and build things that are inspiring and make a real impact in the online testing industry. We are currently seeking Contract-to-Hire Lead Javascript Software Engineers to join our team in Washington, DC; Reston, VA; Naperville, IL; or Sacramento, CA.


• Leadership role in designing/engineering the front-end of a web-based online testing system and learning management systems; specifically:
• Using cutting-edge technology to provide custom, adaptive tests to students
• Building interactive tools such as recorders, calculators, text-to-speech, scratchpads
• Using advanced rendering innovative questions that enable deeper analysis into measuring student abilities
• Optimizing data delivery over the internet using state-of-the-art techniques
• Perform software requirements analysis, task estimation and milestone definition through engagement with technical project managers, architects, and software engineers
• Lead and supervise development and deployment of systems described above
• Mentor staff


• Bachelors and/or Masters degree in Computer Science or related field
• Minimum 10 years professional software development experience
• 3-4 years professional development experience with JavaScript; HTML5; jQuery; and XML working specifically on web applications
• Expert knowledge of JavaScript (including AJAX, DOM manipulations, JSONP, event models etc) and one or more cross browser frameworks (YUI, JQuery, Google Closure etc)
• Expert knowledge of browser DOM and cross-browser / platform compatibility issues and techniques for front-end development
• Experience with high traffic & dynamic web apps / high performance web page optimization techniques
• Experience with ASP.Net, C# or Java in building multi-tier systems
• Excellent grasp of Web Standards and why we should develop for them
• Familiarity with agile development cycles & rapid prototyping
• Familiarity with SVG, Actionscript, HTML5 and other emerging RIA technologies a plus
• Excellent communication skills

AIR offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a fully funded retirement plan, generous paid time off, commuter benefits, and tuition assistance. For more information, please visit our website at To apply, please go to…. Candidates must apply online for consideration. EOE.

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