The School of Journalism is looking for a creative web developer to help build journalism websites with students and faculty. The developer will work on projects like the School’s award-winning student news site The Thunderbird, the Emmy Award-winning International Reporting Program, and the ground-breaking Reporting in Indigenous Communities website. This is an exciting opportunity to work alongside web journalism pioneers, like Prof. Alfred Hermida, one of the founding producers of BBCNEWS.com, and Prof. Dave Rummel, former senior producer of The New York Times’ website. The School is looking for a programmer with web design instincts, a self-starter and a problem-solver. The ability to work well in teams is a must. See below for full details about the position.
Business Title: Web Developer
Employment Group: Management and Professional (AAPS)
Job Family: Information Systems and Tech
Job Code: 181203 – Info Systems & Technology, Level C
VP/Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Department: Journalism, School of
Pay Grade: 8
Salary: $62,010.00 – $74,441.00
This position is for an individual who will plan, implement, design and lead the development of websites and databases within the School of Journalism. The position requires a mature self-starter with a high degree of initiative, the ability to work with minimal supervision, dependability, and strong communication and interpersonal skills, with knowledge of the principles, techniques and best practices in a web environment.
Receives primary work direction from the Director. Reports to the Director and School Administrator. Works with faculty, staff, graduate students and representatives from industry, other departments, and other organizations.
The position is required to plan, implement, design and lead the development of website, database and system applications in order to support activities within the School of Journalism. Consults with clients, gathers business requirements and recommends solutions to clients.
– Support the execution of digital initiatives incorporating audio, video and other new media types, including coding, programming and designing websites
– Develop, update and improve existing site designs for layout, graphics, etc., and advise on future web directions
– Maintain and develop the functional features of our sites
– Plan, implement, design and lead the development of website, database and system applications
– Review, analyze and implement web and database requirements
– Design, develop, document, test, deploy, support and maintain websites
– Analyze needs of current and future web, database, video content management and archival systems
– Provide education and training sessions to a wide range of end users, including faculty and students
– Estimate the resources and participants needed to achieve project goals
– Develop project plans and documents.
– Act as liaison with project clients on an ongoing basis, including class projects, as well as individual student and faculty projects
– Asses needs and provide recommendation on purchase and installation of computer hardware, software and related equipment
– Perform additional work as required
CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR
Interaction with students, the broader university, the public and industry has a direct influence on the image of the UBC School of Journalism and the University as a whole. Errors made in improper handling responsibly (i.e. not following proper procedure, technical errors) may lead to serious implications for students, the Faculty and the University. Errors could result in serious financial consequences. Mistakes or inefficiencies will compromise the effectiveness of the Director and could seriously embarrass the School and the Faculty.
Receives general supervision from the Director.
May supervise graduate student employees or other staff.
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Advanced technical training in relevant software and hardware. Minimum of three years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. – Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline
– Minimum of three year experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience
– Experience with web content management systems, preferably WordPress
– A portfolio that demonstrates strong creative work in graphic design and web development
– Demonstrated mastery of web design foundations including HTML5, XHTML and CSS
– Knowledge and experience in established best practices for web authoring, standards compliance and accessibility; testing methodologies; browser compatibility
– Knowledge of emerging web trends, technologies and practices
– Demonstrated proficiency with web authoring and media authoring tools such as Photoshop and Flash
– Knowledge of concepts, issues and standards related to web-based security
– Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally
– Ability to prioritize work and meet strict deadlines
Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail. Ability to exercise initiative, tact and diplomacy. Ability to prioritize workload and multi-task to achieve positive outcomes in line with the strategic objectives of the program. Works well under pressure and responds to changing priorities and deadlines, both independently and in a team environment. Ability to exercise integrity, good judgment, critical problem solving and resourcefulness. Ability to demonstrate innovative and independent thinking and to take a proactive approach especially when handling non-routine matters. – Ability to effectively use web design tools such as HTML5, XHTML and CSS;
– Proficiency in using web authoring and media authoring and encoding tools such as Photoshop, Flash and Quicktime.
– Experience working in Unix/ Apache web hosting environments
– Experience creating and packaging audio, video, and other media for the web, for instance encoding video for Flash and Quicktime
– Demonstrated project management skills; ability to manage multiple short- and long-term projects
– Experience of working in educational environments and interacting with students and faculty
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
Applications must be submitted online by the deadline of September 16, 2013 to http://staffcareers.ubc.ca/16475