A dedicated individual who thrives on resolving complex problems creatively.

Sara J Jacobson 655 6th street, Waukee, IA 50263 Phone: (515) 520-1967 Email:


Primary Skills

Secondary Skills

In which I consider myself proficient, but not quite adept at yet:

Other Skills

Development Standards

Conformance to the following:

Developer Tools and IDEs


New Horizons, Des Moines, Iowa
Courses in Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, XML, Microsoft Server, Network administration
CIW certification in Web development, design and eCommerce applications.
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
2 years completed
Major: Physics and Computer Science
Minor: Astronomy
Emmetsburg Senior High School
High School Diploma
Graduated with Honors

Skills and Activities

Work Experience

Alliance Technologies, Des Moines, Iowa 10/2007-present
Web Developer, Consultant
My dream job :)
NotGoddess Designs, Waukee, Iowa 6/2003-10/2007
Web Developer, Designer

Formed as an outlet for technical skills not met in other positions.

  • Contribute custom modules and adaptations for TextPattern, ZenCart and Gallery 1 to the OSS community, including a custom eCommerce Gallery Cart for Gallery, and payment processing, subscription, wishlist, and SMS modules for ZenCart.
  • Designed sites and web applications for national and international clientele.
  • Markup is W3C validated (X)HTML 1.0 markup, CSS level 1 and 2, and cross-browser DHTML and degradable AJAX implementations.
  • Accessibility is a prime focus, adhering to WAI section 508, the Federal minimum requirement, and where possible extending to level 1, 2, or 3 of the guidelines.
  • Use PHP, Perl, and MySQL database integration for dynamic websites.
  • Implement OSS programs such as Textpattern, Joomla, Gallery 1 and 2, and ZenCart.
Notable clients:
  • Bayer Corporation, UK – Created an intranet application for invitation rsvp
  • Warnke Law Firm – Site design
  • Reilly Photography – Site design
  • North Farm Stud – Fixed database administration for proper PHP security standards, and enhanced frontend display of database information
  • LifeStory Scrapbooks – Site design, eCommerce

An online Portfolio is available at:

Farmers Mutual Hail, West Des Moines, Iowa 6/2004-10/2007
Imaging Technician
  • Consultant for the Multi-peril department’s transition to paperless imaging.
  • Performed evaluation of workflow and advised on a non-linear translation.
  • Perform daily and archival scanning for MPCI department.
  • First contact on user issues relating to imaging system.
  • Often consulted by underwiting and processing staff concerning general computer issues (settings, Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint issues).
Acceptance Insurance Company (American Agrisurance), Des Moines, Iowa 1/1999-6/2003
Imaging Technician
  • Performed daily and archival scanning needs for a corporate office, accounting for more than 200,000 documents annually.
  • Trained staff in 6 regional offices in all aspects of two imaging systems.
  • Increased efficiency in document tracking and retrieval by creating an Excel-based database of documents scanned. Reports generated from this database allowed management to better understand daily workloads and monthly patterns, so the office staff could focus on the most important work first.
  • Initiated technical support for a staff of 10, resolving user issues regarding the current Imaging software, thereby increasing efficiency and reducing downtime due to calls to the company helpdesk.
  • Edited time-sensitive documents for the executive staff, allowing them to resolve issues more quickly.
Peoples Abstract Company, Des Moines, Iowa 4/1995 – 8/1998
Title Officer
  • Managed company database of real estate records
  • Maintained the database with daily entry of all Polk County real estate transactions
  • Evaluated Federal criminal cases, civil law and equity cases and bankruptcy cases for valid claims to be included in the database
  • Searched the database for relevant records for use by abstractors
  • Operated scanning equipment to convert microfilm records to a graphic format


References available upon request.