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Front End Developer

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Please provide a list of (3) professional references. Please upload a list of URLs that demonstrate your expertise with HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Front End Developer
Department University Marketing & Communications
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Staff
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 12 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Salary or Hourly Rate Negotiated based on experience. (No less than $47,500)
Shift 1st
Position Duration Dependent on External Funding? No
Title of Position Supervisor Digital Services Manager

Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

Leading public research institution Michigan Technological University is hiring a front end developer.

We call our students crazy smart, but our staff are, too. Here, you’ll get to:
● Work in a team where collaboration, creativity, respect, and community is the standard
● Use your skills to impact more than 10,000 web pages viewed worldwide
● Live and play in one of the top small towns in the US, with four seasons of outdoor adventure like skiing, biking, and hiking

Think working for Michigan Tech is for you? Learn more about us at

The front-end developer will work within University Marketing and Communications to maintain and enhance front-end usability, customize functionality, and perform ongoing maintenance of Michigan Tech websites and related web marketing initiatives.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Create and promote visually appealing web pages and interfaces that are consistent with Michigan Tech’s integrated marketing/branding program.
2. Assess the technical parameters of a project and give feedback on viability and timing estimates.
3. Modify pre-existing code, create custom code, and work with API’s and open source while documenting work to industry standards.
4. Provide styles for custom modules for out-of-the-box CMS.
5. Prototype, test, and debug projects and web pages.
6. Work with Digital Services team in reviewing Michigan Tech web pages for consistency, accuracy, and compliance.
7. Assist in providing consultation to the University community concerning web design and interfaces.
8. Collaborate with Digital Services team on daily and weekly communication vehicles for viability and continuous improvement of the CMS and web applications.
9. Ensure that web code follows industry standards and is in compliance for accessibility.
10. Attend standing meeting to continue an ongoing relationship with IT areas on campus.
11. Assist in managing Michigan Tech’s events calendar system.
12. Support an environment of team trust.
13. Functional supervision may be exercised over student web content specialists and others involved in the development and maintenance of the Michigan Tech website.
14. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
15. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

• Bachelor’s degree in computer science, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Three years’ experience in front end development.
• Expertise in HTML, CSS, and Javascript.
• Expertise in using and interpreting web standards (browsers, accessibility, and validity).
• Demonstrated working knowledge in using Adobe Photoshop and/or similar programs.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Experience with AJAX, jQuery.
• Demonstrated understanding of User Interface principles and User Experience.
• Experience in WordPress development.
• Experience with ARIA and other web accessibility coding practices.
• Experience working in an academic environment.
• Experience with web design.
• Experience with Google Analytics.
• Demonstrated knowledge of PHP.
• Demonstrated knowledge of CMS theory.
• Familiarity with SQL (MySQL, Oracle, etc).
• Experience with Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast-paced environment, work independently, and thrive on challenges.
• Highly self-motivated, capable of prioritizing multiple tasks in a proactive manner, meeting deadlines, and displaying attention to detail.
• Demonstrated ability and skill to analyze and correct coding, apply creativity and imagination to problem solving, and instruct users in technical applications.
• Strong interest in the Internet and desire to learn new technologies.
• Demonstrated ability to understand customer needs, provide quality service, persuasively present ideas, and commit to customer satisfaction.
• Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities
Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
None required.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required training; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security Training

Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 17016
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date 01/25/2017
External Posting Date 01/25/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Please provide a list of (3) professional references.

Please upload a list of URLs that demonstrate your expertise with HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

Additional Information



Accept References No
Cutoff Date
Reminder Days
Minimum Requests
Maximum Requests
Applicant Special Instructions
Provider Special Instructions
Confirmation Message To Provider

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you possess three (3) years' experience in front end development?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
  4. Portfolio of Web Pages
Optional Documents