Web Developer II

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Web Developer II is responsible for developing projects along with the implementation, day-to-day management of the website as well as successful website performance.  The Web Developer will work daily with APIs and in WordPress to design new pages for the site and ensure all code is up to date.  This position will also drive the brand forward by ensuring the latest and best technology and design is used to represent Grantham University from the website.  The Web Developer II is a senior position and will be responsible for driving and guiding best practices and recommending new technology.  This is a not supervisory position. This position works on site in Lenexa, KS.


KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Serve as a leader on the web development team and subject matter expert in the University
  • Develop and maintain enhancement schedule/calendar for University and corporate Web sites
  • Oversee timelines for website design implementation and refresh, considering usability and functionality as guiding principles.
  • Implement new sections/features/content for existing web site using WordPress as a framework
  • Experience working in a tiered environment for development, staging and production
  • Knowledge of SVN or GIT for managing versions and deployment.
  • Research, design, and implement new sections/features/content for new and existing web sites using WordPress as a framework
  • Ensure Web site architecture is designed based on best practices of organic search engine optimization (SEO) by working with a 3rd party vendor on SEO best practices
  • Oversee API, database and other systems used for web development as well as their continued updating and maintenance
  • Analyze and report Web site traffic statistics and search engine trends.
  • Coordinate and manage both internal relationships with different departments and external vendor relationships.
  • Experience with analytics software such as Google Analytics
  • Experience with mobile-friendly applications and design (Bootstrap, responsive design, etc.)
  • Knowledge of website testing using Google Analytics or other testing tools
  • Able to work in a fast paced environment independently but also with a team. Able to think on your feet to solve problems.
  • Serve on cross-functional teams as necessary.
  • Perform other tasks assigned by management.
  • Suggest, recommend and manage tools and software for job tasks, web site maintenance and processes and other areas as assigned.
  • Bring training and education opportunities to management for overall growth of web development team

 

EDUCATION/ WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS AND DESIRED SKILLS:                                                                                                                   

  • Bachelor’s degree (Computer Science, Engineering, Information Systems, or related field) required.
  • 2-4 years experience working in an IT or marketing environment specific to web development. Linux experience required.
  • A minimum of 4 years web development experience required.
  • 4-5 years advanced PHP and WordPress experience required.
  • Demonstrate solid experience and deep technical understanding of HTML (working knowledge if HTML 5 is a plus), XML, XSL, CSS, JavaScript/client side scripting technologies and cross-browser implications.
  • Preferred, a functional understanding of networking architecture and communications, to include HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, SMTP, VPN technologies and standards, DNS, routing, and Internet security concepts including firewall principles.
  • Experienced in accessing 3rd party APIs and designing in-house REST APIs.
  • Experienced working with, managing and writing queries for MySQL database.
  • Working knowledge of and experience with web standards (508 and W3C) required.
  • Minimum 1 year analytics and testing tools experience preferred.
  • Proven experience implementing best practices of search engine optimization strategies preferred.
  • Able to demonstrate ability to build Web sites from wireframe to final product required.
  • Ability to meet aggressive deadlines and juggle multiple priorities independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Able to manage multiple projects to timely and accurate completion.
  • Able to effectively communicate orally (in person and by telephone) and in writing.
  • Able to multi-task, yet maintain close attention to detail and timeliness of work production.
  • Able to work in a positive team-oriented manner with a variety of people (students, faculty, staff, administrators, vendors, and members of the general public).
  • Language Skills: Able to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Able to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Able to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Able to effectively present information to executive management, faculty, staff, and/or students.
  • Mathematical Skill: Able to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.  Able to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Reasoning Ability: Able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to present facts to faculty for departmental response. Able to deal with a variety of information presented in oral or written formats. Able to deal with non-verbal behavior in assisting with problem resolution.
  • Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Frequently required to use hand to finger, handle, or feel (including the use of computer keyboards) and talk or hear (including the use of a telephone and computer).
  • Frequently required to walk, stand, and make presentations
  • This position may involve sitting at a desk for extended periods of time.
  • Specific vision abilities include: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus

Grantham will seek to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with a disability. Such reasonable accommodation may take the form of making existing facilities readily accessible to or usable by individuals with a disability, restructuring jobs, modifying schedules, acquiring or modifying equipment, adjusting training materials, adjusting employment policies, and the like.