Web Developer

Posting Details

Job # 037133 Department Code 23001-4030 Department CVPA-Dean's Office Job Title Web Developer Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S5 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The College of Visual and Performing Arts seeks a web developer with full stack web development skills with a focus on front-end user experience. The position is based in the college’s Office of Communications and is primarily responsible for overseeing the daily management of vpa.syr.edu, the college’s main external-facing WordPress website, ensuring the site’s stability, security, responsiveness, accessibility, functionality, performance, and quality. This position works closely with the Office of Communications team, particularly the web content manager, to help define vision and strategy for the college’s overall web presence when implementing web solutions.

In addition, the position is responsible for the development, maintenance, and support of the college’s microsites and any future web solutions development and scoping. The position helps to assess and manage web-related requests from various stakeholders, particularly faculty members, and provides web-related support for the college’s digital marketing campaigns. The position is also responsible for the college’s digital signage presence, including development and content integrations, and assists the web content manager with custom code for form functionality (currently Frevvo) in support of the college’s administrative offices.


• Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, web programming, or related field.

• Three (3) plus years of relevant experience developing web-based software solutions.

• Experience in higher education and an affinity for the arts is preferred.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Experience with a variety of CMS systems; proficiency with WordPress preferred.

• Proficient knowledge of HTML5, CSS3, Sass, Responsive Web Design, and JavaScript. Git, Bootstrap and jQuery a plus.

Proficient knowledge of server-side scripting languages such as PHP .

• Experience coding by hand (no reliance on plugins or WYSIWYG editors).

• Experience prototyping, designing, and launching new web features.

• Considerable knowledge of Web standards for accessibility, including W3C, WCAG, and Section 508.

• Excellent problem-solving skills and the capacity to assimilate previously unfamiliar software solutions.

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work with diverse user groups.

• Previous experience with template design, content management, and scheduling for digital signage a plus.


For vpa.syr.edu, the college’s main website:
• Design, develop, test, maintain, and improve the site.

• Collaborate with the communications team to prototype, design, and launch new features.

• Ensure UI/UX designs meet user needs.

• Ensure an accessible and inclusive UI that meets WCAG AA standards.

• Oversee daily maintenance to assure stability, security, responsiveness, accessibility, functionality, performance, and quality.

• Conduct regular user testing to inform improvements in user experience.

• Improve SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and identify ways to increase website traffic with web content manager.

• Implement any necessary CMS platform updates, migrations, etc.

• Communicate with Syracuse University’s platform architects to resolve and improve performance and security issues related to the website’s server.

• Help define vision, strategy, and roadmap for the college’s overall web presence.

• Development, maintenance, and support of the college’s WordPress microsites or any necessary short-term sites.

• Assess and manage all web development-related requests from various stakeholders in conjunction with the Office of Communications.

• Creation and maintenance of college’s web-based forms and workflows system.

• Develop content integrations and support the college’s digital signage presence (currently FourWinds).

Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit www.syracuse.edu.

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Quick Link https://www.sujobopps.com/postings/87330 Job Posting Date 06/22/2021 Application Deadline Full Consideration By Job Category Staff Message to Applicants

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