Full-Stack Developer, Whitney Museum of American Art


About the role:

As a Full-Stack Developer for the Museum, you will work with the Senior Web Developer to build and iterate on features of whitney.org, fix bugs, and carry out other maintenance. We are looking for someone with significant experience with Ruby on Rails, modern frontend development, and an interest in modern and contemporary art. Whitney.org powers a variety of products including the online collection, digital signage, and audio guide experience, and is supported by a very small team. Success in this role will require someone who is comfortable traversing all parts of our stack, with strong communication skills.


  • B.A./B.S. in computer science or equivalent
  • 5+ years of professional web development experience, ideally building full-stack applications and content management systems
  • Strong client-facing communication and project management skills; strong ability to manage personal time and tasks
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong familiarity with accessible web design, including W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 and Section 508
  • Ability to work independently

Required skills:

  • Ruby on Rails
  • HTML5, CSS, SASS, and modern JavaScript including frontend frameworks like React or Vue
  • Docker and Docker Compose
  • CI/CD pipelines
  • Linux server administration
  • Git & GitHub

Desired experience, but not required:

  • Node.js
  • BEM methodology
  • Familiarity with structured data standards like JSON-LD and IIIF
  • Knowledge and interest in 20th and 21st century American and contemporary art


  • Fixed compensation of $105,000 per annum
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(B) elections
  • Generous PTO benefits
  • Commuter benefits – parking and mass transit
  • Admission to world-renowned museums across the city and nationally
  • Pet insurance and discounted membership for Citibike

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to arts and culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest and what you hope to bring to this role.

About the Whitney:
The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

EEO Statement:
The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

COVID guidelines:
The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority. As such, the Whitney Museum is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated and boosted with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.