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Web Developer, UM Western

University of Montana
Montana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 14, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts, Communications, Digital Media, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Computer Sciences & Technology, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Computer Services & Information Technology, Technology Administration/Other
Employment Type
Full Time
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Department: ITS
Position: Full-time, 12-month position plus complete benefit package
Wage: $22.00-$26.00 per hour commensurate with experience
Union Affiliation: MFPE


The Web Developer will be responsible for researching, recommending, planning, and implementing new technologies and resolving the most complex problems in relation to the design, expansion, maintenance and improvements to the official websites for the University of Montana Western, Helena College and various other websites from these institutions. The Web Developer needs to possess deep technical expertise in the areas of web development and design to include programming in PHP, JavaScript, Bootstrap, CSS and good working knowledge of WordPress, editing and developing custom WordPress themes, and other full stack web development skills. The Web Developer works as a part of the IT staff to perform specific tasks to maintain and improve the official websites and will work closely with all areas of campus to enhance the website’s appearance, capabilities and SEO properties. The Web Developer will also utilize their broad web development expertise to lead the testing and optimization of these websites for both desktop and mobile web browsers and integrate programmatic functions with WordPress to be utilized by multiple backend users.

This position will also lead the planning and implementation of short and long-term web development projects and help with security strategies and meet with other stake holders on campus during the consultation, pre-production, production and post-production phases of webpage creation and management. The position ensures that the various websites serve as Montana Western’s and Helena College’s central communications and recruiting tool in providing content that is user friendly and accurately reflects the university’s brand strategy.

This position has the possibility of working from Helena, Missoula, Dillon, or remote from within the state of Montana. If your passion is web development, please reach out to us regardless of qualifications or experience.

  • Experience in the prototyping (including User Experience and Interface design knowledge), security, installation, testing, maintenance, updates, and content management of large-scale websites (university or school websites preferred).
  • Experience and aptitude for the application of web design principles in the design and implementation process of holistic and individual website elements (menus, image galleries, directories, site search, news articles, events calendars, submission forms, A-Z indexes, etc.).
  • Experience working with a PHP-based content management system such as WordPress (strongly preferred) or Joomla.
  • Experience in website development using HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP, and a front-end framework such as Bootstrap (preferred) or Foundation.
  • Experience with user experience and information design.
  • Experience integrating social media APIs into a web presence.
  • Experience in CSS optimization/minification (i.e. gulp.js toolkit).
  • Experience in generating reports based on website analytics and presenting concise, actionable plans for increasing efficiency and usability.
  • Experience with appropriate applications and software for use in web and graphics development (including Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop and Illustrator).
  • Good communication, writing and editing skills.
  • Highly organized with attention to detail, meets deadlines and stays on schedule
  • Knowledge of all aspects of web accessibility and use of appropriate web analytic tools including Google Analytics.
  • Knowledge of MySQL.
  • Understanding of SSL and data security principles, as well as backup and recovery processes.
  • Experience in the artistic application of digital technologies.
  • Working knowledge of color theory, layout and design principles and typography.
  • General knowledge of computer programs, applications, and publication software.
  • Knowledge of graphic arts design principles and concepts, processes and procedures.
  • Ability to troubleshoot software issues.
  • Ability to creatively translate concepts into effective visual and interactive websites.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies who possess diverse technical backgrounds and skill levels.
  • Ability to manage complex projects, prioritize tasks and complete assignments in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Ability to explain technical concepts in non-technical terms to staff and faculty during project design phases, including clear communication of feasible project deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to research and adopt new technologies and software features related to web design, content management, and accessibility.
  • High levels of organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to meet complicated production timelines, adjust quickly as situations demand, and assure project completion in an atmosphere of change and shifting priorities.
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, web design, graphic design, media arts or digital media, or equivalent experience.
  • The WDD may be required to move office supplies as needed (no more than 50 pounds).
The University and Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 65 full-time faculty and 1,300 students. It is located in Dillon, Montana in the scenic Rocky Mountains and has been awarded numerous top national rankings for delivering high quality, affordable education.

Montana Western is the only public four-year college in the nation offering Experience One (X1), experiential learning delivered on the block schedule. Class sizes are small and students take a single course at a time, three hours each day for 18 days, before moving on to the next course. Each course is four credits and four blocks are offered each semester. The block schedule facilitates field and lab work, undergraduate research, study travel, and interdisciplinary teaching. Montana Western’s faculty strongly believe in mentoring and inspiring students, and assisting them in the transition from university life to professional careers.

The University of Montana Western is an integral part of the Dillon Community. With a population of 5,000 people, Dillon is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities, and an excellent quality of life.

The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UMW may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UMW, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).


Review of applications will begin immediately, but will remain open until the position is filled.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience.
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Job Location Dillon, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular
Salary 22.00 - 26.00 USD

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