The Director of Web Development leads and manages the design, development, delivery, maintenance, and support of interactive media and the web-based presence of Columbia College. The Director closely collaborates with the College Communications unit, contributing to all web-based media and projects that affect the College. The incumbent is responsible for the creative design and development, through conception, prototype, and completion phases, for all aspects of the Collegeâ€™s web-based media. The Director ensures adherence to quality standards for all web-based media, consulting College units on industry best practices and College guidelines. The incumbent is responsible for leading the Web Development group.
Works closely with the Executive Director, CCIT; Director, Software Development; Director, Systems and Infrastructure; and Director, Strategic Communications, to develop, implement, and manage all aspects of the Collegeâ€™s strategic plan for interactive media with the goals of presenting a consistent, unified, and coherent user experience and of enhancing and furthering the Collegeâ€™s mission.
Partners with the Collegeâ€™s Director, Strategic Communications to establish brand identity guidelines; guides and implements visual representations of its brand and contributes to creative direction for the College.
Serves as a member of the CCIT Leadership Team.
Manages a staff of developers through competing projects and demands; responsible for overall supervision, team and employee goal setting, and completion of performance evaluations.
Supports the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) by actively helping to organize sessions, facilitate inter-unit collaboration, and identify projects that are necessary to meet the strategic priorities and mission of the College.
Develops the Collegeâ€™s web presence in response to the evolving needs of the various populations served by the organization: alumni, students, prospective students, parents, staff, faculty, and employers.
Works with internal clients to understand their business models and goals to help define strategy, content and features for design of their websites and/or applications.
Develops detailed user interface documents, mock-ups, and prototypes to provide a greatly enhanced and usable series of applications.
Acts as liaison to, and works with, various internal and external technology, communications, and public relations functions in the conception, execution and maintenance of projects undertaken by CCIT.
Manages needs assessment, analysis of system designs, information architecture, user interface designs, usability testing, and evaluative controls of web/web-based technologies statistics.
Manages several converging projects with different timeframes and deliverables; and negotiates with multiple stakeholders and schedules projects considering resource allocation needs, program priorities, and other constraints.
Hires and manages a staff of student interns toward the design, development, and maintenance of materials for Web site and application delivery.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelorâ€™s degree required.
A minimum of five (5) to seven (7) years of related experience required.
Strong design knowledge and skills; thorough knowledge of Web design and front-end development.
Working knowledge of and experience with application development practices and principles in a web-based environment.
Proficiency managing website content.
Experience developing and managing CMS-based websites, particularly Drupal.
Extensive experience using the Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Acrobat.
Familiarity and experience with project management principles and practices.
Outstanding attention to detail, as well as ability to understand the larger picture in relation to strategic planning required.
Experience managing staff through concurrent projects within a demanding environment.
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks under short and changing deadlines, while ensuring timely and accurate execution.
Excellent analytical, oral and written communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills required.
Must be innovative and have the ability to work collaboratively and independently.
Must have the ability to exercise sound judgement, discretion and tact in a professional setting.
Ability to work as a member of a team, lead specialists, manage all aspects of projects, and provide consultancy to clients.
**Applications submitted without a resume and cover letter will not be reviewed**
Knowledge of typography, color, design aesthetics and application of brand visual attributes.
Responsive/mobile friendly website development.
Basic understanding of UNIX, web servers (Apache), application servers, reverse proxy caches (Varnish), version control systems (Git), MySQL, PHP and other elements of an internet infrastructure.
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