Web Specialist

University of Alaska Fairbanks eCampus   Fairbanks, AK   Full-time     Information Services / Technology (IT)
Posted on September 28, 2021
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University of Alaska Fairbanks eCampus

Staff Full-time

Position Summary:

UAF eCampus is seeking a web professional to join its team. The Web Specialist will oversee the user experience, functionality and security of the web assets operated by UAF eCampus, including ecampus.uaf.edu (student-oriented) and iteachu.uaf.edu (faculty-oriented). Working closely with the UAF eCampus Communications Manager and others, this position will be a critical component of the university’s recruitment and enrollment goals, building, improving, and operating a variety of dynamic web experiences. If you have experience working on websites, enjoy generating your own ideas and solutions, and are passionate about the user experience, we encourage you to apply!

Duties:

Special Projects and Other Duties as Assigned: Work on one-time special projects as needed. Collaborate with third-party vendors when applicable to enhance the user experience. Other duties as assigned.

Web Design and Maintenance: Design, maintain, and improve new and existing eCampus web pages. Routinely review websites for broken links, forms, and modules. Troubleshoot and resolve issues quickly. Create mobile-first designs. Develop a functional style guide. Optimize photos and other visuals for web usage. Maintain a functional media library. Coordinate with graphic designers to create web visuals and to match web assets with other public-facing communication. Make recommendations and advise staff on needed changes to web pages. Review major website changes with project managers and other web designers. Work with other web professionals around campus to ensure consistency across UAF sites. Assist with maintenance and updates on our multi-user instance of WordPress, which is hosted on a third-party platform. This requires familiarization with their dashboard tools and the use of Terminus.

Web Development: Under the supervision of the UAF eCampus communications manager, develop goals, deliverables and timelines for websites. Recommend and refine website specifications and requirements based on technical needs. Plan and develop website architectures, navigation schemes and page layouts using standard HTML/CSS best practices. Implement web security protocols and updates to guard against online attacks such as website hacking. Build user-friendly registration and inquiry forms. Develop solutions for improving the usability, accessibility and multimedia engagements of UAF eCampus websites. Ensure websites are fully accessible to all potential users. Write well-designed, efficient web programming code using best practices. Track and improve site speeds. Research and utilize plug-ins as needed. Review and analyze web analytics data and conduct user testing of web design and usability, cross-browser and mobile compatibility. Analyze testing results, identify potential problems and recommend changes to resolve problems and inform web design strategies. Research emerging technology, software, programming languages and trends.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks eCampus is seeking applicants for a full-time Web Specialist position. This person will oversee the user experience, functionality and security of web assets operated by UAF eCampus, including a high-traffic WordPress website. The position will be supervised by the UAF eCampus Communications Manager.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

Knowledge and understanding of web-based user experience best practices, for both browser and mobile environments. Experience in conceptualizing, developing, and designing web experiences. Demonstrate excellence in HTML, CSS, SQL, PHP, and basic Javascript. Knowledge of SEO, site speed, and web traffic metrics. Experience building secure online forms. Strong organizational and time management skills; and the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously, with careful attention to detail. Preferred experience with WordPress and Salesforce web-to-lead forms. Experience with Modern Campus, Divi WordPress theme, and/or Airtable are pluses.

TYPICAL EXPERIENCE:

Three years professional experience in a closely related field. Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, Customer service standards and ability to work and lead in a team environment. Technical knowledge of web development in a professional context.

REQUIRED EDUCATION OR TRAINING:

Bachelor’s degree in computer science or other related area preferred; experience in web development; demonstrated attention to detail and instructions; demonstrated proficient verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team. Excellent desktop computer skills and proficiency with WordPress, Google Apps suite, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Cloud suite. Ability to work effectively under pressure of deadlines and multiple simultaneous projects.

This is an open until filled recruitment with the initial application review beginning October 11, 2021. To ensure consideration, please apply by 11:55 PM Alaska Time on October 10, 2021.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination