Human Resource Communications Web Designer

California, United States
12 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Title: Web Designer 2
Job Code: 4862
Grade: H
Exemption: Exempt 

University Human Resources (UHR) supports Stanford University’s mission by creating and sustaining a culture of excellence and high engagement, fostering innovation and growth, promoting diversity and respect, and supporting the integration of work and life responsibilities.

We are seeking to hire a Web Designer who’ll report to the Web Producer in HR Communications (HRC).  Currently, HRC manages six web properties for employees, job candidates, and retirees. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, continuing position in a small but highly impactful team.

This position will be located in our new Stanford Redwood City campus, scheduled to open in 2019, and will bring together 2,700 staff in a collaborative environment that reflects Stanford’s culture and mission. The campus will offer amenities such as onsite cafes and a dining pavilion, a high-end fitness facility with an outdoor pool, and a childcare center for Stanford families.

Why Stanford is for you

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider the lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and breakthrough research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff members. We seek extraordinary talent driven to impact our future legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, and course auditing. Join a Ted talk, attend a film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculpture gardens, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more! 

Join our Team

HR Communications is seeking a Web Designer with a sharp eye for design, who is proficient in using HTML and CSS to build modern websites that adhere to Stanford’s best practices for accessibility and usability to ensure that we truly deliver a positive user experience. Experience with user testing is a plus and the ability to curate a compelling collection of imagery for our sites will be of a great benefit to our mission.

The Web Designer will be the primary point of contact for UHR’s content editors whose sites are hosted in the Drupal CMS platform. This role requires providing continual support to content editors and training on best practices that enables the editors to effectively maintain their sites and easily develop new content. 

In a given year, UHR’s websites are visited by hundreds of thousands of job candidates, utilized by all of Stanford’s employees (and retirees, too) and is the core communication channel used to promote our employee experience vision. We’re seeking someone who can immediately make contributions to the redesign projects that are currently underway, create microsites within our larger websites, and be a proactive trainer to  guide our unit’s content editors.

How to Apply

We invite you to apply by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit your résumé and a cover letter along with your online application.


Under general supervision, design and build leading-edge, high quality, attractive, and highly usable web properties that work well on all web devices and meet current business needs. Serve as subject matter expert on design solutions and usability best practices. 

Core Duties:

  • Create superior user experiences through the design of elegant interfaces.
  • Collaborate with business analysts or business stakeholders to synthesize requirements into sketches, wireframes, and design mockups.
  • Conduct formal and informal usability testing, and respond to results.
  • Articulate the pros and cons of designs, and support recommendations with clear, detailed evidence and rationale.
  • Build HTML and CSS components of web properties adhering to modern best practices.
  • Create design prototypes, and collaborate with developers on components requiring more advanced scripting and programming. 
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on modern design concepts and solutions and usability best practices for all web devices.
  • Collaborate with IT Services, University Communications, and Online Accessibility Program staff to ensure group's compliance with policies and standards around identity graphics, web content, and online accessibility.

Minimum Education and Experience Required:

Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience. 

Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong design and usability skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of modern design concepts and solutions and usability best practices for all web devices. 
  • Proficiency with browser and device differences and idiosyncrasies.
  • Proficiency in HTML and CSS.
  • Good working knowledge of JavaScript and JavaScript libraries.
  • Knowledge of user profiling, usability testing, and quality assurance practices.
  • Knowledge of web analytics tools and related analyses and reporting. 

Physical Requirements:

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Frequently sitting.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, writing by hand, use a telephone. 
  • Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Strong visual acuity. 

Working Conditions:

May work extended hours and weekends.

Work Standards:

  • Interpersonal skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, 

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.