POSITION PURPOSE: The Director of Web Development is responsible for planning, designing, developing, and maintaining web applications and related services, including university web sites, integrations, applications, and other web-based systems. This position serves as primary administrator for web application servers, the campus CMSs (Drupal, Sharepoint), and the on-premise SQL database server. This position reports directly to the Vice President of Technology/Chief Information Technology Officer and works in collaboration with others within and outside the division of NET Services.
The ability and willingness to provide excellent service and to work in a collegial manner with students, faculty and staff, and other constituencies is essential.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide leadership, direction, and coordination of the web development team as it relates to web-based projects and services;
Serve as primary administrator for web application servers, campus CMS, and the on-premise SQL database server;
Function as project manager, systems analyst, and developer/programmer as needed;
Meet with stakeholders to develop scope requirements, schedules, and technical specifications;
Design, develop, test, and maintain web-based applications in support of the university;
Oversee and maintain application security, access, and version control;
Provide technical support and assist in leading disaster recovery efforts;
Ensure accessibility compliance on web sites with knowledge and understanding of Section 504 guidelines and how it applies to web applications;
Work with Communications and Marketing on web development projects, including content management and application development;
Act as the liaison for the department with other campus departments, the regental system, and vendors in matters related to web and related systems;
Utilize proven project management techniques to provide timely and effective support and services to departments;
Proactively communicate and ensure that constituents are informed of relevant issues in a timely manner;
Performs other duties as required.
Interview, select, supervise, and evaluate department personnel;
Establish goals, strategies and work plans to ensure optimized operation of the web systems;
Prepare departmental budget and manage department within budget constraints.
Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, with focus in computer science, computer information systems, software development, or related field;
At least two years’ experience in the management and oversight of a technology-related department.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
4+ years progressive experience in application development;
2+ years of recent management or supervisory experience, preferably in technology-related position within higher education;
Strong technical knowledge of client/server software, web development tools, relational/non-relational databases, and SQL/PLSQL required;
Knowledge of software development cycle, database design, and advanced database architectures;
Experience with content management systems (Drupal, Sharepoint) and mobile application development preferred;
Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with the NET Services staff, the campus community and the regental system;
Excellent organizational and communication skills required;
Ability to multi-task and demonstrated knowledge of project management.
Additional Salary Information: NSU offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for the employee (excellent group rates for dependent coverage), as well as dental and vision coverage for the spouse and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and generous vacation and sick day allowances.
About Northern State University
Northern State University is located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, a vibrant community in northeastern S.D. The city has a population of approximately 29,000 people and is a retail hub for the region. The University enjoys a positive and strong relationship with the city and region. Northern State University is a premier residential institution characterized by outstanding instruction, extraordinary community relations, and unparalleled extracurricular opportunities. Since 2007 NSU has been continuously named by US News and World Report as one of the best undergraduate institutions in the Midwest. NSU is fully accredited by the NCATE, NASM, NIBS and HLC. Northern offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). For more information about NSU and its programs visit: http://northern.edu.
NSU offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for the employee (excellent group rates for dependent coverage), as well as dental and vision coverage for the spouse and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and generous vacation and sick day allowances.