The Director of Online Communications organizes, manages and directs the day-to-day operations of the Online Communications area.
Provides the greater University community with a central source for solutions, services, and resources in Web development, design and consulting.
The Director of Online Communications directs the day-to-day management of the main University Web site and University Communications Web sites.
Schedules and assigns projects and oversees their completion.
Works closely with design, editorial, media and senior management staffs, as well as outside consultants and specialty vendors to coordinate efforts and maximize results.
Prepares regular reports on Web activity, and presents comprehensive documentation of progress and status.
Provides campus-wide Web services to academic and administrative units.
Meets with members of academic and administrative units to determine online communication needs; performs intake and assessment of resources; develops Web-based communications plans; develops schedules; acts as account manager.
Acts as the chief liaison between University Communications and the Office of Information Technology.
Manages Web standards, policies and procedures for the University.
Communicates standards to campus and creates controls and support mechanisms to help encourage and enforce standards. Collaborates with OIT, Legal, and other stakeholders on web governance decisions.
Stays abreast of all technical aspects of the various software, hardware and data systems for Web development, including content management systems.
Makes recommendations for upgrades to hardware and software related to Web development.
Performs other duties assigned.
Bachelor's degree in communication/arts technology, information technology, management information systems, computer science, or in a related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible and demonstrated experience in developing and/or leading teams to develop and design websites, content development, digital marketing, interactive applications and online interfaces, and other related communications products.
Broad understanding of contemporary web design trends as well as the techniques and functional processes required to execute them, including cross-browser and cross-device compatibility, mobile-first development processes, and responsive web design.
Good project management skills for complex projects.
Good analytical and problem solving skills to resolve technical issues.
Demonstrated ability to work independently as part of a team and/or lead teams, and excerpt independent judgement with minimal supervision.
Advanced proficiency in Web editing, authoring, programming languages, content development and content management software, as well as Web graphics and publishing software.
Thorough knowledge of Web browser requirements, Web usability, data based displays, networking technologies and legal issues related to the Web.
Experience working in a communications team-driven environment.
Proven ability to assist with content development, content organization and maintenance.
Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work independently with a variety of communications professionals and university leaders.
Ability to stay knowledgeable and skills proficient with all current and future technologies required.
Understanding of digital marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) techniques for driving web traffic.
Ability to write and organize effective web content; able to leverage a content strategy for consistent and goal-driven content development.
Strong understanding of user experience (UX) factors; ability to create web solutions that optimize the user's brand experience on the web.
Familiarity with web accessibility standards such as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and how they inform web design and development best practices.
Applicants must include in their online resume the following information: 1) Employment history: name of company, period employed (from month/year to month/year), job title, summary of job duties and 2) Education: school name, degree type, and major.
UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.
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