Job Details

  • Full Time
  • $50 - $125
  • USA, Lancaster, Pennsylvania


Application Website / Form
Contact Person / Department
Bernadette Hill

PHP Application Developer

Company Overview

Founded in 2012 by a group of government licensing professionals and technology experts, Harbor Compliance is a leading provider of compliance solutions for organizations of all types and sizes. Headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Harbor Compliance partners with organizations in every state and over 25 countries abroad to help solve the most challenging compliance problems. Our clients range from the largest organizations in the country to fast-growth startups, and our deep industry expertise allows us to fully manage government licensing compliance in both nonprofit and business sectors.

Position Overview

The PHP Application Developer is an integral part of programming Harbor Compliance’s web / enterprise application.  The ideal candidate would enjoy PHP object-oriented programming and the small team atmosphere of a growing software and services company.

Our application consists of a public website, a Client Dashboard, and an Employee Dashboard. It is custom-built on the CakePHP framework in order to accommodate the business logic complexities of licensing compliance.  Experience with an MVC PHP framework is a prerequisite for this position; our team is dedicated to well-structured code.  

Day-to-day IT tasks consists of new features, small enhancements, and bug fixes which are all prioritized through our internal ticketing system.  You will be working as part of our small in-house IT team. We have a very lean high-functioning team; our ideal candidate would bring sufficient experience to quickly enjoy a great deal of trust and autonomy.

Position Location

Lancaster PA

Position Details


 Code (90%)

You are responsible for understanding the tickets that are assigned to you, seeking input to clarify the functional specifications and business logic, requesting input on the technical specifications as needed, programming the new functionality, and testing to ensure quality in your work.  At the end of the day, your success is delivering the desired business functionality.

You must be able to independently produce code with minimal bugs. This requires diligence navigating existing code and structuring new code for future reuse and extension.

You will gradually learn the complexities of our application’s business logic, in particular the complexities of business licensing. Critical thinking is required to ask thoughtful questions to understand the business context for why the application works as it does.

 You should have a good instinct on how to solve problems: when to Google, when to search our code for references, when to buy versus build, and when to ask for help.

 Through our ticketing system, you will be expected to estimate the work effort of your tickets, request business input, request testing/approval, and merge your branch into a deployment to move up through the environments.


Support (10%)

As part of a small team, we share miscellaneous IT responsibilities, from setting up company equipment to responding to the Skype support chat to training.  You may be called upon to help with a (rare) weekend deployment or an urgent after-hours production issue.


Qualifications and Skills

 Typical skillset (but talent rules):

  • 5+ years experience in PHP

  • 2+ years experience in MVC or object-oriented programming

  • Effectively multitask and prioritize

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Attention to detail

Required technical skills:

  • PHP

  • CakePHP (MVC framework)

  • MySQL

  • Git

  • Command line (virtual machine, ssh, etc)


Location and Hours:

This is a full-time position at our Lancaster, PA office. We will also consider full-time employment working remotely.



We offer competitive salary plus generous benefits including paid time off and retirement plan matching.

How to Apply

Please submit resume, cover letter, and code samples to We look forward to discussing this opportunity with you!


Harbor Compliance is an equal opportunity employer.