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Web Development Specialist

Simpson College, a liberal arts college located in Indianola, Iowa just South of the State Capitol of Des Moines seeks a highly-motivated and passionate individual to fill the position of Web Development Specialist. As a member of the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (OMPR), this position serves as the primary manager and project coordinator of the design, editorial, marketing and visual content development of the College’s official web presence, simpson.edu.

The position will also provide vision and strategic thinking for Simpson’s digital presence while keeping web content current and effective, yet efficient. The work environment is supportive,  collaborative, and team-oriented with competitive benefits and regular opportunities for professional development.


  • Advise and manage the web/new media project development cycles for campus clients such as but not limited to, Admissions and Advancement.
  • Develop and implement strategic initiatives necessary to advance Simpson in digital media
  • Guide website marketing strategy based on site usage, best practice, research and trends in collaboration with the Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Serve as Simpson’s primary contact with web marketing vendors/consultants
  • Create, edit, manage and maintain website and/or applications that support department initiatives. 
  • Develop web standards and guidelines for style, content and code through: 
    • research of current web trends, 
    • usability testing of clients, 
    • surveys of clients and content managers, 
    • administrative feedback and benchmarks, 
    • college computer use policies and 
    • relevant laws (e.g. 508 compliance and copyright). 
  • Monitor and analyze web statistics; identify trends in the nature, frequency, and types of services requested, and use this data to continually improve content and quality of services. 
  • Implement appropriate security measures to safeguard data and restrict access appropriately. 
  • Audit website and applications to ensure that standards are met, security measures are in place and determine and address the impact of new requirements and programming changes required. Ensure websites perform and display content across mobile, tablet and desktop devices. 
  • Design, develop and maintain web applications (e.g. data modeling, coding, integration, testing, debugging, maintenance, documentation code libraries and reporting.) 
  • Responsible for installations of upgrades to existing systems and related application software; ensures completion of routine maintenance with the appropriate IT staff/website vendor. 
  • Collaborate with Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Marketing and Communications to design and build user interfaces for new digital and wayfinding displays 
  • Provide end-user support and create supporting documentation. 


  • Associate’s degree in web development/design, digital media, marketing communications or related field; Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 5+ years experience in related job position
  • Strong understanding of industry best practices and content management systems (Drupal). Experience with multiple website platforms preferred. 
  • Extremely fluent with HTML5/XHTML and CSS. 
  • Some experience working with PHP, MySQL Java Script, jQuery, YAML, Twig, OmniUpdate, and Wordpress
  • Skill in functional and visual design of both static and data-driven web pages.
  • Excellent creative, communication and analytical skills

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a letter of application, resume and the names and contact information for three professional references to:

Human Resources, Simpson College
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125

or by e-mail to:


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Simpson College does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to help constitute a diverse community. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups. You will find the entire EOE statement here.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Employment will require a criminal background check, which may include, but is not limited to criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history.