Director of Web Development and User Experience
University of Arkansas
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Type of Position:Professional Staff - Information Technology
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.
The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.
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College of Engineering Director of Communications
The Director of Web Development and User Experience for the College of Engineering will be responsible for leading the design and implementation of user-centered digital experiences that enhance the reputation of the college at the local, state, national, and international levels. This role will lead the design, development, and content strategy to create engaging and effective digital experiences for a diverse set of audiences, including prospective and current students, faculty and staff, alumni, and industry partners. This position reports to the Director of Communications.
Summary of Job Duties:
The Director will have primary responsibility for the College of Engineering Website. This includes managing internal and third-party designers, developers, and content strategists, working with department communicators and the Director of Communications to produce compelling content for the web and select digital channels that drive engagement from key stakeholders, maintaining and executing an editorial calendar and timeline for web and digital content, acting as the primary web administrator for the dean's office with oversight responsibility for all department and program websites, providing guidance on design, content, and technical needs, and completing other duties as assigned.
Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.
Bachelor's degree in design, computer science, or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education
At least one year of experience in user experience design for websites, e-marketing, and/or advertising
Applicable equivalencies may be considered on the above qualifications.
At least one year of experience managing and directing a website
Demonstrated ability to lead projects from concept to completion and apply best practices in user interface and interactive design, including image optimization and site mapping
Working knowledge of WCAG 2.x standards
Experience with software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign & Dreamweaver
Experience with Google Analytics or another web analytics platform
Master's degree in design, computer science, or a related field
At least five years of experience leading user experience design for large-scale websites, e-marketing, and advertising
At least two years of experience managing and directing a large-scale website and associated digital functions
Experience managing and mentoring designers, developers, and content strategists
Experience with PHP, XML, XSLT technologies, and other CMS platforms. Experience with OmniFocus preferred
Experience in a communications role requiring interaction with constituents across many levels, both internally and externally
Experience in graphic design
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge of layouts, graphic fundamentals, typography, and limitations of the web
Knowledge of website user experience
Strong technical skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and social media networks
Demonstrated ability to lead projects from concept to completion
Ability to make evaluative judgments
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Ability to train and guide others
Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team as well as independently
Able to demonstrate attention to detail and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times
Required Documents to Apply:
Recruitment Contact Information:
All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS
Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Criminal Background Check, Motor Vehicle Reports Check, Sex Offender Registry
Pre-employment Screening Requirements:
The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.
The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.
Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.
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