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technology | Interactive Developer (Portland)

Reports To: Director of Technology

Our interactive developers are problem solvers and creative coders at heart. They collaborate with UX strategists, designers and fellow developers in the creation of digitally augmented environments in public spaces. A developer at Downstream is asked to take leading-edge technology and formulate innovative ideas for creating tailor-made solutions for our multi-national clients. Interactive Developers are responsible for interpreting the clients’ technical requirements, and working across disciplines to craft solutions that meet the clients’ needs. Excellent communications skills, both with clients and internal staff, are vital for the success of this position.
With Downstream, there is excellent growth opportunity for creative coders who are responsible for realizing the concepts created by the strategy, creative, and technology teams.  In this role, you will be tasked with establishing Downstream’s position as an industry leader by creating immersive interactive environments and experiences. You will have the opportunity to expand your interests in stacks ranging from web, to mobile, to desktop, to game engine frameworks and much more.

Success will be measured in a variety of areas including but not limited to

  • Collaborative integration with design, development, and project management teams
  • Contribution to scope and features-list definition processes
  • Ability to accurately assess the level of effort on assigned development tasks to influence development schedules and budgets
  • Innovative and curiosity-driven approach to unique project challenges
  • Deliver assigned projects on time and to the quality standards required 

Responsibilities include

  • Leading front-end development for client and internal projects
  • Pushing innovation through experimentation with new and established frameworks
  • Following and helping to further define best coding practices for development team
  • Mentoring junior developers on day-to-day development
  • Driving project review processes with peer developers and design team
  • Providing clear documentation on project build and deployment dependencies
  • Consistent integration with agency toolset for development projects (Pivotal Tracker, GitHub, Teamwork)
  • Active participation in development team stand-up and code-review meetings
  • Supporting and reviewing work of contract developers where needed
  • Following and enforcing high standards for project usability and aesthetic excellence


  • Experience with C++ creative coding toolkits Cinder and/or open Frameworks
  • Mastery of development for graphics pipeline with OpenGL
  • Version control with Git/GitHub
  • Experience developing for touch-based and other natural user interfaces
  • Ability to both rapidly prototype and create production-level code
  • A creative, curious, innovative mind

We Also Really Like

  • Comfort with a scripting language (PowerShell, Python, Ruby, Lua)
  • Experience in Unity
  • Physical Computing & microcontroller skills (Arduino, Raspberry Pi)
  • iOS or Android Development
  • MaxMSP / Processing / TouchDesigner
  • A passion to learn and adapt

Downstream is a community of visionary designers, account managers, production managers, technologists, graphic and content designers, and developers.  Collectively, we are a company on the forefront of brand communication, reaching around the globe, building compelling brand experiences for some of the biggest and most dynamic companies in the world.
We are a rapidly growing international company, located in four countries, with exciting projects that challenge us to consistently seek out new technologies and methodologies to create the impossible.

If hired for this position would you be willing to relocate yourself at your own expense?

If the position requires it, would you be willing to submit to a criminal background check? (If required, you will be notified by the recruiter when contacted for a phone interview.)

Are you legally eligible to work for Downstream in the Country where the position in which you are applying is located?

*Submissions are for independent candidates only and we do not accept solicitations from placement firms or agencies.