Web Development Coordinator

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
05 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Division of Student Affairs at Colorado State University encompasses a wide array of student support services and programs addressing the needs of a student body of approximately 30,000. The Division of Student Affairs Communications Team consists of a Director of Communications, Assistant Director of Web Development, Communications Coordinator, and Public Relations Liaison. This is a new position on the team to address an expanded scope of responsibility and a growing division. The team works collaboratively across the Division of Student Affairs and with campus partners to support the mission of the division.

Colorado State University is in Fort Collins, Colorado located 60 miles north of Denver at the western edge of the Great Plains and at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains. With its ideal climate and easy access to numerous outdoor activities, Fort Collins has been listed on several “best places to live” lists.

Position Summary

The Web Development Coordinator supports the design, development, and maintenance of more than 100 websites, applications, and databases for 30 departments within the Division of Student Affairs. This position will primarily be responsible for designing new sites, as well as administering existing sites within the various content management systems throughout the Division. A key component of this position is strategic planning and critical problem solving to address challenges and identify new and innovative solutions. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Web Development for the Division of Student Affairs.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, Applied Computing Technology, Computer Mediated Communication, or a closely-related field with a minimum of two years of experience in web design or web development OR a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field with a minimum of four years of experience in web design or web development
  • Demonstrated experience designing and deploying responsive, standards-compliant websites
  • Demonstrated web design and/or UX experience
  • Demonstrated experience with programming languages such as PHP and/or ASP.NET
  • Demonstrated experience using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Demonstrated experience administering a content management system
  • Demonstrated experience developing multiple web sites, applications, and databases concurrently for a large organization and for multiple audiences
  • Demonstrated experience working with people from diverse backgrounds

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience managing a LAMP hosting environment
  • Detailed knowledge of WordPress/multisite networks and/or other ASP.NET content management systems Experience in higher education
  • Master’s degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Mediated Communication, or a related field
  • Experience with web accessibility, security, and usability standards
  • Professional and perceptive communications skills
  • Graphic design and/or visual communication skills
  • Demonstrated creative vision and ability to translate creative vision into a functioning web application
  • Ability to teach, train, and present web topics and software to non-technical personnel
  • Knowledge of object-oriented programming and languages including PHP, ASP.NET (C# – WebForms and MVC), and JavaScript frameworks
  • Ability to manage multiple high priority projects and experience with project management software to track, assess, and report on projects
  • Experience with Adobe products including but not limited to PhotoShop, Illustrator, Muse, etc.
  • Preference will be given to individuals with demonstrable experience building accessible websites that meet the most current version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) published by the W3C.

Knowledge/Experience with:

  • User interfaces and interactive deliverables that perform well both on mainstream devices and with assistive technology
  • Semantic and ARIA mark-up elements
  • Product accessibility testing continuously through all development stages
  • Troubleshooting, revising, and updating websites encumbered by legacy code accessibility constraints

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Web Development and Design Duty/Responsibility

  • Vision and design branded, cutting-edge sites that appeal to a number of different audiences (prospective students, current students, parents and families, donors, and campus partners)
  • Provide coding, development and design for 100 sites across the Division, including several mission critical sites
  • Migrate sites from mojoPortal (a C# based content management system) to WordPress
  • Manage a LAMP hosting environment supporting two WordPress multisite networks
  • Process system failures and critical errors; position must be able to problem solve and implement solutions on the fly and determine when to alert the Assistant Director and/or campus Academic Computing and Network Services
  • Operate independently as well as within cross-functional teams to solve errors and communicate project statuses
  • Ensure that all web projects meet CSU and Division standards for accessibility, security, and responsive design
  • Integrate CSU initiatives in websites and update as needed in partnership with ACNS and External Relations including campaigns, new graphic standards, evolving accessibility standards, server requirements, etc.
  • Manage multiple content management systems across the Division and respond to related end-user needs
  • Serve as the official back-up to the Assistant Director, including performing on-call duties

Percentage Of Time 80

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Training Duty/Responsibility

Serve as a resource for other web developers and student interns across the Division to problem solve and ensure consistency and compliance with University and Division of Student Affairs accessibility and brand standards.
Train Student Affairs personnel on content management and other web topics of interest (apps, mobile content, analytics, etc.)

Research, track, and recommend new web technologies and applications
Attend applicable professional development conferences, workshops, and trainings to stay on top of current trends and developing technologies in the field

Percentage Of Time 10

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Project Management Duty/Responsibility

Develop and maintain web project management software outlining
projects, milestones, and priorities for more than 100 websites,
applications, and database projects annually Assist in planning, reviewing, prioritizing and evaluating Division web projects Provide excellent customer service to all levels of users and encourage timeliness and accuracy of web page information and resolution of problems Utilize analytics to evaluate and assess web sites and leverage search engine optimization to promote web sites Regularly meet with offices throughout the Division of Student Affairs to discuss project needs, define scope for requested projects, provide updates and test sites for projects in process, and close out projects with an assessment feedback loop that includes both the client and end user experience

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please apply by 6/17/2018, 11:59 pm (MT). Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with the identified required and preferred qualifications of the position, a current resume, a Word document with three (3) URL’s from past work/projects – uploaded to the “Other” slot – and contact information for 3 professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Applicants needing assistance or accommodations may contact Emily Jansen at Emily.Jansen@colostate.edu or (970) 491-4703. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Jansen.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact Emily Jansen emily.jansen@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.