Hiring: Full-time Frontend Web developer/UI designer

The central Marketing and Communications Office is looking for an individual who is driven to create Web user experiences that bring the university brand to life and encourage action.

We are looking for someone with solid website design and UX experience. The individual will need to have enough HTML/CSS/JS experience to develop the frontend HTML through an existing build process and tooling.

Ability to blend technical expertise with a design aesthetic that embraces the university identity guidelines and explores new creative executions incorporating the university’s brand campaign. The ability to juggle multiple projects to meet project deadlines.
Ability to work collaboratively across disciplines — design, digital execution, editorial, marketing, to come up with new solutions.

Background

The Web Communications team is located in the central university Marketing Office. We are set up like an internal agency and work with most areas of campus to create and maintain their public web presence.

We are a cross-functional team consisting of Web Content Administrators, Designers, Frontend Developers, Backend Developers and Multimedia support.

The mission of the central Marketing Office is to raise the stature of the university.

Primary responsibilities

  • Experience collaborating throughout the entire project cycle, from research, strategy, information architecture, visual design, front-end development and maintenance.
  • A solid grasp of modern front-end web development, such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript and their associated build components.
  • Experience using a front-end web framework such as Foundation or Bootstrap.
  • An understanding of back-end web development environments, including HTTP, web servers, load balancers, the interpretation layer, databases and associated web frameworks.
  • Considerable skill in writing web applications that retrieve and update information in relational web-centric databases (using WordPress or Laravel).
  • The ability to clearly communicate to project stakeholders and process feedback internally and externally.
  • The ability to troubleshoot website layout and web application performance issues and resolve issues independently or direct issues to the responsible party.
  • Provide direct supervision to internal website interns and guidance to unit website content authors.
  • Ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to understand and execute oral and written instructions, policies, and procedures.
  • Considerable project management skills, including the ability to provide time estimates and prepare accurate records and reports.
  • Proficiency in the use of web applications programming languages, tools, and/or methodologies for developing integrated web applications typically acquired through formal education or equivalent experience in web application development.
  • Demonstrated ability in analyzing customer requirements and developing basic information systems solutions typically acquired through one to two years of directly related experience in web application development and support.
  • The ability to translate functional requirements into cross-browser WCAG 2.0 compliant websites.
  • Strong understanding of web technologies and related user device capabilities required to access the web.
  • Understanding of test driven development.

How to apply

Apply at jobs.wayne.edu. Posting #043169

Hiring: Full-time Frontend Web developer/UI designer

The Central Marketing and Communications Office is looking for an individual who is driven to create Web user experiences that bring the university brand to life and encourage action.

We are looking for someone with solid website design and UX experience. The individual will need to have enough HTML/CSS/JS experience to develop the frontend HTML through an existing build process and tooling.

Ability to blend technical expertise with a design aesthetic that embraces the university identity guidelines and explores new creative executions incorporating the university’s brand campaign. The ability to juggle multiple projects to meet project deadlines.
Ability to work collaboratively across disciplines — design, digital execution, editorial, marketing, to come up with new solutions.

Background

The Web Communications team is located in the central university Marketing Office. We are set up like an internal agency and work with most areas of campus to create and maintain their public web presence.

We are a cross-functional team consisting of Web Content Administrators, Designers, Frontend Developers, Backend Developers and Multimedia support.

The mission of the central Marketing Office is to raise the stature of the university.

Primary responsibilities

  • Experience collaborating throughout the entire project cycle, from research, strategy, information architecture, visual design, front-end development and maintenance.
  • A solid grasp of modern front-end web development, such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript and their associated build components.
  • Experience using a front-end web framework such as Foundation or Bootstrap.
  • An understanding of back-end web development environments, including HTTP, web servers, load balancers, the interpretation layer, databases and associated web frameworks.
  • Considerable skill in writing web applications that retrieve and update information in relational web-centric databases (using WordPress or Laravel).
  • The ability to clearly communicate to project stakeholders and process feedback internally and externally.
  • The ability to troubleshoot website layout and web application performance issues and resolve issues independently or direct issues to the responsible party.
  • Provide direct supervision to internal website interns and guidance to unit website content authors.
  • Ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to understand and execute oral and written instructions, policies, and procedures.
  • Considerable project management skills, including the ability to provide time estimates and prepare accurate records and reports.
  • Proficiency in the use of web applications programming languages, tools, and/or methodologies for developing integrated web applications typically acquired through formal education or equivalent experience in web application development.
  • Demonstrated ability in analyzing customer requirements and developing basic information systems solutions typically acquired through one to two years of directly related experience in web application development and support.
  • The ability to translate functional requirements into cross-browser WCAG 2.0 compliant websites.
  • Strong understanding of web technologies and related user device capabilities required to access the web.
  • Understanding of test driven development.

How to apply

Apply at jobs.wayne.edu. Posting #043169

Hiring: Frontend Developer

An exciting opportunity for the university, the School of Medicine, the Web Department and (maybe) you! As the School of Medicine Web team expands we are in need of a full-time frontend developer.

Some background

Our department sits in the central Marketing office and is responsible for most all public facing websites on campus over the last eleven years. Our sites are built using an in-house content management system, and others, on the LAMP stack while using Foundation for Sites on the frontend. Most all School of Medicine websites are currently also built on these tools with the exception of the homepage, which is WordPress based.

School of Medicine

We care a lot about our tooling, processes and ensuring developer success. We adhere to code guidelines and always looking to standardize common code to allow us to focus on the unique areas that matter. This position is unique as the School of Medicine website is in transition. The website is newly launched in WordPress on Bootstrap with a number of legacy sites built without a frontend framework. The team is being integrated into the central web team and transitioning to standard university tools and frontend framework.

Primary responsibilities

  • Experience collaborating throughout the entire project cycle, from research, strategy, information architecture, visual design, front-end development and maintenance.
  • A solid grasp of modern front-end web development, such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript and their associated build components.
  • Experience using a front-end web framework such as Foundation or Bootstrap.
  • An understanding of back-end web development environments, including HTTP, web servers, load balancers, the interpretation layer, databases and associated web frameworks.
  • Considerable skill in writing web applications that retrieve and update information in relational web centric databases (using WordPress or Laravel).
  • The ability to clearly communicate to project stakeholders and process feedback internally and externally.
  • The ability to troubleshoot website layout and web application performance issues and resolve issues independently or direct issues to the responsible party.
  • Provide direct supervision to internal web site interns and guidance to unit web site content authors.
  • Ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to understand and execute oral and written instructions, policies, and procedures.
  • Considerable project management skills, including ability to provide time estimates and prepare accurate records and reports.
  • Proficiency in the use of web applications programming languages, tools, and/or methodologies for developing integrated web applications typically acquired through formal education or equivalent experience in web application development.
  • Demonstrated ability in analyzing customer requirements and developing basic information systems solutions typically acquired through one to two years of directly related experience in web application development and support.
  • The ability to translate functional requirements into cross-browser WCAG 2.0 compliant websites.
  • Strong understanding of web technologies and related user device capabilities required to access the web.
  • Understanding of test driven development.

How to apply

Apply at jobs.wayne.edu. Posting #042095

We’re Hiring: Full Time Front-End Web Developer

We are hiring! The Web Communications office is looking for an in house Web Developer. It’s not often we put a call out for new staff but we are filling a much needed void in our team. Our department started eleven years ago with little staff and resources, we have since grown to a staff of eleven and take on new responsibilities every day. Almost everyone in the department started as a student and worked their way up (myself included). It’s not often we get the opportunity to hire from the outside, we’re looking for a talented individual to help level up the Web.

Group Work

The job

We are looking for someone with front-end development experience producing responsive and standards compliant HTML5 + CSS2/3 websites. Have experience with Javascript without the reliance on a specific library like jQuery. Proficient in using the latest front-end build tools such as Yeoman, Sass, GIT, Zurb Foundation, Gulp, Vagrant, etc. An understanding of PHP, MySQL and other back end programming languages isn’t required but is preferred.

With three developers the projects are distributed evenly so everyone has the opportunity to work on something new. We are a collaborative environment and this position has the opportunity to affect the direction of all future Web projects. If you have read our blog in the past you will know we push out a lot of sites, about one per week. All sites are created from the ground up, completely by hand, and completely responsively. The Web is a craft and we make sure we build all the tools needed to do it as streamlined as possible. This position has the opportunity to build and maintain these tools that impact the entire institution, not to mention work with an amazing team.

Primary Web property responsibilities

Environment

  • LAMP
  • Zurb Foundation
  • Sass
  • Yeoman
  • Gulp/Grunt
  • GIT
  • Vagrant

Official duties

  • Experience collaborating throughout the entire project cycle, from research, strategy, information architecture, visual design, front-end development and maintenance.
  • A solid grasp of modern front-end Web development, such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript and their associated build components.
  • A solid grasp of back-end Web development environments, including HTTP, Web servers, load balancers, the interpretation layer, databases and associated Web frameworks.
  • Considerable skill in writing web applications that retrieve and update information in relational Web centric databases.
  • The ability to clearly communicate to project stakeholders and process feedback internally and externally.
  • The ability to troubleshoot website layout and Web application performance issues and resolve issues independently or direct issues to the responsible party.
  • Provide direct supervision to internal Web site interns and guidance to unit Web site content authors.
  • Ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to understand and execute oral and written instructions, policies, and procedures.
  • Considerable project management skills, including ability to provide time estimates and prepare accurate records and reports.
  • Proficiency in the use of Web applications programming languages, tools, and/or methodologies for developing integrated Web applications typically acquired through formal education or equivalent experience in Web application development.
  • Demonstrated ability in analyzing customer requirements and developing basic information systems solutions typically acquired through one to two years of directly related experience in Web application development and support.
  • The ability to translate functional requirements into cross-browser Web applications.
  • Strong understanding of Web technologies and related user device capabilities required to access the Web.
  • Strong understanding of test driven development.

Qualifications

  • Have worked with creating templates for a content management system.
  • Have experience with device and browser testing.
  • Working knowledge in Photoshop.
  • Enable and execute A/B tests to measure different design approaches.
  • Can code HTML Email templates with understanding of limitations, and standard practices.
  • An eye for detail and great communication skills, for example, multi-tasking in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Effectively communicate with Project Managers, Designs, Clients and other Developers.
  • Have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and professional growth.
  • Create tools and resources to communicate with our rapidly expanding developer community.
  • Stay current with trends and best practices.

How to Apply

Please do not send resumes directly to me. Apply at jobs.wayne.edu. Posting #040365

We’re Hiring: Full Time Web Developer

We are hiring! The Web Communications office is looking for an in house Web Developer. It’s not often we put a call out for new staff but with Shaun’s recent leave we are in need. Our department started seven years ago with little staff and resources, we have since grown to a staff of eleven and take on new responsibilities every day. Almost everyone in the department started as a student and worked their way up (myself included). It’s not often we get the opportunity to hire from the outside.

The job

We take the Web seriously. The position at hand is responsible for a third of all the code that gets published to the public Web server. This ranges from core back-end API functionality to front-end HTML, Javascript and accessibility. With three developers the projects are distributed evenly so everyone has the opportunity to work on something new. We are a collaborative environment and this position has the opportunity to affect the direction of all future Web projects. If you have read our blog in the past you will know we push out a lot of sites, about one per week. All sites are created from the ground up, completely by hand, and now completely responsively. The Web is a craft and we make sure we build all the tools needed to do it as streamlined as possible. This position has the opportunity to build and maintain these tools that impact the entire institution, not to mention work with an amazing team.

Primary Web property responsibilities

Environment

  • LAMP
  • PHP Simpl Framework
  • jQuery
  • Load balanced dev/prod environments
  • 450+ websites using centralized tools
  • SVN

Official duties

  • Translate functional requirements into Web applications
  • Centralize and maintain existing code bases
  • Prepare test plans for Web Applications
  • Design database schemas and develop database scripts in SQL
  • Serve as primary resource for units university-wide regarding the code and appearance of unit Web pages. Administer and provide training in content management tools, control access, review sites for adherence and conformity to code and design standards and resolve related problems.
  • Serve as liaison with IT personnel campus-wide to identify and resolve Web page related problems. Work with clients, designers and vendors to ensure established standards and expectations are met.
  • Develop and implement mechanisms and processes designed to evaluate the effectiveness of university electronic communications. Provide analysis of collected data and submit reports and recommendations as requested.

Qualifications

  • HTML + CSS: Mastery of responsive cross browser CSS and HTML. Extra points for RESS.
  • JavaScript: Proven understanding of Javascript fundamentals, plus experience working with AJAX
  • PHP + MySQL: Experience building data-driven web applications using PHP and MySQL. Solid understanding of relational databases required.
  • Experience working with Web Services and associated languages: REST, XML, JSON, etc.
  • Good knowledge of web standards and trends
  • Ability to learn and thirst for knowledge
  • Test/Behavior Driven Development experience is a definite plus
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Major concentration in computer science preferred.
  • Excellent writing, editing and communication skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with units university wide.

How to Apply

Please do not send resumes directly to me. Apply at jobs.wayne.edu. Posting #039042

Farewell Shaun Pezeshki

The time has come to say good-bye to one of our amazing team members. Shaun Pezeshki, one of our Web developers, is leaving to go do great things in Washington DC. It’s never easy to say good-bye, especially to someone who has been with us for five years and has impacted the university as much as he has.

I’m a huge advocate of being a teaching department, and Shaun is a shining example of that. He started as a student assistant in his Junior year and worked his way to a full time role. During his time in the department he has done almost every job we could throw at him, from being the “Web janitor” and cleaning up massive amounts of old code to pushing the limits of our CMS, mobile and digital signage templates. He has truly explored every aspect of being a Web professional and I hope we have prepared him well for his next adventure. I can also confidently say that Shaun has earn every bit of responsibility and respect that he has. He is going to be truly missed.

A snapshot of Shaun’s contributions

It would take days to talk about everything Shaun impacted but here are a few of his most recent projects that he was the main developer on:

What does this mean for the university?

It means that we’ll be looking for a new full-time Web developer to join our team soon. The posting should be up in the next week or so, stay tuned.

Welcome Shaun Pezeshki, our new full time Web developer

It’s my great pleasure to announce our newest full time developer, Shaun Pezeshki. Shaun’s name should sound familiar to you, he has worked as a student assistant in our department for the last few years. Shaun will be taking the place that Nick West left vacant; he has some big shoes to fill.

The search took longer than we expected but I am confident we found the right person for the job. Hiring from within has been a pattern in our department. Almost all of our staff started out as a student assistant and moved their way up to full time. We pride ourselves as a teaching department and Shaun is just another example of that. Changing his major countless times (really not our fault), we took him from someone who had a mild interest in the Web to a fully fledged Web rock star. We are honored to have him join our staff.

Some things Shaun has impacted

Often pulling the weight of a full time developer as you can see by his (massive) involvement above, we wouldn’t be where we are today without him. Shaun brings to the table a new perspective and eye to the Web as a recent graduate. I was reminded of this by Susan Evans in a recent post on her blog. In the post, Watch out for the 20-somethings on the job, Susan gives her first hand experience with millennials and how much recent graduates have to offer. I can say confidently that Susan’s interactions are in line with ours.

I am confident you will be hearing a lot from Shaun in the next few months. He has been put on a few high profile projects that are due to launch soon. Feel free to congratulate him below or on Twitter, I’m sure he would enjoy it. 🙂

We’re Hiring: Full Time Web Developer

We are hiring! The Web Communications office is looking for an in house Web Developer. It’s not often we put a call out for new staff but with Nick West’s departure we are in need. Our department started six years ago with little staff and resources. Almost everyone in our department started as a student and worked their way up (myself included). It’s not often we get the opportunity to hire from the outside.

The job

We take the Web seriously. The position at hand is responsible for a third of all the code that gets published to the public Web server. This ranges from core back-end API functionality to front-end HTML, Javascript and accessibility. With three developers the projects are distributed evenly so everyone has the opportunity to work on something new. We are a very collaborative environment and this position has the opportunity to affect the direction of all future Web projects. If you have read our blog in the past you will know we push out a lot of sites, about one per week. All sites are created from the ground up, completely by hand. The Web is a craft and we make sure we build all the tools needed to do it as streamlined as possible. This position has the opportunity to build and maintain these tools that impact the entire institution, not to mention work with an amazing team.

Primary Web property responsibilities

Environment

  • LAMP
  • PHP Simpl Framework
  • jQuery
  • Load balanced dev/prod environments
  • 400+ websites using centralized tools
  • SVN

Official duties

  • Translate functional requirements into Web applications
  • Centralize and maintain existing code bases
  • Prepare test plans for Web Applications
  • Design database schemas and develop database scripts such as SQL
  • Serve as primary resource for units university-wide regarding the code and appearance of unit Web pages. Administer and provide training in content management tools, control access, review sites for adherence and conformity to code and design standards and resolve related problems.
  • Serve as liaison with IT personnel campus-wide to identify and resolve Web page related problems. Work with clients, designers and vendors to ensure established standards and expectations are met.
  • Develop and implement mechanisms and processes designed to evaluate the effectiveness of university electronic communications. Provide analysis of collected data and submit reports and recommendations as requested.

Qualifications

  • HTML + CSS: Mastery of cross browser CSS and HTML
  • JavaScript: Proven understanding of Javascript fundamentals, plus experience working with AJAX
  • PHP + MySQL: Experience building data-driven web applications using PHP and MySQL. Solid understanding of relational databases required.
  • Experience working with Web Services and associated languages: SOAP, REST, XML, JSON, etc.
  • Good knowledge of web standards and trends
  • Ability to learn and thirst for knowledge
  • Test/Behavior Driven Development experience is a definite plus
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Major concentration in computer science preferred.
  • Excellent writing, editing and communication skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with units university wide.

How to Apply

Please do not send resumes directly to me. You must apply before August 17, 2011 at jobs.wayne.edu. Posting #037995

We’re looking for two student Web developers

With the recent departure of Brett and the upcoming graduation of Shaun we are in need of two new student Web developers. It’s a great opportunity to work in a real Web environment with real clients, deadlines and the ability to shape the future of Wayne State’s website.

Here’s who we’re looking for:

  • Freshman or sophomore computer science student (but not limited to)
  • Prefer PHP, MySQL, jQuery, MVC and Smarty (or similar) experience
  • Interest in contributing or previous experience with open source software
  • Excited about working with a lot of data
  • Interested in a career in Web development long term

If you were working for us, here is an idea of what your tasks look like:

  • Talk through the implementation of a new feature in the CMS with the senior developers
  • Fix a small CSS display bug in IE7 on a departmental homepage
  • Take a paper form and turn it into a web form with validation
  • Add a module to an existing site to view and export entries from a web form
  • Meet with one of our web designers to go over a mockup to determine which parts of the design may be difficult to implement
  • Take a PSD created by the designers as turned it into an HTML template in our CMS
  • Track down and fix a bug in an existing application that locked a user out of their manager
  • Create a database query to connect a few tables and export the results as a CSV
  • Answer emails from our clients (departments on campus) in a timely and polite mannor
  • Walk someone through adding an event on the university events calendar on the phone
  • Review another developer’s code for consistency and bugs
  • Test a site for mobile phone compatibility and print friendliness

This list may look intimidating, you won’t dive into everything your first week but it’s just a little of what you will experience.

Experience is not important. We aren’t interested in your resume, we don’t care if your only other job is at McDonald’s. We are looking for students who are aspiring web developers and have a passion to learn. We assure you will leave every day with more experience than you could ever get by yourself or sitting in class.

We are a teaching department, most of the full time staff started out as part time and grew in to full time positions while learning. Your education is important to us so we are very flexible about your schedule. We are looking for someone to work 10-20 hours per week with 10 hours being the minimum.

If this job sounds like something you’d love to do every day, we definitely want to hear from you. We need to hear from you!

Please get in touch by emailing web [at] wayne dot edu with a brief description of your experience and why you think you would be a good addition to our department. Please include “Student Developer” somewhere in the subject. Thanks!

 

Farewell Brett – Our Student Developer

It’s sad to say but today is our student assistant developer Brett’s last day with us. It has been great having him here the past year and a half but he has graduated and found a real job. We are all very happy for him and wish him the best of luck!

Brett has been an amazing asset to the Web Communications department over the past year, we would not be where we are now without him. Although he oddly escaped any shenanigans during his time here, we hope we taught him something. 🙂

Just a few projects Brett has made possible:

  • Academic Success Center appointment system – He completely revolutionized the way students schedule tutoring sessions with tutors. All appointments are now scheduled through the website, tutors are notified, and students can see their upcoming and previous appointments and even cancel an appointment if they need to. The project allows students to know exactly when a tutor will be available and dedicate time to their needs. It also reduces the time a tutor is waiting around for walk-in appointments, they know exactly when students are coming in to see them.
  • Upcoming APEX website redesign – All the frontend programming and integration of the main website and eight subsites was handled by Brett.
  • Commission on the Status of Women nomination form – Yesterday I posted about the launch of the new COSW website. One hidden piece of that site is a self-nomination form which allows the public to become part of the commission.
  • OEHS Safety Training Forms – After a server issue took the previous forms offline Brett stepped in and quickly migrated the training forms into our CMS with reporting ability to allow for their operation. These forms are essential for all faculty working with radioactive material each year.
  • Redesign Administrative Policy and Procedures Manual (APPM) – Not actually launched yet but he worked on a complete redesign of the manual to make it look like the main WSU website and allow for each section to be linked to and indexed directly.
  • Combined search page style – The post pretty much says it all and Brett was essential to making the page look as a main wayne.edu property.
  • Learning Communities request info form – The form is part of a soon to be launched redesign of the Learning Communities website which features a filterable list of learning communities and the ability to “request information” of the ones you are interested in. Previously the communities were just content on a static page. Brett was responsible for creating the database and management of them and the information requests. It will help both the Undergrad Programs department and the community coordinators keep track of interest and have a standard method of communication.
  • Re-aligned site index – A change that gives far more context and a few options to the list of all our major websites at the university. The major change is the separation of main and medicine campus sites.
  • Site analyzer in the CMS – He created a way to completely analyze the websites in the CMS for broken links, images and anything incorrect. This is all done from frontend files as if a real user was viewing and clicking through the website. In just one click it saves us hundreds of hours of manual checking.
  • Current Students page re-align – Another not yet launched change on wayne.edu but it will allow current students to log in to key university systems right from the Current Students page. The need for this change was based on our tracking of how our visitors use that page. It should reduce the number of clicks and time to destination for current students.

This list is just a sample of how Brett has impacted our department and Wayne State as a whole. There are many small client tasks that he is responsible for on a daily basis that also impact the community in much more hidden ways.

We wish we could keep Brett on our team forever, but it is time for him to move on to bigger and better things. He will be missed and we wish him the best of luck!

On a side note, we are looking for our next great student developer. If you know a student who is passionate about the Web, standards, accessibility and loves getting their hands dirty, drop us a line.