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The Web Architect has lead responsibility for the development, enhancement, and ongoing support of the UC Berkeley gateway site (www.berkeley.edu), Berkeley News, Berkeley Events, the Berkeley Blog and other sites that are essential to Berkeley's Communication and Public Affairs efforts.
Working with the digital team, leads projects involving Internet technology for Public Affairs. Proposes, analyzes, and interprets digital communication strategies and alternatives, advancing the work of Public Affairs by incorporating new and effective technologies and Web enhancements.
Provides programming and high-level technical support to the development and functioning of the UC Berkeley gateway site and other campuswide web resources.
Programming, Analysis, and Project Management: Works with campus and Public Affairs leaders to create, develop, implement and, support long- and short-term strategic web communications plans.
Serves as lead architect and primary coordinator for the development of UC Berkeley gateway site. Oversees the development and implementation of the Campus Calendar Network (Berkeley Events), Berkeley News, the Berkeley Blog, and other central and high-traffic sites. Manages projects to create new sites and to enhance existing, coordinating the work of colleagues as well as outside contractors.
Applies advanced applications programming concepts to design, develop, modify, test, debug and evaluate highly complex programs and databases for these enterprise-wide and highly visible web communications.
Takes the lead in setting standards and quality assurance. Determines metrics and statistics for measuring effectiveness. Incorporates user considerations and usability testing into web and mobile development. Ensure that Public Affairs sites are accessible to the broadest possible audience, developing and testing for compliance with ADA requirements and compatibility with a range of desktop and mobile devices.
Consults with IS&T to ensure proper planning a management of the servers that host and operations that support the campus home page, NewsCenter, Berkeley News, and other Public Affairs sites. These services must approach 100 percent uptime.
Professional Development and Leadership: Monitors developments in internet technologies and applies new developments to in-house systems as appropriate. Maintains knowledge of current and future trends in online and mobile communication and production technologies including content management, new media, policies, requirements, and best practices.
Provides expert advice to Public Affairs on all matters related to the web, databases, and use of internet technology. Coaches less experienced members of the digital team. Documents Public Affairs web systems and applications for both technical and non-technical staff.
Promotes campuswide excellence in web design and proper use of Public Affairs data feeds by providing best practices, guidelines, and recommendations for web developers. Serves on campus committees pertaining to web communication, development, and policies.
Emergency Response: Is a key member of the campus's emergency response team, effectively disseminating critical information via the web in times of crisis or emergency. Provides support for off-hours and weekend posting of updates related to critical events. Works with Public Affairs and others across campus on technologies that will assist in communicating during a campus emergency. Recommends actions that will improve Public Affairs capabilities and readiness.
Expert knowledge of all facets of digital communications, including expert understanding and knowledge of relevant policies, rules and regulations governing electronic communications. Expert technical skills in computer applications for web production, image handling, publishing and design, illustration, presentation preparation, animation, web interaction, and/or other state-of-the-art web communication capabilities. Expert knowledge of the campus including its mission, goals, objectives, achievements, infrastructure and relevant policies, rules and guidelines. Expert skills to create and oversee the creation of clear, easy-to-navigate, informative, accurate, well-designed, and highly functional web sites and skill in conceptualizing and creating compelling text and images to advance the campus message electronically to various constituencies. Expert knowledge and skills in the fundamentals of written communications and editorial style. Expert interpersonal communication and political acumen skills to deal successfully with a variety of publics on both technical and content issues. Expert project management skills to provide the highest quality electronic communications within budget and time constraints. Expert judgment, decision-making, and problem solving skills. Expert skills to monitor and assess processes or services and make necessary improvements. Expert skills to evaluate current programs and recommend and implement enhancements. Expert skills to stay abreast of technological trends and directions and respond accordingly and appropriately. Advanced knowledge of electronic-communications and web-applications programming, database, and server function including PHP, MySQL, CSS, XML, XSLT, RSS, and Apache.
Education/Training: Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
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