Jonathan Brinley – Senior Backend Engineer


  • Providing technical leadership and mentorship for remote teams of software engineers
  • Architecting software systems that balance the “-ilities” (scalability, maintainability, accessibility, security, et al.)
  • Maintaining software quality through automated testing and CI/CD processes
  • Developing useful abstractions and APIs for communication between systems
  • Contributing to open source software and communities

Professional Experience

Senior Backend Engineer

Modern Tribe, 2010-Present

  • Led teams on multi-million dollar projects developing solutions for enterprise and higher-ed clients
  • Trained and mentored backend engineers as the company grew from a dozen employees to over a hundred
  • Developed and maintained Square One, Modern Tribe’s framework for building highly scalable, maintainable WordPress-powered websites for enterprise clients
  • Architected the BigCommerce for WordPress plugin, connecting a scalable, headless e-commerce platform to the WordPress ecosystem
  • Established a culture of automated testing and implemented GitHub Action workflows to ensure that tests are running and passing
  • Standardized local development environments using flexible Docker container configurations
  • Coordinated teams of developers across four companies to build a seamless user experience across WordPress, Salesforce, and SAP applications
  • Architected a decentralized content syndication system for a network of 345 radio stations. The system was reusable for a network of 100+ furniture dealers and a network of 300+ restaurants.
  • Implemented faceted search experiences using Elasticsearch
  • Created and scaled a high-traffic intranet portal for a media conglomerate with over 200,000 employees
  • Connected online commerce platforms to manufacturing ERP systems
  • Built platforms to deliver multilingual content to users in over 30 languages
  • Standardized deployment pipelines to make production releases to a variety of hosts simple and consistent
  • Designed APIs to connect distributed systems, simplify complex tasks, and streamline development workflows

Tools: PHP, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, MySQL, WordPress, Elasticsearch, Docker, nginx

Developer, Owner

Flightless, 2007-Present

  • Developed WordPress websites and plugins for a variety of clients
  • Created the Action Scheduler library to enable WooCommerce stores to scale subscriptions beyond the limits of WordPress’s cron system, supporting millions of subscription renewals per month

Tools: PHP, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, MySQL, WordPress, Solr, Drupal

Metadata and Digital Initiatives Developer

Ball State University Libraries, 2005-2009

  • Automated the digitization, OCR, and publishing workflow of the new Digital Media Repository
  • Supervised a team of staff and students digitizing library archives and cultural assets

Tools: Python, Perl, OmniPage, Photoshop, OCRopus, Tesseract, JavaScript, CONTENTdm, MediaWiki, OCLC Macro Language

Graduate Assistant

Indiana University Digital Library Program, 2004-2005

  • Automated OCR data cleanup to support the creation of the Film Literature Index Online, saving hundreds of hours of manual corrections
  • Developed XSLT transformations to support the Program’s projects to digitize and make accessible the library’s print archives
  • Supported faculty and student research using electronic text resources

Tools: Perl, JavaScript, Oracle DBMS, XSLT



Formal Education

Master of Library Science, Indiana University, May 2005
Bachelor of Music, Ball State University, May 2003

Contact Information

[email protected]
(765) 274-0342