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OVPR Web Content Specialist

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

For full consideration, please submit application materials by 11:59 p.m. by Monday, January 29, 2018. Please add the contact information for three professional references in your application materials. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title OVPR Web Content Specialist
Research Professional Position No
Posting Number 201700982AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range 40000-50000
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Posting Date
Open Until Filled Yes
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/29/2018
Description of Work Unit

The mission of the office of Research Services is to provide innovative services for the research community that will enable and assist their research, instruction and interdisciplinary work.

Position Summary

The Web Content Specialist works with a team responsible for updating and maintaining Office of the VP for Research (OVPR) websites, as well as creating unique web content that promotes the strategic vision of the university. This position reports to the Director of Research Services, a division of the OVPR.

Required Job Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, business, management, web design, computer science, graphic design or related field
• Minimum 2 years of experience in website production and content management and creation, with proven copyediting/proofreading, photo optimization, and writing skills
• Experience working on search engine optimization (SEO) projects, including the writing of effectively optimized web content
• Proven, advanced-level experience working with WordPress
• Basic-to-intermediate skill in HTML, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Office
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Experience working on and writing for digital media platforms
• Knowledge of landing page best practices, design, and creation
• Understanding of user-friendly web development and design principles, including browser differences and accessibility standards

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Exposure to web design through a higher education environment, or in an industrial setting
• Experience working in Google Analytics
• Proficiency using web and graphic design tools and software (e.g. Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator)
• Experience with web user experience (UX) design
• Certification in web design from a recognized organization such as the w3schools.com HTML Certification, webprofessionals.org, Microsoft MTA & MCSD, or Adobe ACE
• Preference will be given to individuals with demonstrable experience building accessible websites that meet the most current version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) published by the W3C.
• Knowledge/Experience with:
-User interfaces and interactive deliverables that perform well both on mainstream devices and with assistive technology
-Semantic and ARIA mark-up elements
-Product accessibility testing continuously through all development stages
-Troubleshooting, revising, and updating websites encumbered by legacy code accessibility constraints

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Content Management
Duty/Responsibility

• Update and maintain the OVPR’s 36 websites based on direction from the responsible leads
• Create new and update existing content utilizing contemporary web design best practices optimized for access to information, user experience, and search engine placement.
• Ensure all units within the OVPR are adequately represented on the website
• Keep existing content up to date and eliminate outdated and/or irrelevant content
• Edit website content using WordPress and LiveComposer plugin
• Collaborate with Creative Services to ensure compliance with policies and standards around brand standards, web content, and online accessibility for the university
• Implement search engine optimization (SEO) strategy, improving site ranking in organic search results.

Percentage Of Time 50
Job Duty Category Marketing and Communication
Duty/Responsibility

• Craft compelling stories that highlight the work of students, research, faculty and staff, and support the strategic priorities of the university.
• Write and produce multimedia features and articles that support the university’s research mission
• Populate and update news pages and sections of the website

Percentage Of Time 25
Job Duty Category Technical Support
Duty/Responsibility

• Respond promptly, accurately and efficiently to requests from staff and administration for website software updates, security patches and compromises
• Troubleshoot and resolve basic technical issues working with the appropriate individuals in Research Services department to resolve more complicated issues
• Assess content performance utilizing web analytic programs and other monitoring tools; identifying and implementing needed adjustments
• Manage web content projects throughout all phases of development, wireframes, storyboarding, timeline, scheduling, and final production
• Work with other members of the web team to plan and execute major initiatives and projects
• Performing other related duties as assigned or requested

Percentage Of Time 25

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please submit application materials by 11:59 p.m. by Monday, January 29, 2018. Please add the contact information for three professional references in your application materials. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact Patsy Harlan, Patsy.Harlan@colostate.edu
EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3
Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, business, management, web design, computer science, graphic design or related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a minimum 2 years of experience in website production and content management and creation, with proven copyediting/proofreading, photo optimization, and writing skills?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have experience working on search engine optimization (SEO) projects, including the writing of effectively optimized web content?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have proven, advanced-level experience working with WordPress?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have basic-to-intermediate skill in HTML, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Office?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have experience working on and writing for digital media platforms?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have knowledge of landing page best practices, design, and creation?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you have an understanding of user-friendly web development and design principles, including browser differences and accessibility standards?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents