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, Angular JS, 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, College and Department sites, 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.
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, Drupal, WordPress, or other CMS.
Pay Rate: At least $11.50/hr, more DOE
Hours per Week: 12-19 during the school year; full-time summer a possibility
Start/End: We have an opening for Fall 2018. Those working with us in the Spring may have an opportunity to work over the summer.
Reports to: Director of Web Communication Technologies in the division of University Relations and Marketing.
- Help users that contact us through our webhelp email 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
- Convert older websites to new Western Template or Drupal or WordPress; 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.
- Advanced: assist in updates to the WordPress templates based on the Genesis framework.
- Advanced: assist with coding of AngularJS frontends for Drupal sites.
- Advanced: Conduct accessibility audits on software being procured by the University.
- 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 provide development assistance for over 500 sites and applications. We develop Drupal, WordPress, and non-database supported sites as well as AngularJS frontends for the campus. 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 email support line on web issues and we teach our students to address these issues and work with faculty and staff to get a resolution.
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 the Western Home Page, Western’s search solution, the Western Template, and our students also support Western’s Drupal and WordPress sites. 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
- Work with AngularJS and develop and refine front-end code
- Git and continuous integration
- 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.
- Knowledge of HTML, CSS required
- Written and Verbal communication skills required
- Familiarity with a code editor such as Atom, Vi, or Dreamweaver and image manipulation software
- Passion for web design or development required
- Some experience with customer service or tutoring/training
- Ability to work fairly independently; excellent attention to detail
- Experience with coding PHP
- 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.
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 Max.Bronsema@wwu.edu.