skills and experience

Jackie Kircher | github | gitlab

As a software developer, I strive to make creative tools and solutions. My primary skill-sets are server-side web development in Ruby on Rails and responsive front-end web page construction through modular CSS. I am a fast learner who enjoys new challenges and I hope to expand my familiarity with modern front-end frameworks.

I believe in accessibility, progressive enhancement, test driven development, and clear, expressive documentation. I believe in working with my team to solve problems and learning from them.

Education & Background


March 2017 - Present

Senior full stack rails developer at Roostify, a digital mortgage platform, working on client-configurable infrastructure. I led a redesign of the email configuration system for white label branding and helped bring the application UI up to WCAG 2.0 AA standards.

As a team lead on a critical project that fundamentally extended our application’s capabilities, I ensured that my team’s technical requirements were effectively communicated to others. I re-architected one of our core systems to scale with a new data model, allowing our system to work with a dynamic range of users.

Builder Code Works

April 2016 - March 2017

Front end and rails developer contracting with Builder Code Works, a Pittsburgh web development consultancy. I worked with a small team to create business, educational, and artistic web applications in Rails and React.

Clients include:


September 2010 - May 2013

Rails developer at Webkite, a faceted search platform for product comparison. While there I was responsible for establishing an acceptance test suite, upgrading major Rails versions, and mentoring team members to bring them up to speed with the codebase and best practices. I also created new facets in the architecture, maintained a product import service, and collaborated remotely with designers to implement the application’s user interface.

Zeta Labs

March 2010 - September 2010

Tech consultant for Zeta Labs, an independent design team, where I built websites for small businesses and non-profit organizations. The primary focus of my work was maintaining client sites and developing Wordpress plugins and themes. Clients include: Talking Tree Creative, Deja Blake, Dr. David McDowell, HealthCorps, Baum Youth Forum, Urban Wellness, and Society for Martial Arts Instruction.

University of Pittsburgh

August 2005 - December 2009

BS in Computer Engineering


type experience
Languages Ruby, Javascript, HTML5, CSS
Frameworks Ruby on Rails, Sinatra, React, Vue
Libraries Devise, Stripe, jQuery, HAML, SASS, Bootstrap
Testing Rspec, Cucumber, Capybara
Version Control Git
Databases MySQL, PostgreSQL

For Fun

I believe that venturing out into other fields is not only good for one's health but that it is also essential for personal growth. In addition to web programming, I have also: