We’re hiring: Lead Technical Strategist

Written by Megan Notarte on

A peek through the window of Cloud Four's downtown office.

We’re looking for an experienced front-end developer to lead our growing team of developers here in Portland OR.

You should have a solid understanding—and years of experience in—the building blocks of the web: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. We also expect you to have an appreciation for accessibility, performance, and progressive enhancement. You should be keen to try new technologies and assess them for suitability in helping our clients make responsible technology decisions. If you have plenty of experience working with frameworks, libraries, and build tools, you’ll be all set.

This rewarding and fulfilling role will comprise three complementary aspects: business support, technical leadership, and professional development.

Business Support

You will set the technical direction of Cloud Four, working closely with our leadership team and owners. This is the big picture stuff: identifying trends and changes in the market and planning appropriate responses.

You’ll help us win work by demonstrating your technical expertise. You’ll help shape our responses to potential clients. You’ll be able to spot gaps and identify any incorrect assumptions in the briefs we receive. By understanding what clients really need—which might sometimes be different than what they’ve requested—you’ll propose alternatives that solve the real problems. You’ll come along to pitches and reassure potential clients that Cloud Four is the right choice of partner when it comes to front-end development.

Once the work has been won, you’ll work with the management team to pull together the right people on the team to deliver the best results. You’ll work together with a project manager throughout the project to make any course corrections to resource and time allocations.

Technical Leadership

As head of front-end development, you will be responsible for creating the initial technical architecture for projects. That means you’ll need to validate any technical requirements and identify any risks and assumptions. Your experience will ensure that projects are accurately scoped and estimated.

At Cloud Four, we aren’t tied to any particular technology stack. While we might have our own personal preferences within the company, we’ll always choose whatever makes the most sense for the client, our team, and the user. You will oversee these choices of technologies, tools, and techniques.

While others on your team will deliver the bulk of the code, you’ll be there to make sure the code meets Cloud Four’s high bar. You’ll need to roll your sleeves up and deliver some code too, particularly at the beginning of projects, when you’re setting the initial direction.

While technology decisions are important, it’s people that really matter. You’ll be leading a small but growing team of talented developers. You will inspire them and motivate them.

This role will be quite varied. Within the course of one day, you might go from thinking about thorny code problems, to providing an estimate on a new feature for a customer, to figuring out how to land new business in a previously uncharted area of technology. If that sounds like a good day’s work to you, we’d love to hear from you!


We’re a small web consultancy with big aspirations. We started Mobile Portland, organized Responsive Field Day and host a community device testing lab. We wrote the book on Progressive Web Apps. Our articles are frequently cited by some of the web’s most influential voices. We speak at conferences, participate in web standards setting, and contribute to open source software. We like exploring the frontiers of what’s possible on the web and sharing what we learn.

We provide a positive and creative workplace where people can do their best work. We value the unique contributions of every member of the Cloud Four team. We welcome and seek diverse opinions and backgrounds.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

We’re not interested in startup insanity. We support our families with reasonable hours, flexible schedules, and the ability to work from home when needed. We offer benefits for full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision, and a retirement savings plan.

Does this sound like the job for you?

If so, please apply today. Tell us why you’re right for this role, and point to a showcase of your own work. Tell us about yourself. We’re looking forward to hearing from you. US-based candidates only, with preference given to Portland-based candidates.

A few final points:

We’re looking to fill this opening as soon as possible so seize the day and get in touch now.

We’ll try to get back to you within a week or two of you getting in touch, and typically have a casual chat before a more formal interview process.

If you’re from a recruitment agency, please do not get in touch — it would be a waste of your time and ours.

Megan Notarte

Megan Notarte is a Partner and Vice President at Cloud Four. You can find her at @megnotarte.

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