Web Developer 3: Job Description and Skills

The Basics

This job is all about Web Development and Coding. We expect you to bring a passion for and some experience with web coding (HTML, CSS, JS, SQL, and PHP are particularly useful) and in exchange we teach you Drupal, SASS, best-practices for team work-flow, issue management and testing. You will assist with some of the most important websites on campus: the Western home page, the WWU Mobile app, College and Department sites, myWestern, and development of new core templates and resources for the whole campus to use. You will leave us perfectly primed to start a career in web development.

All our positions are welcome to students with or without work-study funding.

The Details

Job Definition

Under general supervision, performs moderately complex web maintenance and development duties of average difficulty. Required background includes knowledge of applications for web page editing, template development and website management. Preferred characteristics include experience with HTML, dynamic web languages, graphical design, and the design and development of media such as video and animation for web distribution. 

Work Study and non Work Study welcome to apply!

Pay Rate: At least $10/hr, more DOE
Hours per Week: 12-19
Start/End: Sept 2013-June 2014; up to full-time summer 2014 hours a possibility
Reports to: Marie Raney, Director of Web Communication Technologies in the division of University Relations and Community Development

Support

  • Help users that contact us through webhelp line with website problems and questions.
  • Use ticketing system to address issues and document solutions.
  • Add content provided by users using Dreamweaver and applying best standards for HTML structure.
  • Prepare new blank websites using the Western Template and established procedures.
  • Advanced: Create written documentation both online and in print; create videos documenting solutions and processes

Technical

  • Convert older websites to new Western Template; requires basic knowledge of HTML and CSS. jQuery knowledge can be helpful.
  • Review and improve websites by applying defined standards.
  • Participate in design and usability studies for campus-wide tools
  • Advanced: update Western’s home page using Drupal Content Management System (Drupal will be taught)
  • Advanced: Help with improvement of campus-wide tools such as log-in, templates, home page, and our own website using CSS, HTML, and JS. SASS (compiled CSS) will be taught.
  • Advanced: assist with Drupal PHP development of new sites including module implementation, module patching, and theme modification.

Research

  • Review new web technologies and web development tools: keep abreast of the field
  • Participate in design and creation of new tools and site capabilities with rest of WebTech team

Educational and Other Benefits of Employment

Web Communications Technology group creates and supports campus-wide web solutions at Western. We develop and support the main Western website, create tools and templates for college and departmental web sites, and support faculty and staff personal sites on MyWeb. In addition we collaborate with faculty and departments to develop and support software for special academic needs. The templates and standards we create support accessible, attractive, usable web sites. We also provide a student-staffed campus-wide support line on web issues at webhelp@wwu.edu .

Students working with the Web Tech group are welcomed as blossoming professionals and, consistent with their skills, are included in discussions and implementation of our new work. Once they’ve proven their skills we give our students a hefty amount of responsibility and input on all facets of the group’s work. We teach a tremendous amount, and expect our students to learn quickly and joyfully, and then to turn around and become teachers themselves – to faculty, staff, and web developers across campus. In addition our students do much of the day-to-day maintenance and development of websites for many groups across campus as well as our own Western Home Page, Western Google Search Appliance, the Western Template, and our students also support Western’s Drupal initiative. If you have a passion for all things web, you’d love working with us.

Here are some specific things you gain proficiency in:

  • Customer support skills
  • Documentation and video documentation skills
  • Hone and refine your HTML, CSS skills
  • Learn SASS (CSS Compiler), JS and other interaction skills
  • Learn Drupal usage, installation, and modification
  • Lots and lots of sites across campus will be implemented by YOU
  • Get exposure to web developers across campus via our frequent technical meetings
  • Become proficient in the latest techniques including Responsive Design, Zen Grids, Mobile First, compiled CSS, Semantic Design, user studies, accessibility, as well as the latest tools such as the Atlassian suite, Dreamweaver, SASS, Compass, jQuery etc.  

Minimum Qualifications

  • Knowledge of HTML, CSS required
  • Written and Verbal communication skills required
  • Familiarity with Dreamweaver and Photoshop or equivalent tools required
  • Passion for web design or development required
  • Some experience with customer service or tutoring/training
  • Ability to work fairly independently; excellent attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications

  • Some experience with coding (such as PHP) helpful
  • Familiarity with Drupal or other CMS desired
  • Familiarity with SQL desired
  • HTML 5 and CSS 3 and SASS desired, but can be learned on job.

Application Process

Please submit a resume and cover letter that include at least this information:

  • Describe your interest in and suitability for this job, specifically mentioning the minimum and preferred qualifications.
  • Provide URLs of any websites you’ve worked on (works in progress are fine) and be clear about your role in these sites.
  • Indicate your expected graduation date.
  • Provide contact information

Send these documents to Marie.Raney@wwu.edu in July through early September 2014.