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This position is responsible for the development and design of the WSU Spokane website. The incumbent will be responsible for designing, developing, and maintaining webpages through collaboration with various colleges and departments on the WSU Spokane campus. Ensures that all information on webpages are kept up-to-date. Ensures that photographs and other graphics are correct and follow University brand standards. Implements and manages updates as needed.
This position will make recommendations to supervisor concerning ways to increase site traffic. Other recommendations will be based off of technology research and new/emerging technology and trends that could be applied to the WSU website.
A Bachelor’s degree in information science or related field and three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in web site design, development and maintenance. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Advanced proficiency with WordPress.
Advanced knowledge of Web visual design, typography, navigation, information architecture, and usability.
Experience developing/designing webpages for a higher education institution or government agency.
Development – 45%
Design, develop and maintain web pages. Contracts with programming to ensure functionality of current applications as well as development of new applications.
Develops department webpages. Collaborates with departments to ensure that all content is accurate before it goes live. Consults with departments concerning website requests. Provides information to departments about what is feasible and what cannot be done on their webpages.
Ensures that campus announcement systems are operational.
Collaborates with Communications staff to ensure that proper photographs are utilized on webpages. Uses good judgment and knowledge of marketing communications and informational communications to select and place appropriate photos and graphics to enhance the communication of each web page.
Assists with coding for campus, college, and department blogs.
Designs and develops website structure, user interface, visual design and graphic components.
Performs site testing and evaluation. Test newly designed web pages against multiple browsers and platforms to ensure design compatibility.
Makes decisions to recommend new tools or applications that will improve the web sites, and upon approval, implement.
Acts as liaison between the Communications Office and the WSU Pullman Web Team representing those who maintain the backend of the web site and the computer server where it is hosted.
Leads the evolution of the web site to a new design, or new content management system, or new host server, or any other comparable entire-site changes required by WSU Marketing or WSU Spokane campus administration.
Customer-oriented and acts as a consultant to all campus units and individuals who have needs for interactive and/or dynamic tools on their web sites and, as time permits, creates or acquires and places those tools on their sites and provide training.
Website Management – 35%
Oversees the development of web content. Collaborates with departments to ensure that their vision for their website meets University brand standards.
Maintains the website. Responds to website update requests. Ensures that all links are active. Edits content ensuring that proper grammar rules are followed. Periodically reviews all the web pages being maintained by others to see if content or graphics are outdated.
Uses site analytics, collects data to monitor and review site traffic. Offers suggestions and recommendations for how to increase site traffic and other types of improvements that could be made, based on the site traffic.
Reviews and ensures that website pages are accessible to all visitors. Ensures that the University meets or exceeds the expectations of all accessibility rules and policies.
Acquire and maintain a current working knowledge of the brand standards for the web established by the WSU Marketing Office and adhere to those standards in web design, contacting the appropriate marketing office liaison with any questions.
Technology – 10%
Stays up-to-date on current technologies for website development and design. Stay abreast of changes in web design and recommend and implement changes accordingly.
Researches new and emerging technologies. Provides recommendations to supervisor concerning new options that can be utilized by WSU Spokane.
Website Improvements – 5%
Compares the WSU Spokane web site with others in higher education and beyond with an eye toward borrowing from others to improve the site. Provides recommendations to supervisor based on findings. Implements approved changes and updates.
Other – 5%
Other duties as assigned.
WSU Spokane is a tobacco free campus.
Founded as the people’s university in 1890, Washington State University fulfills that commitment by transforming lives through education, research, and community outreach. In 2015, the University celebrated 125 years of delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to citizens across the state, region, nation, and around the world. The state’s only land-grant institution and one of two public research universities, WSU provides a world-class education to nearly 30,000 students through its multi-campus, statewide locations and online. The University strives to ensure that higher education is accessible at an affordable cost—a decades-long WSU commitment to the state’s citizens. The University offers more than 200 undergraduate fields of study and 127 graduate and professional degree programs. Many academic programs win recognition nationally for excellence. WSU is one of just 108 public and private universities in the United States—out of more than 4,500—singled out for its “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University’s research agenda is focused on addressing challenges in health, sustainability, smart systems, national security, and opportunity and equity. WSU is a major driver of Washington’s economy, partnering with many of the state’s leading industries, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, and construction. The University is responsible for nearly 20,600 jobs statewide and generates an overall economic impact of more than $3.3 billion annually. The institution’s operating budget expenditures total nearly $2 billion annually.
Washington State University Spokane
Located in the University District along the riverfront in downtown Spokane, WSU Spokane is the University’s health sciences education and research campus. The campus is home to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, scheduled to welcome its charter class in August 2017. The University has relocated all of its health sciences disciplines and built new facilities on the campus in recent years. Among the new construction: an $80 million Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building and a $34.6 million Nursing Building. Nearly 1,500 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students pursue degrees at the 48-acre campus, which also houses programs offered by Eastern Washington University and is located just across the Spokane River from Gonzaga University.
Spokane is the second largest city in Washington State and the largest city between Seattle and Minneapolis. Complete with a rich cultural scene, historic neighborhoods, urban appeal, and easy access to four-season outdoor recreation, Spokane supplies a high quality of life for the nearly half million residents who live in the region.
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