Rafe Colton

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I'm Rafe, an experienced Web Developer with a demonstrated history of web development and platform engineering. I currently work in the non-profit industry doing WordPress and PHP development. I am skilled in PHP, WordPress, Bash, Ruby, Go (Golang), and a variety of DevOps tools and services, including Ansible, Docker, AWS, and Joyent. I also have a strong media and communication background with a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Politics & Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh

My non-professional interests include intentional living, international travel, meditation, and chai.

Current Employment

Himalayan InstituteWeb Development Manager—2017 July to Present

Responsible for managing the ongoing activities of the Himalayan Institute Web Services group within the Creative Services team. This includes setting a priorities roadmap and collective identity for the Web Team, defining and maintaining the scope and timeline of multiple simultaneous projects while continuing to execute individual contributions.

In this role, I answer the following questions on a daily basis:

  • What are the team's priorities? How do they fit in with the priorities of the broader group and organization?
  • What are the working paradigms for team communication, collaboration, and best practices?
  • What resources does my team need and are those resources being made available?
  • What are our team's values? What is the nature of our relationship with both internal and external customers and how do we continue to serve our customers?
  • What is the range and quality of products we offer? What skills do we consider to be core competencies?
  • What role does web technology play in the future of the broader organization? How do we achieve that vision incrementally while continuing to address the business's daily operational needs?

Specific responsibilities include:

  • developing job descriptions, recruiting, interviewing, and hiring
  • managing and serving direct reports
  • product ownership, project management, and strategic planning
  • establishing best practices, quality standards, and working methodologies
  • budgeting and securing technical resources
Technical Skills

Technologies I use daily and/or in which I am most proficient

Bash, Git, Markdown, WordPress, PHP, HTTP, HTML, & CSS

Technologies I have used professionally

Go (Golang), Ruby, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis, Nginx, Ubuntu, Upstart, Rbenv, Rspec, Rack, Sinatra, Rails, Chef, Ansible, Docker, JavaScript, & Awk

Technologies I have used professionally but not recently

Capistrano, Python, RabbitMQ, HAProxy, SmartOS, Joyent/SDC, AWS (ec2 and s3), & Berkshelf

Technologies I have learned but use infrequently

C, Objective-C, Java, & Oracle SQL

Speaking Engagements

Dockercon Europe—December 2014, Amsterdam

"doing the old thing the new way"
Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/rafecolton/dockercon-eu-2014
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNfCEie5_RA

Work Experience

Himalayan InstituteLead Developer—2015 Oct to Present

Formal responsibilities:

  • Evaluation, budgeting, and implementation of small-business software solutions
  • WordPress site creation & maintenance using PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • DNS / domain management

Other responsibilities:

  • copy writing and editing
  • wireframing
  • vendor selection and management
  • project management
  • product management
  • IT support
  • conference delegate
  • customer support
  • product management
  • IT support
  • conference delegate
  • customer support

Apple Inc.Software Engineer—7 months

  • Platform engineering, infrastructure deployment & automation for Maps
  • Full-stack development using Rails, Sinatra, AngularJS, PostgreSQL, and Redis

ModCloth, Inc. Software Engineer—1 year

  • Developer tools and continuous delivery pipeline
  • Deployment & infrastructure automation using Docker and Ansible
  • Go (Golang), Bash, Ruby
  • Spoke at Dockercon Europe in December 2014

ModCloth, Inc. Associate Software Engineer—1 year, 4 months

  • Server-side applications and web services using Ruby, JRuby, Rails, RSpec, & Go
  • Installation, configuration, and operation of PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis, Memcached, & RabbitMQ
  • Provisioning, administration, & automation, using Chef, of SmartOS and Ubuntu VMs on Joyent
  • Bash scripting

Kemists Software Engineer—4 months

  • Full-stack web application development in Ruby on Rails & JavaScript
  • iOS 5 application using Objective-C & JavaScript
  • Strategic planning and rapid business development
  • Administration of Google AdWords account

Fireman Creative Web Development Intern—5 months

  • Full-stack web development building websites for small business customers
  • Website creation using WordPress, PHP, LESS, jQuery, and MySQL
  • Built http://heritageseeds.org/

Apple Inc.Specialist, Expert—3 years

  • Leading store sales, facilitating daily store operations
  • Providing assistance for new store openings and other special events
  • Mentoring new-hires

University of Pittsburgh

BS, Computer Science with Honors 2011 Jan to 2012 Apr
BA, Politics & Philosophy 2007 Aug to 2010 Aug